Digital Media Academy

About Digital Media Academy

Digital Media Academy was founded in 1999 on the campus of Stanford University to provide technology education to K12 teachers and develop technology immersion courses for students. In 2002, the Academy for New Media became Digital Media Academy and greatly expanded its technology education programs and operated in the most prestigious universities: Stanford University, Oxford University, NYU, UPenn, U Chicago, U Washington, UCLA, UC San Diego, UBC, U Toronto, and others. Since then, Digital Media Academy has delivered applied technology education to over 500,000+ students in 1,100+ schools in 125+ countries online.

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Proven Track
Record

Our programs are taught at premier schools in over 125 countries and have been verified by multiple independent researchers, associations, and universities

Applied
Technology

Prepare students for careers in Game Design, Computer Science, Music Production, Filmmaking, Creative Design, Digital Storytelling, and Entrepreneurship

Broad Learning
Experiences

Our focus on Project-Based Learning gives students practical, hands-on experience with online coursework for levels K-12

Mission

To be a learning community of diversity and excellence through memorable and innovative educational experiences led by the highest-quality instructors building skill and confidence to empower life-long learners to follow their dreams and make a lasting impact.

Proven Track Record

Our programs are taught at premier schools in over 125 countries and have been verified by multiple independent researchers, associations, and universities

Applied Technology

Prepare students for careers in Game Design, Computer Science, Music Production, Filmmaking, Creative Design, Digital Storytelling, and Entrepreneurship

Broad Learning Experiences

Our focus on Project-Based Learning gives students practical, hands-on experience with a combination of in-person and online coursework for levels K-12

ADVISORY BOARD

Andre Nudelman

Entrepreneur in residence at
Stanford University Graduate School of Education, Executive Chairman DMA

Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki

The Godmother of
Silicon Valley

Yuval Shahar

Yuval Shahar

A.I. medical expert
Stanford and Ben Gurion University

Bob Regan

Bob Regan

Director of
Education Gates Ventures

Prof. Prashant Loyalka

Prof. Prashant Loyalka

Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute – Stanford University

Vinicius David

Vinicius David

Head of Digital Product Management at HP
Katherine Tong

Katherine Tong

Tech entrepreneur – Harvard Alumni

Kenton Low

Kenton Low

Dean BCIT Media & Business School, former President Universal Studios On Line and VP Disney

Meet The Team

Andre Nudelman

Executive Chairman & CSO
Bruno Gomes

Bruno Gomes

CEO

Jamie Turner

Jamie Turner

COO

Rafaela Tundisi

Rafaela Tundisi

Director of Marketing
Olivia Carrion

Olivia Carrion

Director of Operations
David Crozier

David Crozier

Director of Education

Benjamin Cottingham

Benjamin Cottingham

Director of Partnership

Chris Bennett

Engagement Specialist

Bahar Khazei

Bahar Khazei

Education Lead
Juhee Kim

Juhee
Kim

Education Lead
Mehul Gadhavi

Mehul Gadhavi

Senior Accountant
Samuel

Samuel Troya

Business Analyst

Janet Martinez

Janet Martinez

Customer Service Manager

DMA Worldwide

DMA New Zealand

Ben Soltani

Managing Director

[email protected]

DMA Bahrain

Latifa Al-Khalifa

Managing Director

bahrain@digitalmediaacademy.org

DMA Saudi Arabia

Rani Matar

Managing Director

saudiarabia@digitalmediaacademy.org

DMA Vancouver - Canada

Jack Liu

Managing Director

vancouver@digitalmediaacademy.org

DMA UAE

Deniz Kara

Managing Director

uae@digitalmediaacademy.org

Andre Nudelman

Entrepreneur in residence at Stanford University Graduate School of Education, Executive Chairman DMA

Andre Nudelman was appointed as Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University Graduate School of Education in September 2021. He has an extensive range of activities, including Private Equity with focus on Education, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Investments, Agriculture, Art Collection, Non-profit organizations, and volunteer activities.

 

Among his past ventures, Maple Bear Schools Latin America, the largest franchised K-12 bilingual school chain in Latin America, sold in 2016. Presently, through Addquire Private Equity, he controls Digital Media Academy (digitalmediaacademy.org), a company that offers Tech Courses in person and online to students from 3-18 years old globally; International Comprehensive (icomprhensive.com), a school quality improvement system; International Canadian Academy (icanadianacademy.com), a K-12 bilingual school franchising chain; Interactive Health International (cyberpatient.ca), a simulation online system for medical education; and Teacherwit.com, a global platform for teachers to share experiences and improve their practises.

 

His philanthropic and volunteer activities include: former Chairman of the Canadian Council for The Americas BC for ten years; former Cabinet Campaign member for Emily Carr University of Art+Design; former Advisory board member at McRae Institute for International Relations at Capilano University; Chairman of The Einstein legacy Project in BC at Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ambassador of Vancouver Biennale; among others.

Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki

The Godmother of Silicon Valley

Internationally known educator, consultant, speaker with a demonstrated history of working in the e-learning industry. Strong consulting professional skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Edtech, Educational Consulting, Educational Technology, and Instructional Design.
Yuval Shahar

Yuval Shahar

A.I. medical expert Stanford and Ben Gurion University

I am interested in applications of Artificial Intelligence to medical domains: Automated Diagnosis, Monitoring, Therapy Planning, Knowledge Discovery, Temporal Data Mining, Decision Making.
Bob Regan

Bob Regan

Director of Education Gates Ventures

Education is an inherently social endeavor where teachers are critical levers to opening up opportunities for students via the classroom. Technology has a key role to play in this effort through bringing the outside world in closer, providing tools and data to make sense of this information and connecting teachers, scholars and experts with the resources to realize student potential. I focus on how content, tools and collaboration can reshape our schools to provide the best possible experiences for students and teachers the world over.

 

I started off as a classroom teacher of Math, Technology, and French. I spent more than six years in the classroom looking at ways to integrate standards with authentic, real-world challenges that inspire and engage students. Whenever possible, I tried to integrate concepts across the curriculum without losing sight of the disciplinary expectations. These early experiences had a huge impact on the way I think about what I do. Isolating skills or content from one another and the world around us, rarely has a lasting impact on student learning. Yet, bringing these kinds of experiences to life in the classroom is not easy. Technology offers the potential to facilitate this kind of learning, but as well it offers incredible opportunities to bring about this kind of teaching.

 

Critical to my work has been a focus on teachers. For many, use of the textbook is reductive. Something to be avoided. We tend to think to fall into the trap of believing that good teachers create all of their own materials, from scratch. The problem with this mindset is that is serves to isolate teachers. When teachers come up with great lessons, do they have opportunities to invite others to try them out and provide feedback? Do they get the opportunity to chat with scholars about the latest research in teaching reading or writing? Do they have the time to build a coherent framework of instruction where students build on a progression of content and skills? Generally, the answer is no. Rather than focus on technology as a means of creating reductive or superfluous experiences, my work has focused on how to create tools that truly serve instruction.

 

This has required a different way of thinking about the role of technology. The aim being how to provide both teacher and student with the data and resources they need at the moment they need it. Rather than placing a premium of putting at the center of instruction, I constantly challenge myself to look for the optimal learning experience and place technology in service of instruction.

Prof. Prashant Loyalka

Prof. Prashant Loyalka

Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute- Stanford University

Prashant Loyalka is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. His research focuses on examining/addressing inequalities in the education of children and youth and on understanding/improving the quality of education received by children and youth in multiple countries including China, India, Russia, and the United States. He also conducts large-scale evaluations of educational programs and policies that seek to improve student outcomes.

Vinicius David

Vinicius David

Head of Digital Product Management at HP

Vinicius is high-tech product and services executive based in Silicon Valley with over 15 years of multinational experience working for Fortune 100 companies. His experience includes the management of mid to large size business and multi-billion dollar operations. He has held leadership positions in sales, operations, product management and services.

 

Vinicius is currently the senior director of HP’s Device-as-a-Service business. He is charge of business development and adoption of solutions that encompass hardware, software, machine learning and analytics. At HP he has led several turnarounds while driving innovation and disrupting established business models.

 

He is also a startup board member & advisor, helping founders and CEOs on people operations, product and go-to-market strategy.

He is a lecturer and a recognized expert in “driving high-performance in business” and a sponsor of several initiatives to accelerate career development, diversity and inclusion.

As a passionate person for education, he seats at the board of Junior Achievement NorCal. In the summer time he can be seen in Tanzania building schools and bringing technology access to the local communities.

 

Vinicius has a B.S degree in industrial engineering and an MBA in business management

Katherine Tong

Katherine Tong

Tech entrepreneur - Harvard Alumni

Katherine Tong is a business consultant/strategist specialized in education sector with extensive experience in education technology and cross-curricular curriculum design and implementation in public and private schools.

 

Katherine has extensive management and operation experience in planning, product development, and project management. Sector experience includes early stage to multinational public companies in technology, education, resource, and visual arts industries in North America.

 

With a passion in international travel, culinary arts, and arts, Katherine served as board member and volunteer at various community and non-profit organizations.

 

Katherine completed an undergraduate computer science degree program from Cornell University and earned a master’s degree in business and management system from Harvard University.

Kenton Low

Kenton Low

Dean BCIT Media & Business School, former President Universal Studios On Line and VP Disney

Kenton Low is a senior executive with a successful track record of leadership in companies ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to two of the FORTUNE 50 most admired companies in the world.

 

Kenton is currently a Vice President for Metrie, North America’s largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite moulding. He is also an adjunct professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Prior positions include serving as Chief Marketing Officer for Ritchie Bros., President of New Media BC (now DigiBC), President and CEO of Robeez Footwear, President of Universal Studios Online, Corporate Chief Marketing Officer for Universal Studios and Executive Vice President for Vivendi’s portfolio of new media/ecommerce companies.

 

Kenton’s career also includes several years at the Walt Disney Company. He was a Vice President in Disney’s Internet Group, Disney Interactive and Walt Disney Imagineering. At Walt Disney Imagineering, he led international development and coordinated the activities of a multi-disciplinary team that resulted in approval to build Disneyland Hong Kong.

 

Before Disney, Kenton served in corporate planning and marketing roles at Nestlé USA and Clorox. Over the years, Kenton has taught strategic planning, marketing and customer service courses at universities and corporate training programs. He has also addressed conferences in Europe, Canada and the U.S. on topics ranging from revitalizing businesses to building memorable branded experiences.

 

Away from the business community, Kenton has served on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and the Canadian Interactive Alliance. Before moving to Vancouver, Kenton served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Kenton earned his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Bruno Gomes

CEO

Bruno started at Digital Media Academy in 2019 as the Director of Business Development and in 2020 became the CEO. 

 

A passionate entrepreneur, an educator and an innovative leader with over 20 years’ experience in planning, evaluating and commercializing new products and services. Bruno’s passion is innovative learning experiences and entrepreneurship.

Jamie Turner

COO

Jamie was appointed Director of Education for the global leading STEAM curriculum company Digital Media Academy in December 2019. Prior to joining Digital Media Academy, Jamie taught for four years at East London Arts and Music Academy in London, UK, a world-class 16-19 Academy offering young people everything that they will need to lead successful lives within the music, games design and film and television sectors. Jamie trained as a Music Educator and has worked in various curriculum development and design roles, including curriculum design for the Royal Opera House in London, over his 10+ years in the education sector. Jamie’s passion is authentic learning experiences and innovative educational design.

Rafaela Tundisi

Director of Marketing

Internationally educated in Canada and Brazil, Rafaela brings extensive leadership experience to Digital Media Academy as Director of Marketing. Before joining Digital Media Academy, Rafaela worked for several years as a Marketing Manager, where her creativity, marketing plans, and strategies have resulted in significant impacts on metrics. Rafaela’s leadership philosophy includes substantial results-oriented work focused on developing team relationships based on mutual trust across departments, stakeholders, and partners. Her passion for excellence and superior relationship-building prowess will be invaluable to inspiring life-long learners.

Olivia Carrion

Director of Operations

Olivia joined Digital Media Academy officially in February of 2016 within the Customer Service Department. With her, she brought a true desire to be part of a company that is making a positive difference in the lives of today’s youth through the power of STEAM education. Olivia is passionate about consistently delivering high-quality programs to all of our affiliates and enjoys being at the forefront of change.

David Crozier

Director of Education

At the heart of David’s practice is the belief that tomorrow’s biggest problems will be solved by today’s trailblazing young people. Leveraging his experience in education management, he is responsible for our instructors, curricula, industry partnerships and technology. He cares deeply about learners’ holistic wellbeing, socio-emotional development and industry readiness. What does this all add up to? Long, happy, healthy careers.

 

Previously, David was a founding teacher at East London Arts & Music, leading the college to an Ofsted Outstanding in All Areas in its fourth year and winning Outstanding School Music Department in its sixth. Before this, he established his teaching career at the acclaimed BRIT School. David attained First Class Honours in Music Production at Leeds College of Music before qualifying as a teacher at the Institute of Education.

Benjamin Cottingham

Director of Partnership

Benjamin Cottingham holds a bachelor in History from North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Masters in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University. He has extensive experience throughout the K-12 system as a teacher, researcher, organizer, and support provider collaborating with education stakeholders at the state, county, district, and school level.


Benjamin believes that all students deserve an opportunity to learn the in-demand skills of the future economy and has dedicated his career to creating pathways to high quality education for all students. He is excited about building coalitions across local education agencies, philanthropic organizations, and private partners that create more impactful educational systems and provide pathways for underrepresented students in the US and internationally.

Chris Bennett

Engagement Specialist

Chris Bennett is an award-winning Game Designer and Stanford invited lecturer who has combined creative ideas with digital engagement to reach millions of players with his credited games. Chris teaches, studies, and practices ways to apply his science of Game Design Thinking to improve lives in the real world.

Chris has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment software industry, including three very successful franchises; The Sims, Diner Dash, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour.

Chris has talked about games and game design for major media outlets, including NBC TV, NPR, Forbes.com, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is called on by organizations such as Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and USAID for his game design expertise.

Bahar Khazei

Education Lead

Bahar is the education lead and K-12 partnership manager at Digital Media Academy. She is also a certified educator in British Columbia, Canada. Her role at Digital Media Academy (DMA) allows her to work directly with DMA partner schools and help educators and school administrators better incorporate technology courses into the school curriculum. 

 

She has taught in formal and informal settings for many years and has been trained as a Montessori teacher. Her graduate research work was centered around inclusivity and curriculum design. She is passionate about working with educators across the world and improve the experience of all students.

Juhee Kim

Education Lead

Juhee started work with Digital Media Academy as a Curriculum Developer in March 2020. She started as the Education Lead in January 2021 and drives student programming at Digital Media Academy, which includes running our renowned Tech Camps. In her teaching career, Juhee has taught students in India, South Korea and Canada. She taught as a certified Biology Teacher in British Columbia, Canada for the past 5 years.

 

As someone who has called at least 3 different countries her home so far, she is passionate about diversity and equity in the classroom.

Mehul Gadhavi

Senior Accountant

Mehul joined Digital Media Academy in August 2019 as an Accountant. He has been supporting a team with a wide range of accounting experience to ensure smooth functionality of financial operations.

 

Mehul has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting & Auditing.

Samuel Troya

Business Analyst

Samuel started at Digital Media Academy in April 2022 as a Business Analyst. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, where he found a deep passion for optimizing education and ways to better engage students in their learning processes.

 

Prior to joining our organization, Samuel worked as a Senior Sales Associate for three years at The North Face. He later moved on to work at the Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre, directly supporting the organization’s Executive Director in cultivating a deeper understanding of Latin American arts. At Digital Media Academy, Samuel puts his broad set of skills, including his passion for photography, to help empower long-life learners in their educational journey.

Janet Martinez

Customer Service Manager

Janet started at Digital Media Academy in 2019 within our Customer Service Department, and has quickly risen to become our Senior Customer Experience Specialist. 

 

She carries with her a passion to deliver the highest level of support to all of those connected with Digital Media Academy. A true joy for Janet is found within witnessing students pursue their dreams through technology and art. She is most excited to see the future of technology unfold through the courses we are providing to today’s youth.