Our Team

Lucia Valente - CEO, Founder

Over the past few years I have had the great privilege to work with a group of people whose values and ethics are aligned to mine.  The CCN team is a mix of young men and women across the globe whose careers are beginning working alongside mature business executives.  Together we combine our passion, energy, enthusiasm and commitment along with competence and high value skills to establish an amazing global organization that is challenging norms.  Whats most important to me is the values and ethics that we each share and bring to our work.

In founding CCN, I have been able to live my long term vision of marrying my various passions.  Of paramount importance, commitment to education, fairness in opportunity and receptiveness to possibilities with challenging existing education norms that are not meeting the needs of many of our modern students.  I want to challenge head-on existing educational structures and publishing empires that are building their success on the backs of students while, not always providing the education that meets the future needs of humanity.

My decision to found CCN and its non-profit sister organization, Loss of Generality, is based on my concern about the failure of education.

Why do we continue to structure education in the 21st century with a 19th century model?  We must challenge the status quo and demand more for this generation and those to come…..

 

 

Wayne Allen - CTO

Wayne has been a technologist all his life. From early days of disassembling his first digital clock to current multi-device distributed system he has been peering under the covers and trying to make things work better.

Wayne and Dara worked together on a number of different projects before the CCN concept came into being.

 

Liam O'Halloran - CFO

I met Lucia when she worked with me at The Anne Sullivan Centre in Dublin.  Our strong values and business ethics are very much aligned.  We both share a belief in building successful organizations with others and using a collaborative approach to management.  We are very committed to growing and developing teams while building success together.  

As well as managing the finances and auditing processes, my work with CCN involves being a sounding board to Lucia and the team with regard to new opportunities for growth.  Creating a totally new approach to publishing professors’ material - digitizing their work into discrete modules  that can be purchased individually, pricing the material and working with Wayne to set up the revenue stream is exciting work. Specifically as we all work virtually, in several time zones and are dealing with a totally digital product and sales process.

 

Matthew Lee

My involvement with CCN began even before the company was established.  As a student at University of Toronto, Canada, I worked with the embryonic technology and learning methodology that helped me obtain my undergraduate degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics.  It was my first time to be exposed to programing and how using computer based visualization of concepts can enhance learning.  I have since completed my actuarial designation and completed both FA and P certifications.  

As part of the CCN team, I work with professors in the US and Canada on production, quality assurance and compiling English language for the artificial intelligence (AI) engines for the math-based curriculums.