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Hal Abelson

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nicole Allen

Jophus Anamuah-Mensah

  • Open University

Andrew Armentano

  • Qatar Foundation International

Kwasi Asare

  • Moodlerooms

Executive Director of business development at Moodlerooms. He drives new business opportunities, strategic investments, indirect revenue, and business partnerships at Moodlerooms. Prior to joining Moodlerooms, Asare associate director of education technology at the U.S. Department of Education. He was responsible for teaching and learning technology strategy, policy, and research in the Office of Education Technology. Before his appointment at the department, Asare held leadership roles in product management, marketing, and development at IBM and Computer Associates. He also serves as senior advisor for the Simmons Memorial Foundation, a mentoring organization for college bound high school students and on the board of directors for the IVG Foundation, which serves college students. Asare holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in business administration from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Asare was a member of the of the prestigious Broad Residency in Urban Education (Class of 2009-2011), serving his two-year Residency at the U.S. Department of Education. He and his wife Tamika reside in Washington, DC.

Lila Bailey

Richard Baraniuk

  • Rice University

Jonathan Bergmann

Jon believes teachers should ask one question: What is best for my students? Answering this question led him to start flipping his classroom in 2006-2007 school year. He is considered one of the pioneers of the flipped class movement, wrote a book on the flipped class, writes a blog on all things flipped, has a popular youtube channel, and manages a network of over 3000 educators flipping their classes . In 2010 he was a semi-finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2003. He is currently the Lead Technology Facilitator at The Joesph Sears School, in Kenilworth Illinois.

Karien Bezuidenhout

  • Shuttleworth Foundation/Siyavula

Ed Bice

  • Meedan

Ed has been working since 2006 on the idea that the internet should be moving more content between language communities - specifically, he has been working with Meedan to explore crowdsourced hybrid (humans plus machines) approaches to web translation to bridge Arabic and English speaking communities on the web. Meedan has released two global Educational platforms - Yallah Forum focused on informal discussions between students, and C2C (Classroom to Classroom) focused on conversations between classroms. Ed sits on the Open Education Technology Advisory Group for the Qatar Foundation International, and was an invited speaker at the 2011 WISE conference. He is a co-chair of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership (UPP) and the Middle East Strategy Group of the Aspen Institute. Joi Ito included Ed in his 2008 book Freesouls, portraits of 296 people working to build the open web. Ed holds a US patent on hybrid human and machine translation and has been published in national press including the NY Times, New Republic, and Mother Jones, and has been interviewed on national and international radio news programs like NPR, BBC, and CBS. He attended Carleton College where he received a B.A. in philosophy. When he is not editing staff bios and sending emails, Ed folds laundry and cooks with garlic for his family in Woodacre, California.

Ahrash Bissell

Tony Bloome

  • US Agency for International Development

Linda Burch

Linda Burch is a co-founder and Chief Education and Strategy Officer of Common Sense Media, a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and the independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Linda leads Common Sense Media’s education efforts, new program and strategy development. She is the architect of Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship program that includes an OER K-12 curriculum developed in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education that is being used in over 28,000 schools in the US and 1000 schools around the globe. The Hewlett Foundation funded the initial research and development of the initial middle school curriculum.

Neil Butcher

Neil Butcher is based in South Africa, from where he has provided policy and technical advice and support to a range of national and international clients regarding educational planning, uses of educational technology and distance education, both as a full-time employee at the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) from 1993 to 2001 and as Director of Neil Butcher & Associates. He has worked with various educational institutions, assisting with transformation efforts that focus on effectively harnessing the potential of distance education methods, educational technology, and OER. Neil has travelled extensively through the world conducting research on higher education, distance education, and educational technology for a range of organizations, governments, and donors. He is currently working with SAIDE on its OER Africa Initiative, which is funded by the Hewlett Foundation and is managing the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa’s Educational Technology Initiative.

Steve Carson

Steve is External Relations Director for MIT OpenCourseWare. His responsibilities include sustainability initiatives; strategic partnerships with other organizations; MIT OpenCourseWare's support of opencourseware projects at other institutions; special projects in priority areas; and project evaluation. Steve also served as the first president of the OpenCourseWare Consortium from 2008 to 2011, where he oversaw the incorporation of the organization as an independent non-proft, secured funding to support its operation and helped grow membership to include more than 250 universities globally. He currently serves on the organization's board of directors. Prior to joining the MIT OpenCourseWare team, Steve served as Associate Director of Emerson College's Division of Continuing Education in Boston, where - in addition to managing core academic activities of the division - he developed and taught Emerson's first asynchronous, Web-based distance learning course. Steve earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and taught creative and expository writing there for five years.

Carla Casilli

Carla leads Mozilla's Open Badges project and acts as the liaison to Mozilla's Learning Group. She oversees communication outreach efforts and strategizes on badge assessment, implementation and application. Currently she's focused on badge system design. Carla has an MA in media psychology and social change and a BFA in graphic design and writing.

Cathy Casserly

Catherine M. Casserly is CEO of Creative Commons (CC), a global nonprofit that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the development of legal tools and infrastructure. With affiliates in 70 countries around the world, CC works to realize the full potential of the internet. CC licenses are currently used on more than 450 million works. Cathy’s career has been dedicated to equalizing educational opportunity and supporting the developing openness movement. As the Director of the OER Initiative at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, she managed more than $100 million in investments to harness the efficiency and effectiveness of knowledge sharing. At the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Cathy spearheaded work in the areas of transparency and technology, including a continuous performance improvement system to create alternative mathematics pathways for community college students. Cathy has been instrumental in supporting many young organizations and currently sits on the boards of Startl and Peer-2-Peer University, and serves on advisory committees for MIT OpenCourseWare and the University of the People. She earned her Ph.D. in the economics of education from Stanford University and a B.A. in mathematics from Boston College.

Linda Chaput


Madhav Chavan

  • Pratham

Jennifer Childress

  • Achieve, Inc.

Barbara Chow

  • Hewlett Fdn

Luc Chu

  • Fantasy Foundation of Culture and Arts

Gay Clyburn

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Gay Clyburn is associate vice president, public affairs and is responsible for external relations, marketing and communications, publishing, electronic communications and special events. She has been with the Foundation since 1999. She came to the Foundation from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities where she directed communications and developed the association's public affairs, and integrated interactive communications and diversity programs. She has a background in higher education communications at both the national and campus levels and has written and spoken on media training, strategic planning, crisis communications and public higher education issues. Clyburn has a master of liberal arts degree from Stanford University and a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jane Cullen

  • Open University

Robert Cummings

With #Pete Forsyth Robert Cummings is planning the Open Education Collaborative Documentation Project, which will provide opportunities for OER experts to work together on improving Wikipedia content to both enhance the success of their OER projects and public awareness of OER generally. Cummings has been using Wikipedia as a teaching tool since 2004. In 2011 his book Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia (Vanderbilt UP: 2009), won the thirtieth annual MLA Mina Shaughnessy Prize for outstanding scholarly work with application to the teaching of English. His current research continues to focus on how network knowledge is reshaping higher education and redefining the cultural value of rhetoric.

Sir John Daniel

  • Commonwealth of Learning

Sir John Daniel spent 17 years as a university president in Canada (Laurentian University) and the UK (Open University) before joining UNESCO as Assistant Director-General for Education in 2001 and serving as President of the Commonwealth of Learning from 2004-2012. He has been closely involved in the development of open and distance learning nearly 40 years. Best known among his 300+ publications are his books Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education and Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1994 he has received 31 honorary doctorates from universities in 17 countries. He is currently directing the COL/UNESCO Hewlett-supported project 'Fostering Governmental Support for OER Internationally'

Susan D'Antoni

  • Athabasca University

Katie Davis

Katie Davis is a Project Manager at Harvard Project Zero, where she investigates the role of digital media technologies in adolescents' academic, social, and moral lives. In addition to publishing and presenting her research in scholarly venues, Katie regularly shares her work with parents, teachers, and school administrators in an effort to build connections between educational research and practice.

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis, full time high school teacher, is the co-founder of the Flat Classroom Projects which have connected students from kindergarten through college. Thousands of students collaborate on the wikis and projects each semester. She is co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds with Julie Lindsay in Beijing and author of the award winning Cool Cat Teacher Blog and has been named one of the most influential educators on Twitter. She also directs the Flat Classroom Conference and Live Events 501(c)3 nonprofit which brings students and teachers together throughout the world to envision the future of education in a flattened environment. Sessions have been held in Qatar (2009), Mumbai (2010,2012), Beijing (2011), and will be held in Germany (2012) and Japan (2013) in the near future.

Juan Carlos De Martin


John Dehlin

  • Open Stories Foundation

Maria Diarra

  • Institute for Popular Education

Ariel Diaz

Paul Draghi

  • Yale University

Chris Dubia

  • Qatar Foundation International

Erik Duval

  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Gary Elliott-Cirigottis

  • Programme Manager, Institute of Education, Open University
  • Project Manager OLnet
  • email:

Karen Fasimpaur

K-12 content producer and ed tech coach, community leader at P2PU School of Ed, co-founder of Kids Open Dictionary.

Frances Ferreira

  • Commonwealth of Learning

Dean Florez Michelson

Pete Forsyth

Pete is a Wikipedia and wiki expert, and the founder of the Wiki Strategies consulting agency. With Dr. #Robert Cummings he is planning the Open Education Collaborative Documentation Project, which will provide opportunities for OER experts to work together on improving Wikipedia content relevant to their work.

Hosting a Wikipedia editing event during the Hack Day, to explore opportunities to collaboratively improve Wikipedia coverage of OER and open education. Please add your name to the signup list on that page if interested!

Mary Lou Forward

  • OpenCourseWare Consortium

Eric Frank

  • Flat World Knowledge (open textbooks)

Gordon Freedman

  • National Laboratory for Education Transformation

Urs Gasser

  • Berkman Center

Jenny Glennie

  • South African Institute for Distance Education

Diana Gowen

  • Intel

Erhardt Graeff

Erhardt Graeff has worked in OER the past few years as a consultant for and a research assistant at the Berkman Center under Carolina Rossini. In 2009, he and Carolina studied the American Educational Materials industry, looking for the political and economic opportunities for expanding OER development and use. He most recently worked at Harvard Project Zero studying youth perspectives on digital media. Erhardt is also the co-founder of BetterGrads, an online college mentoring program for high school students; the Web Ecology Project, a community of internet researchers; and The Awesome Foundation (Boston), a small group of people who like to fund hugely awesome things.

Cable Green

As Director of Global Learning, Cable sets CC's strategic direction and priorities to build on the global OER movement. Cable leads CC's project to provide technical assistance to the US Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community and Career Training grantees. Previously, Green was the Director of eLearning and Open Education for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, where he led the Open Course Library, creates low-cost, digital, openly licensed (CC BY) instructional materials for 81 high impact community college courses.

Alex Grodd

  • Better Lesson

Lisa Gruwell

  • Wikimedia Foundation

Suzanne Philion @SuzKP

  • U.S. Department of State/Educational & Cultural Affairs Bureau

Suzanne Philion (@SuzKP) joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in May 2002. Suzanne is currently the Senior Advisor for Innovation in State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural (ECA) Affairs, responsible for strategically incorporating technology to support ECA's mission of fostering international mutual understanding. She is a public diplomacy officer and has served at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium (2002 - 2004), and the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia (2005 - 2008). Suzanne has also served in various Washington positions, including Public Diplomacy Officer for North America, and New Media Advisor for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Suzanne received her B.A. from State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton ('99), and her M.A. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service ('01). Suzanne has a four year old son who was born in Colombia, but totally looks like a gringo.

Gerry Hanley

  • California State University at Long Beach

Alana Harrington

  • The Saylor Foundation

David Harris

  • Connexions/OpenStax College

Phyllis Hillwig

  • Words & Numbers

Erik Hofer

Erik Hofer provides operational and strategic leadership to the Medical School Information Services (MSIS) organization in the areas of learning support infrastructure, overseeing MSIS’s applied research and development, instructional design, and professional development support departments. Hofer also directs the Office of Enabling Technologies within MSIS, leading the applied research and development of strategic technologies and services. His research activities have included (1) the development and evaluation of high performance collaboration technologies, (2) the implementation of a national-scale training program for computational science and engineering education that leverages collaboration technologies, and (3) investigations into the sociotechnical factors that enable high-performing scientific and engineering collaborations. Erik is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan, School of Information, where he teaches a course on personal informatics.

Mark Horner

  • Siyavula Project Manager, Shuttleworth Foundation

Benjamin Hubbard

  • University of California, Berkeley

Sally Johnstone

Sally M. Johnstone is the Vice President for Academic Advancement at the Western Governors University, a competency-based, on-line institution headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Prior to joining WGU in October 2011, she was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at a traditional comprehensive university, Winona State University in Minnesota, USA. She also spent over 15 years at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Dr. Johnstone’s experiences include work on policy issues for higher education institutions and system organizations, inter-institutional collaborations, quality assurance issues, project development and evaluation, and international projects. She has worked with UNESCO on education and open educational resource issues for over a decade, and currently serves on the U.S. UNESCO Commission. Dr. Johnstone also serves on the editorial boards for Change magazine (USA) and the Journal of Open Learning (UK). She has authored dozens of articles, books, and reports on issues of integrating information and communication technology into academics. Johnstone earned her Ph. D. in experimental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Kim Jones

  • Curriki

Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki, a non profit organization focused on improving education through technology for children.

Kim was formerly an Executive with Sun Microsystems for over 20 years. Most recently Kim was President and Managing Director for Sun UK & Ireland. In this role she oversaw all sales and managerial functions within Sun's UK operations, across all technology lines of business.

Prior to accepting the role of UK MD, Kim was Vice President of Global Education, Government and Healthcare, where she headed up a team committed to providing advanced technologies and services to key constituencies in the public sector. It was during this time that Kim established education as an independent line of business for Sun. During Kim’s leadership, Curriki was incubated in the education development community of, better known as the Global Education and Learning Community. Realizing the value that such a contribution would bring to the teaching community, Kim was instrumental in leading the charge to make Curriki a non-profit, committed to advancing the open source educational resources movement.

Prior to this position, Kim held a number of general management, sales and marketing roles at Sun where she had extensive global experience working in over 100 countries around the world including Europe, Asia, Latin America, the United States and all of the emerging markets.

Kim has been active in driving policy initiatives, evidenced by her testimony before the Congressional Web based Education Commission in the USA. She is also regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world, including NCTET, the Worldwide Education & Research Conference (WWERC) in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and other key public sector forums.

In addition to her role at Curriki, Kim is a member of the MIT Open Courseware Industry Advisory Council.

Kim has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her career including the Sun Leadership Award, the prestigious YWCA Award for Women in Business, and in 2006, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. Kim has an honorary PHD from the University of Edinburgh, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, San Diego.

Heather Joseph


Hannah Kahn

  • Hewlett Foundation

Neeru Khosla

  • CK-12 Foundation

Sarah Kirn

  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Erin Knight

  • Mozilla Foundation

Alex Kozak

  • Google

Nanda Krish

  • Words and Numbers

Vijay Kumar

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Reg Leichty

  • Education Counsel

Ronaldo Lemos

  • FGV Brazil

John Lesperance

  • Commonwealth of Learning

Liz Levey

  • Hewlett Fdn

Douglas Levin

  • State Educational Technology Directors Association

Nassim Lewis

  • Intel Corporation

Nassim Lewis is an Education Strategist in Intel's Education Market Platforms Group. Prior to Intel, Nassim developed interactive learning experiences for the SPARKscience platform at PASCO scientific. Nassim also has five years experience teaching high school biology teacher. In 2008, she received National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification (AYA Science) and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of South Carolina. She is a founding member, and past President, of the California Association of Biology Teachers, an affiliate of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Twitter: @nassimlewis

Alan Lishness

  • GMRI

Alan serves as GMRI's Chief Innovation Officer, where his responsibilities include the design, funding and implementation of innovative programs to cultivate a scientifically-literate public. He has served as a Principal Investigator for NASA, NOAA and the Department of Commerce, and is presently a National Science Foundation Co-principal Investigator. He has been an invited speaker at the National Science Teachers Association, the National Marine Education Association, the European Collaborative for Science, Industry and Technology Exhibitions and TEDx Dirigo. He presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Maine STEM Collaborative and the Center for Law and Innovation. Prior to joining GMRI in 1988, Alan held marketing and senior management positions with solar, wind and technology-based start-ups in Maine.

Doug Lynch

Wayne Mackintosh

Colin Maclay

  • Berkman Center

Andrew Magliozzi

Andrew Magliozzi is the founder of and Veritas Tutors LLC, an elite tutoring company in Cambridge "our fair city," MA. Andrew is also on the board of directors of Cambridge School Volunteers, a local non-profit volunteer tutoring organization providing in excess of 45,000 hours of pro-bono tutoring in the Cambridge Public School system. The mission of is to use technology to create a more open and collaborative educational experience for curious minds within and without the classroom. To that end, the FinalsClub Foundation has also launched two additional minimum viable products in the last nine months: and Last but not least, Andrew maintains a blog to promote Intellectual Public Property at

Jeff Mao

Catharina Maracke

  • Keio Gijuku University

Anne Margulies

  • Chief Information Officer, Harvard University

Anne Margulies is University Chief Information Officer at Harvard, where she provides strategic leadership, planning, and management of technology programs that focus on the University’s instruction, research, administrative, and IT infrastructure needs. In addition to her institution-wide technology planning and coordination role, Anne directly oversees the IT functions of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Central Administration.

Anne represents Harvard on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, a ground-breaking collaboration of five universities (Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts) and the Commonwealth, to develop a $95M, 90,000 square foot, research and high performance computing datacenter in Holyoke, MA. The datacenter is under construction and slated to be operational in early 2013.

Before returning to Harvard—she had been Assistant Provost and Executive Director for Information Systems in the late 1990s—Ms. Margulies was Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and CIO for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this capacity she developed and implemented a statewide strategic plan for IT and oversaw consolidation of a vast patchwork of agency IT organizations, operations, datacenters, and networks into a coherent statewide structure. She had oversight responsibility for $500M in annual IT spending and led an IT community of more than 2000 professionals providing statewide computing, networking, and applications development services.

Prior to her service with the Commonwealth, Anne was founding Executive Director of MIT OpenCourseWare, MIT’s internationally acclaimed initiative to publish the teaching materials for their entire curriculum openly and freely over the Internet. She was the founding Chair of the OCW Consortium, an international organization comprised of over 300 universities around the world working together to share educational materials. Anne’s career started in systems support and marketing at AT&T.

Ms. Margulies has been recognized for her IT leadership accomplishments. In 2009 she was a finalist for CIO of the Year Award given by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick selected her as the sole Massachusetts state government nominee for the National Leadership in Public Service Award. In 2010 she was selected as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers by Government Technology.

Anne serves on several civic, charitable, and professional boards and committees including Heading Home (housing and supportive services for homeless and low-income families and individuals); the Sabre Foundation (learning materials and technologies for developing and transitional societies worldwide); and the Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board. Formerly, she was a member of the National Academies Forum on Information Technology and Research Universities and the Open Learning Exchange Advisory Board.

Mike Marriner


Juan Carlos de Martin

  • NEXA Center

Gary W. Matkin

  • University of California, Irvine

Dean, Continuing Education, Distance Learning, and Summer Session

Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D. is responsible for all aspects of the academic programs and operations of University Extension, Summer Session and the UCI Distance Learning Center. University Extension offers over 2,400 courses per year to about 35,000 students annually. Summer Session offers over 800 courses to 12,000 students each summer, including 32 online undergraduate courses that have served over 2,000 students over the last three years. The combined budgets of the three units exceed $58 million annually. The UCI Distance Learning Center creates and delivers online courses to distance students. Its activity generates over $5 million per year and it delivers over 130 courses per term. Matkin currently serves as the treasurer of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. For more information about Gary Matkin visit [1] or email

Patrick McAndrew

  • Open University
  • co-Director OLnet
  • twitter: @openpad, email:

Lisa McLaughlin

Fred Mednick

Founded Teachers Without Borders in 2000 in order to connect teachers to information and each other, so that they can best serve as key catalysts for change in their communities. Members in 184 countries. All programs conceived, managed, led, and developed by global cohorts. Emphasis on teacher professional development, Emergency Education, Peace and Human Rights Education, ESL, Millennium Development Goals. 2012: TWB Bookstore, pro-bono global campaign designed by Fabrica, new business model for sustainability.

Ann-Marie Meacham

  • Curriki

Steve Midgley

  • US Department of Education

Steve Midgley is a senior adviser to the US Department of Education. As an adviser, his principal areas of work are Race to the Top, Race to the Top Assessment and the Learning Registry. Previously Steve served as Deputy Director of Education Technology at the US Department of Education from June 2010 to January 2012. Prior to arriving at Education, he was the Director of Education at the FCC, where he headed the team which developed the Education chapter of the National Broadband Plan. Prior to government service he was the principal of Mixrun, a CTO consultancy for a number of for-profit and education sector organizations. Mixrun’s clients included California Department of Education’s project called Brokers of Expertise, which uses on-line and real world systems to share and build the expertise of educators. Steve also served as a Program Manager for the Stupski Foundation for six years, designing and implementing grants for technology in K-12 education. This work involved intensive on-the-ground implementation work with District and State agencies around country. Steve was also the founding Vice President of Engineering for LoopNet Inc., a commercial real estate listing firm. He designed and built LoopNet's technology and web systems from its inception. LoopNet remains a successful business and is currently listed on NASDAQ.

Maggie Mitchell Salem

  • Qatar Foundation

Anka Mulder

Anka Mulder joined the OCW Consortium Board for years ago and has been President of the Board since 2011. She is Secretary General and Director of Education of Delft University of Technology.

Elizabeth Murray

  • MIT

Elizabeth Murray is Project Manager of MIT BLOSSOMS, a K-12 STEM initiative that creates video lessons for middle and high school teachers of math, biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. MIT BLOSSOMS works with teachers throughout the U.S., but is also an international initiative with partners in Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. The goal of BLOSSOMS is to excite students about the study of STEM subjects and to encourage the development of critical and creative thinking skills.

Catherine Ngugi

  • South African Institute for Distance Education

Kathy Nicholson

  • Hewlett Fdn

Kathleen Ludewig Omollo

  • University of Michigan Medical School, Office of Enabling of Technologies, International Program Manager

Kathleen Ludewig Omollo has six years professional experience in information technology, intellectual property, and policy with private, public, and non-profit organizations. She has been engaged with OER activities at University of Michigan (U-M) since 2008, including training student volunteers, staff, and faculty, on how to licence, produce, and distribute OER. As the U-M project manager for the African Health OER Network, Kathleen supports health professionals who wish to share instructional materials by teaching them how to do that legally and efficiently. Kathleen completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French at Hope College. She also holds a Master of Information and a Master of Public Policy from University of Michigan.

Profile: Email: kludewig AT umich DOT edu

Cathryn Paine

  • FrontlineSMS


John Palfrey

  • Berkman Center

Susan Patrick

  • International Association for K-12 Online Learning

Donald Perkins

  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Kathy Perkins

  • Director, PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder

PhET Website:


Kathy is Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations Project and Director of CU’s Science Education Initiative. She is also an Associate Professor Attendant Rank in Physics, specializing in PER. Her work in science education research has focused on: pedagogically-effective design and use of interactive simulations; sustainable course reform; students' beliefs about science; and institutional change.

Lisa Petrides

Lisa Petrides is president and founder of ISKME, an independent, nonprofit research institute based in Half Moon Bay, CA. Dedicated to improving the practice of continuous learning, collaboration, and change in the education sector, ISKME conducts social science research, develops research-based innovations, and builds capacity to improve information access and knowledge sharing. This includes the creation of OER Commons, a teaching and learning network that supports and facilitates the creation and sharing of open educational resources as well as Big Ideas Fest, a dynamic, action-oriented convening focused on education innovation.

Linda Pittenger

  • Council of Chief State School Officers

Hal Plotkin

  • US Department of Education

Nick Punt

Prasad Ram

Prasad Ram (pram) is the Founder, CEO of Gooru, a 501c3 non-profit education technology company that is based on a prototype he developed at Google. Gooru is a search engine for learning. Teachers and students can find collections of rich web resources and quizzes on any grades 5-12 Math and Science topics. Previously, Dr. Ram was the Director of Research at Google, Head of Google India R&D and CTO at Yahoo! India R&D building many key technologies in Search, Ads and consumer products such as Google Maps, News and Finance. Dr. Ram started his career as a research scientist at Xerox Research. Dr. Ram has a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Justin Reich

  • Harvard University
When Open Encounters Different Classrooms, Transition Talk. The State of Wiki Usage in U.S. K-12 Schools. 

Currently, I’m a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. I’m the project manager for the Distributed Collaborative Learning Community, a Hewlett Foundation funded initiative to study issues of excellence, equity and analytics in the use of social technologies in K-12 settings. I’m also the co-director of EdTechTeacher, a social venture that provides professional learning services to schools and teachers. Our mission is to help educators leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. We also publish the Best of History Web Sites and Teaching History with Technology.Fundamentally, I’m motivated by the belief that young people are tremendously capable, and we need to develop educational systems that tap their energy, creativity, drive and talent.

Shai Reshef

Shai Reshef is the Founder & President of University of the People (UoPeople)—the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit online academic institution dedicated to the democratization of higher education. Grounded in the belief that knowledge is a key ingredient of world peace, UoPeople provides access to collegiate-level studies to qualified individuals regardless of geographic, financial or societal constraints.

An educational entrepreneur, Reshef has 20 years of experience in the international education market. From 1989 to 2005, he served as Chairman of the Kidum Group, a for-profit educational services company. Between 2001 and 2004, Reshef also chaired KIT eLearning, the online learning partner of the University of Liverpool and the first online university outside of the United States.

Reshef has been widely recognized for his work with UoPeople. In 2009, he was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, selected by OneWorld as one of its ‘People of 2009’ and awarded an Ashoka fellowship. He also joined UN-GAID as a High-level Adviser. In August 2010, on behalf of UoPeople, Reshef was granted membership in the Clinton Global Initiative. The following month, recognized for “taking the world to school,” Reshef was selected by The Huffington Post readership as the Ultimate Game Changer in Education. In February 2012, he was nominated as one of Wired Magazine’s “50 People Changing the World.”

An expert on the intersection of education and technology, Reshef has spoken internationally at numerous conferences including the DLD: Digital, Life, Design; World Economic Forum; EG Conference, Google’s Higher Education Summit; EMV Human Values meeting; The Economist’s Annual Human Potential Summit and the Schools for Tomorrow Event for the New York Times. He has also lectured at Yale University, Harvard University, Stanford University and Oxford University, among others. Reshef holds a M.A. in Chinese Politics from the University of Michigan.

University of the People

Shai Reshef's Blog

Shai Reshef's Wikipedia

University of the People's Wikipedia

Steif Robbin

  • Luna Metrics

Ruth Rominger

Director of Research and Development, MITE

I'd like to network with everyone interested in professional development and oer... 21st c teaching and learning

Todd Rose

  • CAST

David Rose

  • CAST

Geanne Rosenberg

  • Baruch College and City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, Professor and Director of the Harnisch Collaborative Future of Journalism Projects.
  • Harvard University Berkman Center, Faculty Associate and Youth & Media Lab Mentor.
  • Student Press Law Center, Board of Directors Member; (914) 522-7882 (cell)

Larry Rosenstock

  • High Tech High Foundation

Larry Rosenstock is CEO and founding principal of [ High Tech High] , a network of eleven K-12 public charter schools in California, and is Dean of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Larry taught carpentry in urban high schools in Boston and Cambridge and was principal of the Rindge School of Technical Arts, and of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. A member of the Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, he served as an attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He directed the federal New Urban High School Project, and was president of the Price Charitable Fund.

Larry and his work have been featured on Oprah, Lehrer, Newsweek, and Forbes. He is a winner of the Ford Foundation Innovations in State and Local Government Award, is an Ashoka Fellow, and won the McGraw Prize in Education.

Carolina Rossini

  • Harvard University, Berkman Center
  • OER Brazil Project

Philipp Schmidt

(Jan) Philipp Schmidt is executive director and co-founder of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU). He is an open education activist, innovator, and social entrepreneur. Philipp is a board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium and a Shuttleworth and Ashoka fellow. He is mostly based in Cape Town.

Dana Schmidt

  • Hewlett Fdn

Robert Schuwer

  • Open University in the Netherlands

Robert Schuwer (1955) received an MSc in Mathematics at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (1980) and an MSc Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology (1989). On the latter university he did his PhD in 1993 on a thesis about knowledge base systems. Robert’s working experience includes teaching mathematics in secondary education, consultancy for ICT related issues, assistant professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (department Management Science) and CTO in a software company.

Currently, he is associate professor at the Open Universiteit Nederland (OUNL). Since 2006 the majority of his work is about OER. He was appointed project leader for the OpenER-project at the OUNL in 2006, which was the first OER project in The Netherlands. Currently, he is involved as projectleader in the Wikiwijs program, aiming at creating a national infrastructure for OER, initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Education.

Susan Sclafani

  • Pearson Education Foundation

Dr. Sclafani joined the Pearson Foundation as Vice President for Programs in January 2011 to manage the development of a digital system of courses for K-12 English language arts and content literacy and K-11 mathematics aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The project will employ a variety of technologies and instructional practices to meet students where they are and engage and prepare them to reach or exceed grade level proficiency. Prior to that she served as Director of State Services for the National Center on Education and the Economy, working with states committed to the Tough Choices or Tough Times report recommendations. As Assistant Secretary of Education for Vocational and Adult Education and Counselor to the Secretary of Education from 2001-2005, Dr. Sclafani was the US education representative to OECD and APEC and created the Mathematics and Science Initiative, the High School Redesign Initiative and the E-Language Learning Project with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Dr. Sclafani had served as Chief of Staff for Education Services in the Houston Independent School District. In past roles in the district, she taught mathematics, led a magnet high school for engineering professions, and played key roles in technology, curriculum development, and construction management departments.

Jeff Seaman

  • Babson Survey Research Group

Dr. Jeff Seaman is co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group, which conducts regional, national, and international research projects, including survey design, sampling methodology, data integrity, statistical analyses, and reporting. He has worked in education information technology for over 20 years. In addition to teaching at Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin, and the Wharton School, Seaman has created and headed information technology organizations for the University of Pennsylvania and Lesley University. The client list for his consulting includes Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, Brandeis, and the University of Pennsylvania as well as such technology vendors as IBM and Microsoft. He has served on advisory boards for many technology companies, including Apple, IBM, and Microsoft.

Christopher Shearer

  • Hewlett Fdn

Jennifer Shoop

  • Saylor Foundation

Marshall (Mike) S. Smith

  • Qatar Foundation International

Alfred Solis

Alfred Solis went to college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he graduated with Honors in Mechanical Engineering. Alfred then chose a career with Andersen Consulting, currently Accenture, doing business/internet consulting and later joined a Bay Area Venture Fund, CreateLabs.

After the Fall of 2001, Alfred changed his career to embark on his greatest challenge of teaching students Math & Physics at High Tech High (HTH) in San Diego. He used his industry experience to create Project Based Learning (PBL) that reflected corporate best practices (See Digital Portfolio). Alfred transitioned to Professional Development & Dissemination for HTH, while introducing PBL to after school programs for Beyond The Bell Branch (BTBB) of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Alfred's classroom has been visited by Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and numerous international dignitaries in the field of educational reform.

As Director of New Media at BIE, Alfred is responsible for expanding BIE's Web 2.0 presence and other technologies to support and enhance the PBL experience. He also specializes in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for BIE.

Stephen Soloman

  • Eleven Learning

Peter Suber

Stephan Thieringer

  • AcrossWorld Education

Joel Thierstein

  • US Department of Education

Candace Thille

  • Carnegie Mellon University

Candace Thille is the Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University, a position she has held since the program’s inception in 2002. She collaborates with the Open University on OLnet and with Creative Commons, WA SBCTC and CAST on the OPEN project to provide technical assistance to the US Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community and Career Training grantees. Candace’s focus of research and development is in applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation and evaluation of open web-based learning environments. Candace serves as a redesign scholar for the National Center for Academic Transformation; as a Fellow of International Society for Design and Development in Education; on the technical advisory committee for the AAU STEM initiative; and on the Global Executive Advisory board for Hewlett Packard’s Catalyst Initiative. She has served on the working group at the U.S. Department of Education to co-author the National Education Technology Plan and on a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to write a report for the Obama Administration on improving STEM Higher education.

DeLaina Tonks

  • Open High School of Utah

Jutta Treviranus

  • Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
  • FLOE Project Lead

Jutta Treviranus leads the FLOE Project (Flexible Learning for Open Education), FLOE provides the tools and infrastructure to help deliver OER that match the diverse individual needs of learners. Jutta is the director of both the Inclusive Design Research Centre and the Inclusive Design Institute and a professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto. Jutta and her team lead many global open source communities and research networks that support the inclusive design of emerging information and communication systems and practices.

Linda Ulqini

  • Aga Khan Foundation USA

Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic

Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic is an independent consultant in global higher education, based in Paris, and Senior Consultant to COL for the project Fostering Governmental support to OER Internationally. She spent 20 years at UNESCO in higher education working on a variety of projects, ranging from quality assurance and accreditation, recognition of qualifications, new providers of higher education. She was also Executive Secretary of the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education. Prior to her work in UNESCO, she was Secretary-General of the Association of Universities of former Yugoslavia.

Susie Vaks DePianto

  • Google, Research

Susie Vaks DePianto is a Senior Manager at Google where she leads strategic initiatives in educational Research & Development. Her work focuses on building and supporting internal and external research, programs, and products aimed at innovating and scaling open educational technologies. Susie has been with Google for 12 years and has worked across multiple departments and special projects. Her past efforts include managing advertising operations globally, leading a national learning & development team, and managing multiple engineering products and education efforts. Prior to Google, Susie graduated cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles. Susie and her husband reside in San Francisco, California.

Dirk Van Damme

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Guustaaf Van de Mheen

  • Mango Tree

Zeynep Varoglu


Victor Vuchic

  • Hewlett Fdn

David Wiley

  • Brigham Young University

Julie Wilson

Founder and Executive Director, Institute for the Future of Learning (IFL) and graduate of Harvard's Technology, Innovation and Education Masters program. The mission of the IFL is to transform public education through systems thinking and action.

Esther Wojcicki

  • Creative Commons/Google

Freda Wolfenden

  • Open University

Jonathan Zittrain

  • Berkman Center

Mary Ellen Zuppan

  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population

Adrian Guzman

  • Planeart NET - SAPIENZA Università di Roma 1
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  • twitter: @guzmanadrian
  • Adrian Guzman ha un Bachelor Degree in Information Technology Engineering e un Minor Degree in Science on Physics and Artificial Intelligence conseguiti rispettivamente alla Universita di Veracruz e alla Private Anahuac University, in Messico.

Membro dil Leadership for a Networked World Program (LNW) Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government. Attualmente e candidato a Dottore di Ricerca (Ph.D.) presso l'European Ph.D organizzato da un consorzio di Universita europee tra cui "La Sapienza" di Roma, la Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, e la London School of Economics and Political Science. Come consulente ha lavorato un anno presso la Telecommunications Industry in Arlington,VA partecipando a progetti finanziati dalla Banca Mondiale e come Consulente di Derrick de Kerckhove in Tecnologia di Informazione per il Centro "Kluge for Scholars" nella Catedra di Education and Technology della Biblioteca del Congresso degli Stati Uniti.

Kevin P. Cuddihy

The Organizing OER Effort, Inc. email -

Victor Shnayder

  • Graduate student in computer science at The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Interested in figuring out how far we can go in massive online education, particularly by leveraging peer assessment to teach and evaluate learning for material where evaluation can't be automated.