Leadership

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

Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal

Founder and CEO

Anant Agarwal is the founder and CEO of edX. 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 a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India and was named the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate in 2018. He held 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 and co-CEO

Adam Medros is President and co-Chief Executive Officer at edX, overseeing the day-to-day management and oversight of edX’s operations and driving the growth and expansion of edX’s learner base, platform and product offerings. 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.

Johannes Heinlein: Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Johannes Heinlein

Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Johannes Heinlein is Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at edX. In this role, Johannes works directly with the leadership team and across the organization to define and deploy growth strategies across all of edX’s business lines; including courses and programs, degree programs and edX for business. In addition, Johannes leads all strategic partnerships, working with universities and corporations to connect learners worldwide to the right content at the right time, leading to impactful outcomes. 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. Before 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.

Stephanie Brocoum

Stephanie Brocoum

Chief Marketing Officer

Stephanie Brocoum is Chief Marketing Officer at edX. In this role, Stephanie leads all marketing activity for edX, developing and implementing strategies to further build the edX brand and to drive continued awareness of edX’s innovative offerings. Stephanie has spent her career working at the intersection of creativity and data, building and growing brands that connect with consumers globally. Prior to joining edX, Stephanie was the CMO of Yaymaker (formerly Paint Nite) where she led the launch of the multi-experience entertainment brand across North America. She has additional leadership experience in global brand activation and integrated marketing communications at Sperry, Keds and Rue La La. Originally from Upstate New York, Stephanie studied Textiles and Apparel at Cornell University. When not at the office, Stephanie is working on her next DIY project or adventuring with her family.
Nell Ma'luf

Nell Ma'luf

Vice President and General Counsel

Nell Ma'luf is Vice President and General Counsel at 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.
Kathy Pugh: Vice President of Services

Kathy Pugh

Vice President of Services

Kathy Pugh is Vice President of Services at edX. She brings extensive experience as a top executive in the technology and financial services industries. Prior to joining edX, Kathy was head of global services at Core Security (formerly known as 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 time with her family and playing tennis. 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 is Vice President of Business Development at edX. 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.

JP Beaudry

JP Beaudry

Vice President of Engineering

JP Beaudry is Vice President of Engineering at edX, leading software engineering initiatives across all of edX including product development, cloud infrastructure, data warehouse, and our open source project Open edX. Prior to joining edX, JP served as senior director of technology with Vistaprint where he was responsible for the globally distributed site software engineering organization, worldwide technical operations and technology representation in the enterprise portfolio management team. Before Vistaprint, JP led various engineering teams at Cisco Systems. In 2013, his business unit won the Cisco Pioneer Award on the strength and depth of its Agile practice. JP holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Sherbrooke University, an M.Sc. in telecommunications from Boston University, an MBA from Babson College, and various international Agile certifications. When not working, JP enjoys tinkering around the house, keeping up with technology trends, and staying fit.
Peter Brau

Peter Brau

Vice President of Finance

Peter Brau is Vice President of Finance at edX. Peter has experience working with non-profit and growth stage financial technology start-ups. Peter was recognized as a finalist by the Boston Business Journal as a 'CFO of the Year' and is currently registered as a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts. Peter received a B.S.C in Finance from Santa Clara University and a M.S. in Accounting from Suffolk University. In addition he has studied and earned degrees in religion and social ethics from Santa Clara University, Boston College and the University of Southern California. Peter served in the Marines for eight years. Peter lives on the North Shore with his wife, daughter and two cats. They enjoy spending time near the beach, on the water and hiking the local hills or mountains of New Hampshire.
Lauren Holliday

Lauren Holliday

Vice President of Product

Lauren Holliday is Vice President of Product at edX. In this role, Lauren leads the consumer experience and development of edX’s product lines including the innovative MicroMasters® programs, Professional Certificate programs, online degree programs and the edX for Business enterprise offering. Together with the leadership team, Lauren will provide the overall vision for the edX product roadmap. Lauren has extensive product development experience from Amazon, where she launched Elastic File System, an Amazon Web Services storage product; LinkedIn, where she was involved with the acquisition of Lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning); and Perfect Market. Lauren graduated with honors from Harvard Business School and earned her B.A. from Northwestern University. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and calls Cambridge her home.

Clive Wright

Vice President of Sales and Client Success

Clive Wright is Vice President of Sales and Client Success at edX, leading the teams responsible for curating and delivering edX content to corporate organizations, academic institutions, governments and associations across the world. For over 20 years, Clive managed multiple teams for EBSCO in Europe, Latin America and North America, including strategic partnerships, sales and SAAS teams. He has presented at over 2,000 universities across the globe helping them discover, search and retrieve multilingual materials using different platforms and taxonomies. As a graduate of Lancaster University's teaching college, he is passionate about learning, pedagogy and instructional design. Clive also enjoys family time and coaching local sports teams.
Nina Huntemann

Nina Huntemann

Vice President of Learning

Nina Huntemann is Vice President of Learning at edX. In this role, Nina drives edX’s instructional and pedagogical strategy to maximize the capabilities of the edX platform to improve learner outcomes. 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. Outside of work, Nina enjoys cycling, baking, and hiking with her Welsh terrier, Penny.
Cathy Webster

Cathleen Coyle Webster

Vice President of Development

Cathleen Coyle Webster is Vice President of Development at edX, leading fundraising strategy and execution.   Cathleen has over 20+ years in the development and academic space delivering superior results in the development and execution of strategic fundraising initiatives that drive core business objectives.  Prior to joining edX, Cathleen served as Assistant Dean for Development at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Cathleen’s career has focused on raising support for financial aid, research and teaching to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Cathleen also served as National Finance Director at Seth Moulton for President.  In addition to fundraising, Cathleen has designed and overseen leadership development programs targeted at training the next generation of public leaders.  Cathleen is a graduate of Boston College.
Mike Hebert

Mike Hebert

Senior Director of People and Culture

Mike Hebert is Senior Director of People and Culture at edX, leading the strategy and development of both the human resources and talent acquisition functions. As edX continues to expand, Mike focuses his energy on developing programs and systems that allow employees at the organization to reach their full potential. Mike has been a part of some of Boston’s most important tech growth stories including Wayfair, Monster, and Localytics. Mike earned his BS MIS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He lives on the Massachusetts North Shore with his wife and two children and enjoys fishing, kayaking, hiking, and landscaping.