Leadership

Our team is devoted to transforming education. Learn more about them below.

Anant Agarwal: President edX

Anant Agarwal

CEO

Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.

Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching.  He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook "Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits."

Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.

He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras. Anant's twitter handle is @agarwaledu.

Wendy Cebula: President, COO

Wendy Cebula

President, COO

Wendy Cebula is president and chief operating officer at edX, managing the nonprofit’s day-to-day operations and positioning it for accelerated growth. Wendy brings strong digital and business expertise and has successfully grown and run large online businesses. She is best known for her 13-year tenure at Vistaprint, a leading online provider of professional marketing products and services to micro businesses and the home, where she recently served as chief operating officer and helped grow and scale the company from $1 million to more than $1 billion in revenue globally. Wendy is a member of the Board of Directors for ResearchNow and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit founded to help women-led businesses become and stay successful. Wendy received her B.S. in international finance from Rochester Institute of Technology. Outside of work, you will most often find Wendy enjoying time with her family.

Mark Haseltine

Mark Haseltine

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer at edX, Mark leads our overall technology strategy and engineering efforts.  Prior to joining edX, Mark was CTO, Afternic at GoDaddy where he led the development of their domain aftermarket products.  He served as CTO at NameMedia which GoDaddy partially acquired.  He has also held engineering leadership roles at Oracle, AltaVista and Gerson Lehrman Group.  He has led engineering for large scale online business in each of these roles, and plans to apply the same creative technological approaches to the challenges at edX.  Mark holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.  Mark spends most of his free time with his family and occasionally running marathons. 
Johannes Heinlein: Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Johannes Heinlein

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Johannes Heinlein is vice president of strategic partnerships for edX, leading university partnership and collaboration initiatives. In this role, Johannes works directly with the edX president and board on identifying and executing strategy. Prior to joining edX, Johannes served as director in the Office of the President and Provost of Harvard University where he was responsible for the planning and execution of university-wide transformations in strategy and operations. Prior to joining Harvard, Johannes worked in the public sector and for global industry leaders, to develop and implement change management and program strategies. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and North America. Johannes holds degrees from the University of Hamburg, Germany, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Johannes is married with two children and calls Boston his home.

Nina Huntemann

Nina Huntemann

Director of Academics and Research

Nina Huntemann is director of academics and research at edX. In this role, Nina is leading cross institution faculty initiatives, developing curriculum strategies and providing pedagogical expertise, managing educational policy projects, and facilitating research across edX university partners. Nina has over 15 years of college-level teaching, program administration, and faculty development experience. Prior to joining edX, she was an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University in Boston where she taught courses and published research in digital media studies. Nina received her Ph.D. in communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also co-director of Women in Games Boston, a professional network for women working in the digital games industry. Outside of work, Nina enjoys cycling, baking, and hiking with her Welsh terrier, Penny.
Sasha Norkin

Sasha Norkin

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Sasha Norkin is vice president of marketing and communications for edX, leading edX marketing initiatives and partnerships. Prior to joining edX, Sasha was vice president of marketing at Barnes and Noble for five years, launching the NOOK digital reading brand and  responsible for all retail, channel online and off-line marketing and CRM for NOOK and digital content. Most recently, she consulted for J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore. Previously, she was a founding team member at various startups and held key management roles, including chief revenue officer at Gifts.com and vice president of strategic partnerships at AnyDay.com, which was acquired by Palm. Sasha also spent nearly two decades in higher education as an associate professor at Boston University in the College of Communication. Sasha holds a M.S. from Boston University and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Piotr Mitros: Chief Scientist

Piotr Mitros

Chief Scientist

As chief scientist at edX, Piotr Mitros is charged with developing and applying technology to optimize the learning process. His teaching experience around the world has given him a unique perspective on education. As a graduate student, Piotr took breaks from his thesis to spend time teaching in China, working in India, and facilitating educational technology projects in Nigeria. His observations of university systems in the developing world inspired Piotr to find ways to leverage peer teaching and distance learning to dramatically increase access to education. Following a stint in industry as an analog designer, most recently at start-up Rhythmia Medical where he designed the analog front end for a novel medical imaging modality, Piotr returned to MIT to help lead the creation of the original MITx platform. He brings a broad interdisciplinary background that combines teaching, engineering, computer science, and math, and has been interested in teaching and education since he was a child. Piotr enjoys making things -- curtains, bicycle parts, electronics, furniture, and speakers. Piotr holds a B.S. in math and electrical engineering, a M.S. in EECS, and a Ph.D. in EECS, all from MIT.

Kathy Pugh: Vice President of Education Services

Kathy Pugh

Vice President of Education Services

As vice president of education services at edX, Kathy directs and oversees the management of the course development teams and is responsible for university relations with edX consortium members. She brings extensive experience as a top executive in the software and financial services industries. Most recently in charge of global services at Courion Corporation, Kathy has a nationally recognized track record of success in expanding and streamlining businesses. She has worked in long-established businesses as well as start-ups, and brings her valued business acumen and organizational talents to edX. When she is not at edX, Kathy enjoys tennis, swimming, rowing, cycling, and watching her son play hockey. She holds a B.A. in economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Lee Rubenstein: Vice President of Business Development

Lee Rubenstein

Vice President of Business Development

Lee Rubenstein serves as our edX VP of Business Development. He leads our engagements with prospects and partners including Foundations, NGO’s, Corporations, and Governments both local and international. Lee has been building, running, and advising global businesses in the learning, communications, and media space for 20+ years. Most recently he served 5 years as President and COO of TBA Global, and as an advisor to several companies in the online entertainment space. Lee’s career has been focused on incorporating innovative technology and strategy to assist high profile brands improve their business results through education, communications, strategy and media. Lee was part of the first executive team to take an ‘experiential’ communications corporation public and then went on to establish, build, and lead various global communication and learning companies in the US and Europe for agency holding companies. Lee was also part of the executive team that recast TrainingNet into THINQ Learning solutions, an LMS company later sold to Saba. Lee is a graduate of Boston University, and serves on the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center, and the Corporate Advisory Council of Massachusetts College of Art and Design.