Neeru Khosla is currently the Co-Founder and Executive Director of CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit organization, which aims to provide K-12 learning materials that is customizable, aligned to requirements, and free for all, in the US and worldwide. Mrs. Khosla currently serves as a member on several advisory boards, including The Nueva School’s Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for High Tech High School’s Graduate School of Education, the Advisory Board for the Wikimedia Foundation, the Advisory Board for DonorsChoose, the Advisory Board for Stanford University’s School of Education, the Advisory Board for IDEO.org, and is one of the founding members of the K-12 Initiative of the Design School (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) at Stanford University.
Jay Chakrapani serves as the President of the CK-12 Foundation. He is passionate about breaking the barriers to a high quality education and is a fervent believer that technology is a key to extraordinary learning experiences. Jay brings deep leadership experience in education, content and technology. Most recently, he was General Manager of the Digital business at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. He grew and led a team that launched the fastest growing adaptive learning platform in the college market, McGraw-Hill Connect and LearnSmart, from zero to 3M+ students and several billion questions answered.
Prior to McGraw-Hill, Jay was a VP of Product Management at Wolters Kluwer Health and a founding member of Opus360, a NASDAQ listed software company that was acquired. He started his career as an engineer at Intel, tweaking assembly code to improve the performance of commercial 3D game engines and video codecs.
Jay studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Oregon Health and Science University in Computer Science and Engineering. He is a Trustee at the Bank Street College of Education and an advisory board member of Readability Inc.
Murugan Pal a serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, Bay Area, USA. Murugan is currently the Co-Founder & President of CK-12 Foundation. CK-12 is a non-profit organization launched in 2006, that aims to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the US and worldwide. Prior to CK-12, Murugan had a brief tenure with Foundation Capital as Entrepreneur-In-Residence. Previously, Murugan was the founder and CTO of SpikeSource. Before founding SpikeSource, Pal was an entrepreneur-in-residence with venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. Previously, he was a Founding Engineer of e-business software company Asera, Inc. Before Asera, Pal was a principal developer at Oracle Corporation in the Application Server division and was part of the company’s early XML initiatives. Prior to Oracle, he was one of the lead developers of Versant Corporations Object Database. Pal has worked on real-time enterprise technologies, composite applications, service-oriented architecture runtimes, relational databases, object databases, and robotics and manufacturing automation.
Pal holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, affiliated to Madurai University in India, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, a Masters in Computer Science from Arizona State University, and was a Doctoral Candidate in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University.
Murugan’s passion and vision for technology has indelibly impacted education, his friends, colleagues, students, and teachers. Our team at CK-12 want to say, “Thank you, Murugan. We love you.”
Holding you in our hearts forever, rest in peace, our dearest friend,
Murugan Pal. April 1966 – October 2012
Senior Director, Technical Services
Maurice Joseph does a phenomenal job in taking care of design, development and implementation of organizational strategies and initiatives for software applications, interactive media services, and operational support. He also oversees the development of mission-critical applications and technology to support the organization’s long-term goals and provide direction and leadership to multiple cross-functional teams.
Senior Director – Marketing & Strategic Partnerships
Hetav Sanghavi – CK-12 Foundation’s Senior Director for Marketing and Strategic Partnerships joins us from Apple. He brings over 10 years of from marketing strategy and business development experience having worked on multiple global projects for world-leading companies like Apple, Yahoo, AOL & Deloitte Consulting.
At Apple, Hetav helped create, develop and deliver sales programs and strategies for Apple’s online stores worldwide. These included marketing for innovative financing and customer experience programs and growing adoption for Apple’s customers in the Small-Medium Business category as well as general consumers worldwide. He also worked with the Education team to devise creative ways to allow students and teachers to buy Apple products and evangelize benefits of iOS in the classroom.
Hetav held leadership roles in advertiser marketing strategy & solutions for Fortune 500 clients at Yahoo! and AOL. At Yahoo!, he worked with a globally distributed sales team to develop and deliver innovative advertiser marketing solutions and sales strategies focused on helping clients in Asia-Pacific and Latin America markets. At AOL, Hetav helped design & deliver digital marketing solutions to the top tech and telco companies in US.
He enjoys learning about new technologies and its intersection with education. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, playing tennis and soccer.
Chief Technology Officer
Miral joins us from McGraw-Hill Higher Education (MHHE). Miral started his career at MHHE in the software development team. Miral served as a chief architect and led a geographically distributed team of software engineers to create McGraw-Hill’s “Connect” platform.
After successfully launching the Connect platform, Miral moved on to head Digital products group for MHHE’s Business & Economics (B&E) group. At B&E, Miral worked with internal teams (Editorial, Marketing, Sales, Production) and customers (Instructor, Students and Institutions) to drive innovative and pedagogically superior digital products and services. In his most recent role at MHHE, Miral served as VP of technology. In this capacity, Miral was responsible for all of MHHE’s digital platforms including McGraw-Hill ‘Connect’ and McGraw-Hill ‘Create’.
Prior to McGraw-Hill, Miral worked for a silicon valley based company called eBusiness Design (eBD) for five years. During his tenure at eBD, Miral and his team closely worked with Pearson Education to build their course management and learning management platform for their K-12 market. Miral has more than 12 years of experience driving digital products and technology platforms for the Education industry (K-12 and Higher Education).
Miral is very passionate about education, technology and its combination.