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HARALD BEYER is an unassuming kind of guy. Before becoming Chile’s education minister he worked for more than 20 years at Santiago’s Centre for Public Studies, a think-tank. He published papers on inequality, the labor market and, above all, education


It’s fair to describe him as an educational nerd. There are few people in the country who know as much about the subject as he does.

Mr Beyer doesn’t belong to a political party. He advised Socialist President Michelle Bachelet on her education policy in 2006. In 2011 he became the third education minister of Sebastián Piñera, the current, centre-right president.