Vis Naidoo

As Vice President, Vis Naidoo is responsible for managing Commonwealth of Learning’s programme and funding resources and for strategic planning and reporting. Mr. Naidoo has spent much of the past 20 years involved in the development of educational technology policy options – both in South Africa and internationally, including at COL. Most recently, he was Citizenship Lead at Microsoft South Africa. A national of South Africa, Mr. Naidoo was Education Specialist for Educational Technology Policy and Planning at COL from 2000 to 2005. He moved back to South Africa to head Mindset Network, a non-profit organisation that creates, sources and distributes educational content on a mass scale across Southern Africa using satellite and broadcast technology. At Microsoft South Africa, he led the company's social responsibility and employee volunteer programme, focusing on supporting youth in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Prior to joining COL in 2000, Mr. Naidoo was the Director of the Centre for Educational Technology and Distance Education, Department of Education, South Africa. During his five years as Director, he was instrumental in shaping policy environment in the area of distance education and technology-enhanced learning. Vis has also presented at several international conferences and policy forums, addressing topics such as open, distance and e-learning, ICT for development and corporate social responsibility.

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