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Meet our Team

Education + AI in Action is led by educators and early education experts who bring unique competencies and experience.

Andre Nudelman

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Andre Nudelman

Chairperson

Managing Partner of Addquire Private Equity

Andre Nudelman was appointed as Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University Graduate School of Education in September 2021. He has an extensive range of activities, including Private Equity with focus on Education, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Investments, Agriculture, Art Collection, Non-profit organizations, and volunteer activities.
Among his past ventures, Maple Bear Schools Latin America, the largest franchised K-12 bilingual school chain in Latin America, sold in 2016. Presently, through Addquire Private Equity, he controls Digital Media Academy (digitalmediaacademy.org), a company that offers Tech Courses in person and online to students from 3-18 years old globally; International Comprehensive (icomprhensive.com), a school quality improvement system; International Canadian Academy (icanadianacademy.com), a K-12 bilingual school franchising chain; and Interactive Health International (cyberpatient.ca), a simulation online system for medical education.
His philanthropic and volunteer activities include: former Chairman of the Canadian Council for The Americas BC for ten years; former Cabinet Campaign member for Emily Carr University of Art+Design; former Advisory board member at McRae Institute for International Relations at Capilano University; Chairman of The Einstein legacy Project in BC at Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ambassador of Vancouver Biennale; among others.

Chairperson

Managing Partner of Addquire Private Equity

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Martin Carnoy

Martin Carnoy

Co-Director

Lemann Foundation at Stanford

Martin Carnoy is Lemann Foundation Professor of Education and Economics at Stanford University. He is co-director of the Lemann Center at Stanford, a former president of the Comparative and International Education Society and a fellow of the National Academy of Education and of the International Academy of Education. He has written more than forty books and 150 articles on the economic value of education, on the political economy of educational policy, on educational production, and on higher education. He graduated from Caltech with a BS degree in electrical engineering and received his MA PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

Co-Director

Lemann Foundation at Stanford

Esther Wojcicki

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Esther Wojcicki

The Godmother of Silicon Valley.

Leading American educator

Journalist

Leader in Blending Learning

Wojcicki is a leading American educator, journalist and mother. Leader in Blending Learning and the integration of technology into education, she is the founder of the Media Arts program at Palo Alto High School, where she built a journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1984 to one of the largest in the nation including 600 students, five additional journalism teachers, and nine award-winning journalism publications. Wojcicki serves as Vice Chair of Creative Commons and has previously worked as a professional journalist for multiple publications and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post.
Esther has been intimately involved with Google and GoogleEdu since its inception, where she was one of the leaders in setting up the Google Teacher Academy and remains a guiding force.
With two Honorary Doctorate Degrees – Palo Alto University (2013) and Rhode Island School of Design (2016). She was California Teacher of the Year in 2002 by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; a recipient of the Gold Key by Columbia Scholastic Press Association in recognition of her outstanding devotion to the cause of the school press; a board member of Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, DC, and on the Board of Newseum in DC; and a has been a consultant for the U.S Department of Education, Hewlett Foundation, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, Google, Silicon Valley Education Foundation and Time Magazine Education.

The Godmother of Silicon Valley.

A leading American educator, journalist, and mother | Leader in Blending Learning

Dr. Rachel Lotan

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Dr. Rachel Lotan

Professor Emerita

Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Lotan is Professor Emerita, at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. She served as Director of the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) from 1999-2014. Currently, she directs the Program for Complex Instruction at Stanford, where she continues to lead research and dissemination of Complex Instruction, a pedagogical approach for building equitable classrooms. Dr. Lotan’s work lies at the intersection of research on teaching and learning, sociology of the classroom and schools, and teaching as a profession. She focuses on the conditions necessary to create equal-status participation of students in academically, linguistically, culturally, and socially heterogeneous classrooms. Dr. Lotan authored and co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, technical reports, and presented at international and national conferences and educational organizations. In 2014, she published the 3rd edition of Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom, originally authored by E.G. Cohen, and currently works on the 4th edition.

Professor Emerita

Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Graciela Borsato

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Dr. Graciela Borsato 

Managing Director

Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) Network at Stanford University

Dr. Graciela Borsato is Managing Director of the Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) Network at Stanford University. At DREME, in addition to her role as Managing Director and senior researcher, Dr. Borsato oversees the design of educational resources to improve math teaching and learning in the early years. Prior to DREME, she was a Senior Research Associate at Stanford’s John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Dr. Borsato’s expertise spans diverse content areas. Across her projects, she works at the intersection of research and practice to promote equitable conditions for learning and thriving in school and life, with a particular focus on immigrant children and families. Dr. Borsato graduated with the equivalent of a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina. After immigrating to the United States, she completed a master’s degree in Psychology at San Jose State University and received a PhD in Education (Child and Adolescent Development concentration) from Stanford University.

Managing Director of the Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME) Network at Stanford University

Marcelo Knobel

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Marcelo Knovel

Former Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil

Published more than 300 scientific papers, in addition to numerous opinion pieces in both national and international newspapers and magazines

Marcelo Knobel was the 12th Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp), in Brazil, where he is a Full Professor of Physics. He held other leadership roles, including: Executive Director of the Unicamp Exploratory Science Museum, Vice-Rector for Undergraduate Programs, Vice-President of the Brazilian Physics Society and Executive Director of the Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano). Knobel has already published more than 300 scientific papers, in addition to numerous opinion pieces in both national and international newspapers and magazines. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier). Knobel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2007), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009) and Lemann Fellow (2015). He is Member of the Governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory.

Former Rector of the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil.

Claudia Costin

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Claudia Costin

President, Instituto Singularidades

Co-founder of the civil society movement Todos Pela Educação. Member of the UNESCO UIL - Institute for Lifelong Learning - and the Qatar Foundation Board.

Claudia Costin is president of Instituto Singularidades, a reference center for training teachers and education specialists. She founded and directed the Educational Policy Center at Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She was the World Bank's Global Director of Education and was a member of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work. She is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Education at Harvard University, having also taught at PUC-SP, Insper and Enap (Canada). She was Minister of State Administration and Reform, Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo and Secretary of Education for the city of Rio de Janeiro. She is a co-founder of the civil society movement Todos Pela Educação. Since the end of 2020, she has been a member of the UNESCO UIL - Institute for Lifelong Learning - and the Qatar Foundation Board.

President, Instituto Singularidades

Co-founder of Todos Pela Educação. Member of the UNESCO UIL - Institute for Lifelong Learning - and the Qatar Foundation Board.

Dr. Guilherme Lichand

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Dr. Guilherme Lichand

Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education

Research on sources of educational inequities in the global South.

PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Guilherme is proudly Brazilian. His research focuses on sources of educational inequities in the global South and on solutions with the potential to overturn them. He holds a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. He was previously the UNICEF Professor of Child Well-being and Development at the University of Zurich. Guilherme is also a co-founder of Brazilian EdTech Movva, a student success management system supporting vulnerable students graduate college. He was acknowledged by the Schwab Foundation as top-10 Brazilian social entrepreneur in 2020 (post-Covid legacy) and by MIT Technology Review as the top under-35 Brazilian innovator in 2014. His research has been published in numerous scientific journals, including Nature Human Behavior, and campaigns featuring his work won multiple awards, including at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education

PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

Dr. Tatiana Hochgreb-Hägele

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Dr. Tatiana Hochgreb-Hägele

Senior Fellow, Lemann Center at the Stanford

Leads the research and development of the science component of PED Brasil.

Dr. Hochgreb-Hägele is a scientist, researcher, and teacher educator specializing in science education. She earned her PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of São Paulo (USP), where she also obtained a B.Sc. in Molecular Sciences. As a Pew Latin American Fellow, she conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Additionally, she was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford in the UK.
Tatiana’s research primarily focuses on how to develop curriculum and professional learning and development programs for science teachers that connect theory and practice, and emphasizes discipline-based, intellectually important content with a social justice approach. 
As a Senior Fellow at the Lemann Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Tatiana leads the research and development of the science component of PED Brasil (Programa de Especialização Docente, https://pedbr.org/en/home-en/). This initiative, a collaboration between the Lemann Center, Stanford GSE, and 22 Brazilian universities, aims to serve in-service science and math teachers, particularly those in public schools, in their quest to become more effective teachers for their students.
In her capacity as a Senior Research Fellow at the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab (TLTL) at Columbia University, Tatiana has led the design and implementation of the science education reform in Sobral, Brazil. Projeto IDEIA included designing the new science curriculum standards for elementary and middle schools (www.curriculoideia.org), designing and implementing teacher development programs, and establishing new science and engineering labs.

Senior Fellow

Lemann Center at the Stanford

Bruno Belliboni

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Bruno Belliboni

Member of the financial and business development committee of Bahema Educação

Former Director of Operations of Bahema Educação

Former member of the advisory board of ABEPAR

Bruno Belliboni is a member of the financial and business development committee of Bahema Educação, a company that he helped to build and grow from the beginning, and where he was director of operations from March 2017 to February 2023. He was also a member of the advisory board of ABEPAR (Brazilian Association of Private Schools) between its foundation, in March 2016, and May 2023. Before that, he was managing director of Colégio Pentágono, from March 2013 to March 2017. He also worked at Gera Venture Capital, from August 2011 to March 2013 and at M Square Investimentos, currently VELT Partners, from April 2009 to June 2011. He has a degree in business administration from the School of Business Administration of São Paulo (EAESP - FGV) and an MBA from IESE Business School (Universidad de Navarra).

Member of the financial and business development committee of Bahema Educação

Adriano Naves de Brito

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Adriano Naves de Brito

CEO of the Mercosul Biennale

Former secretary of education in the municipality of Porto Alegre

From 1994 up to 2022, he was a professor of philosophy at Universidade Federal de Goiás and Unisinos. He held a visiting scholar/professorship at Universities in London, Tübingen, Bielefeld, Buenos Aires and Stanford during his career. Between 2017 and 2020, he was the secretary of education in the municipality of Porto Alegre, with an intense program of reforms to improve primary education in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. Since 2003, he has been a researcher at CNPq/Brazil. He is the CEO of the Mercosul Biennale, which is, since its inauguration in 1997, one of the most relevant biennales in Latin America.

CEO of the Mercosul Biennale

Former secretary of education in the municipality of Porto Alegre

Deborah J. Stipek

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Deborah J. Stipek

Judy Koch Emeritus Professor of Education 

Former I James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University

Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D. is the Judy Koch Emeritus Professor of Education and the former I James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her doctorate is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Her scholarship concerns instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation and early childhood education. In addition to her scholarship, she served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Education. She also chaired the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. She currently chairs the Heising-Simons Development and Research on Early Math Education Network and serves as a senior consultant to California Education Partners, working with districts to improve P-3 math instruction and alignment. Dr. Stipek served 10 of her 23 years at UCLA as Director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center. She joined the Stanford Graduate School of Education as Dean and Professor of Education in January 2001. 

Judy Koch Emeritus Professor of Education 

Former I James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University

Xue (Lisa) Zhang

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Xue (Lisa) Zhang

Chief Marketing Officer

Stanford Business School Ignite program certificate
MIT Design Thinking program certificate
Acquisition partner of Addquire Equity

Xue (Lisa) Zhang has an extensive background in business development, marketing and strategic planning. Lisa joined Addquire as an acquisition partner in 2016. Lisa led the acquisition of Digital Media Academy, which was founded in Silicon Valley, Stanford University in 2002.
She also worked with Interactive International Health (IHI) where she helped build new marketing strategies to promote their business through different social media channels to reposition the company’s brand.
Lisa started her career at Dentsu, one of the world's largest advertising agencies, where she gained extensive knowledge in digital marketing in the international commercial business and worked with multinational firms like BMW, Sony, Yahoo, etc.

Chief Marketing Officer

Stanford Business School Ignite program certificate
MIT Design Thinking program certificate
Acquisition partner of Addquire Equity

 

Glenn Fajardo

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Glenn Fajardo

Lecturer at Stanford d.school

Former Director of Co-Design Practice @ TechSoup

Glenn Fajardo connects to create, exploring how we can be creative together when we are far apart and in different cultural contexts. He has been part of the Stanford d.school teaching community since 2014 and was the Stanford d.school’s Distributed Learning Teaching Fellow in 2020.
For 14 years, Glenn has been a practitioner of virtual collaboration, working with people and organizations across six continents engaged in social impact work. Glenn is the co-author (with Kursat Ozenc) of Rituals for Virtual Meetings: Creative Ways to Engage People and Strengthen Relationships.
Glenn was formerly the Director of the Co-Design Practice of the TechSoup Global Network at TechSoup, a nonprofit social enterprise founded on the belief that technology can be a powerful enabler for greater social change. Formally trained in nuclear engineering sciences and public policy, Glenn also plays electric bass and likes to cook in other people’s kitchens.

Lecturer at Stanford d.school

Former Director of Co-Design Practice @ TechSoup

Natália Ruiz de Oliveira

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Natália Ruiz de Oliveira

Project Manager

Master's degree in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University

Degree in Pedagogy from Instituto Singularidades (ISESP)

Natália has a master's degree in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University and a degree in Pedagogy from Instituto Singularidades (ISESP) and in Oceanography from the University of São Paulo (USP). She has experience as a consultant for educational projects, working in institutions such as UNICEF, the World Bank, and Petrobras; she also worked as a research assistant at Stanford University, as an educator at several schools in São Paulo, and co-founded a preparatory course for entrance exams for low-income people. She has specialized in public policies and school curricula for preventing violence in childhood and adolescence. She has interests in public policy, social justice, and education for liberation.

Project Manager

Master's degree in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University

Degree in Pedagogy from Instituto Singularidades (ISESP)

Dr. Fernando Carnauba

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Fernando Carnauba

Assistant Professor (Teaching) at Stanford University

Doctor's degree in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Co-founder of Instituto Canoa.

Fernando Carnauba received his doctoral degree in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned an MA in Economics at the University of São Paulo and an MA in Mathematics Education at Teachers College. Fernando currently works on deepening teacher education programs with a network of 20 Brazilian universities. In partnership with the Lemann Center at Stanford GSE, this network develops and offers professional development programs in Mathematics and Science to public school teachers in Brazil.
Fernando is a co-founder of Instituto Canoa, a nonprofit institution devoted to supporting high-quality teacher education in Brazil.

Doctor's degree in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Co-founder of Instituto Canoa.

Chris Bennett

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Chris Bennett

Learning and Engagement Specialist

Affiliate, Learning, Design and Technology at Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Game Designer

Chris Bennett is an award-winning Game Designer and Stanford-invited lecturer who has combined creative ideas with digital engagement to reach millions of players with his credited games. Chris teaches, studies, and practices ways to apply his science of Game Design Thinking to improve lives in the real world.

Chris has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment software industry, including three very successful franchises; The Sims, Diner Dash, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour.

Chris has talked about games and game design for major media outlets, including NBC TV, NPR, Forbes.com, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is called on by organizations such as Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and USAID for his game design expertise.

Learning and Engagement Specialist

Affiliate, Learning, Design and Technology at Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Game Designer

Katherine Tong

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Katherine Tong

EdTech Business Strategist and Entrepreneur

Harvard Alumni

Private Equity Advisor

Katherine Tong is a business consultant/strategist specialized in education sector with broad experience in education technology and cross-curricular curriculum design and implementation in public and private schools.
Katherine has extensive management and operation experience in planning, product development, and project management. Sector experience includes early stage to multinational public companies in technology, education, resource, and visual arts industries in North America.
With a passion in international travel, culinary arts, and arts, Katherine served as board member and volunteer at various community and non-profit organizations.
Katherine completed an undergraduate computer science degree program from Cornell University and earned a master’s degree in business and management system from Harvard University

EdTech Business Strategist and Entrepreneur

Harvard Alumni

Private Equity Advisor

Fernando Cofiel

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Fernando Cofiel

Chief Operations Officer

EAESP FGV graduated.
20+ Franchising experience

 

Passionate about franchising and entrepreneurship, Fernando has a sound experience in all stages of developing a successful franchise, from its conception up to its expansion, through his over 20 years of experience as a business consultant and franchising company executive. 
Before joining ICA, Mr. Cofiel was COO at Maple Bear Latin America, strategically leading the franchising network and operations in the region.

Chief Operations Officer

EAESP FGV graduated.
20+ Franchising experience

 

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