Lila Ibrahim joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2010 and works across the firm’s digital and greentech portfolios. Lila currently supports key partnerships and strategic initiatives for the firm.
Outside of KPCB, Lila is the Chief Business Officer of Coursera, an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Lila also serves as the co-founder of Team4Tech, a non-profit organization established in 2012 to improve education in developing countries through innovative technology solutions. The Team4Tech project is an outgrowth of Lila’s Henry Crown Fellowship, an entrepreneurial leadership program at the Aspen Institute.
Before joining KPCB, Lila had a diverse 18-year career with Intel Corp. Most recently, she led the startup business of Intel’s Emerging Markets Product Group. Based in China, she was responsible for the ethnographic research, engineering development and marketing of products focused on global education. Under Lila’s leadership, more than 50 countries deployed the education solutions, creating hundreds of local jobs and improving the lives and potential of millions of students. Lila joined Intel in 1990 as a design engineer for the Pentium® processor. During her tenure, she held a variety of technical, marketing and management positions, including assignments in Japan to enable DVD standards for the PC industry and in the Asia Pacific region to pioneer the global expansion of Intel’s premier developer program. Lila also served as chief of staff to former Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, a position in which she facilitated the technical, program and public aspects of his role with Intel and the United Nations. During this time, Lila led the Digital Village Initiative to deliver technology projects that advanced entrepreneurship, health, education and e-governance from the Amazon to Africa.
Based on her business and community service leadership, Lila was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Lila has received national recognition from the Anita Borg Institute (Women of Vision, 2010); VARBusiness (Top 50 Most Powerful Women in the Channel, 2008); and Purdue University (Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer, 2010). She was also featured on the cover of ForbesWoman for her role promoting women in technology (2009). Over the past decade, Lila has established and sustained three computer labs at the orphanage in Lebanon where her father was raised. Lila earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, where she continues to guest lecture.