Lowell Milken is an international businessman and education reform visionary. He is the founder of the NIET and chairman of the Milken Family Foundation. In 1985 Lowell created the Milken Educator Awards, the most well known teacher recognition program in the USA. In 2005 Lowell Milken launched NIET which runs the Best Practices Center and TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, which offers powerful opportunities for advancement, professional growth, accountability and competitive compensation for public school teachers. NIET's proven reforms impact 100,000 teachers and a million students. Globally Lowell is co-founder of Knowledge Universe, the leader in early childhood education, and chairs UK-based Heron International, a leader in international property development.