Chief Learner Officer & Co-Founder
Jonathan Lau brings years of experience at leading technology, education, consulting and investment firms, along with a passion for building purposeful and sustainable organizations.
Jonathan is the Chief Learner Officer of InStride, a learning services enterprise designed to achieve significant social impact through partnerships with universities and employers, providing employees the opportunity to earn the highest-quality degrees. Jonathan is responsible for end-to-end learner success, helping learners make informed decisions that advance their career aspirations by delivering effective products, services and technology.
Prior to InStride, Jonathan was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Skills at Cengage, the leading education and technology company built for learners. In this role, Jonathan led Cengage’s business group focused on helping learners build and enhance their careers by providing them with educational solutions in computing, technology, trades, healthcare and beauty spanning higher education, K-12, consumer and business channels. Prior to managing the Skills group, Jonathan oversaw Cengage’s Product & Strategy Operations team where he led the shift to focus on the learner, driving the transformation from print to digital.
Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Technology, Media and Telecom investments at Temasek, a $200b investment firm, where he invested and managed over 20 companies totaling $1.4b in investments. Before joining Temasek, Jonathan led a team of consultants at McKinsey & Company advising companies in the technology, media and telecom space. He also served in multiple product management and planning roles at Microsoft.
Jonathan holds a master’s and bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.