Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having
Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook «Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.»
Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.
He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph. D. from Stanford and a bachelor’s from IIT Madras.
Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification and Behavioral Design. He is the Original Creator of the Octalysis Framework, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. He is currently President of The Octalysis Group and the Founder of Octalysis Prime. Yu-kai has been a regular speaker/lecturer on gamification and motivation worldwide, including at organizations like Google, Tesla, Stanford University, LEGO, Sberbank, TEDx, Boston Consulting Group, Gamified India, Huawei, the Innovation Center in Denmark, Kingdom of Bahrain government, and many more. His work has affected over 1 Billion users’ experiences across the world.
In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.
Prior to taking current role in 2009, Salcito was general manager of education in the United States, supporting schools and universities across the country. During this time, he helped launch the company’s cornerstone education programs. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future — a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.
Salcito joined Microsoft in 1992, spending his early years at the company architecting high profile product launches for Windows NT and Windows 95.
Josh Bersin is an analyst, author, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market. He is often cited as one of the leading HR and workplace industry analysts in the world.
He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next ten years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership and became a recognized expert in the talent market. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. He continues to serve as a senior advisor to Deloitte, advising large organizations and contributing to major research initiatives. He also sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education.
Bersin is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events and a popular blogger with more than 700,000 followers on LinkedIn.
Prior to founding Bersin & Associates, Josh spent 25 years in product development, product management, marketing, and sales of e-learning and other enterprise technologies. His education includes a BS in engineering from Cornell University, an MS in engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of two books, The Blended Learning Handbook and The Training Measurement Book, along with dozens of studies on corporate HR, learning, and talent technologies. He currently has a third book under contract with Harvard Business Publishing.
Richard Culatta, chief executive officer, brings vast experience in education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology and innovation to his role with ISTE. Culatta is a longtime ISTE member and a past recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award. Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. In this role, he focused on developing partnerships to improve opportunities for students, including launching a program to make Rhode Island the first state to offer computer science in every K-12 school and creating a state vision for personalized learning. As the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalized learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan. He also pioneered new ways for the department to engage with educators and tech developers.
Prior to his role with the Department of Education, Culatta served as an education policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. He was also the learning technologies adviser for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University where he redesigned the technology component of the teacher prep program. He also served as the director of operations for the Rose Education Foundation, which brought the first internet connections to schools in rural Guatemala. Culatta began his career in the classroom as a high school teacher and, across his career, has coached educators and national leaders around the world on using technology as a tool to reimagine learning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master's in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University.
Regier is responsible for expanding the university’s digital immersion program and advancing the university’s leadership role in education innovation. During his tenure as dean,the fully online student population grew from 400 to more than 28,000, and the number of online degree programs grew from six to 150 as of Fall 2017. Today, online programs at ASU utilize more than 200 technologies, and the university is a co-convener of the ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, the largest and most recognized assembly of education technology entrepreneurs, investors, and users in the world.A philosophy major and math minor, Phil earned his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He also holds a PhD in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
As Minerva’s Chief Experience Officer, Robin Goldberg leads all aspects of the student experience. Goldberg is responsible for driving student recruitment, city immersion and student life, as well as the lifelong professional development and support Minerva provides to its students. She is also responsible for marketing and creative, which includes managing the Minerva brand, building awareness, and driving engagement. Prior to joining Minerva in 2012, Goldberg worked at Blurb, where she held the positions of Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, and Senior Vice President of Blurb International. During her tenure, Blurb became widely-recognized in the self-publishing industry. As head of International, Goldberg led the company’s geographic expansion and was responsible for delivering more than half of Blurb’s revenue.
Prior to Blurb, Goldberg spent four years as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Lonely Planet, where she helped to redefine how the organization approached marketing and successfully drove sales revenue up by 50 percent. Prior to Lonely Planet, Goldberg held several key marketing roles in technology and consumer brand companies, including Nestle, Clorox, and ClickAction. She earned her M.B.A. at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley.
Yigal (Igor) Rosen is a Senior Director of Learning Solutions at ACTNext/ACT and Lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He provides thought leadership on learning sciences, adaptive learning, and innovative assessment design in support of ACT’s transition to a learning company. Yigal is leading the development of innovative learning and assessment systems, including PISA 2021 creative thinking assessment, and ACT products for computational thinking and teamwork. Yigal obtained his Ph.D. degree in Learning Sciences from the University of Haifa.
Dr. Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education, where he holds the position of the first Global Director of Education at KidZania.
KidZania, where children can experience the world of work through role-play, is designed to inspire and empower: “from inspiration to aspiration”. Since its inception in 1999 in Mexico City, KidZania now has a presence in 24 cities on 5 continents with further plans for some 20 locations including the USA and Canada.
Before this, Dr. Graus was the founding CEO of the Children’s University, now a multiple-award winning international charity providing exciting and innovative learning opportunities outside school hours.
In his book ‘Natural Born Learners’, author Alex Beard says: “In learning terms, Ger Graus is Jean-Jacques Rousseau meets Willy Wonka.”