New Scholars
Discover the Future of Learning


What’s the Future

of Learning?


Schools are not preparing people for the future.

The future will drastically change with the application of new disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and biological human enhancements. Changes need to be made to traditional teaching methods and curriculum to meet new challenges.

New Scholars works to identify the skills needed for people to be successful in tomorrow’s world.





In the future... changes everything; if it can be scripted, a robot will do it.

...creativity & emotional intelligence are essential human skills.
— New Scholars founding beliefs



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Dr. Silvia Console Battilana (YGL)

Co-founder & Chairwoman

Dr. Console Battilana is a young entrepreneur and economist specializing in game theory and interest groups. She co-founded Auctionomics with Dr. Milgrom and is very active in the Silicon Valley, organizing networking events that bring together experienced entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, engineers, and start-up rookies.


Robin Farmanfarmaian

Board of Directors

Ms. Farmanfarmaian is a professional speaker, consultant, author & entrepreneur specializing on the future of technology in medicine. She authored the book “The Patient as CEO” and executive directs / executive produces conferences and events focusing on technology.

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Darius Golkar

Co-founder & Executive Director

Mr. Golkar is a serial social entrepreneur with experience running international NGOs & mentorship programs. He has successfully founded companies in the tech, consumer services, & education spaces in addition to coaching global leaders & entrepreneurs.


Soulaima Gourani (YGL)

Board of Directors

Ms. Gourani is a speaker, author, advisor, investor, lifeLeadership and LifedesignCoach and founder of, and GetCapitalAid.

She is leader of all activities related to future of workforce. Leader of global dignity (GD) partnership for emotional intelligence. Author of 3 bestsellers on personal development, lifedesign and career development.


Key Areas of Interest

Robotics & Bio-enhancements

What are robots capable of today and what will they be capable of in the future? How will robots roles increase in the workforce and what abilities will humans gain from bio-enhancements?

Artificial intelligence (AI)

What skill sets will remain for humans in a future where AI is running nearly all global operations? How will humans interface with AI? 

Augmented Reality

How will augmented reality replace human meetings and change the structure of the workforce (if there is one) and human interaction? 


What we do

New Scholars organizes and runs online and offline discussions, meetings, & exchanges (of ideas &/or people) focused on preparing both the youngest generation (toddler trough schooling age) and individuals in the workforce for the revolutionized future.

Our primary objective can be summarized in the following two part question:

What does the future look like? How do we best prepare people through education?

No one knows the answers to these questions, but we host regular discussions with world leaders (Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and Stanford University academics) about what the future looks like.


We use our findings to:

  1. promote new areas of study

  2. create new programs with forward looking goals

  3. share what we learn with the world

Initial Programs:

  • Skills development for future leaders

  • Emotional intelligence development (all ages)

  • Retraining the workforece

  • Entrepreneurship for kids

  • Shawdowing entrepreneurs & nonprofit leaders




Zao Zhang (YGL)

Founder & CEO, Roboterra Inc

Ed Tech Advisor:  AI, Robotics & Coding Curriculum

Ms. Zhang is known for her outstanding work on innovative ed tech. She has worked with a variety of companies and organizations in both US and Asia on ed tech products, ed tech investing and learning solution assessment. In past years, she has worked with: McKinsey & Company’s research arm, McKinsey Global Institute; Edison Learning Inc.; Soros Foundation TRACE Project; Plan Int'l and PACT’s headquarter offices. She has also provided advisory and due diligence work on investment opportunities in education for several venture capital funds including the Mid-Atlantic Capital, Bloomberg Ventures and 水星创投.


Calvin chin (YGL)

Managing Partner E14 Fund

Innovation & Finance Advisor

Mr. Chin was previously founder and CEO of Qifang, China’s first online student loan service and the first Chinese company recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer.

Calvin is a member of the Aspen Institute’s inaugural China Fellowship Program, a WEF Young Global Leader and served on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation.

He was named one of Fast Company magazine’s 100 Most Creative People In Business for 2011, was named 2009 Chinese Business Leader of the Year by Horasis and Baker & McKenzie, and is a Social Innovation Park Fellow.


Silje Vallested (YGL)

Founder, Future Talks

Futurist Advisor

Ms. Vallested is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, philanthropist, keynote speaker and seed investor. Since the age of 14 years, she has founded a number of international organizations and companies ranging from NGOs to tech startups. In 2017 she co-founded FutureTalks to engage young people together with global leaders from all sectors in discussions around defining the path forward for people and the planet in the wake of exponential technologies.


Claire Boonstra (YGL)

Founder, Operation Education

Human Potential, EQ & Curriculum Advisor (the human side)

Ms. Boonstra is a YGL and the founder of Operation Education which is focused on feeding the movement to revolutionize education and enable the transition from traditional schooling to valuable life long learning for everybody. OE does this by creating frameworks and facilitating networks, connecting the different players, and especially by creating a large public debate on the ‘why’ and ‘what for’ of education. OE’s mission is to unleash the infinite potential of humans, and of humanity. A never-to-be-achieved-in-one-lifetime mission which serves as our compass direction.


Olivier Oullier, phd (YGL)

President, EMOTIV

Lab & Field Research Advisor:  Behavioral Change, Engagement, Adoption

Dr. Oullier, is designs and implements multi-scale behavior and system change strategies for public and private institutions thanks to his experience in scientific research, policy-making and consulting. Building on cutting edge laboratory and field research in psychology, behavioral economics, complex systems and decision neuroscience, he has developed new operational methods to measure the gap between what people say/think they do and what they do in their daily activities and environments, improve engagement and facilitate the adoption of behaviors that improve people’s health and well being at the individual and collective levels in domains including education, health and the law.


Dr. Amy Cuddy (YGL)

Teaches at Harvard; Bestselling Author; Co-Founder, Council on Citizen Confidence (WEF Initiative)

EQ, Psychology & Education, Experimental & Observational Research Advisor

Dr. Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are" with more than 44 million views, is the 2nd-most-viewed TED Talk. Focusing on the power of nonverbal behavior, prejudice and stereotyping, the delicate balance of trustworthiness and strength, she writes and speaks about how we can become more present, influential, compassionate, courageous and satisfied. Cuddy has been named by the BBC as one of their 100 Women of 2017, a Game Changer by Time, one of 50 Women Who Are Changing the World by Business Insider, one of the World’s Top 50 Management Thinkers by Thinkers50, one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead by Inc., one of the top 5 HR Thinkers by HR Magazine, one of Twitter’s 100 Science Stars by Science, and a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. 


Christina Lopez (YGL)

Co-Founder & CEO, The One Health Company

General Advisor

Ms. Lopez is CEO and co-founder of The One Health Company, the leader in precision medicine for dogs with cancer. Christina has been recognized as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos for her pioneering efforts in both deal making and women’s health. Christina was Managing Director of Cerberus Capital, a $30 Billion assets under management fund.


Leila Janah (YGL)

Founder & CEO, Samasource & LXMI; Director, CARE USA

Global Inclusion, Poverty, & Hands On Learning in the Developing World

Ms. Janah’s mission is to go beyond charity to #givework to low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare, respectively. She is the author of the book “Give Work.”

Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).


Rossanna Figuera (YGL)

Co-Founder, Good Things at Wafels & Dinges

General Advisor

Ms. Figuerais has been credited with pioneering the food truck revolution in New York City. Wafels & Dinges is about giving people the best moment of their day while improving local communities with its iconic, award-winning yellow food trucks, which are ranked Best Food Truck in NY by Zagat and have been consistently voted Best Food Truck in America. Rossanna's latest social venture, Perros & Vainas, brings authentic Venezuelan street-style hot dogs to NYC to benefit the children of her native country. She received an MA in Government from St John's University and is a Columbia University-certified Executive Coach.


Prof. Paul Milgrom

Stanford Faculty; Co-Founder & Chairman, Auctionomics, Inc.

Advisor:  Market & Incentive Design

Dr. Milgrom is the Shirley and Leonard Ely professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and professor, by courtesy, at both the Department of Management Science and Engineering and the Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and winner of the 2008 Nemmers Prize in Economics, the 2012 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge award, and the 2017 CME-MSRI prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications, and the 2018 Carty Award for the Advancement of Sciences from the National Academy of Sciences.

According to his BBVA Award citation: “Paul Milgrom has made seminal contributions to an unusually wide range of fields of economics including auctions, market design, contracts and incentives, industrial economics, economics of organizations, finance, and game theory.”

His books and articles have received more than 80,000 citations.