Professor Power brings to the Eidos Institute Ltd Board expertise in corporate governance, research and development activities in private and public sectors, education and training, and national and international partnerships.
Colin Power was Deputy Director-General of UNESCO from 1999 to 2000 and Assistant Director-General for Education from 1989 to 1998. As such, he was responsible for the overall policy and management of the education programmes of the UN playing a central role in all of UNESCO’s major initiatives, such as International Literacy Year, Education for All, International Commission on Education for 21st Century, World Teachers’ Day, World Conferences on education and development, and in the UN’s struggle to alleviate poverty, to defend human rights, to protect world heritage sites, and to ensure development is sustainable.
From 1978 to 1988, he was Professor of Education at Flinders University of South Australia and is an Emeritus Professor of the University. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and was Alumnus of the Year 2002. He is also Chair of the Commonwealth Consortium for Education, President of World Education Fellowship (Australia), editor in-chief of Educational Research for Policy and Practice and a Director of the Eidos Institute.
Throughout his career, Professor Power has been frequently called upon to give strategic advice to heads of state and governments on key issues in development; to assist countries and minority groups in negotiations with development agencies and banks; to build consensus, alliances and partnerships; and to help resolve conflicts between nations and international organizations. For example, he played a leading role in forging a consensus on the education–for-all initiative within the UN system, and in the development and implementation of international and national human development policy and programs. As a result, the number of children with no access to schooling has fallen by 40 million and the number of illiterates by over 250 million.
Professor Power played an important role in dealing with crises affecting education and development, and in the reconstruction and reform of education systems. For example, he was a member of the Commonwealth Task Force on Human Resource Development for the New South Africa, after which he worked with Nelson Mandela and his government on the development and reform of its education system; with the Palestinian Authority and Israel to promote mutual understanding and respect; with the new nations emerging after the collapse of the Soviet Union and nations after conflict on laying the foundations for building a culture of peace, democracy and social cohesion. On his return to Australia, Professor Power played a key role in the establishment of the Eidos Institute, a research and ideas co-operative linking nine Australian Universities, once again demanding consensus building and building of win-win partnerships in Australia’s highly competitive higher education system.
- Past Deputy Director, UNESCO
- Foundation Chair, EIDOS (2002-2006)
- President, World Education Fellowship (Australia)
- Chair, Commonwealth Consortium for Education
- Adjunct Professor, The University of Queensland, St.Lucia, Brisbane
- Fellow, Australian College of Educators (FACE)
- Editor-in-Chief of Educational Research for Policy and Practice