Advisory Boards

Advisory Boards
Advisory Boards

We are grateful for the continued support and guidance of the extraordinary members of our boards:

 

Global Advisory Board

Our Global Advisory Board provides us advice on both education and our overall strategy. Our Directors are drawn from 8 countries and from fields as diverse as architecture, education, technology, medicine, and athletics.

 

Educational Advisory Board

Our Educational Advisory Board provides expertise on our overall educational design and on specific aspects of our educational operations.

Global Advisory Board

  • Benno Schmidt

    Co-Chair

    Benno Schmidt is among the world’s leading innovators in primary, secondary, and tertiary education. He has served as president of Yale University, dean of Columbia University Law School, and C.E.O. and chairman of Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning), a pioneer in the nation’s charter-school movement. More recently, he co-founded Avenues: The World School, in Manhattan.

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  • Jean Liu

    Co-Chair

    Jean Liu currently serves as president of Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest ride-sharing company. She joined the company in 2014 as C.O.O. and led immense fundraising efforts to facilitate the merger between Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache, creating Didi Chuxing. The fundraising included a $1 billion investment from Apple. She raised $13 billion for Didi Chuxing from investors including Alibaba,…

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  • Clarissa Farr

    Clarissa Farr was high mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, one of the U.K.’s leading secondary schools, and was previously principal of Queenswood School. She is currently a fellow of Winchester College and a governor of the Royal Ballet School, and was one of the founding members of the board of the African Gifted Foundation. She is a trustee of the British Museum. Clarissa is also…

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  • Dan Vasella

    Dr. Daniel Vasella began his career as a medical doctor and has now become one of the world’s most influential C.E.O.’s. Dan studied medicine at the University of Bern Medical School, where he later became the chief resident. He was named C.E.O. of Sandoz Pharma in 1994 and helped engineer one of the largest mergers in pharmaceutical history, which placed him as C.E.O. of Novartis in 1996. Dan…

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  • Kwame Appiah, Ph.D.

    Kwame Appiah is a professor of philosophy and law at New York University, where he teaches in New York, Abu Dhabi, and other N.Y.U. global centers. He was educated at schools in Ghana and England, and then studied at Clare College, Cambridge University, where he took both B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy. His Cambridge dissertation brought together issues in the philosophy of language and…

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  • Pheroza Godrej

    Pheroza Godrej is an art historian, environmentalist, and author, having written books on history, travel, and painting, as well as studies of British artists in India. A renowned curator, Pheroza is the director of Cymroza Art Gallery in Mumbai, which she founded in 1971.

    Publications which she has co-written or co-edited include Scenic Splendours: India Through the Printed Image…

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  • Renzo Piano

    Renzo Piano is a world-renowned architect and the Chairman and Founding Partner of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and he is designing all Whittle School & Studios campuses.

    Renzo was born in Genoa, Italy, into a family of builders, and studied at the Politecnico of Milan University. He went on to work for and with prestigious architects, including Franco Albini, Richard Rogers…

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  • Robert Birgeneau, Ph.D.

    Robert Birgeneau received his Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1966. He was on the faculty of Yale for one year and then spent one year at the University of Oxford. He joined the technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1968 to 1975 and then taught physics at MIT. In 1988, he became head of M.I.T.’s Department of Physics and, in 1991, became dean of its School of Science.

    In…

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  • Yang Yang

    Yang Yang currently serves on the International Olympic Committee and is the first female member of the International Skating Union Council. She was appointed executive director of the Chinese National Olympic Committee in 2006 and vice-chair of the Chinese Youth Federation in 2010. In 2014, she became chair of the I.O.C. Evaluation Commission for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games. She is…

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  • Hareb Al Darmaki

    Hareb Al Darmaki is the co-founder and chairman of the board of Gulf Capital, a leading alternative asset management company. He has been with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) since 1976, joining as the Director of the Bond & Equity Department. Mr. Al Darmaki is currently the Advisor - Managing Director’s office at ADIA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political…

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Educational Advisory Board

  • Tom Vander Ark

    Chair

    Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises school districts and networks, education foundations and funders and impact organizations on the path forward. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom is author of Getting Smart; Smart…

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  • Todd Rose, Ph.D.

    Todd Rose is the director of the Mind, Brain, & Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also leads the Laboratory for the Science of the Individual. His work is focused at the intersection of the science of individuality and the practice of personalization in education. He is also the co-founder of the Center for Individual Opportunity (C.I.O.), a nonprofit…

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  • Pavel Luksha, Ph.D.

    Pavel Luksha is a professor of practice at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and manages educational programs for leaders in innovation, future education, and R&D. Pavel earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in economics from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He is fluent in English and can speak French and German.

    Pavel is a global thinker, change…

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  • Melina Uncapher, Ph.D.

    Melina is a neuroscientist with 15 years of experience at the forefront of learning and memory research. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of California San Francisco and Director of the Education Program at Neuroscape, which uses educational neuroscience to investigate how students learn in the classroom. She partners with educators…

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  • Cindy Mi

    Cindy Mi is the Founder and CEO of VIPKID, an education technology company that connects students (aged 4-12) in China with the world's best teachers for real-time online English immersion learning.

    Cindy considers herself a teacher first; she is passionate about the power of education to transform and empower students, parents and teachers. Prior to founding VIPKID, she was a…

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