Michael Trucano is the World Bank's Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world.
At a practical working level, Mr. Trucano provides policy advice, research and technical assistance to governments seeking to utilize new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their education systems. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Trucano has been advisor on, evaluator of, and/or working-level participant in, educational technology initiatives in over 50 middle- and low-income countries.
A frequent public speaker and interview subject on the use of technology in education around the world, and on ICT use for development (ICT4D) purposes more broadly, he is the principal voice behind the World Bank's influential EduTech blog. He also regularly serves as a 'master of ceremonies' or moderator at conferences and industry events, including the annual Global Symposium on ICT use in Education (GSIE) in Seoul, which he helped to establish in 2007 on behalf of the World Bank, working with the Korean Education & Research Information Service (KERIS) and the Korean Ministry of education. He also regularly presents and moderates sessions at the Education World Forum, the world's largest annual gathering of education ministers.
Mr. Trucano leads the World Bank's global solutions group on 'innovation in education', which maintains the World Bank's internal knowledgebase on related topics, provides technical support and guidance to large scale national education projects around the world, and sponsors numerous knowledge-sharing events each year. He also directs related analytical work under the World Bank's flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT), including a related working paper series.
In addition to his advisory work on projects funded by the World Bank and other international aid agencies and donors, he serves on a number of external advisory boards for non-profit groups, international development agencies and prize committees, including Digital Promise Global, Dfid's Digital Advisory Panel, the OECD's PISA 2021 ICT Expert Group, the mEducation Alliance, and the International Literacy Prizes of the U.S. Library of Congress.
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Mike previously served as the ICT and Education Specialist at infoDev, the multi-donor 'ICT knowledge shop' housed within the World Bank's Global ICT Department (GICT), where he coordinated activities related to information and communication technologies and the Millennium Development Goals ("ICTs for MDGs"), especially as they related to education. He also led infoDev's work exploring the use of various low-cost ICT devices to meet developmental objectives in the social sectors, and managed the program's mobile banking work. While at infoDev, he curated a popular list of 'low cost ICT devices and initiatives for use in the education sector in developing countries'.
Mike joined the World Bank Group in 1997, first working at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and as part of the education team at the World Bank Institute, where he was a core member of the team that developed the World Links for Development Program, which helped introduce educational technology programs for the first time in 22 medium and low income countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
A native of Minnesota (USA), Mike is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, with additional study at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and Prague's Charles University. An avid soccer player, he lives with his family outside of Washington, DC.
You can find Mike on Twitter @trucano.
Leads the World Bank's Global Solutions Group on Technology and Innovation in Education
Advisor on, evaluator of, and/or working-level participant in, educational technology initiatives in over 50 middle- and low-income countries
Founder, The World Bank EduTech blog
Leads analytical work under the World Bank's flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results related to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (SABER-ICT)
Book: Building and sustaining national education technology agencies: Lessons from international experiences
Co-Founder, the Global Symposium on ICT Use in Education