FORWARD is a new platform, brought to you
by REYL Intesa Sanpaolo, which seeks to foster insight and dialogue on some of the key
socioeconomic issues of the day.

Corporate information

REYL & Cie Ltd
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1204 Geneva, Switzerland

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Experts contributions

Michael Harpham

Dr. Michael Harpham
Headteacher of Conisborough College, school leader, consultant, coach and published author on the evolution of teaching, Conisborough, UK.

Andreas Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher
German-born mathematician, statistician and researcher in the field of education, Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France. He is the coordinator of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment and the OECD Indicators of Education Systems programme.

Jill Jameson

Prof. Jill Jameson
Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Leadership & Enterprise in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Greenwich, UK. She is chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) and is a renowned expert in e-leadership, leadership and management in education, educational technology/e-learning, post-compulsory education/lifelong learning, and communities of practice and trust.

Harriet Weaving, Research manager at the National Foundation for Educational Research, Berkshire, UK.

Professor Maurice Crul, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Edeh Michael Onyema, Head of Department, Mathematics and Computer Science, Coal City University, Nigeria.

Professor Barbara Demo, University of Turin, Italy.

Main article illustrations

Nishant Choksi
Nishant Choksi is an illustrator based in the UK. He regularly contributes to many publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Die Zeit as well as working with advertising agencies and publishers.

FORWARD project management

REYL Intesa Sanpaolo:
François Reyl, Chief Executive Officer
Jérôme Koechlin, Head of Communications
David Gruaz, Communications Manager
Emmy Plaschy, Content Manager
Pearl Gerber, Graphic Designer

JPES Partners, Miles Donohoe
Bogsch & Bacco, Art Direction
Idéative, Web development


Anckethill, K. (2021). The Future: Trends and Emerging Technologies. London: GDR Creative Intelligence.

Crul, M., Schnell, P., Herzog-Punzenberger, B., Wilmes, M., Slootman, M. and Aparicio Gómez, R. (2012). School careers of second-generation youth in Europe: Which education systems provide the best chances for success?  in The European Second Generation Compared, M. Crul, J. Schneider and F Lelie (Eds). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press.

Conrads, J., Rasmussen, M., Winters, N., Geniet, A., Langer, L., (2017). Digital Education Policies in Europe and Beyond: Key Design Principles for More Effective Policies. Redecker, C., P. Kampylis, M. Bacigalupo, Y. Punie (ed.), EUR 29000 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg,

Christakis, E. and Christakis, N.A. (2020). Closing the Schools Is Not the Only Option, in The Atlantic. Retrieved from

Cook, R. and Weaving, H. (2012). Key Competence Development in School Education in Europe: KeyCoNet’s review of the literature – a summary. Brussels: European Schoolnet.

Harpham, M. (2021). Individual team members’ perceptions of factors influencing effective senior leadership teamwork in English secondary schools: a mixed methods study. London: University of Greenwich.

Onyema, E.M., Eucheria, N.C., Obafemi, F.A., Sen, S., Atonye, F.G., Sharma, A. and Alsayed, A.O. (2020). Impact of Coronavirus on Education, in Journal of Education and Practice, 11:13, 108-121.

Reimers, M.R. (2021). Implementing Deeper Learning and 21st Century education Reforms: Building and Education Renaissance After a Global Pandemic. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Shenoy, V., Mahendra, S. and Vijay, N. (2020). COVID 19 – Lockdown: Technology Adaption, Teaching, Learning, Students Engagement and Faculty Experience, in Mukt Shabd Journal. 9:4, 698-702.

UNESCO (2020a). UNESCO updates distance-learning guide for the 776.7 million children worldwide affected by school closures. Retrieved November 21, 2021, from:

UNESCO (2020b). 290 Million Students Stay Home due to Coronavirus. Retrieved November 21, 2021, from learningenglish.voanews website:

Varela, D.G. and Fedynich, L. (2020). Leading Schools From a Social Distance: Surveying South Texas School District Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic, in National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal, 38:4, 1-10.