President and CEO
Over his life and career, David Cumberbatch first benefited from a high-quality K-12 education, which led to scholarships and opened the door to life-changing career opportunities, and then shifted his focus to opening those same doors for others. He is driven by a core belief that ALL children can be successful if they are given access to a high-quality personalized education. David has worked in the education technology space over the past 10 years, driving innovation and pioneering new technologies to improve teaching, outcomes, and access from K through 20.
David Cumberbatch is the President and CEO of Asteria Education Inc. (DBA ECS Learning Systems). He founded Asteria Education in 2017 with a mission to make a game-changing impact in the K-12 space. Mr. Cumberbatch is a Partner at Apogee Equity Partners, a Senior Advisor to New Market Ventures, and a Member of the Board of Advisors for Village Capital. Mr. Cumberbatch served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at K12, Inc. from 2014 to 2016 where he focused on K12’s expansion into education technology solutions, including the acquisition of LTS. Mr. Cumberbatch also served as the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of ACT Inc. (the leader in college and career readiness assessment in the US) from 2011 to 2014. As a part of the executive team at ACT, he re-positioned the ACT brand and collaborated on the development of the digital ACT test and the launch of ACT Aspire.
Mr. Cumberbatch has held leadership positions with start-ups such as Imagitas and SimpleTuition. Prior to that, Mr. Cumberbatch played an instrumental role at Microsoft Corporation where his business development work was featured in Fortune magazine. Mr. Cumberbatch also served as a Brand Manager of Procter & Gamble in Europe and Latin America. Mr. Cumberbatch earned a B.A. in Computing and Economics (Hons, First Class) from the University of Kent at Canterbury as a first-generation college student, and an MPhil in Management Studies from the University of Oxford where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He began his working life as an Assistant Teacher in the public school system of his native Trinidad and Tobago and remains passionate about the potential for technology to transform global education.