Shai Reshef is the President of University of the People (UoPeople)—the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, degree-granting 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 academic studies to qualified individuals regardless of geographic, financial or societal constraints.
An educational entrepreneur, Reshef has 20 years of experience in the international education market. From 1989 to 2005, he served as Chairman of Kidum Group, a for-profit educational services company and between 2001 and 2004 chaired KIT eLearning, the first online university outside of the United States.
Reshef has been widely recognized for his work. In 2009, he was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, selected by OneWorld as one of its ‘People of 2009’ and awarded an Ashoka fellowship. He joined UN-GAID as a High-level Adviser. Reshef was granted membership in the Clinton Global Initiative and selected by The Huffington Post readership as the Ultimate Game Changer in Education. In February 2012, he was nominated as one of Wired Magazine’s “50 People Changing the World” and in December 2012, awarded by Foreign Policy Magazine in the 100 Top Global Thinkers.
Reshef holds a M.A. in Chinese Politics from the University of Michigan.