University of the People Appoints Talented New Individuals

University of the People is pleased to announce our newest appointments – all very talented individuals playing key roles in greatly helping UoPeople further progress with our impactful mission. Please extend a warm welcome with us to:


Mrs. Ayelet Oron-Gutmark, Chief Operating Officer, University of the People
Mrs. Oron-Gutmark has many years of experience in finance, including having served as Vice President of a Venture Capital Fund and as VP Equity Research of a U.S. Investment Bank.  Mrs. Oron-Gutmark holds an MBA from the Kellogg-Recanati International Program.


Dr. Arik Lifschitz, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Planning, University of the People
Dr. Lifschitz was previously the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in New York, and prior to this post, an Assistant Professor at Stanford University.  Dr. Lifschitz holds his Phd from Columbia University, in addition to the Law Degree and MBA he holds.


Dr. Ariella Zeller, Dean of Student Affairs, University of the People
Dr. Zeller holds a BA in Women’s Studies, an MA in American Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Prior to UoPeople, Dr. Zeller worked in Student Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan.

Mrs. Ayelet Oron-Gutmark, Dr. Arik Lifschitz and Dr. Ariella Zeller are all passionate about UoPeople’s mission of opening access to higher education worldwide and the help they will be contributing. We look forward to the enhancements they bring, and welcome them to University of the People!

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About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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7 Responses to University of the People Appoints Talented New Individuals

  1. Samuel says:

    Am glad to see UoPeople’s progressing!

  2. Koukon ahmad says:

    I like this..

  3. shirzai says:

    i want to join this one.

  4. lila says:


  5. U’re welcome to the fountain of hope for education !

  6. Ere Gosa says:

    learning,love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. with out them humanity can’t survive

  7. Ere Gosa says:

    that is a fate, who need to fulfilling things

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