SHAI RESHEF – WINNER OF G-CON AWARD 2019

(SELECTED ON OCTOBER 31, 2019 G.C)

Shai Reshef (An Israeli educational entrepreneur, founder and president of University of the People, the world's first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university)

SHORT BIOGRAPHY


Shai Reshef is an Israeli educational entrepreneur, founder and president of University of the People, the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university. His TED Talk, entitled “An ultra-low-cost college degree”, has been viewed more than 6.2 million times.

University of the People (UoPeople) is the Education Revolution! It is the first non-profit, American-accredited, tuition-free online university dedicated to opening access to higher education globally.

From 1989 to 2005, Reshef served as Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman of the Kidum Group, a for-profit educational services and test preparation company. Reshef joined Kidum in 1989 when it was a single product company with revenues of $100,000. Under his leadership, Kidum grew to become a company with annual revenues in excess of $25 million, with over 1,000 employees and 50,000 students a year. In 2005, he sold the company to Kaplan, Inc., one of the world’s largest education companies and a subsidiary of the Washington Post.

Between 2001 and 2004, while continuing as the chairman of Kidum, Reshef lived in the Netherlands where he chaired KIT eLearning, a subsidiary of Kidum. KIT became the eLearning partner of the University of Liverpool in 1999, and was the first online university outside of the United States, providing MBA and M.Sc. degrees in Information Technology. In 2004, the company was acquired by Laureate Education, Inc. and changed its name to Laureate Online Education. It maintains its partnership with the University of Liverpool under its new name.

In January 2009, Reshef founded University of the People (UoPeople), a non-profit, accredited online academic institution that seeks to increase the availability of higher education by offering tuition-free degrees.

Reshef is married and has four children. He lives in Pasadena, California.

Awards and recognition

  • In 2009, named one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”
  • In 2009, selected by OneWorld as one of its “People of 2009”
  • In 2010, awarded a fellowship by Ashoka
  • In 2010, became a high-level adviser to the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID)
  • In 2010, rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq in New York City
  • In 2010, granted membership to the Clinton Global Initiative on behalf of his work with UoPeople in Haiti
  • In 2010, selected as the Huffington Post “Ultimate Game Changer in Education.”
  • In 2011, granted membership to Partners for a New Beginning (PNB)
  • In 2012, named one of the “50 People Changing the World” by Wired magazine’s Smart List 2012
  • In 2012, named as a “Top Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012
  • In 2014, invited to present a TED Talk on University of the People
  • In 2015, placed eighth on Salt Magazine’s “100 Most Compassionate Business Leaders List”
  • In 2016, awarded the Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

 

(Wikipedia, Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shai_Reshef)

ACHIEVEMENTS

HIS GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY OR THE WORLD


  • In 2009 G.C: He founded University of the People, the first non-profit, American-accredited, tuition-free online university dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. His contribution is helping thousandds of students around the world since 2009.
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