Co-Chair of the Board and Co-Founder of Coursera
Daphne Koller co-founded Coursera in 2012. She served as the company’s Co-CEO until 2014, and then as President until 2016. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Coursera Board and also serves as Chief Computing Officer of Calico Labs, an Alphabet (Google) company using advanced technology to understand aging. Before founding Coursera, Daphne 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 200 refereed publications, and has been honored with multiple awards and fellowships, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the ACM Prize in Computing, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Cox Medal for excellence in fostering undergraduate research at Stanford; she was also recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2012. 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.
Co-Chair of the Board and Co-Founder of Coursera
Andrew Ng co-founded Coursera in 2012, served as the company’s Co-CEO until 2014, and is currently the Co-Chair of the Coursera Board. He is also currently Vice President and Chief Scientist at Baidu, a Chinese language search engine, where he is responsible for driving the company's global AI strategy and infrastructure. In addition to his role at Baidu, Dr. Ng is an adjunct professor in the computer science department at Stanford University. In 2011 he led the development of Stanford's Massive Open Online Course platform and taught an online machine learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students - the initiative that led to the co-founding of Coursera. Previously, Dr. Ng was the founding lead of the Google Brain deep learning project. Dr. Ng has authored or co-authored over 100 research papers in machine learning, robotics, and related fields. In 2013 he was named to the Time 100 list of the most influential persons in the world. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Executive Officer
Rick Levin is the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera. He joined the company in 2013, after completing a twenty-year term as President of Yale University, during which time he rebuilt the campus, redeveloped downtown New Haven, co-founded Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and generally strengthened the University’s international programs – in China in particular. He is the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, Emeritus.
Rick has served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology and is a director of American Express, C3 IoT, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Rick earned a B.A. in History at Stanford University, a B.Litt. in Politics at Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics at Yale. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Oxford, and Peking Universities.
Chief Operations Officer
Lila joined Coursera in 2013, after working closely with the company in her role as a partner at the prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers - one of Coursera's earliest investors. Previously, she held multiple technical and leadership roles with Intel Corporation, including Chief of Staff to the former CEO and Chairman. She continues to serve as a strategic advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; she also serves on the Board of Directors for Gannett Co., Inc., and is the co-founder and Executive Chair of Team4Tech, an education technology non-profit. Lila's achievements have garnered wide recognition, including her two-year appointment to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2014-2016). She has also been recognized by the Aspen Institute (Crown Fellow, 2011 and Braddock Scholar, 2012), the World Economic Forum (Young Global Leader 2007-2012), the Anita Borg Institute (Women of Vision, 2010), and Purdue University (Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni, 2010).
Chief Marketing Officer
Kurt is a veteran consumer technology marketing leader who has spent the last twenty years building global brands. Kurt’s experience includes leading marketing for The Walt Disney Company’s Playdom platform, 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. Before joining Coursera, he worked for over a decade at eBay, where he helped build one of eBay’s largest and fastest growth categories - eBay Motors - and created and led several marketing teams including marketing strategy and planning, consumer marketing, loyalty, and CRM. 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 joined Coursera after 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, and 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.
Chief Business Officer
Nikhil Sinha is the Chief Business Officer at Coursera. In this role, he leads Coursera's enterprise, government, and online degree businesses as well as the Company’s corporate and content strategy. Prior to joining Coursera, Nikhil was the founding Vice Chancellor of the Shiv Nadar University. He has also served as a faculty member and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas, and has held senior positions in several organizations, including Silverskills, eFunds Corporation, iDLX Technology Partners, and Adams Capital Management. Nikhil is currently Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of HCL Infosystems, a Director of Silverskills Pvt. Ltd., 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. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. (Honors) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.
Vice President, University Partnerships, Teaching & Learning
Deanna joined Coursera in May 2016 from the position of Associate Provost for Education Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she provided campus-wide leadership for innovations in classroom and online education. She also led the University's partnership with Coursera and developed other strategic partnerships at the national level that positioned Illinois as a leader in teaching and learning. Dr. Raineri joined the University of Illinois in 1992 after earning a PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from the University of Southampton Medical School and completing a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the Provost’s Office she held a faculty appointment in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She also served as Associate Dean for Instructional Technologies and Information Services in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and as Director of LAS Online.
Vice President, Enterprise and International
Julia joined Coursera in 2012 as the company's first business hire and 12th employee. She previously managed the North America sales and global community management team for Google Apps for Education, helping extend that product’s reach to 70 of the top 100 U.S. universities and to over 18 million active students, faculty and staff. Julia started her career with Teach for America, as a fourth grade teacher in East San Jose. She then went on to manage and lead professional development for new teachers as a Teach for America Program Director. Julia holds a BA from Pomona College, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an MA in education from Stanford University.
Vice President, Global Enterprise Development
Prior to joining Coursera, Leah was a Senior Executive at Kaltura, an Intel Capital funded video technology company. She led the company from $1 million to $50+ million in revenue, overseeing Kaltura's 160 person global customer growth, operations, professional services teams, launching Kaltura's education business and European operations, and driving key parts of the product and business vision. Leah began her career at the World Bank and National Institutes of Health, served on President Obama's Technology Policy Committee, and remains a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also sits on the Boards of Engine Advocacy and Public Knowledge, leading technology and startup policy organizations that promote freedom of expression, innovation, and access to knowledge. Leah is a graduate of Yale Law School and received her undergraduate degree from Brown University.
Prior to joining Coursera, David worked at Causera Inc., a startup 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.