VISION: Transformation through Education
MISSION: Provide World-class Training to One Million+ American Youth in 21st Century Skills, with Certificates from the State University of New York (SUNY), the acclaimed, largest university in the USA
NEF USA President: Bill Hughes
Bill Hughes, NEF USA President
Bill Hughes is the president and founder of Open4 Learning, an innovation company that launches and grows ed tech start-ups. As a software executive, he is focused on new ventures, strategy, innovation and product management. He has decades of experience advising senior executives at industry-leading multinationals on corporate strategy and partnership.
Previously, Hughes was chief strategy officer at Learning Objects, where he led its growth strategy, resulting in an acquisition by Cengage in 2015. Prior to that, he was vice president of Global Strategy and Business Development at Pearson, leading innovation, partnerships, and new ventures in postsecondary education. While there, he co-founded Intellus Learning, launched Pearson Writer and oversaw the transformation of Pearson’s learning products into the MyLabs platform. Over the past 20 years, Hughes has held leadership positions at Sapient, Mercer, and the Cambridge Innovation Center. He has invested his time philanthropically as a venture partner at New Profit and a trustee of Kaplan University (acquired by Purdue University) and AISNE. Hughes holds an AB from Harvard and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School, where he was a Seley Scholar.