Daphne Koller is the President and Co-Founder of Coursera, leading the growth and nurturing of Coursera's partnerships with universities. Previously, she was the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where she served on the faculty for 18 years. She is the author of over 180 refereed publications appearing in venues such as Science, Cell, and Nature Genetics. Daphne was recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2012 and Newsweek’s 10 most important people in 2010. She has been honored with multiple awards and fellowships during her career including the Sloan Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1996, the ONR Young Investigator Award in 1998, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 1999, the IJCAI Computers and Thought Award in 2001, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2004, and the ACM/Infosys Award in 2008. Daphne was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 and elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. Her teaching was recognized via the Cox Medal for excellence in fostering undergraduate research at Stanford in 2003, and by being named a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.
Andrew Ng is Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of Coursera. He also serves as Chief Scientist of Baidu, a Chinese language search engine. Previously, Andrew served as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and was the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, the main AI research organization at Stanford, with 15 professors and about 150 students/post docs. In 2008, together with SCPD he started SEE (Stanford Engineering Everywhere), Stanford's first major attempt at free, online distributed education, which made publicly available about a dozen Stanford engineering classes. At Stanford, he also led the development of the OpenClassroom and the ml-class/db-class online education platforms, which were the precursor to the Coursera platform. In Fall 2011, he was the instructor of ml-class, a Machine Learning class that was one of Stanford's first massive online courses, and had an enrollment of over 100,000 students. In addition to his work on online education, Ng also works on machine learning, specifically on building AI systems via large scale brain simulations. He is a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the 2009 IJCAI Computers and Thought award, one of the highest honors in AI.
Chief Executive Officer
Rick Levin is the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera. In 2013, he completed a twenty-year term as President of Yale University, during which time he played an integral role in growing the University’s programs, resources and reputation internationally. He was named to the Yale faculty in 1974 and spent the next two decades teaching, conducting research, serving on committees and working in administration at the university. Mr. Levin served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He is a director of American Express and C3 Energy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Rick received his Bachelor's degree in History from Stanford University and studied Politics and Philosophy at Oxford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Letters degree. In 1974, Dr. Levin received his Ph.D. from Yale University and holds Honorary Degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, and Peking Universities. Rick and his wife Jane have four children and seven grandchildren.
Chief Business Officer
Lila Ibrahim is the Chief Business Officer of Coursera. She is also a strategic advisor at the prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Previously, Lila had a diverse 18-year career with Intel Corporation holding multiple engineering and marketing roles including Chief of Staff to the former CEO and Chairman. Lila's achievements have garnered international recognition, including her appointment in 2014 to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Other honors include: Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute (2011), Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2007), Women of Vision by the Anita Borg Institute (2010), and Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni by Purdue University (2010). Lila currently serves on the Board of Directors for Gannett Co., Inc. Lila is also co-founder and Executive Chair of Team4Tech, an education technology non-profit.
Chief Marketing Officer
Kurt Apen is the Chief Marketing Officer of Coursera. He is a veteran consumer technology marketing leader who has spent the last twenty years building global brands. Kurt brings tremendous consumer internet and marketplace experience having worked at eBay for over a decade. While at eBay he created and led several marketing teams, including marketing strategy and planning, consumer marketing, loyalty and CRM. Kurt was the first marketing hire who built one of eBay’s largest and fastest growth categories, eBay Motors. In 2012, Kurt joined The Walt Disney Company to lead marketing for Playdom where he oversaw a team of highly analytical and creative marketers focused on building global mass market audiences for the company’s social and mobile free-to-play games, including several top ten app store titles. Kurt has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Chief Product Officer
Tom Willerer is the Chief Product Officer at Coursera overseeing engineering, design, product management, and data analytics. He is responsible for building a world-class product that makes learning deeply satisfying and motivating for learners around the world. Tom joined Coursera after having served for six years at Netflix, Inc., where he became one of the company’s most highly regarded leaders in his role as Vice President of Product Innovation. Tom co-led the product management team at Netflix and was responsible for setting the vision and managing the teams responsible for Product Marketing, Messaging, Social and Individual Profiles. Among his accomplishments during his time at the company, Tom pioneered ways for members to exchange recommendations with friends, and helped Netflix grow from 8 million U.S.-only subscribers to 40 million subscribers in 41 countries. Tom holds a business degree from Indiana University, where he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team, and received his Master's in New Media Studies from DePaul University.
Senior Advisor to the CEO
Nikhil Sinha is Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer at Coursera. He works directly with the CEO and executive team to develop business strategies and build strong partnerships with universities and corporations. Prior to joining Coursera, Dr. Sinha was the founding Vice Chancellor of the Shiv Nadar University from April 2011 to January 2016. Dr. Sinha is a leading international expert on the information and communication technology industries and has extensive experience as an academician and corporate executive. In his academic career, Dr. Sinha served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas from 2002 to 2005 and a faculty member at the University from 1991 to 1999. Outside the academy, Dr. Sinha’s professional career has spanned over 30 years serving senior positions in several organizations. In the past he has been President & Co-CEO of Silverskills, Executive Vice President of eFunds Corporation, President & CEO of iDLX Technology Partners, and a Venture Partner at Adams Capital Management. Dr. Sinha began his professional life in the Government of India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in 1983. Dr. Sinha serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. He is Non-executive Chairman of the Board of HCL Infosystems and a Director of Silverskills Pvt. Ltd. He is a Director Emeritus of the US-India Business Council and a member of the Advisory Board of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sinha has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. (Honors) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University. He has published numerous articles and papers in scholarly journals and conferences and has been awarded a number of research, publishing and academic grants and awards.
Vice President of Partnerships
Leah Belsky is the Vice President of Partnerships and Premium Learning Experiences at Coursera. Her teams are responsible for driving growth at Coursera by co-creating and marketing transformative new learning experiences, degree programs, and products with Coursera's global university and corporate partners. Prior to Coursera, Leah was a Senior Executive at Kaltura, an Intel Capital funded video technology company named one of the 'Next Billion Dollar' enterprise tech companies. She led the company from $1 million to $50+ million in revenue, overseeing Kaltura's 160 person global operations, professional services, and customer success teams. Leah launched Kaltura's education business and European operations and drove key parts of the product and business vision. Leah began her career in international development and science policy at the World Bank and National Institutes of Health. She was also a member of Obama's Technology Policy Committee. Leah is a graduate of Yale Law School and received her undergraduate degree at Brown University. She remains a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the Boards of Engine Advocacy and Public Knowledge, leading technology and startup policy organizations which promote freedom of expression, innovation, and access to knowledge.
Vice President of People Operations
Amber Saloner Tennant is Vice President of People Operations at Coursera. Amber's team supports the development of people processes and culture at Coursera to build an environment in which employees thrive. She formerly served as Coursera's Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Coursera, Amber started and ran several operating functions at Facebook, Inc. Her last role was Director of User Operations where she oversaw a team of 250 people, across four global offices, supporting the company's more than 1 billion users. She also ran Product and Mobile Operations, an organization responsible for improving product quality, developing operational systems to support new products, producing the Help Center, and supporting Facebook’s users in Asia Pacific. Before Facebook, Amber worked at Teach For America, where she led Pacific coast recruitment. She also served for two years as a Teach For America corps member, teaching fourth and fifth grade in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Amber received her Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Stanford University. She sits on the board of CODE2040, which aims to close the achievement, wealth, and skills gaps for Blacks and Latinos in the United States by creating access, awareness, and opportunities in technology and engineering.
David Liu is the General Counsel of Coursera. David navigates the legal complexities that come with growing a worldwide education platform. Prior to joining Coursera, David worked at Causera Inc., a start-up focused on providing schools and community organizations with innovative commerce and group management tools. David was previously Director and Associate General Counsel at Google, where he served as the lead attorney for a range of products, including AdSense for Content, Google Earth, and Google Wallet. He also led the New Product Initiatives legal team, which supported Google's new business development efforts, and the Commerce legal team, which supported Google's commerce products. A Tar Heel born and bred, David is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. He is married with three children (and now knows more about PTAs than he ever expected to). David loves tackling the legal issues that arise as Coursera transforms education. He used to have hobbies like traveling, but now his kids are his hobby.