Lila Ibrahim Joins Coursera as President

Lila Ibrahim Joins Coursera as President

From Coursera’s blog posted on August 20, 2013

Welcoming Lila Ibrahim to Coursera

It’s been an exciting journey since our launch last April. In this short time, we’ve partnered closely with 86 universities and institutions to deliver hundreds of classes to 4.4 million learners (and counting). We’ve also launched new programs to support student learning, including Coursera’s successful Signature Track, the Teacher Professional Development Track, and the Global Translation Partners Program. Thanks to great faculty and universities around the world, we’ve become the leader in creating solutions for education access and affordability.

To accelerate our next phase of growth, we are delighted to add Lila Ibrahim to our team as Coursera’s first President. She will join our co-founders and co-CEOs to form the Executive Office. During this period of time, she will remain an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).

Lila has worked closely with the company founders over the past year. She has been consistently passionate about education and brings the experience to help us turbo charge Coursera’s growth.

Lila brings Coursera over 20 years of operating experience with rapid technology growth, including more than a dozen years in education technology. She joined KPCB in 2010 as a partner leading operations and business development. Lila previously spent 18 years at Intel, first as a microprocessor designer, then establishing DVD standards for PCs, then driving Intel’s developer program before working as the chief-of-staff to the CEO & Chairman, and finally growing their global education business. She has lived and worked in the US, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and traveled to over 75 countries. Her global experience leading ecosystem, engineering and operating teams will accelerate Coursera’s success.

Lila earned a BS EE from Purdue University and is a respected global leader, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. She is also the co-founder of Team4Tech, a Silicon Valley non-profit that partners with NGOs and tech company employees to deliver K-12 education technology in developing countries. Team4Tech was born from Lila’s experience in building a computer program at the orphanage where her father was raised in Lebanon. Lila also regularly speaks at universities supporting women in STEM.

We respect her accomplishments and experience, and know her collaborative approach is going to make us an even stronger team.

— Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng