Ramona Pierson

Technology entrepreneur and CEO, Declara

Ramona Pierson is the CEO of Declara, the personal learning technology company she co-founded in 2012 in Palo Alto, California. She began her career as a neuroscientist, and has founded several other companies in the education field, including The Source, one of the first online social learning platforms for teachers, parents and students. Ramona was accepted into the University of California, Berkeley, at 16, and her aptitude for maths, in particular her skill with data and algorithms, led her to be recruited at 18 by the Marine Corps.

In 1984, the age of 22, she was hit by a drunk driver; she spent 18 months in a coma and was blind for 11 years. Having to relearn so much herself fuelled her lifelong passion for helping others to learn.