In Enabling Tomorrow we interview changes agents working at the forefront of tech, innovation, and digital inclusion in emerging markets.

This week we talk with Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami, the CEO and Founder of Cell-Ed. Jessica is the author of Technology at the Margins: How IT Meets the Needs of Emerging Markets and a specialist in mobile learning, adult literacy, accessible technologies, micro-learning, and design thinking.

During this talk you will hear how Jessica is living her childhood dream of making true mobile learning a reality for everyone, and what it’s like for her to work at the intersections of tech, education, and social entrepreneurship. She also shares what she has learned from traveling to over 40 countries, and how she’s able to juggle so many roles and responsibilities.

Don’t miss the part Jessica introduces Cell-Ed’s latest initiative –  the 1 Million Learner Challenge, which KaiOS is one of the founding members, and how we work together to provide a wide range of life-improving content for KaiOS users worldwide. Find out the details here.

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Dr. Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami is the CEO and founder of Cell-Ed, a proven mobile learning platform to deliver essential life and job skills more effectively and in a fraction of the time via engaging micro-lessons over messaging on any mobile device – even basic phones without internet. By finally reaching, teaching, and live coaching today’s working learners, Jessica, a passionate global team, and network of 50+ partners aim to close the skills gaps for those who need it most: the 100 million in the US and 2 billion worldwide who lack access to the literacy, language, and jobs skills they need to thrive. Cell-Ed is a culmination of her 20+ years of co-designing and delivering accessible, affordable, relevant, and inclusive mobile learning in over 40 countries. Her experience spans work with major technology companies (e.g., Microsoft, Hewlett Packard), international organizations, governments, umbrella NGOs, and on-the-ground partners. An active collaborator and speaker, Jessica is the co-author of Technology at the Margins: How IT Meets the Needs of Emerging Markets and holds advanced degrees in International Development, Business and Information Communication and Technologies Design from University of California Berkeley, University of Oregon, and Harvard University. Based in Palo Alto, California with her high school sweetheart and their three teenagers, she also serves as Chair of the Board of the international award-winning iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir, and is on the boards of MasterPeace and Equality Now. Jessica is also Co-Chair of the UC Berkeley Women’s Leadership Circle to femtor future leaders.

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Host: Tim Metz — Marketing Director KaiOS
Recording date: 29th of May 2020