Ms Vivien Stewart

Position: Vice-President for Education of Asia Society
Country: United States of America
Vivien Stewart is Senior Advisor for Education at Asia Society. Over the past eight years, she has been responsible for Asia Society’s programs to promote the study of Asia and other world regions, cultures, languages, and global issues in America’s schools and for building connections between U.S. and Asian education leaders. 

In the U.S. this includes working with a network of state and national education leaders; creating a national initiative to expand the teaching of Chinese; managing a prizes program to recognize excellence in international education; providing professional development and award-winning web resources for teachers and students; and developing a model network of internationally oriented schools in cities around the U.S. 

Internationally, she has developed a series of international benchmarking exchanges to share expertise between American and Asian education, business and policy leaders on how to improve education to meet the demands of globalization. This includes delegations to each other’s schools; producing publications (e.g. Math and Science Education in a Global Age); and hosting expert meetings such as the Asia-Pacific Education Forum held in Beijing in 2006 and in New Delhi in 2008. 

Ms. Stewart has had a long involvement with education and youth affairs. She directed the children, youth and education programs at Carnegie Corporation of New York, where she shaped reform agendas in early childhood education, urban school reform, science education, teaching as a profession, and healthy adolescent development. In addition to grantmaking, she was responsible for the management of a number of Carnegie task forces, which produced influential reports such as “Turning Points”, “A Matter of Time”, and “Starting Points”. She was also instrumental in the creation of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 

Ms Stewart serves as a board member of the Education Development Center, National Center on Education and the Economy and the Longview Foundation for Education in International Understanding and World Affairs and is on the advisory board of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center for Children and Digital Media. She has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and been a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She received her BA and M.Phil degrees from Oxford University. In 2007, she was awarded the Harold McGraw Prize for her national contributions to education.