Meet Our Team

Michael Amigot | Founder and CEO

Media and education entrepreneur with +20 years of experience developing innovative ideas in the fields of technology, education and media.

 

Miguel Amigot II | CTO

Computer Science and Electrical Engineering graduate from NYU focused on software architecture, systems and all other facets of the Open edX stack.

 

David Calzada | Director of Systems and Software Engineering

Chief architect, Linux, dev-ops and full-stack engineer with over 25 years of experience. Primarily focused on PHP, Python and Perl on the backend, pure Javascript on the frontend and iOS and Android.

 

Blanca González | Director of Finance and Human Resources

Graduate of the University of Salamanca and former professor of Linguistics and Literature, Blanca heads financial operations across the American and Spanish divisions of the company.

 

Software Engineering

 

Derek Chen | Senior Software Engineer

NYU Computer Science and Electrical Engineering graduate, software architect and full-stack engineer experienced primarily with Python and other components of edX’s stack on the backend as well as React and pure Javascript on the frontend.

 

Silvia Minucci | Senior Software Engineer

Architect, Linux, dev-ops and full-stack engineer with over 25 years of experience. Open source contributor focused on PHP as well as Python on the backend and pure Javascript on the frontend.

 

Darío Minucci | Senior Software Engineer

Architect, Linux, dev-ops and full-stack engineer with over 20 years of experience. Focused on PHP as well as Python on the backend and pure Javascript on the frontend.

 

Vicente Ochoa, Jr. | Senior Software Engineer

NYU Chemistry and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering graduate and software engineer focused on iOS as well as automation using Python and Javascript. Technical course developer and instructional designer specialized in science and mathematics.

 

Freddy Alarcón | Frontend and UX Developer

Graduate of Chemistry at the University of Quindio and University of Valle of Colombia; experienced in CSS, Javascript and other elements of the frontend stack of Open edX. Designer of highly practical, intuitive and responsive user experiences.

 

Genoveva Ordoñez | Frontend and UX Developer

Award-winning fashion designer and artist from the Complutense University of Madrid and London’s Wimbledon College of Arts; experienced with CSS, Javascript and all facets of UX design.

 

Gonzalo Orús | Frontend and UX Developer

Former pilot, videographer and Computer Science graduate from the Complutense University of Madrid. API designer as well as CSS and Javascript developer with over five years of experience.

 

Instructional Design

 

Dr. Ruben Savizky | Professor of Chemistry and Instructional Designer

Yale University PhD, Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University as well as The Cooper Union, and among the first instructors in New York to teach a MOOC on edX.

 

Tom Kelly | Instructional Designer

After graduating from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education, Tom led the instructional design of over 50 online and blended courses at The George Washington University and their first-ever MOOCs.

 

Trevor Johnson | Instructional Designer

Graduate of Philosophy with Honors from NYU, experienced in the development of online courseware for schools, higher-ed institutions and corporate learning programs as well as content marketing.

 

Bruno Kavanagh | Instructional Designer

Graduate of Edinburgh University with over 20 years of experience in content marketing, online education and learning programs for McKinsey, Pace University, Johnson & Johnson and more.

 

Video Production

 

Henrique Goncalves | Video Producer, Editor and Scriptwriter

Computer Science graduate from Columbia University and Citigroup Software Engineer turned videographer and scriptwriter. Experienced with all stages of the production process from pre-production to the management and delivery of highly creative educational content.

 

Javier Ordoñez | Video Producer, Editor and Scriptwriter

Graduate of Madrid’s CEV (School of Communication, Image and Sound) and storyteller with over 15 years of experience across all facets of video production, from scriptwriting to filming and developing live, streaming, satellite and broadcast-quality productions.

 

Alberto Martínez | Video Producer, Editor and Scriptwriter

Talented musician and UI specialist from Madrid’s TAI (Transforming Arts Institute) with over 10 years of experience in the pre-production, production and post-production of video for Spain’s largest brands, including Telefónica, Mapfre, Santander and its central government.

 

Drew Santorello | Video Producer, Editor

After receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production from Brooklyn College, Drew joined the online learning divisions of Stony Brook University and The George Washington University. Experienced in the production and edition of easy-to-follow educational and promotional content for online and blended courses.

 

Oscar Obregoso | Video Producer, Editor and Scriptwriter

Award-winning cameraman and video producer due to his coverage of the recent earthquake in Haiti and performance at one of Colombia’s leading news networks. Experienced serving Telemundo, CNN, HITN, beIN Sports among others for nearly 20 years in New York and Colombia.

 

Jonny Madera | Video Producer

Media arts specialist, cameraman and video producer with over 20 years of experience in the broadcasting industry; namely, in online learning productions as well as leading news channels such as HITN and CNN.

 

Vivian Varasdi | Video Producer

New York-based certified media artist with 10 years of experience developing full corporate, musical and entertainment-based video solutions for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NBC, Univision, CNN and AT&T.

 

Administration and Operations

 

Jorge Paneque | Head Accountant

Financial accountant based in New Jersey with over 30 years of experience in Accounting, Compliance and Law in the United States.

 

Gilberto Soriano | Business Attorney

Graduate of Law, Accounting and History from the Complutense University of Madrid with over 25 years of experience in Spain’s domestic and international legal systems.

 

Blanca Amigot | Business Developer

Student of Economics and Business Administration at Fordham University; well-versed in sales, marketing, business operations and instructional design.

 

Eduardo Corrales | Journalist and Content Marketing Specialist

Graduate of Social Communication from the National University of San Marcos in Peru and journalist in the press, radio and TV for over 20 years. Served as Head of Information in Peru’s ANDINA news agency, chief editor of Peru’s Radio 1160 and contributor to Venezuela’s Letralia magazine.

 

Advisors

 

Dr. Lorena Barba

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The George Washington University, recognized open education advocate and Open edX pioneer after teaching some of its first courses.

 

Dr. Paul Berman

Law professor who, as The George Washington University’s Vice Provost for Online Education and Academic Innovation, launched its first 100 online degree and certification programs, generating over $70M in gross annual revenue.

 

Dr. Ivan Shumkov

New York University professor and founder of Build Academy, an innovative online education platform for architecture and infrastructure backed by the Learn Capital VC firm.

 

Dr. Daniel Hickey

Psychology Professor at Indiana University and renowned researcher of innovative online and blended learning environments at Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, MIT and NASA.

 

Ramón Talavera-Franco

Instructional designer at Pearson experienced in the development of online courseware in English and Spanish. Former researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, where he implemented innovative programs to reduce drop-out rates and make MOOCs accessible to Black and Latino communities.

 

Mark DeYoung

Marketing innovator and founding member of the World Youth Alliance, dedicated to the well-being and education of youth across the developed and developing world.