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Luis is Cofounder, CEO & Board Member at Duolingo, Inc., the maker of an internationally popular language-learning app. Duolingo is the most downloaded education app in the history of the App Store and in 2019 became the top-grossing education app worldwide. The app has been awarded Apple’s iPhone App of the Year and Android’s Best of the Best. Duolingo has been named to CNBC's Disruptor 50, Fortune's Change the World list, TIME Magazine's Genius Companies, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, Inc.'s Best Places to Work, Entrepreneur's Top Company Cultures. Luis joined the faculty at the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science in 2006. Luis is also the Founder and former CEO of reCAPTCHA (acquired by Google). His other prominent projects include CAPTCHA, The ESP Game (acquired by Google), and GWAP. Luis is a board member of Character Lab and of the U.S. Foundation of the University of the Valley of Guatemala. In 2006, he was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow for his work at the intersection of cryptography, artificial intelligence, and natural intelligence to address problems of profound theoretical and practical importance. Luis has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, one of the Top Young Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine. Luis holds his BS in mathematics from Duke University and was awarded an honorary degree by Duke in 2018. He completed his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon in 2005. Luis is a member of the 2022 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.