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 the former Chief Scientist at Baidu, a Chinese language search engine, where he was responsible for driving the company's global AI strategy and infrastructure. Dr. Ng is also 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
Jeff Maggioncalda joined Coursera as CEO in June 2017. He previously served for 18 years as the founding CEO at Financial Engines Inc, a company co-founded by economist and Nobel Prize winner William Sharpe. Financial Engines grew rapidly under Jeff's leadership, providing high-quality online investment advice that has helped millions of people save and prepare for retirement. Jeff has also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and Cornerstone Research, and continues to serve as a Director of Silicon Valley Bank, Inc. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and English from Stanford University. In his free time, Jeff is a lifelong learner and proud dad, and enjoys studying music theory and spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Chief Content Officer
Nikhil Sinha is the Chief Content Officer at Coursera. In this role, he oversees the company's content strategy and relationships with university and industry partners. 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.
Chief Academic Strategist
Deanna Raineri is the Chief Academic Strategist at Coursera. 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.
Rick Levin is a Senior Advisor at Coursera and the former CEO. 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.
Vice President of Engineering
Richard Wong is the Vice President of Engineering at Coursera. He oversees Coursera's infrastructure and product development. Prior to joining Coursera, Richard spent 4 years at LinkedIn where he led the International Engineering Team and helped expand LinkedIn to support over 20 languages. He also founded LinkedIn's growth initiative in China as the Head of Engineering and led the successful entry of LinkedIn into China in 2014. Prior to LinkedIn, Richard spent over a decade at Microsoft leading various product development teams in the US and China. Richard received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Vice President of Enterprise Solutions
Julia Stiglitz is the Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at Coursera. 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 of 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.
Vice President of Finance
Tom Kovats is the Vice President of Finance at Coursera. Previously, he served as Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at Financial Engines Inc, the largest registered investment advisor in the United States. During his tenure, Financial Engines grew its revenue from $30 million to $500 million and its market capitalization from $140 million to $2.5 billion. Tom partnered with executive management on corporate strategy and business operations as well as the company's 2010 initial public offering and its 2016 acquisition of the Mutual Fund Store. Prior to his thirteen years at Financial Engines, Tom held various finance and accounting roles at technology and internet companies, including EMC and Oracle. Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. He is passionate about Coursera's mission and enjoys acting and improv in his free time.
Head of People
Shravanti Chakraborty is the Head of People at Coursera. Previously, she spent over ten years at Google where she was involved in a range of People and HR roles including HR Strategy, Learning and Development, and Diversity & Inclusion. Shravanti was part of Google’s early HR team, responsible for establishing several of Google’s people practices to scale the company's culture, including reward systems, manager and leadership development, onboarding, and initiatives to boost employee happiness and innovation. Prior to Google, Shravanti was with Dell in Austin, TX for four years. At Dell, she had roles in Staffing, University Relations, and HR. She helped pioneer Dell’s diversity and inclusion programs. Shravanti has a Bachelor’s in Literature from Ferguson College and a Master's in Human Resources from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in India. She also holds an MBA from Purdue University.
Anne Tuttle Cappel
Anne Tuttle Cappel is General Counsel at Coursera. She spent the previous 13 years as General Counsel for Financial Engines where she was a key leader of the company’s 2010 IPO and responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs, corporate governance, and regulatory strategy. Prior to joining Financial Engines, Anne served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Loomis Sayles & Company, a federally registered investment advisor, handling contractual, compliance, and regulatory matters. While with a global private investment group, Anne handled venture capital and private equity investments in technology, pharma, communications and education companies, intellectual property, and domestic and international tax matters. Anne received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.