Dr. Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami is an impact entrepreneur and ed tech innovator who leads the team at award-winning Cell-Ed, a tech company that teaches essential skills – language, literacy and job training – on any cell phone (basic or smartphone), tablet or computer. Cell-Ed was most recently named the Innovator Worth Watching by Harvard’s Clayton Christensen Institute.
A Silicon Valley native, Jessica is privileged to be at the forefront of designing and implementing ways in which tech – specifically, mobile learning – can deliver engaging, life-changing education and skills to those who want it most, whether that’s an immigrant who wants to take a language learning course or an entry-level employee who needs digital literacy and other key job skills.
Twenty years ago, Jessica built her first social impact shop to create tech that would solve our most pressing problems: tech that mattered. In more than 100+ countries where there were towns with few opportunities, she collaborated in the creation of community tech centers as learning and job placement hubs. And in SE Asia, victims of human trafficking attained new jobs and tech skills to pave their own paths. These experiences led Jessica to author “Technology at the Margins: How IT Meets the Needs of Emerging Markets” by Wiley Press.
Her on-the-ground experience in over 40 countries stems from her deep commitment to co-creating solutions to addressing pressing human needs – which she has done working across top 10 technology companies (e.g. HP, Microsoft), international organizations (e.g. United Nations, World Bank), governments, major NGOs and on-the ground partners. An active collaborator and speaker, she also holds advanced degrees in International Development and Business from the University of California, Berkeley, University of Oregon, and Harvard.