David Marsh is an internationally renowned expert on educational innovation, strategy and practice who has developed education in Finland over 25 years. He has experience of tasks in over 40 countries, contributed to over 150 publications, presented over 120 invited keynotes at international conferences, and received 5 degrees from the United Kingdom, Finland and Spain. Long-term experience of working across the European Union has been complemented with assignments in Africa (Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa), East Asia (Japan, Korea), Iceland, India, Kosovo, Middle East (KSA, UAE, Qatar), Russia, Southeast Asia (Brunei, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam), North America, (Mexico, USA), and South America (Argentina, Colombia, Peru).
Having been instrumental in developing processes for transforming language learning, he co-launched Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) under the auspices of the European Commission, and now works on developing, piloting and analysing the implementation of CLIL models globally. His work has been recognized through various awards including the English-speaking Union (2008), Estonian Educational Sciences (2009), recognition from the UAE (2012/2014), and an Honorary Doctorate from Valencian International University (2013).
In recent years, his work on transforming education has become increasingly wide-ranging. This extends from developing education in Finland, designing blueprints for international schools, hands-on teacher professional development and creating TEDx events, to academic, analytic and research tasks. In 2017 he has embarked on cooperation with the Instituto Interuniversitario de Calidad y Buenas Prácticas, Oxford University Press, and private and public entities globally. A special focus of interest is the impact of languages on the mind and brain, and adjusting educational practices to accommodate the needs of digitally astute young people.