Professor Richard C Levin recently stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Coursera, which provides open online education from 150 top universities to 26 million registered learners worldwide. He continues as a Senior Adviser to his successor. In 2013, he completed a twenty-year term as President of Yale University, during which time he rebuilt the campus, redeveloped downtown New Haven, co-founded Yale-NUS College, and generally strengthened the University’s international programmes. He is the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, Emeritus.
Professor Levin has served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology and is a director of American Express, C3 IoT, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Professor Levin earned a B.A. in History at Stanford University, a B.Litt. in Politics at Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Economics at Yale. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Oxford, and Peking Universities.