Advisory Board

Dr. Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Steering Committee Member at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also teaches and chairs the Future of Learning Institute. Veronica directs the ID Global Project – a multi-year research initiative where she examines the conditions that enable individuals to carry out quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary work and develop their global competence. Veronica’s current research focuses on the role of new media and quality journalism in the development of global competence among youth in the US and abroad; the pedagogical tools and professional dispositions that enable teachers to nurture global competence in increasingly diverse classrooms; and the development of innovative approaches in global competence assessment. She has served as an advisor for the Asia Society, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Chief State School Officers, and International Baccalaureate, World Savvy and Global Kids among others.  She is the author of multiple papers and books including Educating for Global Competence: preparing our youth to engage the world (2011) with Tony Jackson.

Raj Goyle is the CEO of Bodhala, a technology company in New York City. Raj recently was a business and philanthropic advisor to the family office of Shelley and Donald Rubin where he helped lead the Rubin Foundation in a range of philanthropic giving to non profit organizations globally and nationally. Raj continues to serve on the advisory board of the Rubin Museum of Art. A Kansas native, Raj served in the Kansas House (2006-2010) where he was the first Democrat elected in his district and the first South Asian American elected in the state. In 2010, he ran one of the strongest campaigns in the country for the US House. He served on the 2012 Obama National Finance Committee and was an early member of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign committee. He has served both as a Senior Fellow and a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress. Raj worked as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU and is active in the South Asian community in New York City and nationally. Raj is a board member of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger and NewDEAL Democrats. Raj graduated from Duke and Harvard Law. He and his wife Monica Arora have two daughters, Ana and Sara.

Pearl Rock Kane, a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, holds the Klingenstein Family Chair for the Advancement of Independent School Education. She holds a master of arts degree from Smith College and a doctorate from Teachers College. Professor Kane serves as the director of the Klingenstein Center and is the advisor for the master’s degree programs. She is also coordinator of education leadership programs which includes both public and private schools. Professor Kane taught and served as an administrator in public and private schools in Michigan, Massachusetts and New York. She is active on several Boards including the United Nations School in New York City and Uncommon Schools, a charter management organization. She is a founding member of Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in Brooklyn, NY. Professor Kane is the recipient of a number of honors and awards including the 2009 National Association of Principals for Schools for Girls Outstanding Achievement Award, and the European Council of International Schools 2008 Award for Exemplary Contribution and Outstanding Service to Promotion of International Education. She is editor of The First Year of Teaching: Real World Stories by America’s Teachers, Independent Schools, Independent Thinkers and The Colors of Excellence: Hiring and Keeping Teachers of Color in Independent Schools. She has published numerous articles on issues of leadership, diversity, governance, and the attraction and retention of teachers. Her current areas of research focus on privatization, charter schools, and independent school leadership and governance.

Alessia Lefebure is Director of the Alliance at Columbia University. She joined Columbia’s faculty as adjunct at SIPA in 2011, and in the preceding decade, taught at both Sciences Po Paris and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Lefebure’s expertise and experience in global academic affairs and sociology of higher education are deep and broad. Before taking leadership of the Alliance, a joint-venture for innovation in global scientific and educational collaboration, she served as Director of the Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Sciences Po, from 2006 to 2011. In that role, she embraced new opportunities in the region, strengthened academic cooperation, and oversaw the three Sciences Po foreign offices: Beijing, New Delhi, and Tokyo. Between 2001 and 2006, she was based in Beijing, at Tsinghua University, where she launched and led Sciences Po’s first foreign office. Since her arrival at Columbia University in 2011, she has broadened the scope of the Alliance consortium—expanding academic and public policy impact while creating new bridges with the corporate and cultural world. An internationally recognized expert, she serves as a member of several juries and international committees in the field of Higher Education and Research, such as the advisory board of the New York-based Dual Language Program and Data-Pop Alliance, as well as the Columbia University-based Blinken European Institute and Center for French and Francophone Studies. Her publications includes “China Innovation Inc.” (Presses de Sciences Po, 2012), “Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs” (Institute of International Education, 2014), “Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower?” 

Emily McCarren is the Academy Principal at Punahou School in Honoulu, Hawaii. She was the Director of the Wo International Center at Punahou where she supported the global education initiatives of the School and professional development opportunities for educators all over the world.  She is also a Spanish teacher who who has dabbled in teaching biology and geometry. Emily is pursuing a doctorate in educational technology at the University of Hawaii, where her principal area of research interestis online learning in independent schools. Previously, Emily taught at the Thacher School, in Ojai California.  She has an MA in Spanish Literature from St. Louis University, and an Ed.M in Educational Leadership in Independent Schools through the Klingenstein program at Columbia University’s Teachers College. @emilymccarren

Anuj Puri is the Founder and President of Puri-D, a multi-dimensional design, design and project management consultancy based in New York City, involved in advising and managing hi-design, luxury projects. Prior to founding Puri-D, Anuj most recently worked for renowned engineer/ architect/ artist, Santiago Calatrava, in his New York office. Working closely with Mr. Calatrava he was involved in the managing the design and development of projects such as The Chicago Spire in Chicago, Transit Hub at the World Trade Center in New York, renovation of Calatrava residences in New York City, and other large scale projects. Before working with Mr. Calatrava, Anuj worked with Peter Marino, Architect. In the past 25+ years, Anuj has worked on high-end residential, luxury retail, commercial, institutional projects with well-known, creative personalities including artists, designers, architects, engineers – from the world of art, fashion, brand, graphics, industrial design, lighting, landscape – on the design, management and construction of complex projects of all size and scale. Working in close collaboration with designers, teams of specialty fabricators and builders, he has successfully executed numerous projects for clients such as Versace, Armani, H. Stern and other high profile clients. Anuj has a master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a Bachelor of Architecture from JJ School of Architecture, Bombay University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Rekha and their son, Siddhartha.

Sree Sreenivasan is the Chief Digital Officer of New York City. He was previously the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he led a world-class team on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, apps and more. Sree was on Fast Company's list of Most Creative People 2015 "for liberating the Museum from its physical walls". He spent 20 years at Columbia University as a member of the faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first Chief Digital Officer.  He specializes in explaining technology to consumers, readers, viewers and users. For more than eight years, he served as technology reporter for WABC-TV and WNBC-TV in NYC and now occasionally appears on various TV shows to talk tech. For more than six years, he wrote a Web Tips column for Poynter.org. He has written articles for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Rolling Stone, National Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, and Popular Science. He is co-founder of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, a group of 1,000+ journalists across the U.S. and Canada (SAJA is based at the Journalism School). In March 2004, Newsweek magazine named him one of the nation’s 20 most influential South Asians, and in 2009, AdAge named him “one of 25 media people to follow on Twitter.” Sree has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia, and a BA from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Roopa, and their twins, Durga and Krishna. @sree