Advisory Board

Anders Ericsson
(In memoriam)

Author of multiple books on expertise and deliberate practice including the bestseller “Peak’

World-renowned expert in expertise and memory

Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University

Anders sadly passed away June 17th 2020


Alexander Renkl

Professor of Psychology, University of Freiburg

Learning Scientist


Recent Publications

Angela Duckworth

Founder and CEO of Character Lab

Leading motivation researcher

Author of bestseller ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’

2013 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow

Has advised the White House, NBA and NFL teams and Fortune 500 CEOs

Professor of Psychology, UPenn



Bo Stjerne Thomsen

Vice-President & Member of the Executive team, The LEGO Foundation

Chair of Learning Through Play

M.Sc.Eng. in Architecture & Design

Ph.D. in Performative Learning Technologies

Bror Saxberg

Head of Learning Science, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative

Former Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan

Author of ‘Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age: Using Science to Reboot Learning’


Charles Fadel

Author of ‘Four-dimensional Learning’

Founder & Chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign

Visiting Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education



David Niemi

Internationally renowned expert in the following areas:

Quality of measurement

Evaluation of the effectiveness of curricula and instruction,

Impact of innovative products and strategies

Deborah Quazzo

Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration

Founder and Co-host of ASU-GSV Summit

15 years of experience in M&A in the US education space

Doug Lynch

Rossier faculty member

Former Vice Dean at the graduate school of education at the University of Pennsylvania

Former academic director of Wharton Executive Education and a senior advisor to the Fels Institute of Government

Expert in Corporate Training

Ed Stanford

Former President, McGraw-Hill Higher Education

While President, he was responsible for starting the digital transformation at MHE at scale

40 years of publishing experience

Esther Wojcicki

Author of ‘Moonshots in Education’

World-renowned expert in cross disciplinary learning

Journalist & educator, Palo Alto Media Arts Center

Jim Stigler

Author of ‘The Teaching Gap’ and ‘The Learning Gap’

World-renowned expert in learning science and intercultural learning and teaching differences

Professor of Psychology, UCLA

Nick Howe

Senior executive with substantial experience building global corporate learning functions and a global professional services capability. Strong focus on developing strategies and translating visions in to operating plans. Excellent multi-region matrix management skills.

Area9 Lyceum’s Chief Learning Officer from 2016-2020 – retired January 2021. Expert in corporate training strategy and education technologies


Peter Davis

Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group

Senior Fellow at The Conference Board

Former President, McGraw-Hill Education



Richard E. Clark

Emeritus Professor of Education, Psychology and Surgery
University of Southern California

Author of Learning from Media: Arguments, Analysis and Evidence; Turning Research Into Results

Former Director, Center for Cognitive Technology

Former CEO: Atlantic Training Inc.

Todd Rose

Author of ‘Square Peg’ and ‘The End of Average’

Educational Neuroscientist

Founder of Center for Individual Opportunity

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Tony Miller

Deputy Secretary of Education (2009-2013)

Ex-McKinsey Partner (10 years)

Co-founder of Vistria

Board of Directors, Apollo Education Group

Board of Directors, GoGuardian

Board of Directors, ACT

Tony Wagner

Author of ‘How Schools Change’, ‘The Global Achievement Gap’, and Creating Innovators’

Harvard University

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