Akiba Covitz

Senior Advisor

Interest Areas

Education Reform
Business Development
Strategic Planning
Teaching and Learning


Akiba Covitz has led business development processes at numerous Ed Tech start-ups.  He started his career as a tenure-track professor, winning campus-wide and nationwide teaching awards. After a stint in the private equity world, Akiba went on to become Associate Dean for Faculty Development and member of the faculty at Harvard Law School where he oversaw the extraordinary expansion and diversification of the HLS faculty, after a long period of stagnant growth.  Akiba then served as the founding vice president for University Relations at edX, which now exceeds 20 million learners. Akiba went around the world many times over talking to presidents, provosts, board members, faculty members, and students, helping all stakeholders see the coming online revolution.  

Akiba was then brought to Academic Partnerships, an online program management provider, where he was senior vice president for strategic relationships. Akiba is currently Chief Revenue Officer at Sense Education, an AI company that uses machine learning to scale feedback from course staff, allowing small classes to become large classes, and making those large classes feel like small classes. Most recently, Akiba was head of business development at Minerva Project, one of the most innovative and most global educational companies. Akiba has served as a senior advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), where he led the design and creation of an innovative partnership between the IADB, the government of Uruguay, multiple educational institutions in Uruguay, Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, and MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), to bring the most advanced technology skills to one of the most progressive countries in the Americas. He has served as co-editor of the “Higher Ed Gamma” blog (because “Higher Ed Beta” was just so Late 20th Century) in the journal Inside Higher Education, where you can see some of his writings.

Akiba holds graduate degrees in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and law from Yale Law School. His undergraduate studies were in classical liberal arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.