Daphne Koller is the President and co-founder of Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company that works with the best universities to connect anyone around the world with the best education, for free.
Prior to founding Coursera, she was the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where she served on the faculty for 18 years. In her research life, she worked in the areas of machine learning and probabilistic modeling.
She has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2012, and is the recipient of many awards, including Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the MacArthur Fellowship, and membership in the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an award winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience.
She received her BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD from Stanford.