Academic Director of The International Development Office, The Open University

Anna is Deputy Director (Academic) of the International Development Office at the Open University, with oversight across all programmes. The IDO works on projects that support lifelong learning in developing nations, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, dealing with teacher training, child rights, higher education capacity building and more. Her work involves understanding broader issues like trafficking as part of a theory of change around education, for example teacher training is an essential element in supporting children to be aware of their own rights.

Anna has edited 3 books, written 12 chapters and delivered a significant number of other papers, conference presentations, seminars etc. She has been an expert speaker at over 25 global and UK conferences. After starting out as a lecturer in mechanical engineering, Anna's early research area (most of which is published under Anna Peachey) was in online presence and student community, which transitioned into innovation in higher education for development. She has won The Open University Teaching Award for her work with distance learning, and one of her projects was shortlisted for The Times Education Award for Outstanding Innovation in ICT.

Although she works in a number of countries across Africa and Asia and enjoys all opportunities to travel Anna has a particular love for Nepal, where she has been on the board of a school in Kathmandu for about 15 years.


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    Deputy Director (Academic) for International Development, The Open University