Leadership


Founders


Portrait of Daphne KollerDaphne Koller is the President of Coursera, leading the growth and nurturing of Coursera's partnerships with universities. She is also the Rajeev Motwani Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and the Oswald Villard University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Her main research interest is in developing and using machine learning and probabilistic methods to model and analyze complex domains. She is the author of over 180 refereed publications, which have appeared in venues that include Science, Cell, and Nature Genetics (her H-index is over 80).

She also has a long-standing interest in education. She founded the CURIS program, the Stanford Computer Science Department's undergraduate summer internship program, and the Biomedical Computation major at Stanford. She pioneered in her classroom many of the ideas that are key to Stanford's massive online education effort. She was awarded 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, the ACM/Infosys award in 2008, and was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. 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.

Portrait of Andrew NgAndrew Ng is Coursera's Chairman of the Board, and acts as Chief Evangelist. 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. Over a million people have viewed SEE's videos. 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. His previous work includes autonomous helicopters, the STanford AI Robot (STAIR) project, and ROS (the most widely used open-source robotics software platform today). Ng is the author or co-author of over 150 published papers in machine learning, and his group has won best paper/best student paper awards at ICML, ACL, CEAS, 3DRR. 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


Portrait of Rick Levin

Richard C. Levin is the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera. He is the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics and Director of the Project on U.S.-China Relations at Yale University. He recently completed a twenty-year term as Yale’s President, during which time the University invested over $5 billion in the renovation and construction of its facilities, advanced economic development and home ownership in New Haven, purchased and began to develop a 136-acre campus in nearby West Haven, strengthened its programs in science, engineering, and medicine, established a goal of reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions by 43%, and undertook a major set of initiatives to internationalize the University – extending need-based financial aid to international students in Yale College, making international experiences the norm for all undergraduates, and planning and opening Yale-NUS College in Singapore as a model of liberal arts education for Asia.

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 previously served on a bipartisan commission to recommend improvements in the nation’s intelligence capabilities, and he co-chaired a review of the nation’s patent system for the National Academy of Sciences that led to the passage of the America Invents Act of 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Rick and his wife Jane have four children and seven grandchildren."

Chief Product Officer


Portrait of John Ciancutti

John Ciancutti is the Chief Product Officer of Coursera. John oversees engineering, design, product management, and data analytics at Coursera. Prior to joining Coursera in 2013, John was Director of Engineering at Facebook, Inc., where he was responsible for Photo & Video products as well as Facebook Pages, Events, and Location products and services. Before Facebook, John spent twelve years at Netflix, Inc., most recently as Vice President of Product Engineering. He started at Netflix in 1999 as a software engineer, when he designed and developed the first personalization software for the company. John later led the engineering teams responsible for building Netflix products including personalization, search, social integration, the website, as well as the user experience on mobile, tablets and television-connected devices. Prior to joining Netflix, John was a software engineer at Silicon Graphics, Inc., where he worked on graphics hardware for SGI workstations. John focuses on building and improving consumer technology products and growing world class teams, architectures, and technology to scale. John graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1997 with a Bachelors in Computer Science. John is a delighted father to his young son.

Chief Business Officer


Portrait of Lila Ibrahim

Lila Ibrahim is the Chief Business Officer of Coursera. For over twenty years, she has passionately led the creation of new businesses and technologies, particularly in education, establishing herself as a pioneering woman in both technical and business leadership.

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. She led a number of high impact education initiatives, including Intel's Education Products Group and the Digital Village Initiative in which she managed the development of education products for markets from Africa to the Amazon. Lila started at Intel in engineering as a Pentium® microprocessor designer and moved on to establish DVD standards for PCs and pioneer Intel’s developer program.

Lila is also a strategic advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a prominent venture capital firm where she previously led business development efforts and strategic initiatives for digital and greentech portfolio companies.

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 is co-founder and Executive Chair of Team4Tech, a non-profit that partners with tech companies and NGOs to improve education in developing countries through innovative technology solutions. Over the past decade, Lila has established and sustained three computer labs at the orphanage in Lebanon where her father was raised. Lila earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Chief Marketing Officer


Portrait of Kurt Apen

Our Chief Marketing Officer, Kurt Apen is a veteran consumer technology marketing leader who has spent the last 20 years building global brands. Kurt started his career with Andersen Consulting’s Strategic Services practice where he focused on marketing sales and strategy process for global companies. Later, he created and led the internet marketing and e-commerce team for SAAB Automobiles. 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 category, eBay Motors. Despite negative sentiment in 2001 around buying and selling used cars over the internet, eBay Motors quickly emerged as the most visited automotive website, consistently making it one of eBay’s top grossing categories. From 2004-2007 Kurt played a leading role in the development of several eBay integrated advertising campaigns including the award winning “IT” campaign. Later in 2008, Kurt led the creation of eBay Bucks, a loyalty program which contributed significantly to the eBay marketplace turnaround in 2009-2011. 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. He is passionate about the role education plays in creating opportunities in life. He has been a frequent guest speaker at Santa Clara University and enjoys sharing his knowledge on marketing whenever given the chance. In his free time, Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and working on, reading about, and most of all driving Italian cars.

General Counsel


Portrait of David Liu

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.

Vice President of Talent and Talent Acquisition


Portrait of Jessica Neal

Jessica Neal is Vice President of Talent and Talent Acquisition at Coursera. Jessica oversees fostering and supporting team members throughout their Coursera career–including recruiting, human resources, company culture and more. Prior to Coursera, Jessica most recently served as Vice President of Talent and Talent Acquisition at Netflix, Inc. During her more than 7 year career at Netflix, she built the internal recruiting team that scaled the organization from a DVD-by-mail service to an innovative and successful video streaming platform. Later, she took on the important role of Human Resources to support employees and leaders across the company. In addition to driving company growth, Jessica was also instrumental in evolving the company culture. Jessica started her recruiting career as a head-hunter at an agency focused on placing technical talent, after receiving a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts.

Vice President of Operations


Portrait of Amber Saloner Tennant

Amber Saloner Tennant is Vice President of Operations at Coursera. Amber manages and scales community programming as well as learner and instructor support. Prior to joining Coursera, she started and ran several operating functions at Facebook, Inc. Most recently, she served as Director of User Operations where she oversaw a team of over 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.

Vice President of Product and Design


Portrait of Tom Willerer

Tom Willerer is Vice President of Product and Design at Coursera. Tom 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 Masters in New Media Studies from DePaul University.

Advisory Board


Patrick Aebischer

Simone Buitendijk

Robert Lieberman

Sir Tim O'Shea

Ben Polak

Vincent Price

Mary Anne Rankin

Margaret Sheil

Wei Shyy