Co-CEO and Co-Founder of HolonIQ
Prior to HolonIQ, Maria was the head of digital learning futures for a $40m corporate VC fund. She has worked in public and private higher education for over 20 years in Asia and Australia specializing in transforming education through technology. As the global head of Learning & Teaching Services for a global education company, Maria built and led global innovation teams, driving innovation in curriculum, teaching and the student experience in over 50 countries.
David Yi is CEO of Riiid Labs, the global arm of Riiid, based in Silicon Valley. He is an education entrepreneur and global business development expert with deep rooted experience in the entire spectrum of the education business.
In the past, David served as the Head of Asia for ACT.org. and also sit on the board of the World Mathematical Olympiad (WMO) and Lyceum Education. David served in the Peace Corps as an education volunteer in Sichuan, China, where he taught at Chengdu University of Information Technology. He also founded an global non-profit, oneAsia, which promoted cultural and student exchange between the Asian nations. For the past 18 years David has been continuously teaching and working for international business development.
David received Juris Doctor from The University of Chicago Law School and B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College.
CEO and Founder of Roybi
Elnaz Sarraf is the CEO and founder of the award-winning ROYBI® Robot – the world’s first AI-powered smart toy to teach children language and STEM skills. It also has been named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions in Education, on the 2019 CNBC Upstart 100 list as one of the world’s most promising startups, and on Fast Company’s 2019 World-Changing Ideas. Elnaz is also a Board Member at the Consumer Technology Association, Small Business Council, and member of Forbes Technology Council.
Growing up as a woman in Iran, Elnaz witnessed limited opportunities, leading her on her journey in the U.S. to become an entrepreneur and create a technology that would empower children by providing universal access to personalized learning and an education that prepares them for a better future. With 15 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, Elnaz leads ROYBI (creator of ROYBI® Robot); an investor-backed EdTech company that raised $4.2 million in its seed round focusing on early childhood education and self-guided learning through artificial intelligence.
Before starting ROYBI, Elnaz co-founded and led a consumer electronics/IoT company, iBaby, serving as the company's President. As an immigrant and female founder, Elnaz has made worthy accomplishments in a short duration of living in the US. Honors include being selected as Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Milestone Maker, named the Woman of Influence through Silicon Valley Business Journal and Entrepreneur of The Year in Silicon Valley. She has been a speaker at several conferences such as the Mobile World Congress, ASU GSV Summit, Consumer Technology Association, and more.
Senior Lecturer in Data Science and Learning Analytics at the University of Queensland
Dr Hassan Khosravi is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland. His research is primarily in the areas of Artificial Intelligence in Education and Learning Analytics. He draws on theoretical insights driven from learning sciences and exemplary techniques from the fields of machine learning, human-computer interaction, and crowdsourcing to design, implement, validate and deliver technological solutions that contribute to the delivery of learner-centred, data-driven learning at scale.