Daphne Koller

  • Coursera, Inc. and Stanford University

Daphne Koller is the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and the co-founder and co-CEO of Coursera.  Coursera is a leading MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform, and has partnered with dozens of the world’s top universities to offer hundreds of courses in a broad range of disciplines to more than 3.5 million students, spanning every country in the world. Daphne is the author of more than 180 refereed publications, which have appeared in journals including Science, Cell, and Nature Genetics. Her H-index is over 80.  She is the recipient of several awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (aka the Genius Grant), and the ACM/Infosys award. She is a member the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.  In 2012, Daphne was selected as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.  She is also an award winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. Daphne earned her B.Sc and M.Sc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford.