Managing Director, UNESCO/ICDE Chair in OER

Wayne MackintoshWayne Mackintosh is the founding director of the OER Foundation headquartered at Otago Polytechnic Ltd, New Zealand. He is coordinating the establishment of the OERu, an international innovation partnership which aims to widen access to more affordable education for all. Wayne holds the UNESCO Chair in OER and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation. He is a strategy innovator with a passion for open sourcing education.

Wayne is a committed advocate and user of free software for education. He was the founding project leader of New Zealand’s eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) project ( and founder of WikiEducator ( – an international community of educators collaborating on the development of free/libre teaching materials in support of all national curricula.

Wayne has extensive international experience in educational technology, learning design and the theory and practice of open and distance learning (ODL). Previously, he was Education Specialist, eLearning and ICT policy at the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an intergovernmental organisation based in Vancouver, Canada. Before joining COL he was Associate Professor and founding director of the Centre for Flexible and Distance Learning (CFDL) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. At the University of Auckland, he was tasked with eLearning strategy and leading CFDL’s professional staff team. Prior to moving to New Zealand he spent eleven years working at the University of South Africa (UNISA), a distance learning institution and one of the world’s mega-universities. Wayne has participated in a range of international consultancies and projects including work for COL, the International Monetary Fund, UNESCO and the World Bank. Wayne served as the holder of the COL Chair in OER  from 2012 – 2015. Previously, Wayne served on Editorial Board of Open Learning for more than a decade, but now focuses on open access and open education research efforts.

Wayne is the recipient of the 2019 International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) Individual Prize of Excellence in recognition of his work pioneering an OER-enabled transnational micro-credentialing system. In 2020, he received the award for Excellence in Leadership at Otago Polytechnic and the Open Education Global Leadership Award for significant long standing contributions to Open Education.

Wayne is married with three children and lives in Cromwell on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.

Qualifications: Ph.D. University of Bath, United Kingdom. M.Ed., B.Ed., B.Com. and Higher Education Diploma (Postgraduate), University of Pretoria, South Africa.



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