Jose Ferreira is the founder and CEO of Knewton, the world’s leading adaptive learning company. Jose earned his MBA from Harvard. He was formerly an executive at Kaplan, a strategist for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and most recently, a partner at New Atlantic Ventures (formerly Draper Atlantic), investing in new media and SaaS companies. He currently serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education & Skills, as well as the advisory boards for Laureate International Universities, Cambridge University Press, and the ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit.
As Chief Operating Officer since 2010, David Liu is responsible for helping Knewton launch and scale its platform and operations while expanding its presence globally. He oversees the company’s technology, product management, design, marketing, communications, finance and business operations functions. Previously, David served as AOL’s senior vice president of global messaging, where he rebuilt and launched an open global messaging platform for AIM and ICQ; founded and grew AOL.com into one of the top web portals in the world; and founded and grew Lifestream into one of the largest social aggregators of content on the web. Together David and his teams created web products and communications platforms that have served over 100 million users worldwide.
Prior to AOL, David served as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney advising Fortune 500 companies on corporate and operating strategy. David currently serves on the board of Knewton and has been a board advisor/angel investor to Assistly, ChatID, and several other tech startups. He has been awarded a U.S. patent for web-based content personalization. David received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
David Kuntz currently leads future-oriented research efforts at Knewton, focusing on better understanding and modeling student learning in personalized contexts, at macro-scale. For five years prior, as VP of research and adaptive learning at Knewton, he led the development of all of Knewton’s core adaptive models and psychometric infrastructure. Before coming to Knewton, he held senior positions at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Among other inventions, he created the first efficient automated test assembly algorithm and system for the LSAT, the first web-based test delivery and item-banking system, and the first large-scale web-based portfolio scoring and management system. He has been awarded five assessment-related patents. David holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Brown, an M.A. in Philosophy from Rutgers, and an MBA/MSE from Wharton and the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ryan Prichard is responsible for driving Knewton’s technology vision. He has over 12 years of development and management experience in creating highly performant software systems in the financial and engineering industries. He previously managed the development of PayPal’s core Payments and Credit systems supporting money movement across their entire customer base. Prior to that, he worked at BillMeLater where he created their Servicing Platform supporting millions of financial customers daily. Ryan holds a B.S. in Information Decision Systems with a minor in Computer Science and an M.S. in Software Engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon University.
Zohar Yardeni is the Chief Product Officer at Knewton, where he leads strategy, direction, and design for Knewton’s products. Zohar brings with him a wealth of experience, most recently as VP of Product at ZocDoc. Prior to working at ZocDoc, Zohar ran several startups including CallStreet, an earnings call transcription service which he founded and subsequently sold to FactSet Research Systems (NYSE: FDS). He also served as Global Head of Product Management at Thomson Reuters, where he led a team working to reinvent a multi-billion dollar platform of financial applications and websites. Prior to that, Zohar worked at Lazard Frères in M&A and private equity. Zohar received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Cornell University. He resides in New York City with his wife and two children.
Patricia Gabriel is vice president of finance at Knewton, where she is responsible for managing finance and accounting operations. Prior to joining the team, Patricia spent almost five years at the online performance marketing company LinkShare, where as vice president of finance she directed corporate finance operations in the U.S. and in the company’s international subsidiaries. While at LinkShare, Patricia was trained in the Japanese practice of Kaizen to achieve ongoing improvement. She was also appointed the G&A leader of the Operations Management Office, where she spearheaded several projects in finance, accounting, facilities, and IT to build operational efficiencies. Prior to her roles in finance and operations, Patricia worked in marketing communications for over a decade, including four years spent running her own business as a strategic marketing and communications specialist in the pharmaceutical industry. Patricia holds a B.A. in Economics from McGill University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Dave joined Knewton in 2011 and is responsible for delivering and developing the people on whom Knewton relies to deliver on its mission.
A graduate of The State University of New York at Buffalo, Dave has spent more than two decades building, scaling, and optimizing many of the most innovative and successful firms in the worlds of banking, securities trading, management consulting, enterprise software, and infrastructure technology. He lives at the beach with his wife and two daughters.
Jules Roazen is the vice president of adaptive learning at Knewton. He leads Knewton’s adaptive learning technologies team, which builds the data science and technology to power Knewton recommendations, analytics, and content insights. Jules has nearly 15 years’ experience on Wall Street designing and building globally distributed trading and risk management systems. He previously worked as an adventure guide for at-risk youth, leading white-water rafting and climbing trips in the Canadian wilderness. Jules started his professional career as a full-time firefighter in the city of Toronto. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.