Dr. Appu Kuttan, NEF Founder & Chairman

  • kuttan_book_coverAppu Kuttan has been an advisor to many national and world leaders, including four US Administrations — Clinton, Bush and Obama and Trump, U.S. Congressional leaders, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (in helping to make India a global IT power) and Mauritius Prime Minister (on transforming Mauritius into an IT-focused nation). He is also the author of many innovative concepts such as Management By Systems (MBS), Cyberlearning, Total Tennis, Win-Win-Win, Happy Executive, Holistic Executive, Kuttan Preschool (Mind-Body-Soul Life Style Development), and acclaimed books such as “From Digital Divide to Digital Opportunity,” and Happy Executive – Nurturing Mind, Body and Soul. He is a Philanthropist who donated most of his personal funds from the sale of the World-famous Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy to the National Education Foundation (NEF), described as a “Dedicated Difference Maker;” 2006 Global Digital Literacy Champion, and most recently the 2011 University of Wisconsin Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient. He has been a mentor to many people, including world tennis champions Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, and U.S. Presidential Honoree Roger Kuttan.

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.

Professor Dr. B Ramaswamy, NEF India President

Professor Dr. B. Ramaswamy is a nationally known Educator, Author, Advisor, Legal Expert & Motivational speaker. He is an adjunct professor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest university in the USA, and former Vice-Chancellor of Prist University, Oriental University and APG Shimla university. He is also an Expert Committee member of Govt. of India’s UGC, and Vice President of Indian Economic Association (IEA). He is a distinguished graduate of Loyola College, Delhi School of Economics, and National Law University.  He has exemplary achievements in the fields of Education, Sociology, Development Economics & Law, Disaster Management, Journalism and Mass Communication, Human Rights, IPR, Cyber Law, Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, Vedic Culture, Leadership, Issues of Women and Children and Disability Studies. He has published more than 250 articles/books in the national (India) and International magazines/publications.  He continues to write articles for leading magazines and newspapers. He has so far produced more than1000 civil service officers in India for nation building. He is passionate about NEF’s 21st Century Skills Vision for India to prepare One Million young Indians for 21st Century jobs at world-class levels, with SUNY certificates.

Prof. Anthony Betrus, NEF STEM+ Academy Program National Director at the State University of New York (SUNY)

Prof. Tony Betrus, a national expert in digital education systems and instructional technology, is a professor of Computer Science, Organizational Leadership, and Technology at the State University of New York (SUNY). Tony and his team implement the NEF CyberLearning STEM+ Academy Total Solution programs in the Nation’s schools, and provide course completion certificates. Tony and his team, guided by NEF Chairman Dr. Appu Kuttan, have succeeded in attaining a 100% graduation rate for Mohawk Reservation students in NY.

Dr. Todd Ullah, NEF Vice-President for STEM Education

Dr. Ullah holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. He is the winner of the 2014 CSTA Administrator of the Year Award, and has wide-ranging experiences in STEM education and marketing. As the former Director of Instructional Technology Applications and STEM for the Los Angeles Unified School District, he oversaw all educational technology programs, including district, state, and federal grants, and all STEM and Computer Science programs including curriculum, professional development, technology, STEM facilities development, and STEM grants for LAUSD. He served as Principal at George Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles where achievement increased for five straight years. Dr. Ullah helped implement the first charter schools in Los Angeles. Until recently, Dr. Ullah worked as the General Manager for California and Hawaii for Pearson Education.

Supt. Art Stellar, NEF Vice-President


Dr. Stellar is a seasoned superintendent. He is nationally known as an author of 60 plus articles on education, and a former national president of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). He has served as a superintendent in many states including MA, OK and NC. Dr. Stellar provides QZAB assistance to school superintendents and their curriculum, business, technology and facilities deputies. He knows how to structure the QZAB. His loyalty is to the profession and fellow superintendents. He understands their world, and how difficult it is for them to find funds. He has an open invitation to superintendents across the US and their deputies to invest 5 minutes with him to learn about receiving millions of QZAB dollars to meet their urgent priorities.

Prof. Divya Sethi, NEF India Operations Management Director

Divya Sethi is an educator, author and researcher with a passion for NEF’s 21st Century Skills Vision for India. Her experience includes teaching management at the Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, an IP University of the Government of Delhi.

Sushant Mohanty, NEF Chief Technology Officer

Sushant Mohanty has vast experience in IT and technology applications, elearning and ecommerce. He is the former CTO of several IT companies, including Register.com.

Roger Kuttan, NEF VP for Strategy and General Counsel

Roger Kuttan is a U.S Presidential honoree and graduate of Stanford with a JD and MBA. Roger has vast experience in business and investment strategies.

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