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Matthew Foster – Director of International Development

Matt is Director of The Open University’s International Development Office (IDO), which manages the development of large scale capacity-building programmes in developing countries.

Working closely with faculties across the OU, Matt oversees an extensive range of development programmes, which combine academic expertise with learning approaches designed to reach large numbers of people. Programmes are strategically designed with partners to deliver significant impact against the big challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Matt has over 20 years’ experience in the international development sector and worked with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) from 2001-2015 in programme management, strategic and directorship roles.