Keynote Speakers

Hadi Partrovi


Hadi Partovi

Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit

A computer science graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he led the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. In a second stint at Microsoft, he was General Manager of the MSN portal, delivering its first year of profit. As an entrepreneur, Hadi was on the founding teams of Tellme Networks and iLike, which were acquired by Microsoft and MySpace, respectively.

Hadi has served as an early advisor to numerous startups including Facebook and Dropbox, and as a tech investor his portfolio also includes Airbnb, Uber, SpaceX, Zappos, and others. Aside from his investments, Hadi also serves as a Director on the boards of Axon and Convoy.

In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. has established computer science classes in 25% of US classrooms, created the most popular curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students.

Nina Rees

President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President & CEO Nina Rees head shot

Nina Rees is the president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. Rees has over 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., previously serving as the first Deputy Under Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education and Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to the Vice President at the White House. 

Rees has appeared on various news outlets including Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS’s NewsHour. Her articles and opinions have been published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Rees serves on the advisory committee of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the advisory boards of Honored, Digital Pioneers Academy, and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.  Click here to learn more about Nina Rees.


2018 Highlights

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