Brett Wigdortz

United Kingdom
Co-founder of Teach For All; Founder and CEO of Teach First
Teach First

Brett Wigdortz is the Co-Founder of Teach For All and has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. Brett wrote the original business plan for the charity while working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and then took what was originally planned as a six-month leave of absence in February 2002 to develop and build support for the idea.

Before coming to London, his previous time at McKinsey was spent as a consultant in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, Brett developed southeast Asia policy and business programmes at the Asia Society in New York City. He has also worked as a journalist in Asia and as a researcher at the East- West Center in Honolulu, focusing on energy and economic development issues.

He is originally from New Jersey and has an Honors Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Richmond and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Hawai’i. He currently serves as a trustee of Future Leaders, which recruits and trains the next generation of outstanding headteachers for challenging urban secondary schools.

He was named the 2007 UK Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2010 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) European Leadership Award. He was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Years Honours List. His book, Success Against the Odds—Five lessons on how to achieve the impossible was selected as WHSmith’s business book of the Month in September 2012.

Brett is married with three small children.