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. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India. 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.

Adam Medros

President & COO

Adam Medros is President and Chief Operating Officer at edX, overseeing the day-to-day management and oversight of edX’s operations, contributing to edX’s strategy and growth and reporting to Anant Agarwal, edX CEO. Adam brings extensive operational expertise to power our innovation and growth at a global scale. He will lead the effort of taking our current success to the next level; transforming education in the learner, university, and business setting.

Prior to joining edX, Adam was Senior Vice President, Global Product at TripAdvisor, Inc. where over 13 years he helped grow TripAdvisor into a global, public company with 400 million monthly users across 49 points of sale and 28 languages, 500 million reviews and opinions, and over $1.5 billion in annual revenue. At TripAdvisor, Adam was a member of the executive management team, led worldwide product development including core functionality, content operations, mobile, and revenue optimization.  He was most recently the leader for the hotel vertical, TripAdvisor’s largest business unit.

Prior to joining TripAdvisor, Adam held Senior Analyst and Product Manager positions at Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com, and The Parthenon Group. He serves on the Board of Directors of Wordstream and was previously Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX). Adam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and German with Honors from Dartmouth College.

Mark Haseltine

Mark Haseltine

Interim COO and 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.
Nell Ma'luf

Nell Ma'luf

Vice President and General Counsel

Nell Ma'luf is Vice President and General Counsel of edX, overseeing all legal and regulatory matters and providing strategic counsel on business development and partnerships with higher education institutions and corporations. Prior to edX, Nell served in senior legal roles at Analysis Group, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc., where she gained broad experience advising leadership teams on strategic initiatives, transactional matters, intellectual property, compliance and risk management. Her practice started at Mintz Levin in Boston, after which she clerked for the Honorable Rya W. Zobel in the US District Court, District of Massachusetts. Nell holds an A.B. in Statistics from Harvard College and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
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.
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.

Risa Sparks

Risa Sparks

Senior Director of Finance

Risa is the senior director of finance, leading the company’s accounting and financial strategy. Prior to joining edX, Risa spent eleven years in the renewables, oil, and gas industries in a variety of finance and strategy positions where she led strategic initiatives, managed finance and accounting teams, and directed portfolio and asset management. She started her work career as an engineer in the semiconductor industry, and has lived and worked in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Kazakhstan. Risa holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a M.B.A. and Masters in Engineering Management from Northwestern University. Outside of work, Risa can be found building structures with her two children, hiking, or learning how to cook.