Mark Lester
Director of Partnerships Development
FutureLearn
Bio
Mark Lester is Director of Partnerships Development at FutureLearn. Mark drives the strategy to build the international network of world-leading universities creating free and paid for online courses on the platform. A member of the Executive team, he works closely with university Vice Chancellors and institutional Business Leads, to ensure that their long-term digital objectives align with FutureLearn’s offering of social online learning at a massive scale. Most recently, Mark was integral in FutureLearn’s partnership with Deakin University in Australia, and Coventry University in the UK to bring fully online degrees to the FutureLearn platform. 
Before 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 organizations on innovation, industry competitiveness, business strategy, and healthcare policy.
Mark holds a Master's 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.

About FutureLearn: www.futurelearn.com
Founded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform, enabling online learning through conversation. The platform currently has over 6 million people signed up, from over 230 countries around the world. 
FutureLearn partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities as well as organizations such as Accenture, the British Council, European Space Agency, Houses of Parliament, Raspberry Pi and Cancer Research UK. 
In 2017, there are over 1,000-course runs scheduled including free and paid-for courses as well as fully online postgraduate degrees that promote lifelong learning and continuing professional development.