Ian Fordham

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Ian Fordham is a leading edtech lobbyist in the UK.

In December 2016, Fordham became director of education for Microsoft.

He is also a 'Tech Ambassador' for the Mayor of London.

Edtech UK

Prior to the Microsoft role, Fordham was CEO of Edtech UK, a lobby group for the UK's education technology sector. He retains a postion on the group's advisory board.

The Education Foundation

Fordham was also the co-founder with Ty Goddard of the Education Foundation, another edtech lobby group.

As director of the Education Foundation's incubator programme for edtech startups, Fordham:

Fordham has also written a number of reports on reform & the future of technology. He also speaks at conferences including Goldman Sachs Disruptive Technology Summit & the ASU GSV Summit, run by GSV Capital.

Government advisor

Fordham was a member of the UK government's expert group on Education Technology (ETAG).


  • Website: www.ednfoundation.org | www.edtechuk.com
  • Twitter: @ianfordham


  1. Ian Fordham profile, Linkedin, accessed July 2016