Ben Nelson is the founder of Minerva, America's most innovative, selective, and effective university, whose goal is to foster critical and creative thinking through a renewed evidence-based approach to learning. He also developed the Minerva Project model, with which he shares his vision with other institutions.
Previously, Ben Nelson was with Snapfish, which became one of the largest photographic printing companies in the world. In 2005, Nelson led the sale of it to Hewlett Packard for $300 million. He was president and director of Community Ventures, a network of local brand portals in the United States.
Ben Nelson was born in Haifa, Israel in 1975. He studied at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he became interested in redesigning higher education.
He is the author of the book Building the International University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education