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Daphne Koller

Daphne was born in Jerusalem in 1968. She received her Master’s from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1986. In 1989, she moved to the U.S.A. and enrolled at Stanford University. She acquired her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Computer Sciences in 1993. She has taught in the Faculty of Computer Sciences since 1995. Her main research areas include artificial intelligence and its application in biomedicine. She is a fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and winner of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, an annual prize given by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She has published more than 180 research papers. Daphne Koller launched the educational site in 2012 along with Stanford University colleague Andrew Ng., which gives anyone the opportunity to take courses from some of the world’s leading universities free of charge. More than 2.3 million people use the site from over 196 countries around the world. Investments in the project have already exceeded $20 million.

Daphne is married with two children.

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Daniel Kraft

Daniel graduated from Brown University in 1990, majoring in Biochemistry. He received his Medical Degree from Stanford University in 1996. Daniel then graduated from Harvard in 2000, majoring in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. In 2000-2005, he studied hematology, oncology and transplantation at Stanford, and has been working at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1996. Jason has been involved in business throughout his medical career, owning a discount medical bookshop between 1996-1999. He has served in the National Guard of the State of California as a medical surgeon and F-16 fighter pilot. Jason has been curator of the FutureMed program at the Singularity University (USA) since 2009. He is the founder of RegenMed Systems and IntelliMedicine, both companies involved in the development of advanced technology in medicine. He has written a number of research articles and invented the MarrowMiner, a medical instrument used to extract bone marrow cells, causing the donor as little discomfort as possible.

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Pierre Laffitte

Pierre was born in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France) on January 1, 1925. He graduated from École Polytechnique and Mines ParisTech with a Ph.D. in Geosciences. He was director of a geological and mountain research bureau in 1959-1963. He was then appointed Deputy Director of Mines ParisTech in 1963, then held the position of Director in 1974-1984.

From 1968 to 1985, he was Secretary General, then President of Conférence des grandes écoles. Pierre is the Founder of Sophia Antipolis, the largest technology park in Europe (the majority of the construction work took place between 1970-1984). From 1985 to 2008, he was Senator of the European Democratic and Social Rally. He was instructed by Nicholas Sarkozy to manage an innovation development program in the Mediterranean in 2009-2011. He was awarded the distinction of Officer of the Legion of Honor.

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Alison Lewis

Alison graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Fine Art and Interior Design in 1997 and Parsons School of Design in 2004. She worked as a designer in various companies including Baker Hughes, one of the largest oilfield services companies in the world, in 1999-2005. She created her own company, Alison Lewis Design, in 2005, which specializes in incorporating technological innovations in the design industry. She also launched, a women’s blog dedicated to fashion, design and innovation, such as women’s handbags with built-in solar panels. Fast Company labeled Alison one of the top 100 most influential women in 2010.

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Antony Garrett Lisi

Antony is an American Theoretical Physicist, Doctor of Physics and researches elementary particles. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California. He has written dozens of scientific papers, developed his own theory, which attempts to describe all known fundamental interactions in physics and to stand as a possible theory of everything, based on the unified field theory, group E8 and Einstein’s theory of relativity. He lives on the island of Maui and does not officially work at any university.

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Seth Lloyd

Lloyd calls himself a “quantum mechanic,” as the majority of his career has been dedicated to creating a scientific base for developing quantum computers and communication systems. He has also spent significant time looking for methods to provide for the accurate operation of such computers even when chance mistakes occur. In suggesting a way to create a fully-existent device, Seth came to the conclusion that the fact that man is capable of building a computer using quantum particles as information carriers means that the world around us is not a chaotic assortment of particles, and is instead one huge quantum computer containing approximately 10123 bytes of information. Not only that, but all of that could speak to some kind of owner — why not?

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Yin Lu

Before coming to Coursera in 2013, Yin Lu worked at Google and Microsoft, organizing the companies’ educational and recruitment programs and conferences for students all over North America. At the same time, she was developing her own startup, Achieve!, which helps schoolchildren from poor families get ready for college. Before that, she was in charge of a summer school program in leadership at UCLA, where she went to school, and worked as a career counselor at Duke University.

Today, Yin is responsible for developing Coursera’s global growth strategy, as well as spreading the project’s social mission to partners and students across the globe.

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Mikhail Lukin

Mikhail graduated from the Department of Physical and Quantum Electronics MIPT with a distinction. He was invited to the University of Texas following a recommendation from the institute heads, where he successfully defended his dissertation on using lasers to control the environment. Mikhail then received a research grant from Harvard, in which he proved that a beam of light can get trapped in a medium. This experience proved that completely new information storage and processing methods were possible. In January 2001, an article on the discovery was published in The New York Times. Mikhail became a Physics Professor at Harvard in 2004. He is also co-director of the Harvard Center of Quantum Physics and the Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms, as well as a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Russian Quantum Center. He has written more than 150 research articles, won the Rabi and Solan prizes, the American Optical Society medal and many other awards and prizes.

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Anuk Pappers and Maarten Schafer