Vice President, Education Markets
My favorite book is Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card. I was originally enamored with the themes of intelligent youth, space and alien life, international politics and gaming. I later learned to appreciate the foresight shown in Card's description of the "desk" used by students and the "nets" on which all members of society could dialogue, learn and communicate.
This was all written before the World Wide Web really existed and before the idea of handheld computing devices for students was anywhere near reality. And yet, in Card's book, every student carried an always-on, always-connected computing device with (essentially) cloud based storage, applications, etc. This is a dream that the educational community is still struggling to realize today -- though we are now closer than ever!
I was fortunate to travel in my youth and eventually to graduate from one of the best public high schools in the country -- La Jolla High School -- which has the support of its community through a successful Foundation. The additional resources facilitate high quality learning environments, tools, faculty and activities for the students. I went on to my undergraduate degree at The Georgia Institute of Technology (a.k.a. Georgia Tech) where I studied in Computer Science, Management and International topics, primarily. Later, I received my MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University.
At GT, I worked as a co-op in web development, systems administration, software development and for the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents. I also became extensively involved in AIESEC, the world's largest student-run organization (now in over 100 countries) where I was first directly involved in sales.
In the decade (plus…) since then, my career has developed from the telecommunications industry with a passion for Education. Today, my focus is on technology’s transformative role in education with a particular emphasis on Mobile Learning. At Kajeet, I lead the Kajeet for Education business unit including strategy, product and sales. Externally, I interact with the Education community for media and public relations, association memberships (CoSN, ISTE, EdNET, etc.), business development and events. I joined the EdNET Advisory Board in the Spring of 2010 and WirelessEdTech in the Fall of 2010. I am also a member of the Emerging Technologies Committee for the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN).
In Atlanta, I serve as the Chairman for the Board of Advisors to AIESEC and as a volunteer with AFS Intercultural Programs (a high school and teacher international exchange program). I am a founding member of the Georgia Gwinnett College Technology Advisory Council and I periodically guest lecture on Education Technology at Georgia Perimeter College. I also serve on the Advisory Board for Georgia Tech's Center for International Business, Education and Research (GT-CIBER).
Now, my own son is almost ready to read Ender's Game himself -- and I have come full-circle. Kajeet for Education has the greatest potential I have yet seen to bring to reality the vision of a mobile computing device in the hands of every student with always-on connectivity to resources in the cloud. Kajeet has the unique capability to address this need with safety, security and financial sustainability in mind for schools and families.
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