Our team is devoted to transforming education. Learn more about them below.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Marketing Officer
Vice President and General Counsel
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.
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.