Press: DXtera Announces Leadership Additions to the EdSAFE AI Alliance

DXtera and Riiid Name Ed Tech Leaders to Join Executive Team

DXtera and Riiid, catalysts of the EdSAFE AI Alliance, today announced the appointment of two leadership positions to oversee strategy, partnerships, and community management to the global consortium of edtech leaders.

Beth Havinga joins the EdSAFE AI Alliance with extensive international experience having served on the special board of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics in Austria, as an expert in the field of “digitalization in apprenticeships”, and as a member of the Expert Platform, “Digital Future: Learning. Researching. Knowledge” of the German Digital Summit by invitation of the German Federal Minister for Education. She is currently chair of the advisory board of Kids.Digilab.Berlin. In addition to creating her own consulting firm, Beth has taught in schools, managed education software and publishing houses, founded two startups, and worked with multiple education ministries, and corporations developing their digital education strategies.

Joining Beth on the leadership team is Dr. Russell Shilling, who joins the EdSAFE AI Alliance as a Senior Strategic Advisor. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Government Solutions & Policy for Riiid Labs.

Dr. Shilling’s extensive background includes 22 Years of military service as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist Captain (retired) where he was responsible for innovation R&D for education and psychological health (games, VR, virtual humans, AI) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Additionally, Dr. Shilling has worked with Sesame Workshop creating Military Child Programs. He was previously the Executive Director for STEM initiatives at the US Department of Education in the Obama Administration and helped create the Advanced Education Research & Development Fund (AERDF) with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, New Schools Venture Fund & Digital Promise.

To read more about these exciting additions to the EdSafe AI Alliance, read the full release.

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