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5th European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit
May 22- 26, 2017
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Leganés, Madrid, Spain)

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Simon Nelson

Chief Executive
Simon Nelson is Chief Executive of FutureLearn, the social learning platform and first UK-based provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Simon founded the Open University-backed initiative in December 2012 and has quickly established it as a high quality entrant to the emerging online learning market. The FutureLearn site went live in September 2013; since then, we have attracted over 5 million registered learners studying over 12 million courses between them. In May 2015, FutureLearn delivered the biggest single run of a MOOC ever, with a record of more than 440,000 people signing up for the IELTs course from the British Council. To date, FutureLearn has partnered with over 62 UK and international universities, and 40 specialist education providers and centres of excellence, including the British Council, European Space Agency and the National Film & Television School, to deliver free online courses to its global community of learners. The company was named “Start-up of the Year” at the 2014 British Interactive Media Awards. In 2015, FutureLearn won the ‘Best Education or Learning Experience” category at the UXUK Awards and then went on to compete for and win the overall Best User Experience Award. Simon Nelson has a background in digital disruption as a pioneer in taking media brands and content online. He spent 14 years at the BBC, where he was instrumental in putting radio online, and overseeing its podcasting service and the innovative Radio Player around the turn of the millennium. He then moved to head up all digital content activities for its television divisions where he led the development of the BBC iPlayer and other ground-breaking online products and services. After leaving the BBC, Simon led a number of digital strategy and product development projects in the TV, radio and publishing sectors, working as an advisor to companies including Random House, UKTV, Lime Pictures, United Business Media and Phaidon Press. He has won multiple awards for digital innovation and product development, including several Emmys, Webby and Bafta awards, the Prix Italia, Prix Europa and Rose D’or.