Anders Hedberg

Senior Advisor, Workforce & Education, Diplomatic Courier, Philadelphia, PA, USA
His strategic plans for 2050 will impact the future of society


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How to Build a Stronger Global STEM Talent Marketplace

The STEM talent pipeline starts in the home of pre-K students and ends in the workplace, but much is lost on the way. Prognostics about future talent needs will force us to plug some leaks and increase the flow, particularly with emphasis on K-12 education. Since 2000, the OECD has provided comparative information about high school graduates’ readiness for life in 60 countries though PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) reports on student skills in reading, math, science, and problem solving, released every three years. TIMSS (Trends in Mathematics and Science Study administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, NCES) adds a picture of progress in 4th and 8th grade student achievement in science and math, also comparing 60 nations, but in four-year increments. Both studies rank countries on all outcomes, and education analysts have flocked to nations that consistently come out on top. Much has therefore been written about Singapore, Japan, and Finland, but little about the low performing nations. They are left to figure out how to catch up, which is heavy lifting since the variations are huge. OECD and NCES have helped guide our attention to the importance of knowledge and skills of particular importance for the future workforce, namely Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Pulling in the same direction, Academies of Science in Australia, Chile, France, Sweden, the U.S., and other nations have led IBSE (Inquiry-Based Science Education) initiatives in partnership with organizations like the US-Mexico Science Foundation (FUMEC), the Smithsonian Institution, and a number of multinational corporations with support from EC, NSF and World Bank, among others. It is now widely accepted that IBSE leads to increased student interest and learning of science.



Anders Hedberg earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physiology and Pharmacology at the School of Medicine, University of Göteborg, Sweden. Dr. Hedberg has taught and conducted research at the School of Medicine, U. of Göteborg, AstraZeneca Cardiovascular, Göteborg, Sweden, Universität Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frankfurt a/M, Germany, University of Colorado Medical School in Denver, and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Hedberg has pursued research and published extensively on mechanisms of pharmacological intervention in hypertension, heart failure, myocardial ischemia and thrombosis, holding positions as Principal Scientist, Research Group Leader and Section Head in the Department of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Bristol-Myers Squibb Research & Development (BMSR&D). As Director, BMSR&D Center for Science Education, Dr. Hedberg was responsible for science communication, education, and training of BMSR&D scientists worldwide. He also developed a comprehensive science outreach program for BMS, with focus on improvement of science education in countries where BMS operates and established strong alliances with leading national and international science education agencies in government, private, and non-profit sectors.

As Director, BMS Corporate Philanthropy, in addition to oversight and governance of the company’s global charitable giving, he led the worldwide education program of Bristol-Myers Squibb, including grant making and program development in medical research, preK-20 STEM and health education. Dr. Hedberg has served on several national boards, including the Smithsonian Science Education Center, (Chair Emer.), SSEC International Coalition (Chair Emer.), Teach for America, National Alliance of Business, Biological Science Curriculum Study, the Conference Board Education Council, Rider University Science Advisory Board (Chair Emer.), the R&D Council of New Jersey and the Newgrange School of Princeton, NJ. He is a member of the STEMconnector Innovation Task Force where he co-chairs the Subcommittee on Global Breakthroughs. He currently leads a private consultancy firm specializing in partnership development and collaboration between the education, private and government sectors for STEM education and workforce development in the US and internationally. Dr. Hedberg divides his time between office locations in the greater New York/Philadelphia Metropolitan area and Stockholm, Sweden.