Benjamin Stokes co-founded Games for Change, and served as a co-director until 2007. He is currently a PhD student at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, researching how digital media foster civic engagement, informal learning and activism. Previously, Benjamin served at the MacArthur Foundation as a program officer in their $50M portfolio on Digital Media and Learning. At the nonprofit NetAid, Benjamin led a design team that reached more than 150,000 youth in the fight on extreme poverty with games and e-training. At the ProQuest/Bigchalk educational publishers, Benjamin produced virtual field trips and research tools for their network of more than 43,000 high schools. His undergraduate research was in nanophysics, and he has also studied in Senegal at the University Gaston- Berger.