Engageli's Mission is to
Create Superior Teaching and Learning Experiences
to Optimize Success For All

ABOUT ENGAGELI

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Launched in October 2020, Engageli was founded by a team that includes serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Dan Avida, his wife Daphne Koller, a Stanford Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and co-founder of Coursera, and Serge Plotkin, a Stanford Professor Emeritus.

During the lockdown, Dan and Daphne's daughters found themselves forced to learn using video conferencing tools intended for business meetings. They, like most other learners, did not enjoy the experience. Much worse, for vulnerable populations, the use of these tools led to the loss of critically important years of education.

Dan and Daphne quickly put together a company with the mission of improving education for all learners through a purpose-built, engaging, accessible, and dynamic online learning platform.

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Create community through social, flexible, and active learning

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Drive digital inclusivity for all learners, regardless of location and / or technology

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Improve learner outcomes

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Reduce cognitive load on the instructor
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Engageli has an extraordinary team of educators, edtech pioneers, and successful entrepreneurs who are obsessed with teamwork, innovation, and making an impact by building a better teaching and learning experience for learners around the world.

To learn more about our philanthropic efforts, visit engageli.org.

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THE ENGAGELI TEAM

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The Engageli leadership team is comprised of professors, EdTech pioneers, and entrepreneurs who contributed to the success of multiple market-leading companies.

Dan Avida
Dan Avida

Co-Founder and CEO

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Dan Avida

Co-Founder and CEO


Dan Avida is the Co-Founder and CEO of Engageli. Before founding the company, Dan worked in technology as an executive and/or board member for more than three decades. Throughout his career, he has scaled several companies from a small founding team to over $100M in revenues and valuations of over $1B. As co-founder of Decru, he led the company from its inception through its acquisition. He also served as Chairman and CEO of EFI, where he oversaw the development of its flagship product from the earliest days and achieved market capitalization of over $3B. Most recently, he acted as General Partner at Opus Capital, where he led early-stage investments in several companies, including SolarEdge, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEDG).

Dan has a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering, summa cum laude, from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.

Daphne Koller, Ph.D.
Daphne Koller, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, and Board Member

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Daphne Koller, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, and Board Member


Daphne Koller is a Co-Founder and Board Member of Engageli. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where she was a member of the faculty team for 18 years. She is a MacArthur Fellowship recipient and a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, Daphne was selected as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. She co-founded Coursera, one of the world’s largest online education platforms, and Insitro, a machine learning-enabled drug discovery company. She is also the author of over 200 publications.

Koller has a BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Serge Plotkin, Ph.D.
Serge Plotkin, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, CTO, and VP of Engineering

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Serge Plotkin, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, CTO, and VP of Engineering


Serge Plotkin is the Co-Founder and CTO of Engageli and an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he taught for over 25 years. He was also the Co-Founder of Decru, where he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering. Serge has published more than 100 technical papers and has been issued 14 patents.

Serge has a Ph.D. from MIT. 

Joe Peter
Joe Peter

Co-Founder, VP of Product & Design

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Joe Peter

Co-Founder, VP of Product & Design


Joe Peter is the Co-Founder and VP of Product & Design of Engageli. Joe has over 20 years of experience in leading product design and strategy in the digital printing and education spaces. Before joining Engageli, he served as Vice President, Product & Design for EduNav, and Head of Product Design & Workflow for EFI. His expertise is designing intuitive and easy-to-use, impactful experiences and user interfaces.

He has a Masters in Computer Applications and a BSc in Physics from St. Joseph’s College.

Sharon Bernstein
Sharon Bernstein

VP of Marketing

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Sharon Bernstein

VP of Marketing


Sharon Bernstein is the VP of Marketing at Engageli. She has more than 20 years of marketing and business strategy experience spanning multiple industries and Fortune 100 brands. Before starting her own marketing consulting business, Sharon was the Head of Marketing and Communications for Avitas Systems, a GE Venture company. She was also a senior executive at Starcom MediaVest Group overseeing P&G’s global measurement strategy, as well as Havas Media where she led analytics product development in the US. Sharon also held positions with Compete / Millward Brown Digital, where she helped US wireless carriers optimize the internet as a selling and retention channel, and Digitas where she was responsible for creating online marketing and branding strategies for leading companies including AT&T, Dell, General Motors, Kraft Foods, and LLBean.

Sharon has an M.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University and a B.A. in English from Tufts University.

Giovanni Dubois
Giovanni Dubois

SVP, Global Partner Success & International Partnerships

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Giovanni Dubois

SVP, Global Partner Success & International Partnerships


Giovanni Dubois is the SVP, Global Partner Success & International Partnerships of Engageli. Giovanni brings a diverse professional background to the company, working in strategy consulting, engineering research, entrepreneurship, and most recently edtech. Before joining Engageli, Giovanni was the Director, University Partnerships at Coursera, one of the world's largest online education platforms. In that role, he led teams and built strong partnerships with universities in over 30 countries. He was the Founder and CEO of Latin America Media (LAM) Network, a marketing agency helping Fortune 500 companies capitalize on the $1T Hispanic purchasing opportunities. Giovanni was also an Associate Consultant at ZS Associates.

He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, as well as an MS in Mechanical Engineering and Management of Technology from the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley. He was also a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley, where he was a controls, robotics, and MEMS researcher and instructor.

Nobu Fukatsu
Nobu Fukatsu

VP of Product Planning and Business Development

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Nobu Fukatsu

VP of Product Planning and Business Development


Nobu Fukatsu is the VP of Product Planning and Business Development at Engageli. He brings over three decades of experience in product planning, business development, and international sales in security, scientific instruments, office equipment, and renewable energy products. His career started with the President’s Office at Canon Inc. and most recently, before joining Engageli, Nobu worked at SolarEdge Technologies as the Sales GM for Japan. 

Nobu graduated from the University of Tokyo with Bachelors of Agriculture.

Andreina Parisi-Amon, Ph.D.
Andreina Parisi-Amon, Ph.D.

VP of Learning & Teaching

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Andreina Parisi-Amon, Ph.D.

VP of Learning & Teaching


Andreina Parisi-Amon is the VP of Learning & Teaching at Engageli. She brings over 15 years of experience across academia and industry-driving innovation in education. Before joining Engageli, she spent three years in K-12 applied learning development, and five years creating and leading Coursera’s Teaching & Learning team. She has extensive experience in research, curriculum development, teaching, and building partnerships with university and industry leaders.

Andreina has a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a BSc from Duke University.

Ben Raelbrook
Ben Raelbrook

SVP Sales

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Ben Raelbrook

SVP Sales


With over 25 years of sales experience, Ben is orchestrating Engageli’s sales motion for the corporate space. With his leadership over the years, Ben has built winning sales teams that have led companies to achieve significant growth year-on-year. Most recently, Ben led both the EMEA organization as GM and the Global Strategic Sales Group at Planview (previously Clarizen) where he was also part of the executive team. Ben is passionate about sales and bringing great products to market, which improve customers’ quality of life and success in their respective businesses.

Beverly Rubin
Beverly Rubin

VP of People

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Beverly Rubin

VP of People


Beverly Rubin is the VP of People at Engageli.  She brings over 30 years of extensive strategic, leadership and operational experience in all areas of human resources that span SaaS, digital printing technology and satellite communications industries.  Before joining Engageli, she was the VP of Global HR for Clarizen where she developed and aligned people strategies to business growth initiatives.  While at EFI and Space Systems/Loral, Bev held senior leadership roles in global talent management; total rewards, HRIS and M&A.
 
Bev has a BS in Business Management from San Jose State University.

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