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Alan Gershenfeld

Alan Gershenfeld

Alan is Co-Founder and President of E-Line Media, a publisher of digital entertainment that engages, educates and empowers and formerly a senior executive at Activision and Chairman, Games for Change.
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Brief Biography

Alan has spent the last twenty-five years at the intersection of entertainment, technology and social entrepreneurship.  He is currently Co-Founder and President of E-Line Media, a publisher of digital entertainment that engages, educates and empowers--with a core focus on computer/video games. E-Line works with leading foundations, academics, non-profits and government agencies to harness the power of games for learning, health, and social impact. E-Line is currently working on games and impact projects in collaboration with the Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, AMD Foundation, USAID, PBS, DARPA, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, California Endowment, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Institute of Play, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Games for Change, Intel, Google and the Center for Games and Impact at ASU.

Prior to E-Line, Alan was CEO of netomat, a leader in mobile-web community solutions. netomat originated as network-based art project and was selected as a Technology Pioneer at the 2007 World Economic Forum at Davos. Before netomat, Alan was member of the executive management team that rebuilt game publisher Activision from bankruptcy into a profitable industry leader with more than a billion dollars in revenue. At Activision, Alan served as Senior Vice President of Activision Studios where he supervised all product development at the company's Los Angeles studios. Titles released under Alan's leadership include Civilization: Call to Power, Muppet Treasure Island, Spycraft, Pitfall, Zork, Asteroids 3D, Shanghai and Tony Hawk Skateboarding.

Alan is also a Founding Industry Fellow at the Center for Games and Impact at ASU and serves on the Board of Directors of FilmAid International, a nonprofit that uses film and video to empower refugees throughout the world.  Alan also serves on the Advisory Boards of PBS Kids New Media, Creative Capital, We Are Family Foundation and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center For Educational Media and Research (Sesame Workshop). He is also on the Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Board for Games for Change.

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