Michael Trucano Sr. ICT & Education Specialist
Global Lead, Innovation in Education
The World Bank
Michael Trucano is the World Bank’s Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, serving as the organization’s focal point 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, Mike 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 18 years, Mike has been advisor on, evaluator of, and/or working-level participant in, educational technology initiatives in over 45 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.
On the research side, Mike leads the World Bank’s related analytical work under its flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT).
As part of his official duties, he leads the World Bank’s global solutions group on ‘innovation in education’, which helps to maintain the organization’s internal knowledgebase on related topics, provides technical support and guidance to country projects, and sponsors numerous knowledge-sharing events each year.
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 and prize committees and organizes off-the-record efforts to help groups learn from ‘failed’ projects and initiatives.