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Abran is a tech entrepreneur, scholar and music industry veteran, and is the CEO and Founder of NuSkool. He has spent over a decade addressing the needs of underserved youth using a hybrid approach fusing both entertainment and education through professional development, student enrichment and educational technology. He often speaks on the issue of diversity in tech and how to create more pipelines towards access and opportunity for underserved communities to gain access to new emerging fields in technology. After several years in the entertainment industry, Abran decided to pursue a PhD to further explore digital media and other aspects of youth culture and their implications on the advancement of 21st century education.

Abran was honored by the Gates Foundation as a Gates Millennium Scholar, an award given to future leaders in the community. He has made the most of the opportunity and has since received a BS in Communication Arts from St. John’s University, an MA in Adolescent Culture in Education from Teachers College of Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning at New York University where he has worked with renowned scholars Pedro Noguera, Ph.D. and David E. Kirkland, Ph.D. on developing new research in the field of Urban Education. Abran is also credited for his work as a researcher and contributor for the book “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools” by sociologist and policy analyst David Kirp.