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Anisha Abraham, MD, MPH

Raising Global Teens webinarEmployers’ role in raising global teens
Dr Anisha Abraham
Dr Anisha Abraham is a pediatrician and teen health specialist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and on faculty at the University of Amsterdam and Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. She grew up in the US as the daughter of South Asian immigrants and has lived with her husband and two sons in Asia, Europe, and the US. Anisha helps cross-cultural teens manage a wide range of issues from body image to substance use, social media, and stress. She also leads seminars for teens, parents, faculty, and organizations using her 25 years of global experience as a practicing clinician, military physician, public health researcher, TEDx speaker, and health educator. She has been interviewed by NPR, CNN, NBC, Voice of America, RTHK, and The Washington Post. (Dr Abraham's book is an Amazon #1 New Release in Teen Health, and has been a best seller in several categories on Amazon US, UK and Germany.) 

Jonathan Anderson, Headmaster, Merchiston 

The Making of Us: Why schools matter and the single sex or co-ed debate webinar
Jonathan Anderson, Headmaster, Merchiston Castle School
Jonathan Anderson is Headmaster of Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, one of the UK’s leading boarding schools, and a member of the World Leading Schools Association; the only school in Scotland. Merchiston stands alone as the only boys’ school north of the Home Counties and, yet, its unique culture and ethos owed not only to its single-sex status, has resulted in a superb stream of accolades. Merchiston offers the English curriculum, but with a global, outward-looking dimension. Committed to leading students towards ‘personal excellence’, Merchiston has an impressive record of helping boys excel far beyond their expected results. Jonathan’s passion is in ensuring that all pupils experience an educational experience that is truly their own. He sees the success of what Merchiston offers to pupils on many occasions, but, perhaps most significantly at the end of their school career: they are leaving not just a school, but a place where they have grown up together in every respect.

Ashwin Assomull, Partner at L.E.K. Consulting, head of both the Mumbai and Singapore offices

International schools’ innovation & response to the Covid pandemic webinarWhat parents want from international schools in a pandemicThe classroom of the future: what role for technology?
Ashwin Assomull, Partner at L.E.K. Consulting
Ashwin Assomull is a founding member of L.E.K.'s Education practice. Ashwin has worked on over 300 education-specific cases and has led more than 200 engagements in the education sector, across all verticals including K-12, Higher and Vocational Education, Transnational Education, English Language Training and Education Technology. Ashwin frequently advises CEOs of top education companies and investors on buy- and sell-side diligences, market-entry strategy, and pricing strategy, and full potential assessments. He is also a regular speaker at industry-leading conferences such as EdEx MENA, EdEx Qatar, IPSEF and Abu Dhabi Ideas Weekend.

Jane Barron (MEd), Founder of Globally Grounded

Transition-care in International Schools: Research Findings webinarWhy transition care matters in schools webinarTaking care of transitions during relocation
Jane Barron is a youth intercultural transition specialist, educator, researcher, speaker and author. Her work is informed by 27 years experience in both international and local schools, parenting two cross-cultural children, a domestically mobile childhood and repatriation to Australia. Founder of Globally Grounded, Jane consults to international and local schools, families and students crossing cultures - developing their understanding of the impact of cross-cultural mobility, creating programs and implementing support mechanisms to enhance learning and life. A Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) Board Member and 2017 Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency Scholar, Jane is co-author of Insights and Interviews from the 2017 Families in Global Transition Conference-Building on The Basics: Creating Your Tribe on the Move.

Valérie Besanceney, COO of Safe Passage Across Networks and the co-Program Director for both Families in Global Transition

Why transition care matters in schools webinarTaking care of transitions during relocation
Valérie Besanceney (BA, MA, MEd) is an international education and transition consultant and author, passionate about helping families thrive through transitions. She is Dutch by birth, Swiss by nationality, and well-versed in cross cultural awareness. Having moved several times before the age of 18, Valérie understands the challenges and impact of early transitions on your sense of identity and belonging as an adult. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in international schools across four continents. As the author of two children’s books, B at Home: Emma Moves Again and My Moving Booklet, she hopes to offer children who are moving a story to identify with and an opportunity to write their own story. Currently, Valérie is the COO of Safe Passage Across Networks and the co-Program Director for both Families in Global Transition. 

Kim Blackett, President, Parent Teacher Organisation, International School Ho Chi Minh City

What to look for in a truly international school webinar
Kim Blackett
Having lived as part of the international community, away from the United States of America, for nearly ten years, Kim has firsthand experience and knowledge of international schools as a parent. A member of ISHCMC’s community for three years, Kim welcomes new families to the school and supports their transition to life in Ho Chi Minh City through building connections and relationships with other parents. In her role as President of the Parent Teacher Organization, Kim leads a team of parent volunteers whose mission is to energize, engage and empower the whole community and build school spirit.Juliette Bolon, Admissions Officer and Parent Liaison at the International School of LondonCrossroads: ISL Transitions Programme webinar
Juliette Bolon
Juliette Bolon is also a core member of the ISL Crossroads Transition Team. She was born in Japan and spent her childhood moving around different parts of South East Asia - Juliette still misses the food and the warm weather to this day. The world of international education is in her blood and she firmly believes in the value and benefits of the Third Culture Kid's experience.

Jayne Constantinis, BBC World presenter, trainer, speaker, presenter, and voice-over

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Jayne Constantinis, BBC World presenter
Jayne has a unique and unusual range of experience. It includes live announcing on BBC TV, business reporting on BBC World, moderating and speaking at live events, and training individuals and groups to be confident communicators/speakers/presenters.Her BBC TV series on Mexico was nominated for a BAFTA, while she has written for Condé Nast Traveller and Good Housekeeping. She learned journalism at the LCP, and has an acting diploma from the Royal Academy of Music and a Modern Languages degree from Cambridge.

Chase Eskelsen M.Ed., Chief of Staff, Verano Learning Partners

The Bridge School - A Fully Online Education webinar
Chase Eskelsen M.Ed.,Chief of Staff
Chase Eskelsen began his educational career as an administrator of the Texas Virtual Academy (grades K-12) where he oversaw school turnaround resulting in a “Met Standard” rating during his second year in the position. He then helped launch a new school, Texas Online Preparatory Academy (grades K-12). He then transitioned into a National Academic Policy and Public Affairs role with K12 Inc and finished his time with K12 as the National Director of Board and Partner Relations.He now works for an education non-profit, Verano Learning Partners, as the Chief of Staff. The Verano team has been tasked by their board to launch new and innovative school models and they are currently opening new schools worldwide. Mr. Eskelsen has his Master’s in School Administration and wrote his thesis around the topic of Education Policy for Virtual School Programs.Verano Learning Partners is a non-profit organization dedicated to collaborating with schools to provide the digital tools needed for hybrid and online success. To find out more about Verano Learning Partners, visit www.verano.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Clarissa Farr, expert in education and leadership

The Making of Us: Why schools matter and the single sex or co-ed debate webinarWeighing up what matters in school choices: the single sex or co-ed debate: choices
Clarissa Farr
As former High Mistress of St Paul's Girl's School for 11 years, she led one of the country's top academic schools. In her book, The Making of Us: Why School Matters now available in paperback, she provides insights not only about how to bring out the best in girls to flourish in the modern competitive world, but also about building the rootedness and grounded sense of self confidence and community that is instantly recognisable in so many of the best schools across the private, international and state sector.

Catalina Gardescu, Manager of Admissions & External Relations, American International School of Bucharest

What to Look for in a School in the Middle East and Europe webinar
Catalina Gardescu, Head of Admissions, Communications and External Relations American International School of Bucharest
Catalina Gardescu currently heads the Admissions, Communications and External Relations Department at the American International School of Bucharest.  Catalina’s portfolio of work includes parent interviews, admissions projections, publications and communications, parent relations, fundraising, alumni relations and strategic marketing.  She is part of the leadership team of the school and helps create the school budget, marketing and communication strategies, as well as conducts the school fundraising program.   She sits on the tuition support committee and heads the school’s scholarship committee.Catalina was involved in creating the first ever ECIS Admissions Committee, Open Apply admissions workshops – of which she designed and led Admissions Certification Courses in Shanghai, Singapore and Sofia - founded the International Admissions Bulletin (currently published by Open Apply) and continues to support the profession in any way she can.

Alessandra Gnudi, consultant and parent

Introduction to Great International Education & Schools’ FairAlessandra is an experienced and well-rounded professional with 20 years of demonstrated leadership in the relocation industry. Prior to providing relocation services, such as property and school search to international clients, she has led and managed a non-profit membership organisation for expatriates. She is a natural networker and connector I enjoys meeting people. She is an Italian living and working in London and is is a parent of grown up children.

Kim Green, Head of School, International School Ho Chi Minh City

What to look for in a truly international school webinar
Kim Green
An experienced educator and school leader, having work in international schools in Laos, Bangladesh and Qatar as well her native New Zealand, Kim is passionate about building community and nurturing authentic cultural connections.Kim holds a Masters in Educational Leadership (UK), Bachelor Degrees in both Education and Social Science (NZ), and Diploma’s in both Teaching (NZ) and Management (Aust.) and is a Doctoral Candidate in Leadership and Coaching. She is an Independent Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Consultant endorsed by Lynn Erikson and Lois Lanning and a Cognitive Coach. In 2014 she published ‘Re-thinking Leadership Development in Schools’ a book that presents an innovative and effective framework for leadership development in schools. Kim shares ISHCMC’s beliefs, the domains that allow the school to operate as a truly international school and values that center the community and its members.

Claudine Hakim, Head of Advancement, Transitions and Student Support at the International School of London (ISL)

Crossroads: ISL Transitions Programme webinarWhy transition care matters in schools webinarTaking care of transitions during relocation
Claudine Hakim was one of the founding Head Teachers at ISL Surrey and is the leader of the award winning ISL Crossroads Transitions programme. Having lived in three continents, Claudine is passionate about fostering well-balanced and inclusive international communities. Claudine is a member of the ECIS Admissions Special Interest Committee and is a Board member of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) as Director of Partnerships. Claudine holds a Masters degree from the University College of London, Institute of Education in Educational Leadership and Management and a BA in Psychology and Counselling from Richmond International University. 

Ryan Haynes, Director of Academic & Personal Counseling at Taipei American School

Why transition care matters in schools webinarTaking care of transitions during relocation
Ryan Haynes, Director of Academic & Personal Counseling at Taipei American School
Ryan Haynes is currently the Director of Upper School Academic and Personal Counseling at Taipei American School (TAS). He has previously worked in Oman and Thailand, as well. Over his close to two decade career as an international school counselor, Ryan has assisted hundreds of students and families through the stages of transition. As a CCK himself, Ryan and his wife are raising two TCK sons. Ryan is also a member of the SPAN Board, in which he serves as Treasurer. Since the SPAN Pre-Conference at the Families in Global Transitions (FIGT) Conference in The Netherlands in 2017, he has been a strong advocate of educating school communities about the importance of transitions care in international settings. 

Nikki Hofmann, Director of Academics, Operations, StrongMind

The Bridge School - A Fully Online Education webinar
Nikki Hofmann Director of Academics, Operations for Educational School Services, Strongmind
Nikki Hofmann began her educational career as a 1st grade charter school teacher in Phoenix. Later on she transitioned to a K-8 online school teacher, teacher mentor, regional operations support, K-8 principal, and Sr. Director of Compliance, Operations all for K12 Inc. During her almost 16 year tenure at K12, Nikki had the privilege and opportunity to support many students, teachers, and school administrators in both the academic and operational realms.She now works at StrongMind, as the Director of Academics, Operations for Educational School Services (ESS). The ESS StrongMind team has been tasked to build up and launch new, innovative school models across the nation that fit each individual area’s demographics and needs. Nikki thoroughly enjoys supporting all aspects of schools and looks forward to the ever-evolving future of education in both the hybrid and online worlds! 

Ruth Holmes, journalist, writer and parent

Introduction to Great International Education & Schools’ FairRuth Holmes is a journalist and writer and has worked with Relocate Global and our new Think Global People digital magazine for many years. Her specialist areas are HR , global mobility, inclusion and work and management related topics. She also writes about education for Relocate magazine and is a parent of 3 school age children.

Benjamin Hunter (MEd), Head of School at Ermitage International School of France

Focus on schools in France and a French education webinar
Benjamin Hunter
Benjamin Hunter leads a dynamic team of teachers and staff across diverse academic paths for 1400 students. With a Masters in Education Leadership and Management from the University of Bath in the UK, a BA from Ithaca College in the US, and having followed both the French sous-contrat and IBDP systems, Benjamin has first hand experience of the various educational contexts available. Benjamin has been part of the Ermitage team since 2009, previously holding the titles of Deputy Head, IB Diploma Program Coordinator and IB CAS Coordinator. Benjamin is a global citizen, having coordinated Round Square Representatives across Europe, promoting internationalism, democracy and service with schools worldwide.
Paris as a growing financial centre – what are the education options?

Jak Kearney, Head and CEO of Sotogrande International School

The Making of Us: Why schools matter and the single sex or co-ed debate webinar
I am an experienced Leader within Education. Core to my philosophy of education is inspiration. I believe that a school should strive to inspire every learner that comes into the classroom to believe in their talents, apply their abilities and reap the rewards of learning. Inclusivity is important and I feel that as a member of an educational establishment no learner should ever be left out in the cold; we must motivate all learners. We must work hard to find ways to allow each learner to meet their potential, and even exceed their apparent potential. Being flexible around learning styles, adaptable to individual needs and focussed on the process of learning means that those in our care can grow into well rounded citizens of the world.

Emmy Koch, President, Student Executive Team, International School Ho Chi Minh City

What to look for in a truly international school webinar
Emmy Koch
As a Third Culture Kid, Emmy has lived internationally for longer than in The Netherlands where she is originally from. Emmy shares her experiences as an international student and how ISHCMC offers more opportunities to its students. This allows them to design their own personalized pathways compared to other international schools. In her final year of the IB Diploma Programme at ISHCMC, Emmy is preparing her applications to universities in the United Kingdom. A key component that Emmy is proud to share with higher education institutes is the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) initiatives she has either lead or been part of during her time at ISHCMC. Emmy is the leader of ISHCMC’s Student Executive Team, which champions the voices of students in the school and beyond at a local and international level.

Courtney Knight, Advancement and Engagement Director, International School of Paris

Focus on schools in France and a French education webinar
Courtney Knight Advancement and Engagement Director at the International School of Paris
Courtney Knight leads a team of five colleagues in the areas of enrolment management, communications, fundraising, and alumni/community engagement. She has been at the school for eight years, overseeing growth in enrolment as the school expanded from two to three campuses in Paris. She is very active in the international admissions community and is currently chairperson of the ECIS Admissions Special Interest Group. Prior to ISP, Courtney worked in the areas of financial investments and risk analysis, as well as was founding partner of a (short lived!) start-up business venture based in Paris. She has two young daughters educated in France and holds dual French/USA citizenship. Passionate about the role school culture and wellbeing play to support successful student and family transitions, Courtney has spoken on many occasions on subjects regarding international schooling in France and the multitude of pathways from an International Baccalaureate background. 

Ellen Mahoney, M.Ed., CEO of Sea Change Mentoring

Transition-care in International Schools: Research Findings webinar
Ellen Mahoney
Ellen Mahoney is an alumna of international schools, the CEO of Sea Change Mentoring, and a Council of International Schools Affiliated Consultant. She is the only professional working with international schools who is certified in mentoring program supervision. As founder of Sea Change Mentoring, The Circulus Institute and the Sea Change Podcast, Ellen provides consulting, program design, and professional development for international schools developing Social and Emotional Learning, mentoring, advisory, wellbeing, and transitions programs. She is currently based in New York City and San Francisco.

Fiona McKenzie, Head of Carfax Education UAE

What to Look for in a School in the Middle East and Europe webinar
Fiona McKenzie, Head of Carfax Education, UAE
Fiona's comprehensive understanding of the education sector has been built up over 30 years of working in schools and education consultancy, in locations as varied as South Africa, Australia, the U.K., and the U.A.E. Fiona has worked with hundreds of families guiding them to make the best educational choices for their children whether at school or university level.As Head of Global Consultancy at Carfax Education, Fiona’s team advise families from across the globe, including the Middle East, Russia and China. They offer bespoke solutions for each family’s education needs with schools’ guidance, private tutoring, residential splacements, homeschooling, university preparation and career mentoring.  Fiona regularly contributes to education journals, radio shows and panel discussions in the UK, and the UAE.

Carl Morris, Head of Carfax Education, Principal of Carfax College in Oxford

As the Principal of Carfax College Oxford, & Head of Carfax Private Tutors globally, Carl oversees student academic programmes, client relationships, training, marketing, promotion, and business development. Carl graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master’s degree in Chemistry; and went on to become an ACA qualified Chartered Accountant. Having worked in education for the majority of his professional life, Carl has a wealth of academic experience and is an enthusiastic Science/Maths tutor, with a broad range of professional and personal experience. He has supported pupils across all the major curricula, and has worked with organisations that provide tuition to underprivileged children, helping them with university applications.

Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor, Relocate Magazine and Relocate Global

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Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor, Relocate Magazine and Relocate Global
Fiona Murchie has over 25 years’ experience in management and HR publishing and global mobility. From this unique perspective, she combines understanding of the HR and global mobility market with knowledge of business drivers and an appreciation of management thinking and the wider influences on company and regional growth brought about by changing global markets, demographics, economics and geo-political factors.She launched Relocate magazine in 2004, to promote creativity and best practice in mobility, explore new topics, and stimulate debate on relocation-related subjects. Relocate Global has become the leading multimedia for international managers, HR, global mobility and relocation professionals, with a growing international reputation for thought leadership, innovation and people support.

Chris O’Shaughnessy

Harnessing hope to navigate global uncertainty webinar
Chris is a passionate and diverse comedian, speaker, and author who uses a unique blend of storytelling, humour, and provocative insight to engage and challenge a wide variety of audiences.

Richard Parker, Head of the International School of London (ISL)

Exploring Curricula & Higher Education Options webinarInternational school admissions: top tips for parentsInternational schools: passport to the journey of a lifetime
Richard Parker has been part of the ISL group for six years. He was born in the UK and studied History at Cambridge University. He began his career in a legal aid firm in London, before changing paths five years later and moving into education. He has a broad experience of international education, having worked in Hong Kong, Portugal, Brunei and Spain over the course of nineteen years. He has taught History and Theory of Knowledge around the world.  He has been an MYP workshop leader, running workshops introducing senior leaders to the IB MYP programme. He is a CIS Visitor and Chair, and has an MA in International Education from Bath University. He has written a chapter on the implications of brain research for school transitions in the book Exploring Issues of Continuity: The International Baccalaureate in a Wider Context. He is married with two children. 

Dr Sergio Pawel, Head of School, International School of London Qatar

What to Look for in a School in the Middle East and Europe webinar
Dr Sergio Pawel, Head of School, ISL Qatar
Dr Sergio Pawel has over 30 years of experience in the field of education in the UK, South America and the Middle East. Dr Pawel holds an MSc in Nuclear Physics, MPhil in Philosophy of Science and PhD in Sc Education. He participated in the development of the Science English National Curriculum, the IB Science in the Middle Years and the IB Diploma Physics Programmes.He held various roles as an IB coordinator, IB DP Physics examiner, IB workshop leader, IB evaluator visitor, chair of CIS and NEASC accreditation, and Head of school. He has also worked as a consultant for setting up new international schools and lectures courses at Western University for a Master's programme in school leadership.Dr Sergio Pawel has been involved with the development of ISL Qatar since its inception as the Chief Academic Officer of the ISL Group and is currently serving as its Head of School.

Michael Perry, IB PYP Coordinator, European International School Ho Chi Minh City

Educating Global Citizens: Opportunities abound in AsiaEducating Global Citizens: The Opportunities and Challenges in Asia webinar
Michael Perry, IB PYP Coordinator
Michael Perry is the PYP Coordinator at the European International School Ho Chi Minh City. He is an experienced educator who began teaching in Australia before starting his international teaching career, working in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and now Asia. Michael is passionate about providing quality education based on inquiry and deepening conceptual understandings so that all children can reach their potential. His experiences in a variety of international contexts have made international-mindedness and the development of global citizens core beliefs that drive his passion for values education.  

Ksenija Popac M.Ed., Founder and Managing Director of EMG School Placement

Exploring Curricula & Higher Education Options webinarInternational school admissions: top tips for parentsInternational schools: passport to the journey of a lifetimeShe is a senior educational consultant and an expat who spent 21 years in Germany. She loved living in Düsseldorf where she built up her career and reputation by finding solutions for families relocating with school children; dealing with repatriation, providing her expertise on international and local school systems and curricula on a worldwide basis, helping parents make informed decisions in finding the most suitable school for their children.A graduate of the College of New Jersey with a Master’s degree in Education. She has over 25 years of international experience in teaching, IB curriculum and educational consulting. As an entrepreneur she successfully started and ran her own language school for Business English.A multilingual speaker fluent in English, German, Dutch, Spanish and Serbian, and is currently learning Russian. She enjoys traveling which is a great opportunity to practice the languages she has acquired.In April 2018 Ksenija relocated to Sneek, the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and a teenage daughter.

Kate Raison, UK Study Options

Exploring Curricula & Higher Education Options webinarInternational school admissions: top tips for parentsInternational schools: passport to the journey of a lifetime
Kate Raison
Kate Raison worked for many years in admissions and international student recruitment for Imperial College London, University of Birmingham and Cranfield University before becoming Director of UK Study Options. She has extensive knowledge of higher education options in the UK for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. She provides independent university and careers advice to students all over the world, helping them to secure places at the top universities and courses in the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Durham, St Andrews, Kings, UCL, LSE and many more. She is also the leading expert on UK University fee status and advises multi-national companies, internationals schools and expat students and parents on this complex topic. She has recently completed her Executive MBA at Cranfield University.

Evangelos Raptis, International School of London (ISL) Crossroads team

Crossroads: ISL Transitions Programme webinar
Evangelos Raptis
Evangelos Raptis is a mental health professional with more than 25 years of experience. He work with organisations, teams, and individuals to empower and support change. Family therapy and parenting are key to his practice, particularly when it comes to transition and key life events.

He is part of ISL’s Crossroads team facilitating awareness and support for parents and staff through all stages of their transition journey.

Jo Roberts, Head of Early Years, European International School Ho Chi Minh City

Educating Global Citizens: The Opportunities and Challenges in Asia webinarEducating Global Citizens: Opportunities abound in Asia
Jo Roberts, Head of Early Years and Primary
Jo Roberts has been with EIS since 2011, initially as a homeroom teacher in Toddler Class, Kindergarten 2 and Pre-School. She also held the role of English Coordinator and Deputy Head of Early Years before she was appointed as Head of Early Years in 2013 and Head of Primary in 2017. Jo is passionate about childhood development in the Early and Primary Years and is committed to providing the highest quality of education to young learners. She believes in a holistic approach to teaching and learning that equips children with an excellent foundation to becoming lifelong learners.Prior to joining EIS, Jo worked for many years at the British Council in Ho Chi Minh City. She has been teaching internationally for almost 16 years, having taught in Taiwan, China and New Zealand before settling down and calling Vietnam home in 2003.

Johanna Sale, Vice Principal of Impington Village and International College

Exploring Curricula & Higher Education Options webinarInternational school admissions: top tips for parentsInternational schools: passport to the journey of a lifetime
Jo Sale, Vice Principal of Impington Village and International College
Impington Village and International College was named the UK’s top non-selective provider of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the Sunday Times Parent Power 2020. Jo has been at the College for over 20 years and, as part of her role, is responsible for the International College, whole College curriculum, homework and options processes for students. She is committed to developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people, who go on to achieve excellence in whichever path they choose.During her time at the College, Jo has been IB Diploma Programme (DP) coordinator and Head of Sixth Form, worked on expanding the DP curriculum, implemented the IB Career-related Programme (CP) and developed a number of new Scholarship programmes in partnership with major external companies and organisations. She is now leading on establishing the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) within the co-located secondary school, Impington Village College.Prior to Impington International College, Jo studied English Literature and Philosophy at St Andrews University, followed by a PGCE at Cambridge. She also has a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge.

Jitin Sethi, Partner at L.E.K. Consulting’s Global Education Practice (GEP)

International schools’ innovation & response to the Covid pandemic webinarWhat parents want from international schools in a pandemicThe classroom of the future: what role for technology?
Jitin Sethi, Partner at L.E.K. Consulting’s Global Education Practice (GEP)
Jitin Sethi is a founding member and leader of the GEP. Jitin has delivered education cases across the globe, and has extensive experience across all education segments, including K-12, Higher Education, Transnational Education, Education Technology and Corporate Training. Jitin is focused on the education work in UK, Australia and Latin America, where he has advised leading clients and investors on marquee deals. He works closely with school companies, tertiary institutions and private equity clients on investment opportunities, full potential assessment, business plan development, pricing uplift opportunity, and go-to-market strategy.

Dr Sue Shortland, Senior Lecturer in HRM at the University of Westminster

Focusing on the family: policy issues in the Covid-19 era webinarA New Job Title for Global Mobility Professionals with Strategic Responsibility webinar
Sue Shortland also holds the honorary title of Professor Emerita at London Metropolitan University. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She holds external examiner positions at Sheffield Hallam University and Oxford Brookes University.Sue is an active researcher and has published widely in academic journals and practitioner publications. She is the author of five books in the field of HRM. Prior to working in Higher Education, Sue worked in a managerial consultancy role in international HRM at KPMG, and managed The CBI Employee Relocation Council. She was also Head Judge for the 2020 Relocate and Think Global People Awards.

Susan Stewart, Head of Multilingualism at the International School of London

Crossroads: ISL Transitions Programme webinar
Susan Stewart ISL
Susan Stewart leads a department of Home Language, Language Acquisition and English as an Additional Language teachers. Susan has lived and worked in Thailand, the UAE, South Africa, Belgium, Oman and Sweden, and has raised two bilingual global-nomad children. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and French and is currently completing an MA Linguistics at Birkbeck UCL.

Rob Stitch, Principal, Garden International School, Kuala Lumpur

Educating Global Citizens: The Opportunities and Challenges in Asia webinarEducating Global Citizens: Opportunities abound in Asia
Robert Stitch, Principal Garden International School
Robert Stitch has worked in education for over 30 years, across a variety of leadership roles. Having held the position of Vice Principal in West Island School, Hong Kong (2006-2014) , he went on to become Principal at St Andrews International School in the Bahamas (2014-2018). Passionate about global citizenship, community and supporting those in challenging circumstances, Rob then helmed the Exuma Foundation in the Bahamas, his work for the foundation focusing on building environmental awareness and community outreach, progressing issues such as marine protection and raising standards of literacy in government schools.Rob joined Garden International School, Malaysia, as the Principal in 2019. He describes Asia as feeling very much like his home, and looked forward to moving closer to his daughter, who works in Hong Kong. Rob is a passionate exponent of personalised learning and believes deeply in ensuring that every student is given the right support and pathways to success.Winner Relocate Award 2020 for School Providing Outstanding Relocation Support. View
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Nicky Stone, coach, facilitator and parent

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Nicky Stone
Nicky Stone has worked in learning and development for twenty years, supporting clients to reach their potential as individuals and leaders.  Her passion is in supporting people to thrive and find fulfilment in their careers.    She is an accredited executive coach and a skilled facilitator. Whether delivering face-to-face or live on-line learning, she understands that learning must be experiential to lead to real insight and behaviour change.

Dr Tim Stuart, Head of School, International Community School of Addis Ababa

What to Look for in a School in the Middle East and Europe webinar
Dr Tim Stuart, Head of School International Community School of Addis Ababa
Dr Tim Stuart is the Head of School at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. Previously, Tim served as the Executive Director of Strategic Programs at Singapore American School.  He is the former High School Principal of Singapore American School and the former High School Principal of Jakarta International School. He has been an international and cross-cultural educator for 29 years serving schools in Ethiopia, Turkey, Switzerland, Indonesia, Singapore, and on the Navajo reservation in the United States.Dr Stuart is the co-author of Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work, Solution Tree 2018 and the editor and co-author of Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools, Solution Tree in 2016. Dr Stuart’s research and writing reflects his passion for creating optimal school environments so that all kids can learn and engage at the highest levels.

Jonathan Taylor, Principal of International School Zurich North

International schools’ innovation & response to the Covid pandemic webinarWhat parents want from international schools in a pandemicThe classroom of the future: what role for technology?
Jonathan Taylor, Principal of International School Zurich North
Jonathan Taylor became Principal of International School Zurich North in Switzerland in August 2019. Before this Jonathan was Head of North Bridge House School in Canonbury, London for five years. He made the move after leading one of Dulwich College’s five schools in China.

Julie Taylor, MBA, Head of School

The Bridge School - A Fully Online Education webinar
Julie Taylor of The Bridge School
Julie Taylor has spent the past 20 years helping students find success as both a teacher and administrator.  A true pioneer in online education, Julie was a key administrator for one of the largest online K-12 schools in the nation.  Julie and her team successfully led the school through technology breakthroughs, lobbying efforts, and a successful accreditation process, all while online learning was in its infancy.Julie has served in roles including; teacher, principal, and Head of School.  Additionally, she served as Director for national math remediation and instructional coaching programs.

Paul Williamson, Head of Talent Development, The Ambassadors Theatre Group (ATG)

Focusing on the family: policy issues in the Covid-19 era webinarKnowing the Score Education Fair Recap
Paul Williamson, Speaker at the Festival of Global People
Paul heads up learning and development at The Ambassadors Theatre Group (ATG), a global live entertainment business. ATG owns and operates close to 50 venues worldwide, is an internationally recognised and award-winning producer, and operates a market leading theatre ticketing business.

He has worked in the theatre industry for over 20 years, enjoying leadership roles in sales and ticketing prior to moving into Human Resources.

Paul has developed a number of in-house development programmes for ATG, including ‘Leading Lights’ – a residential leadership development programme for senior leaders, and ‘Rising Stars’ – a two-year development programme for emerging leaders. He is also an internal coach and has worked closely with The Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), developing in-house coaching capability within the organisation to support the various programmes ATG run.  

Paul is a chartered member of the CIPD, an AoEC qualified executive coach and a Hogan personality assessor. He was also one of the judges for the 2020 Relocate and Think Global People Awards.

Dr. David Willows, Director of Advancement at the International School of Brussels, Belgium

International schools’ innovation & response to the Covid pandemic webinarWhat parents want from international schools in a pandemicThe classroom of the future: what role for technology?
Dr. David Willows, Director of Advancement at the International School of Brussels, Belgium
Dr. David Willows is also a regular presenter & trainer at international events and author of several books and articles in the field of international school branding, innovation, admissions, marketing and communications. Today, he is considered a leading practitioner in the fields of Enrollment Management & Advancement and continues to be involved in several global network organisations, helping to shape and define the future of the learning business. 

Paul Wilson, Headmaster, Brighton College, Singapore

Educating Global Citizens: The Opportunities and Challenges in Asia webinarEducating Global Citizens: Opportunities abound in Asia
Paul Wilson Brighton College, Singapore
Paul Wilson is the inaugural Head Master for Brighton College (Singapore), a newly opened, selective English National curriculum Prep school in the heart of Singapore. Brighton College (Singapore) is one of 5 international schools in the Brighton College International Schools group, its sister school being Brighton College UK, England’s Leading Co-Educational School in 2019.Paul joined the Brighton College (Singapore) team in September 2019, following his previous role at Brighton College in the UK where his responsibilities over his eight years included being the Housemaster of a boys’ boarding house (Years 9 to 13).  He was also a Mandarin teacher with experience of teaching across all five Key Stages; his cohort of non-native learners achieved 100% A* over the last four years at GCSE level. Paul learnt his Mandarin at Durham University, where he completed a BA (Hons) degree in Chinese Studies. Prior to joining the teaching profession, Paul worked as a Chartered Accountant, qualifying as an ACA with PricewaterhouseCoopers

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