Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar is the managing director of Higher Education Programs, including the MIT-Empowering the Teachers program. MIT-ETT strives to foster innovation in science and engineering education in tertiary academic institutions in Africa through an intense engagement with faculty members from African universities.
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.