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Christine Janssen, PhD

Founder & CEO

Dr. Christine Janssen is the visionary behind Edstutia’s mission. She is a creator, builder, and disruptor – and is unreservedly passionate about the future of education and learning. The combination of her background, experience, credentials, and relentless energy make her the ideal person to disrupt the status quo of higher education and corporate training.

After decades of being a student herself followed by 12 years of working as a professor in academia, Dr. Janssen realized how massive gaps and outdated systems are short-changing students – and employers! – today. Years of research on the disconnect amongst academic institutions, students, employees and employers led to designing and building Edstutia, a contemporary learning platform that addresses the skills gap head on. 

Prior to launching Edstutia, Dr. Janssen was a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Entrepreneurship in the Gabelli School of Business of Fordham University. She also co-founded the Fordham Foundry, Fordham’s small business incubator, in 2012. Her commitment to non-traditional, experiential learning, based on a constantly changing curriculum designed to sync with the forward-thinking skills business demands, made the Entrepreneurship program one of the most dynamic and fastest growing in the undergraduate business school. Under her leadership, Fordham University’s undergraduate Entrepreneurship program was ranked #15 in the country according to U.S. News & World Report in 2020. 

Dr. Janssen earned a BS in Marketing from the University of South Florida, a Global MBA in Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Finance with a specialization in e-Business from Fordham University, and a PhD in Business Education from New York University, where her dissertation focused on how entrepreneurs learn. Her research interests hone in on the future of education/learning, virtual reality, and the metaverse.

Yogini Joglekar, PhD

Head of Operations, Business Development & Student Services

Dr. Yogini Joglekar taught in virtual reality for the first time in January 2021, and was hooked. In her two plus decades of teaching, corporate consulting, and education leadership experience across three continents, she had consistently integrated experiential, inclusive, skills-based lifelong learning as core components. With Edstutia, she excited to work together with a fantastic team to translate these core principles into a unique, VR-enhanced learning program for individuals and enterprise– both from a strategic and operational perspective. Yogini is a Founding Member of Divershefy and has served on advisory boards or committees within edtech startups as well as professional organizations. She enjoys writing across genres and audiences, from academic research papers to popular media articles to film micro-reviews on Twitter @worldcinemasal1.

Holly Winn, MBA

Head of Marketing & Analytics

Bringing more than 12 years of experience in integrated marketing, product management and data analysis positions, Holly is adept at bringing multi-faceted projects to fruition and running successful multi-channel campaigns. She has worked with clients and brands across several verticals. A Bay Area transplant to Orange County, Holly enjoys spending her leisurely time as a singer/songwriter, educator, novelist/playwright, and an avid supporter of local theater. She resides with her cat, Incubus Alexander in Irvine, CA.

Divya Susan Varkey

Head of Corporate Relations, Europe

Divya Susan Varkey is a trainer, coach, and lecturer in Cross-Cultural Communication and Management. She has received wide acclaim for designing and delivering highly effective programs for companies like Boeing, Bayer, Nike, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Mercedes Benz, Tata Steel, Swissnex, and the like for their multicultural teams and C-suite executives. As Head of Corporate Relations, Europe, Divya works with corporates to co-create Learning and Development strategies using Virtual Reality and the Edstutia platform. She lives in The Hague with her half-Spanish, half-Indian family and their in-house zoo of dog, cat, guinea pigs, chicken and a fish. When she is not working in front of a screen, she is busy getting her hands dirty in the family olive fields in Spain.

Angela Chemas, MBA

Operations Coordinator

With over 3 years of experience optimizing productivity, efficiency and service quality across various environments, Angela brings reliable support to the Edstutia organization to work effectively with cross-functional teams in ensuring operational and service excellence. She is a value-driven business manager in the online space, and absolutely loves what she does, working with inspirational entrepreneurs who are pursuing their passions and making an impact in the world. Her major areas of expertise are in project management, systems for success, and client relationship management.

Allen Roach

Community Manager

With more than a decade in the fields of communications, marketing, web design, and audio engineering; Allen has found his passion in social media and XR community building. He brings this enthusiasm for learning and technology with him to Edstutia, where he serves proudly as community manager. Outside of work, Allen enjoys hiking, botany, VR gaming, and live streaming.

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