POONAM BHOJANI - Chief Executive Officer
Poonam Bhojani is an Economics Honours Graduate with an MBA from India's premier business school, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Prior to envisioning and cofounding Dubai International Academy, Poonam has had over 16 years of industry experience working on leading edge technology solutions with a range of organizations across India, Hong Kong, USA, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, Oman and UAE. An Indian citizen, Poonam has been through the International Leadership and Management Programme for Senior Education Managers.
JAMES ROBERTS - Director of Standards and Assessment
James is an experienced school leader and Principal who began his teaching career at inner city secondary schools in London. He has over 10 years of senior leadership experience in outstanding and challenging schools, most recently as principal of a large boys, boarding school in the UAE, where he successfully secured and maintained a 100 per cent progression rate for his graduating students. As well as his degree in Biochemistry he has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management, along with the National Professional Qualification for Headship. He firmly believes in unlocking the potential of every child academically, personally and socially through a continuous drive for sustained improvement in the quality of education provided.
MICHAEL STEPHEN - Director, Finance & Administration
Michael Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and has a Diploma in Portfolio Management with over 20 years' experience in consulting and industry. He was part of the core team of Innoventures Education that set up Dubai International Academy. Michael started his career in an accounting firm focused on audit, tax, corporate law, and business and investment advisory services. He enjoys business and financial modelling to develop new business ideas, building key relationships, and the challenge of establishing new projects. In 2005, he cofounded Eternus Foundation in Chennai which provides education and health cover to children. Michael is a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants, UK and has been on the faculty of a business school in Dubai.
NIDA O'BRIEN - Principal, Nurseries
Nida has an MA in Education from University of Leicester, UK and a Montessori Diploma from Montessori Centre International, London. With 17 years in teaching and coordinator roles in early childhood settings, Nida strongly believes that in the important early years, care and education are inseparably linked and form the basis for a child's social, emotional and intellectual development. Over the last 5 years in her role as Principal, she has been dedicated to the provision of the highest quality childcare and early education across all Raffles nurseries by working in partnership with the parent community. More recently, Nida has been instrumental in ensuring that Raffles nurseries qualify for the quality improvement scheme of the UK's Pre-School Learning Alliance.