Ryan Craig

Co-Founder, Managing Director, University Ventures

Ryan is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of University Ventures. Ryan’s commentary on “where the puck is going” in higher education regularly appears in Forbes, EdSurge, Inside Higher Education, TechCrunch and VentureBeat, among others. He is the author of College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which profiles the coming shift toward competency-based education and hiring. He is also the author of the upcoming A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College (Ben Bella, 2018), which describes the critical importance of last-mile training and the emergence of bootcamps, income share programs, and staffing models as preferred pathways to good first jobs.

Prior to founding University Ventures, Ryan led the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus where he was the founding Director of Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), one of the largest online universities in the United States. Ryan has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, UCLA extension, and as Vice President for Columbia University’s online education company. From 2004 to 2010, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, a national network of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents, and young adults. He began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co.

As Managing Director of University Ventures, Ryan leads the firm’s investments in Revature, Credly, Portfolium, ProSky, and ReUp Education. He received bachelor’s degrees summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School.

OUR SPEAKERS

Anant Agarwal

CEO, EdX

H.E. Dr. Ahmed AI Eissa

Minister of Education, Saudi Arabia

Richard Baraniuk

Founder and Director, OpenStax

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

Ms. Vicky COLBERT

Founder, Fundacion Escuela Nueva

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

Dr. Jaime SAAVEDRA

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