YPN Spotlight: Erika Twani of Learning One to One Foundation

Posted:  July 19th, 2012 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

Erika Twani is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding Board member of Learning One to One Foundation. After years of experience in the technology industry applied to education and seeing the difference that personalized education can make to many underserved students’ lives, she joined experts to start up Learning One to One Foundation. She leads the Foundation to provide a personalized, life-long learning system that develops all individuals’ potential, impacting their social and economic opportunities, and their country’s growth.

Prior to Learning One to One Foundation, Ms. Twani was the Education Industry Director for icrosoft Latin America’s Multi-Country region, responsible for the company’s sales and marketing in the education industry and the citizenship program Partners in Learning, which enables 90,000 teachers per year in the use of technology. Prior to that, Ms. Twani was responsible for Education in Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group, a program that combines advanced technologies and strong partnerships with governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), educational institutions, and technology and service
partners, to enable technology to reach underserved communities globally.

Under her leadership, Microsoft has increased sales by 154% for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) segment in Chile, through successful sales campaigns and customer adoption of new education products, an initiative that was later spread worldwide among Microsoft. She also created and launched a sales model via undergraduate students in Brazil, reaching a total of 6,000 registered members.

Ms. Twani, a recipient of the Microsoft Circle of Excellence Award, is a speaker at national and international conferences on the topics of educational technology, school reform and strategic leadership, has represented Microsoft in engagement with government officials in Latin America, such as Ministers and Presidents, and has co-authored and published three papers about the use of technology in education. Ms. Twani has over 20 years of international experience in sales, marketing, and profit and loss management and started her career with Microsoft in 2005 as a Regional Sales Manager for the Enterprise Partners organization within Latin America.

Prior to Microsoft, Ms. Twani worked with multinational Oracle in charge of License Management for its Latin America operations. In this role, she directed 26% of the total license revenue for the region and to over exceed her yearly revenue and EBIT plan by 10% throughout her four year tenure. Erika also implemented a partner program in the entire region, increasing sales by 35% with no added cost. She was a business owner in Brazil, prior to Oracle. Her company grew from five to 300 employees in six years, and from zero to US$60M in sales in the same period.

Erika Twani resides in Florida, USA. She is originally from Brazil where she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering from the Brasília Catholic University. She also holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Jones International University in Colorado and a Partnership Brokering International Certification. Ms. Twani is a member of the Board of Advisors of the FIU’s Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.l1to1.org.

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