Andy is a scientist, teacher, father, cook and professional question-asker. He is most comfortable outside observing and listening to the natural world. He believes that true learning is about questions, thought and conversation.
Chris is an artist, educationalist, environmental activist and innovator. His ultimate passion lies in upholding the human experience and exploring the nature of our common struggles. He strives to live completely in the moment.
Helene is an avid reader, content creator, and consumer of narratives. She has spent the greater part of her career focusing on strategic communications, film and photography, media literacy, and global social advocacy campaigns. She continuously strives to learn from those around her, both near and far.
Kent has worked in international education for the past twenty years for such organizations as the World Bank, Teachers College, and the Eurasia and Qatar Foundations.ﾠ Is he an expert? Probably not. But with experience his understanding and judgment have improved. He has found that in the end all education is self-education.
Marshall (Mike) S. Smith is a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. During its first two years he served in the Obama administration as the Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Education and Director of International Affairs. From 2001-2009 he directed the Education Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. While Education Director at Hewlett Foundation, Mike advanced the field of open education resources (OER) further than anyone on the planet.
Prior to that, in the Clinton Administration, he was the undersecretary of education for seven years, responsible for all policy and budget matters, and for four of those years also the acting deputy secretary, the second ranked person in the US Department of Education. During the Carter administration, he served as the chief of staff to the first secretary for education and assistant commissioner for policy studies in the Office of Education. In the Ford administration he was the director of policy and budget for the National Institute of Education. While not in government, he was at different times an associate professor at Harvard and a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and at Stanford. At Stanford, he was also the dean of the School of Education.
Smith is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Vijay Kumar provides leadership for sustainable technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT. He leads Strategic Educational Initiatives for Digital Learning at MIT that support MIT’s engagement in transforming education at scale through technology. Vijay was the Principal Investigator of O.K.I (Open Knowledge Initiative), an MIT-led collaborative project to develop an open architecture for enterprise educational applications.
Vijay is a member of the Advisory Committee of MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW). He is the Executive officer for MIT's Council on Educational Technology. He was a member of the steering committee for I-Campus, the MIT-Microsoft Alliance initiative for educational technology. He is also co-PI of an NSF supported MIT initiative for capacity building in STEM education in Haiti through educational technology and open resources.Vijay's research and advisory engagements include serving as Trustee of EDC, an international educational development organization, as advisor to India's National Knowledge Commission, and to UNESCO on their strategy for open educational resources. Vijay was awarded the Exxon Mobil Distinguished Chair for technology enabled learning at the University of Qatar. Vijay is a co-editor of a Carnegie Foundation book "Opening Up Education" (MIT Press, August 2008).
Jennifer Geist Jennifer is a global education program designer, curriculum curator, project based learning coach, collaboration mentor, and master of storytelling.
Aaron is a technology expert, open source hardware designer, open source software contributor, and entrepreneur.
Alan is a decorated educator who is currently the principal at Lindblom Science and Math Academy in Chicago, Illinois. Under his leadership, Lindblom became the top-performing majority African-American school in Illinois and the only top 20-ranked school that has over 60% of its students on free/reduced lunch. In 2014, Alan received the first-ever Stanley C. Golder “Golden Apple” Award for outstanding principals.
Dan is a science and math secondary school educator at the Costa Rica International Academy, an environmentalist, and expert in project-based learning.
Lola is a research physical scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory. Having produced the first ever 3-D map of coastal mangrove forest height and carbon storage for all of Africa, she is currently helping develop sensors that map forest height, carbon storage, and ground topography at very high resolution. Lola is the recipient of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Simon is co-founder and Technical Director of Five Oceans Environmental Services LLC, an environmental consultancy based in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. A marine biologist by training, he has also been deeply involved in environmental impact assessment and management, biofuels, green buildings, renewable energy, ecological conservation and management.
Veronica is a Principal Investigator and Steering Committee member at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she leads the IdGlobal Project and chairs the Future of Learning Institute. She examines how to prepare our youth for a world of increasing complexity and interdependence.
Tolu is responsible for the well-being of our team and keeping us centered and in balance. Tolu is a galactic traveler and master practioner of love.