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.

VAISHALI KAPOOR - Head of Raffles Nurseries

Vaishali brings a rich experience of over two decades in Early Years education across Dubai, New Zealand and India. She strongly believes that each child is unique and the enriching learning environment provided in the early years lays a strong foundation for lifelong learning and formal education. Over the last 6 years at Raffles Nurseries she has continuously delivered a high standard of care and education to the children, maintained positive relationships with parents and has provided a diversity of experiences for the parents and children. She has successfully led teams to provide an environment and a programme to meet the needs of each child and expand opportunities for children to acquire the skills to become successful 21st century learners.

 
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