ISTP 2024

The International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) brings together education ministers, union leaders and other teacher leaders from high-performing and rapidly improving education systems to identify best practices and engage in open conversations on how best to strengthen the teaching profession and raise student achievement.

The Ministry of Education, Singapore is honoured to co-host the 14th ISTP with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Education International (EI), from 22 to 24 April 2024. The theme for this ISTP is ‘Reimagining Education, Realising Potential’, and delegates will exchange and reflect on the following focus areas:

  • Future of Learning and Implications for Teaching
  • Role of Technology in Transforming Education and Vocational Training
  • Partnerships to Support Learning for Life

The logo for the 14th ISTP draws inspiration from trees. Just as trees are fundamental to our ecosystem, nurturing and providing support, the teaching profession plays a pivotal role in the growth and development of our students. To ensure our teachers are equipped to undertake this vital responsibility, the ISTP supports and strengthens the professional growth of teachers to create a lasting impact for the next generation.


The Ministry of Education (MOE) formulates and implements education policies on education structure, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. At the pre-tertiary level, it oversees the development and administration of MOE kindergartens, government and government-aided primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges and a centralised institute. The MOE also oversees the development of the higher education sector through policy oversight and resourcing of the post-secondary education institutions (PSEIs).

The MOE is committed to bring out the best in every child by providing a variety of learning opportunities, nurturing the whole child holistically. This broad-based approach to education exposes each child to different possibilities and ensures a strong foundation for learning in various domains. In addition, MOE has created a variegated education landscape with diverse pathways, aimed at helping our children cultivate essential life skills in a rapidly changing world, such as creativity, confidence, compassion and resilience. Collectively, these are MOE’s efforts to ensure that all our students acquire a broad and deep foundation necessary for a lifelong journey of learning.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. It shapes policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, the OECD works on establishing evidence-based international standards and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, the OECD provides a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting

Education International (EI) is a Global Union Federation that brings together organisations of teachers and other education employees from across the world. Through our 383 member organisations, EI represents more than 32 million teachers and education support personnel in 178 countries and territories. As the global voice of teachers and education support personnel EI champions free, quality, publicly funded education for every student and promote the interests of teachers and education support personnel at the international level. All of EI’s policies, programmes and advocacy efforts aim to advance social justice.


Chan Chun Sing

Minister for Education, Singapore.

Mr Chan Chun Sing was appointed Singapore's Minister for Education on 15 May 2021. He is also Minister-in-charge of the Public Service since 1 May 2018.

Mr Chan drove Singapore’s economic and industrial development as Minister for Trade and Industry (MTI) from 1 May 2018 to 14 May 2021. At MTI, he ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, as well as deepened international cooperation on the digital economy. As Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association from 1 October 2015 to 14 May 2021, he oversaw national efforts to foster social cohesion.

From May 2015 to May 2018, he was Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and expanded the Labour Movement network to represent all working people in Singapore. Prior to NTUC, he served as Minister for Social and Family Development (2013-2015) and Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (2011-12). He was also Second Minister for Defence (2013-15) and Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts (2011-12).

Serving with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) from 1987 to 2011, Mr Chan held various appointments including Chief of Army. He left the SAF to run in the 2011 General Election and was elected Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar Group Representation Constituency.

An SAF (Overseas) and President’s Scholarship holder, he graduated with First Class Honours in Economics from Christ’s College, Cambridge University, UK. He was also awarded the 1998 Distinguished Master Strategist Award by the US Army Command and General Staff College. In 2005, he completed the Sloan Fellows Programme at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship.

Born in 1969, Mr Chan is married with three children and enjoys reading and jogging.

Yoshiki Takeuchi

Deputy Secretary-General
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Mr. Yoshiki Takeuchi was appointed Deputy Secretary-General in November 2021, overseeing the strategic direction of OECD policies across a diverse spectrum, including Education, Centre for Skills, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunities, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, as well as the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. He also represents the OECD at the Financial Stability Board and guides OECD work with the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Takeuchi has had a distinguished career over nearly four decades at the Japanese Ministry of Finance. Prior to joining the OECD, he served as Special Advisor to Japan's Minister of Finance. He was Vice-Minister for International Affairs (2019-2020), Director-General of the International Bureau (2016-2019) and has held other senior positions including as Deputy Minister in many international fora such as G7, G20, IDA and International Monetary and Finance Committee.

Mr. Takeuchi has a wealth of experience in the field of international economy and finance. He worked closely with international organisations including the IMF, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and other regional development institutions. He also led Japan's G20 Presidency finance team with a particular focus on digital taxation, quality infrastructure investment, capital flow management and global imbalances.

Mr Takeuchi holds a B.A. in Law from University of Tokyo, a MPhil in Economics from University of Oxford and conducted research at Chatham House.

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that have created a global platform for policy makers, researchers and educators across nations and cultures to innovate and transform educational policies and practices.

He has worked for over 20 years with ministers and education leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that Schleicher “understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth” (The Atlantic, July 11). Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove called Schleicher “the most important man in English education” – even though he is German and lives in France.

Before joining the OECD, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”. He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

David Edwards

General Secretary
Education International

David Edwards, PhD is General Secretary of Education International (EI). David became General Secretary in 2018 after seven years as El's Deputy General Secretary directing education policy, advocacy, research and communications.

Prior to joining El, David was an Associate Director at the National Education Association of the United States. He has worked as an Education Specialist at the Organisation of American States and began his career as a public high school teacher.

David grew up in Pennsylvania. He is fluent in Spanish and German and is conversant in French. His Doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership is from the University of Maryland in the United States.

Susan Hopgood

Education International

Susan Hopgood is President of Education International (EI) and former Federal Secretary of the Australian Education Union (AEU). She began her career as a mathematics teacher and later served with the union full-time in the position of Women's Officer, a job she held until 1993. She was elected to AEU's top office in 2006, the first woman to achieve that position. Ms. Hopgood was appointed President of EI by the Executive Board in 2009 and elected President at the 6th EI World Congress in Cape Town in 2011."

Anthony Mackay

ISTP 2024 Moderator

Mr Anthony Mackay is immediate past CEO and current Co-Chair of the Washington DC-based National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE).

Anthony is the Deputy Chancellor at Swinburne University, Melbourne; Honorary Senior Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education Southern Cross University, Australia; and Visiting Professor, International Centre for Educational Enhancement, University of Bolton UK

Anthony is currently CEO, Centre for Strategic Education, Melbourne and Co-Chair of Learning Creates Australia. He is immediate past Chair and current Board Director of the Australian Council for Educational Research. Anthony was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and inaugural Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Anthony is also a co-founder of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) and was Foundation Chair of the Innovation Unit UK. He is an Expert Advisor to OECD, to the WISE Leadership Network & the Global Cities Education Network. He is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and co-convenor of the Brookings / NCEE Knowledge Exchange.

Besides serving as Moderator for the annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession, Anthony is also a co-moderator for the High Performing Systems for Tomorrow Programme [RL1].

Wong Siew Hoong

ISTP 2024 Moderator

Mr Wong Siew Hoong is the Advisor to the Ministry of Education, Singapore. He was formerly the Director-General of Education, he oversaw, with a team of Deputy Directors-General and divisional directors, all professional issues related to teaching and learning in schools. These included, for example, curriculum planning and development, school management and professional development of teachers.

Mr Wong studied History at the National University of Singapore and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. He completed a Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education. He also obtained a Master in Education from Harvard University, USA.

Mr Wong taught History and English in a junior college and a secondary school and was a Principal of two secondary schools before his appointment in the Ministry’s headquarters as Director of Schools, Deputy Director-General of Education (Curriculum) and Director-General of Education in 2015.

Mr Wong had served on several boards. He was the Chairman for the Board of SEAMEO Regional Language Centre. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Environment Agency, Health Promotion Board, National Arts Council, The Gardens by the Bay Company and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

He is currently Chairman of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board and the TALIS Governing Board at the OECD and the Deputy Chairman for the National Institute of Education Council. He also serves on the Board of the Founders’ Memorial, the Governing Board of the Singapore International School (Hong Kong) and the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.