Expert on Education and Learning. Professor of Engineering at Oakland University.
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Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; the Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University; and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.”
Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal—she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in engineering education.
Together with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, she co-teaches Coursera – UC San Diego’s “Learning How to Learn,” the world’s most popular massive open online course. Her books A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), (Penguin, 2014) and Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (Penguin, 2017) are international best-sellers. Dr. Oakley has adventured widely through her lifetime. She rose from the ranks of Private to Captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar.
She also worked as a communications expert at the South Pole Station in Antarctica, and has served as a Russian translator on board Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea. Dr. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Economist. Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda (2016-2018).
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
Entrepreneur and Business Angel. Co-founder of Venture Hub.
Economist, climate change authority and author of the Stern Report
Editor of the British edition of Wired magazine, contributor to GQ and Tech Traveller
Spanish diplomat. Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2008-2012)
Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Chief Economic Advisor of the Center for Global Competitiveness and Performance at the World Economic Forum
President of the TIR Consulting Group and UE Advisor since 2000.