Shai Reshef is the President of University of the People (UoPeople) — the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, accredited online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education. Grounded in the belief that knowledge is a key ingredient of world peace, UoPeople provides access to collegiate-level studies to qualified individuals regardless of geographic, financial or societal constraints.
An educational entrepreneur, Reshef has over 25 years of experience in international education. Reshef has been widely recognized for his work with UoPeople, including being named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, selected by OneWorld as one of its 'People of 2009', awarded an Ashoka fellowship, joined UN-GAID as a High-level Adviser, granted membership in the Clinton Global Initiative, presented at TED, granted an RSA Fellowship, selected by The Huffington Post as the Ultimate Game Changer in Education, nominated as one of Wired Magazine’s 50 People Changing the World, and selected as a Top Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine. Global media coverage includes the New York Times, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, Forbes and more.
An expert on the intersection of education and technology, Reshef has spoken internationally at numerous prestigious conferences. He has also lectured at Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Oxford, among others. Reshef holds a M.A. in Chinese Politics from the University of Michigan.