|Born||September 11, 1955(age 64)|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (MA)|
|Known for||Founder & President, University of the People|
Shai Reshef (Hebrew: שי רשף; born September 11, 1955) is an Israeli educational entrepreneur, founder and president of University of the People, the world's first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university. His TED Talk, entitled "An ultra-low-cost college degree", has been viewed more than 6.2 million times.
Early life and education
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From 1989 to 2005, Reshef served as Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman of the Kidum Group, a for-profit educational services and test preparation company. Reshef joined Kidum in 1989 when it was a single product company with revenues of $100,000. Under his leadership, Kidum grew to become a company with annual revenues in excess of $25 million, with over 1,000 employees and 50,000 students a year. In 2005, he sold the company to Kaplan, Inc., one of the world's largest education companies and a subsidiary of the Washington Post.
Between 2001 and 2004, while continuing as the chairman of Kidum, Reshef lived in the Netherlands where he chaired KIT eLearning, a subsidiary of Kidum. KIT became the eLearning partner of the University of Liverpool in 1999, and was the first online university outside of the United States, providing MBA and M.Sc. degrees in Information Technology. In 2004, the company was acquired by Laureate Education, Inc. and changed its name to Laureate Online Education. It maintains its partnership with the University of Liverpool under its new name.
In January 2009, Reshef founded University of the People (UoPeople), a non-profit, accredited online academic institution that seeks to increase the availability of higher education by offering tuition-free degrees.
Awards and recognition
- In 2009, named one of Fast Company magazine's “100 Most Creative People in Business"
- In 2009, selected by OneWorld as one of its "People of 2009"
- In 2010, awarded a fellowship by Ashoka
- In 2010, became a high-level adviser to the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID) 
- In 2010, rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq in New York City
- In 2010, granted membership to the Clinton Global Initiative on behalf of his work with UoPeople in Haiti
- In 2010, selected as the Huffington Post "Ultimate Game Changer in Education."
- In 2011, granted membership to Partners for a New Beginning (PNB)
- In 2012, named one of the "50 People Changing the World" by Wired magazine's Smart List 2012
- In 2012, named as a "Top Global Thinker" by Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012
- In 2014, invited to present a TED Talk on University of the People 
- In 2015, placed eighth on Salt Magazine's "100 Most Compassionate Business Leaders List"
- In 2016, awarded the Prince's Prize for Innovative Philanthropy by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation 
- Lewin, Tamar (January 25, 2009). "Israeli Entrepreneur Plans a Free Global University That Will Be Online Only". The New York Times.
- "University of the People – The world's first tuition-free online university". uopeople.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-20.
- An ultra-low-cost college degree March 2014
- Anderson, Nate (February 1, 2009). "Internet connection + English = college degree". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
- "Kaplan to Acquire Kidum, the leading provider of test preparation in Israel" (Press release). Kaplan, Inc. August 3, 2005. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
- Laureate Online Education and K.I.T. eLearning B.V., the eLearning partner of the University of Liverpool, announce name change. (press release) November 2004. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.
- Israeli Entrepreneur Plans a Free Global University That Will Be Online Only. New York Times. January 26, 2009
- People of 2009: Shai Reshef OneWorld.Net
-  Ashoka.com
- UN announces launch of world's first tuition-free, online university May 19, 2009
- Representative From University of the People to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell August 17, 2010
- Clinton Global Initiative Advances University of the People Pledge to Democratize Higher Education in Haiti September 10, 2010
- Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Education? Huffington Post September 15, 2010
- PNB Announcements at Washington Summit May 31, 2011
- The Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world Wired Magazine, January 24, 2012
- The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers Archived 2014-04-02 at the Wayback Machine Foreign Policy Magazine, December 2012
- 100 Most Compassionate Business Leaders: #8 Shai Reshef
- Prince's Prize for Innovative Philanthropy 2016
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