Richard Baraniuk

Founder and Director, OpenStax

Dr. Baraniuk is the Director of OpenStax (formerly Connexions), a non-profit educational and scholarly publishing project he founded in 1999 to bring textbooks and learning materials into the digital age.  As of August 2017, OpenStax’s college textbooks have been adopted at 42% of all degree granting institutions in the US, saving 3.47 million students over $340 million.  His talk on digital education at the 2006 TED conference has been viewed 970,000 times to date.

Richard G. Baraniuk is also the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Rice University, where he leads a group conducting research on machine learning and signal processing.  Dr. Baraniuk is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the US National Academy of Inventors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and IEEE.

A multiple award-winner, he holds 28 US and 4 foreign patents, several of which have been licensed to Siemens to radically speed up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and to a startup.

Currently, Dr. Baraniuk is developing advanced machine learning algorithms for the personalized learning system OpenStax Tutor that integrates text, video, simulations, problems, feedback hints, and tutoring and optimizes each student’s learning experience based on their background, context, and learning goals.


Anant Agarwal


H.E. Dr. Ahmed AI Eissa

Minister of Education, Saudi Arabia

Cherie Blair CBE, QC

Chancellor, Asian University for Women; Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Stanley Buchesky

Partner and Founder, EdTech Fund

Dr Charles Chen Yidan

Founder, the Yidan Prize


Founder, Fundacion Escuela Nueva

Ryan Craig

Co-Founder, Managing Director, University Ventures

Yves Daccord

Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross

Carol Dweck

Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

Michael Gold

Editor, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Matt Greenfield

Managing Partner, Rethink Education

Lord Jim Knight

Chief Education and External Officer Tes Global Ltd

Martin Lau

President, Tencent Holdings

Clive Lee

Chief Executive Officer, Yidan Prize Foundation

Peter Lewis

Presenter of “Money Talk”, RTHK Radio 3

Li Yuan

Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

John McDermott

Public Policy Editor, The Economist

Sandeep Murthy

Partner, Lightbox

Ellen Pinchuk

Deputy CEO, Mikhailov & Partners; former correspondent for Bloomberg News TV and bureau-chief for CTV Canada in Moscow

Alex Rappaport

Co-Founder & CEO, Flocabulary

Prof Fernando M. Reimers

Professor of the Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Bruce Rodrigues

Deputy Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education


Global Director, Education, World Bank Group

Koichi Saito

Founder & General Partner, KK Fund

Anthony Salcito

VP of Worldwide Education, Microsoft

Jonathan Schor

CEO, CodeMonkey

Jan Smejkal

Head of China and APAC, Startup Grind

Miho Taguma

Senior Policy Analyst/ Project Manager of the OECD Education and Skills 2030, Early Childhood and School Division, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD

Dr. Qian Tang

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

John Wood

Founder, Room to Read