Catherine M. Casserly, Ph.D. is passionate about learning eco-systems that support high quality education experiences for all. Cathy is a pracademic, working at the nexus of research and practice as catalyst for openness, innovation and leadership.
Currently, Casserly is a Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Future. She is a Senior Advisor for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For the Lumina Foundation she is analyzing the risks and benefits of whether the organization should establish a presence in Silicon Valley to leverage its technological innovation, thought leadership and capital to increase the proportion of Americans with high quality degrees, certificates and other credentials. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the National Science Foundation, Directorate of Education and Human Resources, chairing its subcommittee on Open Licensing.
Previously, Casserly was a Fellow with the Aspen Institute. She was Vice President of Learning Networks at EdCast, a Stanford StartX company that advances life long social collaborative learning at scale. She was CEO of Creative Commons, a global nonprofit dedicated to sharing educational, scientific, data and cultural assets. A founding architect of the open educational resources (OER) field, Casserly managed a complex 100M global portfolio for The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation as the Director of the OER Initiative. Early in her career, Casserly taught mathematics in Kingston, Jamaica.
Casserly was a member of the Technical Working Group for the development of the 2015 National Education Technology Plan. She was a founding advisory board member for MIT OpenCourseWare and University of the People. Casserly earned her Ph.D. in the economics of education from Stanford University, BA in mathematics from Boston College, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University UK.
Anjum Malik is a global professional with 35+ years of experience in the fields of international education, educational consulting, business development both in the US and internationally. She has built an extensive network of global contacts, which she leverages on behalf of her clients, connecting people and organizations for success. She was the Director of International Marketing and Public Relations for the University of Texas at Austin's Global Initiative for Education and Leadership, advising the initiative on international strategy, identifying opportunities for collaborative projects and negotiation of bi and multi-lateral agreements.
Due to her leadership in education delivery and development, her organization The Alhambra Chamber was invited to become a member of President Obama's Partners for a New Beginning Initiative. The organizations she has created and managed have enhanced the global competence of more than 150,000 students and hundreds of professionals. Within her most nurtured passion - international education - Anjum constantly seeks innovative tools to improve teaching, learning, and access. In all her endeavors, she strives to advance the empowerment of women and their increased participation in the workforce. She consults and trains on a wide variety of issues related to international education -accreditation, gap analysis, leadership and professional development, cross cultural training, empowering women, franchising and strategic planning.