June Ahn
Title: Research Partner
June  is a human computer interaction researcher at University of Maryland.  He was brave enough to get involved with this crowd and is helping us  make all our data available to everyone. 

John Britton
Title: Edupunk
As  an invaluable part of the volunteer community and later as p2pu staff,  John's s energy has resonated through the p2pu community which has been  able to make large leaps forward with John's involvement; the Mechanical  MOOC functionality p2pu is offering is his work, the list of P2PU  features he has been instrumental in developing is endless.

Lila Bailey
Title: Lawyer
Without  Lila P2PU would still be a clandestine operation targetting the  fundaments of institutional academia. Lila made us legit, and continues  to .... 

Ahrash Bissell
Title: Board member
As a board member, Ahrash takes care of staying true to our original values, while pushing us to be more experimental. He is a wise man. 

Delia Browne
Title: Commander Mistress
If you are wondering why Delia's title starts with 'Commander',  ask Philipp. As a board member and active community member Delia makes  sure things keep running smoothly at p2pu while being involved in many  of the legal aspects surrounding the organisation. 

Pippa Buchanan
Title: Emeritus Dean of Webcraft
Pippa   was the original 'Webcraft Warrior' facilitating the setting up of   webcraft courses on the previous p2pu platform. She is currently living in Austria, making and selling boats.

Cathy Casserly
Title: Board member, Executive Director Creative Commons
One   of the original pioneers of opening education, Cathy gave P2PU its  very  first grant when she was at the Hewlett Foundation. She currently   promotes open and collaborative practices to culture, education, and   science as ED of creative commons. 

Steve Carson
Title: Advisor
Steve has been invaluable as an advisor and is grand-father of the mechanical mooc. Pretty good work forsomeone who is actually not a robot himself. 

Larry Cooperman
Title: P2PU activist
Volunteering his experience since P2PU's inception, Larry continues to actively communicate P2PU to the world (link and innovate learning at his home institution UC Irvine. 

Alison Jean Cole
Title: Resident Grungefarmer
Alison's famous catchphrase: 'Just like, do it.' (free after a famous sportswear company) has stuck with p2pu since the fall of 2009. She 'just made' most of the instructional materials and has now left p2pu to do an open masters while she inspired others to 'just keep doing' as much as possible for p2pu.   


Chris Ewald
Title: Disruptor
When not building foundations of p2pu's internet technology, can be found wandering the streets contemplating ideals of learning and openness and how to execute them.

Karen Fasimpaur
Title: Dean School of Ed
Karen  Fasimpaur is owner and manager of K-12 handhelds, an educational  technology company focused on mobile learning. She founded the School of  Ed at P2PU, and is currently building her off-the-grid house in Arizona. From scratch.

Jose Flores
Title: P2PU API creator
If there would be one badge for most active community member who has never been employed by P2PU, it will be hard to pass Jose on volume and amount of work done for p2pu in the near future. The P2PU API you might be using is his work. Chances are good that you are doing one of his courses or using a feature he developed.

Karen Gabriels
Title: National Treasur(er)
Keeps our finances tidy. And our monies safe. And our boss out of jail. 

Vanessa Gennarelli
Title: Learning Lead
How people learn stuff and in online peer-based structures is one of the greates enigmas of our time. You need one badass researcher who works on the fringe of technology and learning to deliver actionable results. Enter Vanessa, who makes delightful learning experiences with an (over)dose of charm.  

Allen Gunn
Title: Facile Landlord
Relationships  with landlords are rarely easy, but ours is a great exception, Gunner  is not our workshop facilitator of choice without reason. He is  executive director at Aspiration, helping NGOs, activists, foundations  and software developers make more effective use of technology for social  change.  

Stian Haklev
Title: Co-founder
Recently hailed as one of the 'fantastic 5' in open education, where he was portrayed as Ben Grimm, Stian has been destroying old institutional structures as a rock solid board member since p2pu's inception.  

Rebecca Kahn
Title: The Dean Mother
People generally think that if Bekka were to leave p2pu it would fall apart. We have in the past thought about renaming p2pu to the Kahn Academy but that created too much confusion with other initiatives. Bekka really is the heart and soul of p2pu; any users who are frustrated with the automaton come in and talk to Bekka. She'll make you a nice cup of tea.

Alexander Kehayias
Title: Founder of the P2PU Mentor Program
Alex  has been working on a mentorship platform for people to connect with  knowledgable mentors to guide them through learning a topic.

Molly Kleinman
Title: Vice president for copyright and microwave oven programming
Molly takes time out of her busy snacking schedule to drop copyright education bombs on the academic world. She's a strong believer in understanding rights when it comes to creating and sharing content, especially in the open peer-learning world. 

Pieter Kleymeer
Title: Destroyer/Builder
Piet has been quietly learning about learning for several years, many of them while working with the University of Michigan's Open.Michigan initiative. He is a founding volunteer with the School of Open, but also contributes to P2PU's work on mentorship, interface design, the Open Masters project, and pretty much any place people are thinking about the intersections of learning, identity, and information.  

Gary Matkin
Title: Risk taker
Gary  is Dean of the Extension School at University of California Irvine. He  taught Philipp everything he knows about accounting (in 45 min) and  infused P2PU with an awesome "beg for forgiveness, rather than ask for  permission" attitude from the start. 


João Menezes
Title: Design thinker
João is a user-centered design expert, and the projects he engaged in during his 'UX design' course have inspired much of the design of the early platform. João continues his journey at p2pu and aims to help build meaningful interactions among peers through the design thinking phylosophy and tools. 

Dany Javier Bautista Montaña 
Title: Founder P2PU ambassador program
Disappointed by the lack of easy access to learning about web design in Colombia, Dany gathered a group of people and engaged in learning web design  through p2pu, setting up the "p2pu ambassador program" in South America  in the process. He currenly leads this 'p2pu ambassador program' for p2pu.

Laura Newman
Title: Dean of Data
In a partnership with OKFN, Laura recently started developing the school of data....

Paul Osman
Title: Fork lover
It appears to be so that Paul likes forks, regardless of whether these are pitchforks or software forks. It's been great for him that he found his 2 places where he can combine his forking hobbies, his forked Moziila code is the basis of p2pu as we now know it, and he is currently employed as a developer evangelist at SoundCloud. 

Neeru Paharia
Title: Co-founder and Board Member
As co-founder and original gang-star  Neeru didn't think it enough to theorise about starting a peer learning  platform; she also created and organised the 'Behavioral Economics'  pilot course at p2pu. Neeru has been at the root of P2U's success in  many ways and now employs her vast experience on the board.  

Jane Park
Title: Openness Lead
Another founding volunteer who loves p2pu so much she made it her day job -- almost. Jane works for Creative Commons and devotes 60% of her time to co-creating the 'School of Open' (insert link to with open advocates from around the world.

Andrew Rens
Title: Founding Volunteer
As a founding volunteer and early course facilitator of Copyright for Educators, Andrew was instrumental at arriving to a choice for a specific open license and the legalities involved in implementing the license at p2pu. He was formerly the legal lead for Creative Commons South Africa.

Philipp Schmidt
Title: Master of the Custodial Arts
Not just a pretty face, Philipp is the executive director of p2pu answering only to the board, the community and Delia, which means everyone. How he still manages to get any work done is a mystery.   Working closely with the community, Philipp is at the core of many of  the activites deployed at p2pu, keeping in mind core values and  facilitating the deployment of recsources to make this stuff happen.

Jessy Kate Schingler
title: P2PhDean
Jessy is P2PU's resident Superwoman--brains, brawn and badassery. Jessy is passionate about the ways that openness and collaboration can advance science and research. At  P2PU, she's focused on bringing science to our everyday lives, opening  up research to be accessible to many, and making moments for reflection.

Niels Sprong
Title: Game Preparer, Developer, and Player 
Niels is a man of many talents. He'll beat you hands down playing cards,  but then he'll make you dinner afterwards. A founding volunteer at  P2PU, Niels ran courses on Poker and Strategic Thinking and Molecular  Gastronomy, and keeps asking us difficult questions, which is why we  like to keep him around. 

Aleksander Stachurka
Title: Designer
In   establishing p2pu's visual identity, Aleksander has done a great job  in  translating the ideas of the the community into p2pu's visual  identity.  Aleks now runs his own photography studio in Warsaw, Poland.

Nadeem Shabir
Title: Board Member
When   Nadeem is not eloquently luring people at p2pu workshops into letting   their emotions about peer learning run freely, he uses his vast   experience in programming to contribute to the p2pu platform and add a   developer perspective to the board.

Mark Surman
Title: Board member, Executive Director Mozilla Foundation
Mark  loves all things open, including wine bars in San Francisco that are  still open at 2am. As Mozilla Foundation ED he is leading an army of  webmakers to keep the web open. As board member of P2PU he helps Philipp  get more done. 

Joel Thierstein
Title: Co-founder and Board Member
Possibly   the hippest provost in the history of US academia, p2pu co-founder  Joel  has been upping the cool-level of p2pu since the early days as a   co-founder. He currently sits on the board of P2PU and works for Rice   University and the US Department of Education as a senoir advisor and  counsel.

Dirk Uys
Title: Developer
While you're surfing the web Dirk is probably surfing a crazy wave just off the coast of Durban. He is a software developer stoked to engage with the community and get the stuff the community thinks up implemented on Any email to Dirk has to start with the words "Shot bru!"

Chloe Varelidi
Title: Head of Games
If  you would ever say a course is too difficult for you, Chloe would  respond with "No, it's a challenge :)" Before courses were courses,  Chloe designed the basic way in which you can now structure courses into  meaningful and challenging chunks, creating a better learning  experience for everyone. 

Zuzel Vera
Title: Very First Tech Lead
Zuzel  will probably rank high in any top list of most productive developers  ever. P2PU would have been called about:blank if it weren't for her.

Alan Webb
Title: Journeyman
Alan  supports those who wish to move passionately in the direction of their  dreams through creating projects and learning together as peers.  He is a  seeker and a perpetual incubator of projects, including: the Open  Masters Program, Citizen Circles, Emergent Workshops, the Living  Transcript, the School of Social Innovation...