Mark Lester

Mark Lester is Director of Partnerships Development at FutureLearn, the first UK-based social learning platform, offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world’s leading educators.
Mark drives the strategy to build the international network of world-leading universities creating free online courses on FutureLearn. A member of the Executive team, he works closely with universityVice Chancellors and institutional Business Leads, to ensure thattheir long-term digital objectives align with FutureLearn’s offering of social online learning at a massive scale.

Prior to joining FutureLearn, Mark headed the strategy development unit at the Open University in the UK. He has held senior management positions in the British financial services sector, and in central Government. Before that, he worked for several years as a managing consultant at Monitor Group, advising organisations on innovation, industry competitiveness, business strategy and healthcare policy.

Mark holds a Masters of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from the London School of Economics, and trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education, part of the University of London. He lives in the city with his wife and two children.


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