Salman Khan

Curiosity is a hard thing to squash, but our current model of education does it well.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Khan Academy

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Salman Khan | Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Khan Academy
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Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan is also the founder of Khan Lab School, a nonprofit laboratory school in Mountain View, California, where he teaches seminars in the humanities and sciences.

Khan Academy started as a passion project. In 2004, Sal Khan began tutoring his cousin in math, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. Word got around, and soon Khan was tutoring several cousins and family friends as a hobby. To better scale, he began writing software to assign math practice, provide feedback, and track each student’s progress. He also began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube, where he reached thousands of students. In 2009, he quit his day job and launched Khan Academy as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 


“I discovered Sal Khan and Khan Academy like most other people—by using these incredible tools with my own kids. Sal Khan’s vision and energy for how technology could fundamentally transform education is contagious. He’s a true pioneer in integrating technology and learning.”

— Bill Gates

Today more than 62 million registered users access Khan Academy in dozens of languages across 190 countries. Khan Academy offers free lessons and practice in math, history, grammar, physics, biology and many more subjects, as well as free SAT® prep in partnership with the administrator of the test, the College Board. Teachers use Khan Academy to assign lessons and practice, track student progress, identify gaps in learning, and provide tailored instruction.

Khan has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes, and recognized as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In his book, The One World Schoolhouse, he outlines his vision for the future of education. The ideas in One World are the basis for Khan Lab School. 


Sal Khan holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. While at MIT, he taught MCAT prep courses and was named Teacher of the Year by a national test prep company. Today Khan lives in Mountain View, Calif., with his wife and three children.


Speech Topics

The One World School House Education Reimagined
Join Sal Khan as he tells the inspiring story of how he founded the not-for-profit Khan Academy and how the organization is educating millions of people worldwide. With over 150,000 practice problems and 52 million registered students in 190 countries, Khan Academy is rethinking the world of education. Khan will also share his thoughts on what education reimagined could look like and how his dream of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere could become a reality.