Ms. Barabara (Bobbi) Kurshan
Executive Director of Academic Innovation & Sr Fellow in Education
Dr. Barbara (Bobbi) Kurshan is a leader, researcher and expert in the fields of education technology, entrepreneurship and investment in education. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Academic Innovation and a Senior Fellow in Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania where she runs the Milken-GSE Business Plan Competition, chairs EDSi (Education Design Studio) and oversees the Masters in Education Entrepreneurship program. Previously, as the President of Educorp Consultants Corporation, she provided strategic consulting in the areas of education, technology and innovation; and as the Executive Vice President of WorldSage, a consortium of for-profit higher education institutions in the EU to address education for the 21st century she created a global network of tertiary institutions in the EU. As the past Executive Director of Curriki she helped to build robust global open source education community and conducted primary research on the use of OER. Dr. Kurshan served as the Co-CEO of Core Learning, an education investment fund, and the Chief Academic Officer of bigchalk. Numerous publishing credits and research articles include topics that explore women’s attitudes toward technology, how kids learn using computers, OER, and innovation in education.