Douglas L. Becker is chairman and chief executive officer of Laureate Education, Inc., the world’s leading network of higher education institutions. Mr. Becker has led the company since 1991, when it was known as Sylvan Learning Systems. Mr. Becker built Sylvan Learning Systems into the K-12 tutoring leader, with nearly 2,000 learning centers and 200,000 students before branching out into higher education in 1999. The Sylvan tutoring business was sold in 2003 to allow Laureate to focus on higher education.
Today, Laureate provides high-quality education to more than 1,000,000 students at more than 70 campus-based and online institutions in 25 countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Mr. Becker is chairman of the board of the International Youth Foundation, which has invested more than $200 million to improve conditions and prospects for young people in 86 countries. With Mr. Becker’s guidance, IYF expanded its YouthActionNet® program, which supports young social entrepreneurs around the globe. Mr. Becker also supports many civic groups in Baltimore, Maryland, his hometown.