Richard C. Levin is currently a Senior Adviser at Coursera, an educational platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide to offer courses online. From April 2014 through June 2017 he was Coursera's Chief Executive Officer. In 2013, he completed a twenty-year term as President of Yale University, during which time he rebuilt the campus, redeveloped downtown New Haven, co-founded Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and generally strengthened the University's international programs. Previously he was the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, Chair of Yale's Economics Department and Dean of Yale's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Levin is also a director of American Express and C3 IoT, an advisor to Temasek and TPG, and a trustee of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the United States. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Levin has served on two Presidential Commissions, as well as President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He holds earned degrees from Stanford, Oxford, and Yale Universities, and honorary degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Yale, Peking and Waseda Universities, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.