Leadership


Founders


Portrait of Daphne KollerDaphne Koller is 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 an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is also 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.

Incoming CEO (4/21)


Portrait of Rick Levin

Richard C. Levin 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 serves 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.

Richard Levin and his wife, Jane, have lived in New Haven for 43 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

President


Portrait of Lila Ibrahim

Lila Ibrahim joined Coursera as its first President in August 2013, bringing over 20 years experience in rapid technology and market growth, including more than a dozen years focused in education technology. She spent 18 years at Intel, holding multiple impactful engineering and marketing positions, starting as a Pentium® microprocessor designer, to establishing DVD standards for PCs, and pioneering Intel’s developer program. In 2004, Lila was promoted to chief-of-staff of Intel’s CEO & Chairman. During that time Lila led the Digital Village Initiative, incorporating technology into developing communities worldwide to advance education, entrepreneurship, health and e-governance. After that, she rose to General Manager for the company’s education product sector (currently named the Education Platform Group) and oversaw design, development and business strategy in penetrating both emerging and developing markets. One of many successes include a national initiative with Portugal that resulted in distributing 400K PCs into classrooms and training 30K teachers in only one year. In 2010, she joined renowned Venture Capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) as a partner leading operations and business development. She remains an operating partner at KPCB.

Lila earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Her achievements garnered international recognition, earning her honors including: Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum), Henry Crown Fellowship (Aspen Institute), “Women of Vision” (Anita Borg Institute), “2010’s Outstanding Electrical & Computer Engineer” (Purdue University); she has been featured on the cover of ForbesWoman for her role in promoting women in technology. Lila is the co-founder of Team4Tech, a Silicon Valley non-profit that partners with NGOs and tech-company employees to deliver K-12 ed-tech in developing countries.

Advisory Board


Patrick Aebischer

Rafael Bras

David Lee

Sir Tim O'Shea

Ben Polak

Martha Pollack

Vincent Price

Margaret Sheil

Wei Shyy