FOUNDERS AND CO-DIRECTORS

Polly Akhurst Polly Akhurst studied the IBDP at UWC Atlantic College and continued her studies at the University of Oxford. Polly works for the UWC International in London, where she runs engagement programmes for UWC’s 60,000 strong alumni demographic. Polly has a longstanding interest in changemaker education, and has experience of working with organisations such as Ashoka, Kaospilots, and in leading several changemaker educational programmes for UWC alumni. In her spare time, she also runs Talk to me, an initiative that encourages strangers to talk each other in large cities. See more...

Polly Akhurst

Polly Akhurst studied the IBDP at UWC Atlantic College and continued her studies at the University of Oxford. Polly works for the UWC International in London, where she runs engagement programmes for UWC’s 60,000 strong alumni demographic. Polly has a longstanding interest in changemaker education, and has experience of working with organisations such as Ashoka, Kaospilots, and in leading several changemaker educational programmes for UWC alumni. In her spare time, she also runs Talk to me, an initiative that encourages strangers to talk each other in large cities. See more...

Mia Eskelund Pedersen Mia Eskelund Pedersen, an alumna of UWC Mahindra College, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, Mia currently works at UWC International in London, where she oversees UWC’s volunteer-led national committee network. Mia studied Arabic for her degree and spent a year in Syria, where she co-founded the UWC Syria National Committee. She has extensive experience of working with refugee youth, through UWC’s Refugee Initiative, as well as volunteering to support asylum seeking women in the UK. She is passionate about minority rights and making educational opportunity accessible for all. See more...

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

Mia Eskelund Pedersen, an alumna of UWC Mahindra College, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, Mia currently works at UWC International in London, where she oversees UWC’s volunteer-led national committee network. Mia studied Arabic for her degree and spent a year in Syria, where she co-founded the UWC Syria National Committee. She has extensive experience of working with refugee youth, through UWC’s Refugee Initiative, as well as volunteering to support asylum seeking women in the UK. She is passionate about minority rights and making educational opportunity accessible for all. See more...

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Sara Heinrich Sara manages the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s work with schools & colleges and informal education. Previously, she has taught English at Lister Community School, Newham, London, and remains an active Teach First ambassador. A UWC alumna herself, Sara has coordinated UWC Short Courses in Turkey, Swaziland and Germany and continues to support short course volunteer teams. She loves exploring the outdoors, reading novels and discussing politics over a good meal. See more...  

Sara Heinrich

Sara manages the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s work with schools & colleges and informal education. Previously, she has taught English at Lister Community School, Newham, London, and remains an active Teach First ambassador. A UWC alumna herself, Sara has coordinated UWC Short Courses in Turkey, Swaziland and Germany and continues to support short course volunteer teams. She loves exploring the outdoors, reading novels and discussing politics over a good meal. See more...

 

Dima AlMekdad Dima AlMekdad is a Syrian London based scientist pursuing a PhD in Bioanalysis research at King’s College London, and working at LGC as a research analyst. Parallel to her scientific career, Dima is actively engaged in education and cultural projects. She volunteers as Jusoor's London Ambassador and as a member of UWC Syrian National Committee. Dima is also a co-founder of Qisetna: Talking Syria. See more...    

Dima AlMekdad

Dima AlMekdad is a Syrian London based scientist pursuing a PhD in Bioanalysis research at King’s College London, and working at LGC as a research analyst. Parallel to her scientific career, Dima is actively engaged in education and cultural projects. She volunteers as Jusoor's London Ambassador and as a member of UWC Syrian National Committee. Dima is also a co-founder of Qisetna: Talking Syria. See more...

 

 

Shruti Tewari Shruti Tewari has worked at UWCSEA East since August 2012 as a University Advisor. Previously she worked in Jakarta, Indonesia two years as a College Counselor and as an IB MYP and DP English teacher. Prior to that, Shruti worked at UWC Mahindra College in India for three years as the Director of College Guidance and an IB DP English teacher. She’s an Indian national who grew up and studied in the UK, Hong Kong, and India. Shruti believes in education and empowerments, and enjoys working with students, parents, teachers and mentors throughout the application process. See more...  

Shruti Tewari


Shruti Tewari has worked at UWCSEA East since August 2012 as a University Advisor. Previously she worked in Jakarta, Indonesia two years as a College Counselor and as an IB MYP and DP English teacher. Prior to that, Shruti worked at UWC Mahindra College in India for three years as the Director of College Guidance and an IB DP English teacher. She’s an Indian national who grew up and studied in the UK, Hong Kong, and India. Shruti believes in education and empowerments, and enjoys working with students, parents, teachers and mentors throughout the application process. See more...
 

Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius is the principal at Kaospilot, a renowned disruptor in higher education that develops leadership and fosters entrepreneurship. For more than 15 years, Christer has been working in the fields of leadership, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has lectured and advised companies on 5 continents, and worked in more than 25 countries for private companies, NGOs and public organisations alike. See more    

Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius

Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius is the principal at Kaospilot, a renowned disruptor in higher education that develops leadership and fosters entrepreneurship. For more than 15 years, Christer has been working in the fields of leadership, strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has lectured and advised companies on 5 continents, and worked in more than 25 countries for private companies, NGOs and public organisations alike. See more

 

 

Stuart MacAlpine Stuart is a learning programme designer, professional learning leader and school leader with a passion for the humanist tradition and internationalism and is a life long fan of Kurt Hahn and UWC.  Stuart currently leads the learning programme for Service, Outdoor Education, Personal Social Education, Activities and Academics for the UWC South East Asia in Singapore, East Campus as Director of Teaching and Learning.  Stuart is originally from the UK, his wife is Italian and their children have grown up in Singapore. See more...  

Stuart MacAlpine

Stuart is a learning programme designer, professional learning leader and school leader with a passion for the humanist tradition and internationalism and is a life long fan of Kurt Hahn and UWC.  Stuart currently leads the learning programme for Service, Outdoor Education, Personal Social Education, Activities and Academics for the UWC South East Asia in Singapore, East Campus as Director of Teaching and Learning.  Stuart is originally from the UK, his wife is Italian and their children have grown up in Singapore. See more...

 

Siri Nanz Snow   Siri Nanz Snow is Sky School's Berlin Coordinator and a UWC Mahindra College alumna. She received her Masters from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She works for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ GmbH), where she advises the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Beyond her work in global public health, Siri is passionate about the power of education as a force for empowerment, social change, and equity. She loves to dance and bringing people together over a big home cooked meal. See more...

Siri Nanz Snow

 

Siri Nanz Snow is Sky School's Berlin Coordinator and a UWC Mahindra College alumna. She received her Masters from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She works for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ GmbH), where she advises the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Beyond her work in global public health, Siri is passionate about the power of education as a force for empowerment, social change, and equity. She loves to dance and bringing people together over a big home cooked meal. See more...

Maya Alkateb-Chami Maya Alkateb-Chami is the Director of Jusoor, a nonprofit that helps Syria through education, and a consultant and founder at the Community Arts Initiative. Previously, she ran Al Makan Art Association and led the UWC scholarship program for Syrian adolescents. She also consulted and taught in the areas of NGO capacity building and youth engagement, including for Maastricht School of Management and UNRWA. Maya holds an MSc in Education from Indiana University Bloomington and a BA in Political Science from Damascus University. See more...

Maya Alkateb-Chami

Maya Alkateb-Chami is the Director of Jusoor, a nonprofit that helps Syria through education, and a consultant and founder at the Community Arts Initiative. Previously, she ran Al Makan Art Association and led the UWC scholarship program for Syrian adolescents. She also consulted and taught in the areas of NGO capacity building and youth engagement, including for Maastricht School of Management and UNRWA. Maya holds an MSc in Education from Indiana University Bloomington and a BA in Political Science from Damascus University. See more...

Sari Samakie Sari is a Syrian, Jordan based student finishing his senior year at King’s Academy and is heading to Georgetown University for college. Sari is the Co-founder of Fikra 3al Mashi, an educational nonprofit working with urban refugees and underprivileged students, he is also a photographer and a speaker on the importance of education, tolerance and forgiveness. In Syria, Sari was apprehended, abducted and taken out of school for three years. Sari is also the 2016 winner of the Kurt Hahn Prize.  

Sari Samakie

Sari is a Syrian, Jordan based student finishing his senior year at King’s Academy and is heading to Georgetown University for college. Sari is the Co-founder of Fikra 3al Mashi, an educational nonprofit working with urban refugees and underprivileged students, he is also a photographer and a speaker on the importance of education, tolerance and forgiveness. In Syria, Sari was apprehended, abducted and taken out of school for three years. Sari is also the 2016 winner of the Kurt Hahn Prize.