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     "text": "1. Dr. A. Tracie Brown.
2. Ben Drew.
3. Melissa Milloway.
4. Eduardo Padrón.
5. Divya Gokulnath.
6. Mohamed Lachemi.
7. Stephanie Espy.
8. Gavin McCormack.
9. Adam Geller.
10. Elizabeth Leiba.
11. Doug Lederman.
12. Dave Miyashiro."

Business Transformation

Top 30 Edtech leaders transforming education

Engati Team
Nov 9
7-10 mins

Table of contents

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It might be difficult to keep up with all that is new and cutting edge in a time when technology in the classroom is continuously changing and evolving.

The days of chalk and chalkboard are long gone, and we now live in a world where educational tools and resources are virtually endless.

The pressure to keep up with all of the new edtech might be intimidating, and how are you supposed to accomplish it while also being involved in your classroom and putting in hours outside of school to keep up? There's also the extra pressure of students who are sometimes more tech-savvy than educators!

Read on to see who we think is worth a follow in the edtech world these days, and then, by all means, go on and follow them!

Pasi Sahlberg


Pasi Sahlberg is a Professor of Education Policy at the School of Education (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) at UNSW

Pasi talks about - Learning and play. After relocating to Australia from Finland, Sahlberg wrote this essay on different countries’ approaches to education, alluding to his own children’s journey. This defence of outdoor play attracted more than 200 reader reactions.

Dr. A. Tracie Brown

Dr. A. Tracie Brown is a Chief Schools Officer at Arlington ISD

She is highly experienced in school leadership, is principal supervision, executive coach, and consultant with a successful track record of working in K-16 education management. She is also the founder of Future School Leaders Network, Inc. (FSLN).

Ben Drew

Ben Drew is the founder of Open Future Learning an online learning provider 100% dedicated to the developmental, intellectual, and learning disability workforce.

He talks about the power of stories, dedicated specialists, engaging content, learning on demand, action learning, blended learning for the specially-abled

Melissa Milloway

Melissa Milloway is a Learning Experience Design Manager at Miro and also a part of the Learning and Development Advisory Board and Committees

She is a speaker on topics like Using Design Systems for Scalable, Accessible, Cohesive E-Learning Experiences and the Power of UX/UI in E-Learning

Eduardo Padrón

Eduardo Padron is the President Emeritus of Miami Dade College (MDC) for the last 25 years. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., for being a prominent national voice for access and inclusion in higher education.

He is the past chair of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and is a past chair of the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and former chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF).

Divya Gokulnath

A teacher from the age of 21, Divya Gokulnath believes that education is one of the most powerful tools that shapes and molds the way our youth think.

She is the Co-founder of BYJU’S, India's largest ed-tech company, and the creator of the school learning app

Mohamed Lachemi

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi is president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University. An internationally recognized researcher and accomplished academic administrator, he has been a key contributor to the growth and development of Ryerson over a transformational time in the university’s history.

Publishing in English and French, President Lachemi has more than 285 peer-reviewed technical publications, book chapters and conference proceedings, and extensive contributions as an editor and technical reviewer. He has delivered more than 50 keynote addresses and invited presentations around the world.

Stephanie Espy

Stephanie Espy’s mission is to empower the next generation of STEM leaders by inspiring, mentoring, and coaching them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics content and careers at ​ MathSP and STEM Gems where she is also the founder.

Gavin McCormack

Gavin McCormack, a children's author was nominated for Australian Author of the year 2017. He is an advocate for innovative education practices and believes strongly in the development of essential skills in our students from an early age.

Adam Geller

Adam Geller is the founder of Edthena and author of "Evidence of Practice." His book talks about accelerating teacher growth. Edthena is a video-powered professional learning platform.

Adam has written on education technology topics for various publications including Education Week, Forbes, and edSurge, and he has been an invited speaker about education technology and teacher training for conferences at home and abroad.

Elizabeth Leiba

Elizabeth Leiba, is the Director of Instructional Design and Innovation at City College, Florida. She is the founder of Black Women Handle Business, a website directory for ​​black women entrepreneurs and professionals to network, collaborate and share resources.

Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is the Editor and founder at Inside Higher Ed, the leading source for the latest news, analysis, and services for the entire higher education community.

Lederman digs deep into the ways that colleges and universities are wrestling with the pandemic-necessitated move to remote learning. As editor-in-chief of a leading source of online news about education, he offers the big picture, plus a friendly willingness to engage with readers in the comments.

Dave Miyashiro

Dave Miyashiro is the superintendent at the Cajon Valley Union School District, a collaborator with the White House and the U.S. Department of Education (DoE), and a frequent speaker at education conferences and summits.

His passion is taking education to new levels through innovation.

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is the host of the "The 10-minute Teacher Show" which trends in the top 10 in K12 Podcasts on iTunes. She is also named as Linked in Top Education Voice 2020.
Vicki's goal is to help educators teach with better results, lead with a positive impact, and live with greater purpose by helping educators build their PLN and find and share best practices.

Shane Dillon

Shane Dillon is the founder of UniAdvisor - a university ranking and comparison platform based on international student reviews and graduates employment data and Cturtle - a data company and employment network for university graduates globally.

He has also been recognized as 2020 - LinkedIn Top Voices - Education

Jennifer Carolan

Jennifer Carolan is the Co-founder, and Partner of Reach Capital, a passionate and diverse group of people committed to empowering learners and educators. She co-founded her first fund NewSchools Seed Fund in 2011 and co-founded second Reach Capital I in 2015 and Reach Capital II in 2018. These funds have aggregated more than $250M in capital to back amazing Founders who are passionate about creating exceptional tools for teachers

Barbara Coward

Barbara Coward is an MBA Admissions Consultant and Top Ten LinkedIn Voice 2020: Education.

She is a B-school industry expert and internationally acclaimed admissions consultant with demonstrated expertise in strategic and influential content development and storytelling.

Ross Morrison McGill 

Ross Morrison McGill was listed as one of 10 LinkedIn Top Voices in Education and was also nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday Times.

He works with pupils, teachers, and school leaders all over the world, supporting teaching and learning, workload, and mental health. His website - Teacher Toolkit Limited has been accessed by 15.5 million teachers.

Brandon Busteed

Brandon Busteed is the Chief Partnership Officer (Universities and Employers) and Global Head, Learn-Work Innovation at Kaplan. He is also a Board member at the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

He helps colleges and universities adapt and grow in mission-critical ways.

Gayleen Gray

Gayleen Gray is the Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at McMaster University. Her focus is on collaboration with her academic and administrative partners to ensure the IT systems, infrastructure, and services on campus will support the mission of the university.

Jesse Lubinsky

Jesse Lubinsky is the Chief Learning Officer at Ready Learner One. He is an education technologist, teacher, school administrator, and doctoral student based out of Westchester County in New York.

Jesse was named one of BestCollegeRankings.org’s 100 Top Experts in #eLearning and #EdTech as well as a Top 100 K12 Tech Leader and Top 100 Most Social CIO by Extreme Networks. In 2016, he received a Technology Leader Pioneer Award from the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center.

Josie Ahlquist

Josie Ahlquist Digital Engagement & Leadership Author, Consultant & Keynote Speaker. LinkedIn Top Voices in Education.
She is currently finishing her first solo book with Stylus Publishing, released in 2020, on digital leadership in higher education.

Justin Shaifer

A rising leader in STEM education and advocacy, Justin "Mr. Fascinate" Shaifer is a Linkedin Top Voice in Technology with a talent for inspiring Generation Z. Justin has hosted science TV shows with WGBH, Travel Channel, and Al Roker Entertainment.

From “Innovative Tech and The Future of Society” to “How to Speak Gen Z” his keynotes earn rave reviews while changing the way we see science, STEM, and innovators.

Nicole Turner-Lee

Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a senior fellow in the Brookings Governance Studies Department, the Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, and co-editor of TechTank.
At the Center for Technology Innovation (CTI), Dr. Turner-Lee researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness its power to create change in communities across the world

Paige Francis

Paige Francis is theChief Information Officer at Alliance Support Co (ASC). She is an Executive I.T. leader with a wide range of experience spanning business/industry, government, philanthropy, and higher education.

Dr. Matthew Lynch

Dr. Matthew Lynch is a writer, activist, and former Dean of the School of Education, Psychology, & Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Union University. He is the owner of Lynch Consulting Group, which offers comprehensive educational consulting services to the P-20 market. He is also the owner of Pedagogue, a social media network for educators.

Sophie Bailey

Sophie Baliey is the Founder of The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between 'ed' and 'tech' for better innovation and impact, through storytelling.

She worked as an industry advisor and mentor, including to the UCL Knowledge Lab initiative EDUCATE, as well as a Reimagine Education, GESA Awards, Bett Awards and XPrize Adult Literacy judge, and previous Edtech50, Edtech I.T in Higher Education, and Edtech Digest winner.

Whitney Kilgore, PhD

Whitney Kilgore, is the co-founder and Chief Academic Officer at iDesign- ​​iDesign partners with universities to build, grow and support online and blended courses and program offerings.

She is an innovative thought leader in academic technology with a track record of success. Skilled at leading the development of proactive and collaborative initiatives in support of teaching and learning.

Robert Iskander

A serial entrepreneur and a corporate leader with many years of experience in Information Technology, strategic planning, and innovation, Robert is a global business transformation leader passionate about leveraging technology to improve the quality of life for all, with a special focus on K-12 education. Nominated as one of the Top 100 EdTech Influencers in 2017 by EdTech Magazine.

Currently, Robert is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of GG4L (Global Grid for Learning, PBC) a social impact company focusing on K-12 education.

Vesa Peräläh

Vesa Peräläh is the CEO  and founder of The Claned platform, which includes built-in learning design elements that intuitively guide course creators to create better, more engaging, rewarding, and valuable online courses.

He is also the Chairman of Steering group of Education, Finland- a national education export program.

Did we miss someone?

We could have missed some leading edtech influencers that deserve to be on this list. That’s where you come into the picture.

Let us know who you think should be included in our list and we’ll get in touch with them and make the magic happen!

Note: The influencers in this list are selected based on their research work, social media influence & followership, achievements, and association with the innovation in the AI domain. This article is not intended to convey any form of ranking amongst the influencers listed here.

Take a look at the Top 222 influencers to follow in year 2022!


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