Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar is the managing director of the MIT-AFRICA Initiative, which is the first organized public face for MIT engagement in Africa that communicates and coordinates engagement in Africa, as well as acts as a point of entry for new partnerships, while enhancing collaboration among faculty.
Reynolds-Cuéllar recently returned to the US from a four year position in Rwanda as Country Manager and Field Learning & Development Coordinator for One Laptop per Child (OLPC). She worked alongside the Ministry of Education in numerous African countries as well as South America and the US, to improve the educational conditions of teachers, children, schools, and communities through the use of the XO laptop. During this time, she became passionate about empowering communities to use innovative approaches and technologies to address their local needs.
Prior to her work at OLPC, Reynolds-Cuéllar founded Girls Preparing to Succeed (GPS) a state-renowned organization to empower young women through her alma-mater Simmons College.