EXECUTIVE TEAM

  Polly Akhurst    Co-founder and Co-CEO   Polly has longstanding experience of working with changemaker education organisations such as  UWC ,  Ashoka  and Kaospilots. She is a contributor to the  OECD’s Education 2030 project , which focuses on developing competencies in learners to enable them to thrive in a changing world. Polly’s background is in community engagement, strategic development and communications. She is an alumna of UWC Atlantic College and the University of Oxford.  Polly also serves on the Sky School Board of Directors.

Polly Akhurst

Co-founder and Co-CEO

Polly has longstanding experience of working with changemaker education organisations such as UWC, Ashoka and Kaospilots. She is a contributor to the OECD’s Education 2030 project, which focuses on developing competencies in learners to enable them to thrive in a changing world. Polly’s background is in community engagement, strategic development and communications. She is an alumna of UWC Atlantic College and the University of Oxford.  Polly also serves on the Sky School Board of Directors.

  Mia Eskelund Pedersen    Co-founder and Co-CEO   Working for  UWC , and overseeing the organisation's global volunteer network, Mia specialises in student recruitment, volunteer and team management and designing educational courses for social change. While studying Arabic in Syria she co-founded the  UWC Syria National Committee , and is also the co-founder of  Danish Students Abroad .  Mia is also an alumna of UWC Mahindra College and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Mia also serves on the Sky School Board of Directors.

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

Co-founder and Co-CEO

Working for UWC, and overseeing the organisation's global volunteer network, Mia specialises in student recruitment, volunteer and team management and designing educational courses for social change. While studying Arabic in Syria she co-founded the UWC Syria National Committee, and is also the co-founder of Danish Students Abroad.  Mia is also an alumna of UWC Mahindra College and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Mia also serves on the Sky School Board of Directors.

  Stuart MacAlpine     Director of Education   Stuart is the Director of Teaching and Learning and  UWC South East Asia  in Singapore, where he also leads the learning programme for Service, Outdoor Education, Personal Social Education, Activities and Academics. He is a learning programme designer and school leader with a  passion for the humanist tradition and internationalism, and is a life-long fan of Kurt Hahn and  UWC . At Sky School, he oversees and coordinates the curriculum development process. 

Stuart MacAlpine

Director of Education

Stuart is the Director of Teaching and Learning and UWC South East Asia in Singapore, where he also leads the learning programme for Service, Outdoor Education, Personal Social Education, Activities and Academics. He is a learning programme designer and school leader with a  passion for the humanist tradition and internationalism, and is a life-long fan of Kurt Hahn and UWC. At Sky School, he oversees and coordinates the curriculum development process. 

  Theresa Forbes    Head of Recognition and Progression Pathways   Theresa Forbes is an experienced international educator whose previous roles include Director of The International Primary Curriculum, Senior advisor for the English National Curriculum and as Head of Regional Development for Africa, Europe and the Middle East for the International Baccalaureate. In this latter role, Theresa worked with governments and higher education institutions to secure recognition of programmes in the AEM region. Theresa is the founding director of international education group Shaping Learning. 

Theresa Forbes

Head of Recognition and Progression Pathways

Theresa Forbes is an experienced international educator whose previous roles include Director of The International Primary Curriculum, Senior advisor for the English National Curriculum and as Head of Regional Development for Africa, Europe and the Middle East for the International Baccalaureate. In this latter role, Theresa worked with governments and higher education institutions to secure recognition of programmes in the AEM region. Theresa is the founding director of international education group Shaping Learning. 

  Shruti Tewari    Head of Partnerships   Shruti Tewari is an IB English teacher and  professional university advisor. She most recently worked at  UWCSEA , Singapore for five years. She has also worked in Jakarta, Indonesia, and  UWC Mahindra College  in India. She’s an Indian national who grew up and studied in the UK, Hong Kong, and India. Shruti believes in education and empowerment, and enjoys working with students, parents, teachers and mentors throughout the application process. As of July 2017 Shruti embarked on a year off to travel, learn, and volunteer.

Shruti Tewari

Head of Partnerships

Shruti Tewari is an IB English teacher and  professional university advisor. She most recently worked at UWCSEA, Singapore for five years. She has also worked in Jakarta, Indonesia, and UWC Mahindra College in India. She’s an Indian national who grew up and studied in the UK, Hong Kong, and India. Shruti believes in education and empowerment, and enjoys working with students, parents, teachers and mentors throughout the application process. As of July 2017 Shruti embarked on a year off to travel, learn, and volunteer.

 
 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  Keith Clark   Keith spent 17 years with United World Colleges International. As Executive Director, he led the transformation of the  UWC  movement and oversaw a period of significant growth.  He worked especially closely with the UWC schools and colleges, particularly their boards and heads, as well as with volunteer national committees in almost 150 countries.  Keith continues to work with schools and international organisations, focusing on governance, management, organisational development, strategy, structure and leadership recruitment.

Keith Clark

Keith spent 17 years with United World Colleges International. As Executive Director, he led the transformation of the UWC movement and oversaw a period of significant growth.  He worked especially closely with the UWC schools and colleges, particularly their boards and heads, as well as with volunteer national committees in almost 150 countries.  Keith continues to work with schools and international organisations, focusing on governance, management, organisational development, strategy, structure and leadership recruitment.

  Sara Heinrich   Sara is a coach at  Teach for Sweden , where she supports leaders in the classroom to ensure that every child can design their own future, regardless of their socio-economic background. Previously, she managed the  Ellen MacArthur Foundation ’s work with schools & colleges and informal education. She has also taught English at Lister Community School, Newham, London, and remains an active  Teach First  ambassador.

Sara Heinrich

Sara is a coach at Teach for Sweden, where she supports leaders in the classroom to ensure that every child can design their own future, regardless of their socio-economic background. Previously, she managed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s work with schools & colleges and informal education. She has also taught English at Lister Community School, Newham, London, and remains an active Teach First ambassador.

  Colin Habgood   Colin´s background is in Finance, having been trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. After leaving the profession for the commercial world, he worked as Finance Director of several companies. He has spent many years doing volunteer work for  UWC . He cofounded and co-funded  GoMakeaDifference , an initiative providing grants to UWC students to carry out self-initiated projects. More recently he has been involved in assessing the potential of new college projects on behalf of the UWC International Board. In 2018 he joined the UWC International Board as Treasurer.

Colin Habgood

Colin´s background is in Finance, having been trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. After leaving the profession for the commercial world, he worked as Finance Director of several companies. He has spent many years doing volunteer work for UWC. He cofounded and co-funded GoMakeaDifference, an initiative providing grants to UWC students to carry out self-initiated projects. More recently he has been involved in assessing the potential of new college projects on behalf of the UWC International Board. In 2018
he joined the UWC International Board as Treasurer.

 

FACILITATORS

  Emerimana Daniel Christian    Coordinator and Facilitator - Kakuma Camp, Kenya   Daniel moved to Kakuma Refugee Camp from Burundi in 2009, and is a graduate from the Regis University. He has vast experience in working with refugee youth, and is the founder of the  URISE Initiative for Africa , a community organisation that works in the field of youth empowerment. He has worked as the Assistant Supervisor with the  Jesuit Refugee Service , and an interpreter with the  UNHCR ’s Resettlement Unit.

Emerimana Daniel Christian

Coordinator and Facilitator - Kakuma Camp, Kenya

Daniel moved to Kakuma Refugee Camp from Burundi in 2009, and is a graduate from the Regis University. He has vast experience in working with refugee youth, and is the founder of the URISE Initiative for Africa, a community organisation that works in the field of youth empowerment. He has worked as the Assistant Supervisor with the Jesuit Refugee Service, and an interpreter with the UNHCR’s Resettlement Unit.

  Pascal Zigashane    Coordinator and IT Support - Kakuma Camp, Kenya   Pascal is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently studies Social Work with the Regis University and working for the  Jesuit Refugee Services  as an IT Assistant, where he provided IT support to the  Jesuit World Learning . Programme Pascal is the Executive Director of  URISE Initiative for Africa . He has previously worked as a secondary school teacher and outreach coordinator for several organisations in Kakuma.

Pascal Zigashane

Coordinator and IT Support - Kakuma Camp, Kenya

Pascal is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and currently studies Social Work with the Regis University and working for the Jesuit Refugee Services as an IT Assistant, where he provided IT support to the Jesuit World Learning. Programme Pascal is the Executive Director of URISE Initiative for Africa. He has previously worked as a secondary school teacher and outreach coordinator for several organisations in Kakuma.

  Saad Al-Haddad    Facilitator - Amman, Jordan   Saad is from Baghdad, Iraq and lives in Amman, Jordan. Motivated to to support the lives of young refugees by giving them access to education, he is also an active with organisations such JRS, Kiron and FCA. He is a student with Regis University, and passionate about computer science and solving software issues. Passionate about management and leadership, he dreams of continuing his BA of Business Administration and pursuing a Masters degree in Project Management.   

Saad Al-Haddad

Facilitator - Amman, Jordan

Saad is from Baghdad, Iraq and lives in Amman, Jordan. Motivated to to support the lives of young refugees by giving them access to education, he is also an active with organisations such JRS, Kiron and FCA. He is a student with Regis University, and passionate about computer science and solving software issues. Passionate about management and leadership, he dreams of continuing his BA of Business Administration and pursuing a Masters degree in Project Management.

 

  Kylie Hamwendy    Coordinator and Facilitator - Amman, Jordan   Kylie has recently graduated from UWC Maastricht and is currently living in Amman, Jordan, where she works as at the  Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development . Her background is Kurdish. Kylie has volunteered with refugees and asylum seekers in Erbil, Kurdistan; Serbia, Hungary, and Germany. She is also the co-founder of  Knooppunt Community Centr e, an NGO that works to integrate refugees in the Netherlands.

Kylie Hamwendy

Coordinator and Facilitator - Amman, Jordan

Kylie has recently graduated from UWC Maastricht and is currently living in Amman, Jordan, where she works as at the Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development. Her background is Kurdish. Kylie has volunteered with refugees and asylum seekers in Erbil, Kurdistan; Serbia, Hungary, and Germany. She is also the co-founder of Knooppunt Community Centre, an NGO that works to integrate refugees in the Netherlands.

  Elissavet Karamichail    Facilitator - Athens, Greece   Elissavet is an alumna of UWC Mostar and a recent graduate of Leiden University College with a degree in World Politics. She is passionate about the role of education for social justice and her research background focuses on peace and multicultural education as tools for reconciliation and the smooth integration of minorities in the societies they live in.     

Elissavet Karamichail

Facilitator - Athens, Greece

Elissavet is an alumna of UWC Mostar and a recent graduate of Leiden University College with a degree in World Politics. She is passionate about the role of education for social justice and her research background focuses on peace and multicultural education as tools for reconciliation and the smooth integration of minorities in the societies they live in.  

 

  Spyros Kasimatis   Facilitator - Athens, Greece  Spyros has been a teacher since the early '80s and is now supporting teachers to do their invaluable job with confidence, with a sense of accomplishment and  personal fulfilment, and a compelling sense of direction and purpose. He also works as a Counsellor in Child Bereavement and other issues concerning children and youth, their parents, and their caregivers. When faint of heart, he reads Khalil Gibran.  

Spyros Kasimatis

Facilitator - Athens, Greece

Spyros has been a teacher since the early '80s and is now supporting teachers to do their invaluable job with confidence, with a sense of accomplishment and  personal fulfilment, and a compelling sense of direction and purpose. He also works as a Counsellor in Child Bereavement and other issues concerning children and youth, their parents, and their caregivers. When faint of heart, he reads Khalil Gibran.
 

  Jacob Warn    Online Facilitator   Jacob is a teacher, journalist and musician. Passionate about innovative and social responses to the refugee crisis, he has worked in Greece with  Be Aware and Share , providing education to asylum-seekers and has developed a number of media and outreach projects to raise awareness about migrant issues. He has also held a number of teaching roles in schools, and is an alumnus of the University of Oxford.

Jacob Warn

Online Facilitator

Jacob is a teacher, journalist and musician. Passionate about innovative and social responses to the refugee crisis, he has worked in Greece with Be Aware and Share, providing education to asylum-seekers and has developed a number of media and outreach projects to raise awareness about migrant issues. He has also held a number of teaching roles in schools, and is an alumnus of the University of Oxford.

  Nadine Kamal    Online Facilitator   Nadine is a secondary science teacher based in Abu Dhabi. She has a BSc in Biology from the University of Waterloo and is currently completing a Masters of Education with the University of Dundee. She has taught across various curricula including the  IB  and the English national curriculum.  As an educator and mother of four, she believes that every child should have access to twelve years of holistic education, regardless of ethnicity, social status or religious background.  

Nadine Kamal

Online Facilitator

Nadine is a secondary science teacher based in Abu Dhabi. She has a BSc in Biology from the University of Waterloo and is currently completing a Masters of Education with the University of Dundee. She has taught across various curricula including the IB and the English national curriculum.  As an educator and mother of four, she believes that every child should have access to twelve years of holistic education, regardless of ethnicity, social status or religious background.  

ADVISORS

  Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius   Christer 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.

Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius

Christer 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.

  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 . 

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

  Maya Alkateb-Chami   Maya Alkateb-Chami is the Managing Director of the  Human Rights Institute at Columbia University . Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of  Jusoor , a nonprofit that helps Syria through education, and consulted independently on NGO capacity building and youth engagement. Maya is a founder of the  Community Arts Initiative  and a member of U WC's International Council . She holds an MSc in Education from Indiana University Bloomington and a BA in Political Science from Damascus University.

Maya Alkateb-Chami

Maya Alkateb-Chami is the Managing Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Jusoor, a nonprofit that helps Syria through education, and consulted independently on NGO capacity building and youth engagement. Maya is a founder of the Community Arts Initiative and a member of UWC's International Council. She holds an MSc in Education from Indiana University Bloomington and a BA in Political Science from Damascus University.

  Sari Samakie   Sari is a Syrian, currently studying at Georgetown University. He 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, and is the 2016 winner of the  Kurt Hahn Prize .

Sari Samakie

Sari is a Syrian, currently studying at Georgetown University. He 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, and is the 2016 winner of the Kurt Hahn Prize.

  Dan Keyworth   Dan is the Director for Customer Engagement at  Blackbaud , where he works with 500 schools, universities and foundations towards utilising social good technology, data and strategies to achieve successful outcomes and impact.  Previously, Dan was part of the Development Office Executive Team at the  University of Oxford . Dan is also a Trustee of  Future First Global , a charity which works with governments and schools to support the growth of high school alumni networks.

Dan Keyworth

Dan is the Director for Customer Engagement at Blackbaud, where he works with 500 schools, universities and foundations towards utilising social good technology, data and strategies to achieve successful outcomes and impact.  Previously, Dan was part of the Development Office Executive Team at the University of Oxford. Dan is also a Trustee of Future First Global, a charity which works with governments and schools to support the growth of high school alumni networks.

  Justin Tata   Justin Tata is trained as an architect, an urban planner, and a lecturer. He heads up the Department of Architecture at the  University of Juba , South Sudan. Tata is a graduate of  U  WC Red Cross Nordic  in Norway; College of the Atlantic in Maine; and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and a former student of International Honours Cities Programs. He is also the chair of UWC South Sudan, and he hopes to rise and mentor the younger generation of ambitious students.   

Justin Tata

Justin Tata is trained as an architect, an urban planner, and a lecturer. He heads up the Department of Architecture at the University of Juba, South Sudan. Tata is a graduate of UWC Red Cross Nordic in Norway; College of the Atlantic in Maine; and California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and a former student of International Honours Cities Programs. He is also the chair of UWC South Sudan, and he hopes to rise and mentor the younger generation of ambitious students.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

  Frances Howell    Communications   Frances is an alum of UWC Atlantic College and recently graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a degree in Arabic and History. She is passionate about innovative forms of education, community-building and social change. Frances has previously worked with non-profits including  VSO ,  Oxfam ,  UWC International  and  Bait al Karama , in research, policy, advocacy, and interpreting.

Frances Howell

Communications

Frances is an alum of UWC Atlantic College and recently graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with a degree in Arabic and History. She is passionate about innovative forms of education, community-building and social change. Frances has previously worked with non-profits including VSO, Oxfam, UWC International and Bait al Karama, in research, policy, advocacy, and interpreting.

  Victoria Throen Longhi    Events and Campaigns   Victoria is an alumna from UWC Dilijan College with a passion for education and innovations that empower anybody to take ownership of their learning. She is currently studying philosophy at UCL and is interested in how the subject can become more cherished in school curriculums. Victoria has learned from engaging with  Trampoline House , the  Danish Red Cross , and  Vanastree Seed Saving Collective .

Victoria Throen Longhi

Events and Campaigns

Victoria is an alumna from UWC Dilijan College with a passion for education and innovations that empower anybody to take ownership of their learning. She is currently studying philosophy at UCL and is interested in how the subject can become more cherished in school curriculums. Victoria has learned from engaging with Trampoline House, the Danish Red Cross, and Vanastree Seed Saving Collective.

  Eleanor Mackenzie-Smith    Translation   Eleanor is a graduate from the University of Edinburgh, where she obtained an MA in Arabic and Spanish. Eleanor spent her year abroad in Cairo, and also set up a language exchange for Syrian refugees in Edinburgh. Having previously worked in Beirut, Eleanor wants to contribute to the economic growth and development of the Arab world, and is particularly interested in the fields of education and communication.

Eleanor Mackenzie-Smith

Translation

Eleanor is a graduate from the University of Edinburgh, where she obtained an MA in Arabic and Spanish. Eleanor spent her year abroad in Cairo, and also set up a language exchange for Syrian refugees in Edinburgh. Having previously worked in Beirut, Eleanor wants to contribute to the economic growth and development of the Arab world, and is particularly interested in the fields of education and communication.

  Savita Ragoonanan    Fundraising   Savita is an aspiring travel blogger from the islands Trinidad & Tobago. She is formerly a Business Intelligence expert. She holds a M.B.A from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Management from the University of the West Indies. This is her first volunteer experience and she wants to make a positive contribution to the education of refugees.

Savita Ragoonanan

Fundraising

Savita is an aspiring travel blogger from the islands Trinidad & Tobago. She is formerly a Business Intelligence expert. She holds a M.B.A from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Management from the University of the West Indies. This is her first volunteer experience and she wants to make a positive contribution to the education of refugees.

  Rinad Salkham   Translation and research  Rinad, a recent alumna of UWC Atlantic College, is currently a student at Brown University, where she studies Economics and Middle East Studies. She strongly believes in the importance of working to assimilate refugees into the societies they live in, especially through education. She has worked a lot with refugees, helping them with their English skills, while she was a volunteer in  STAR  and  OASIS  in the UK  .

Rinad Salkham

Translation and research

Rinad, a recent alumna of UWC Atlantic College, is currently a student at Brown University, where she studies Economics and Middle East Studies. She strongly believes in the importance of working to assimilate refugees into the societies they live in, especially through education. She has worked a lot with refugees, helping them with their English skills, while she was a volunteer in STAR and OASIS in the UK

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  Aurélien Pradier    Fundraising   Aurélien is a graduate student at the University of Cape Town, specializing in questions of transitional justice and human rights. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from UCT and an associate degree in Business and Social Administration from the University of Western Britany. By volunteering for Sky School, he hopes to make a modest contribution to solving one of the issues related to international migration politics.

Aurélien Pradier

Fundraising

Aurélien is a graduate student at the University of Cape Town, specializing in
questions of transitional justice and human rights. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from UCT and an associate degree in Business and Social Administration from the University of Western Britany. By volunteering for Sky School, he hopes to make a modest contribution to solving one of the issues related
to international migration politics.

  Teo Firpo   Impact and Evaluation  Teo is a researcher at  Nesta  – the UK’s Innovation Foundation – where he works on the evaluation of public policies in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. He is also interested in education, having previously worked at the OECD’s Education directorate, and volunteered for education nonprofits such as  ReachOut UK . Teo is an alumnus of UWC Pearson College and Sciences Po Paris. 

Teo Firpo

Impact and Evaluation

Teo is a researcher at Nesta – the UK’s Innovation Foundation – where he works on the evaluation of public policies in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. He is also interested in education, having previously worked at the OECD’s Education directorate, and volunteered for education nonprofits such as ReachOut UK. Teo is an alumnus of UWC Pearson College and Sciences Po Paris. 

  Lieve Perera    Partnerships   Lieve is a Careers & University Counsellor at  Bangkok Patana School , Thailand, where she provides students and families with guidance, information and advocacy as they navigate their way through the maze of higher education opportunities worldwide. Lieve is working to support the Head of Partnerships to create links with higher education and training programmes for students after Sky School. 

Lieve Perera

Partnerships

Lieve is a Careers & University Counsellor at Bangkok Patana School, Thailand, where she provides students and families with guidance, information and advocacy as they navigate their way through the maze of higher education opportunities worldwide. Lieve is working to support the Head of Partnerships to create links with higher education and training programmes for students after Sky School. 

   Ruth Lucas     Partnerships   Formerly an English teacher in UK, Lesotho and Botswana, Ruth works as a Higher Education Adviser at Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham, UK, where she guides and advises students making decisions about higher education options. Ruth enjoys learning about worldwide educational opportunities and is working to support the Head of Partnerships to create links with higher education and training programmes for students after Sky School. 

Ruth Lucas

Partnerships

Formerly an English teacher in UK, Lesotho and Botswana, Ruth works as a Higher Education Adviser at Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham, UK, where she guides and advises students making decisions about higher education options. Ruth enjoys learning about worldwide educational opportunities and is working to support the Head of Partnerships to create links with higher education and training programmes for students after Sky School. 

  Marjolijn van Raaij    Project Coordinator   Marjolijn, a recent alumna of  Li Po Chun UWC , is currently based in London and working at Sky School as a Project Coordinator. She is passionate about human rights, journalism and international relations, and hopes to translate these into a valuable contribution at Sky School. Marjolijn is interested in the way that policy-making on national and international levels affect individual persons, and has been a facilitator at Fempo, a female empowerment group, as well as a board member for Hong Kong Model United Nations.

Marjolijn van Raaij

Project Coordinator

Marjolijn, a recent alumna of Li Po Chun UWC, is currently based in London and working at Sky School as a Project Coordinator. She is passionate about human rights, journalism and international relations, and hopes to translate these into a valuable contribution at Sky School. Marjolijn is interested in the way that policy-making on national and international levels affect individual persons, and has been a facilitator at Fempo, a female empowerment group, as well as a board member for Hong Kong Model United Nations.

  Niki Dinsdale    Partnerships   Niki began her career in university advising almost 20 years ago, and has worked at both campuses of UWCSEA as well as in Shanghai and Sevenoaks School in the UK. It is the dynamism of the UWC movement that draws her -- it is a force for change, as is Sky School. In order to contribute to this change, Niki is working to support the Head of Partnerships to create links with higher education and training programmes for students after Sky School. To paraphrase many others, education is a force for good, talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not.

Niki Dinsdale

Partnerships

Niki began her career in university advising almost 20 years ago, and has worked at both campuses of UWCSEA as well as in Shanghai and Sevenoaks School in the UK. It is the dynamism of the UWC movement that draws her -- it is a force for change, as is Sky School. In order to contribute to this change, Niki is working to support the Head of Partnerships to create links with higher education and training programmes for students after Sky School. To paraphrase many others, education is a force for good, talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not.

  Patrick Desbarats    Partnerships   Before moving to UWCSEA in August 2017, Patrick worked for seven years as the Head of Counselling and College Placement at the American School of Doha. In this position, he created and implemented a high school counselling curriculum that focused on student wellness, career exploration, and the college admissions process. Before moving overseas, Patrick was a College Counsellor for eight years at a public school north of Toronto, Canada.  Patrick is supporting the Head of Partnerships to create links to higher education and training programs for students after Sky School.

Patrick Desbarats

Partnerships

Before moving to UWCSEA in August 2017, Patrick worked for seven years as the Head of Counselling and College Placement at the American School of Doha. In this position, he created and implemented a high school counselling curriculum that focused on student wellness, career exploration, and the college admissions process. Before moving overseas, Patrick was a College Counsellor for eight years at a public school north of Toronto, Canada.  Patrick is supporting the Head of Partnerships to create links to higher education and training programs for students after Sky School.

  Abdulla Omaigan    Researcher   Abdulla has pursued an undergraduate degree in Education Studies – the study of educational theory, practice and policy around the world – and is soon to graduate from Durham University. He hopes to contribute to Sky School’s mission by further clarifying issues around the provision of quality secondary education for displaced students, especially in light of international education.

Abdulla Omaigan

Researcher

Abdulla has pursued an undergraduate degree in Education Studies – the study of educational theory, practice and policy around the world – and is soon to graduate from Durham University. He hopes to contribute to Sky School’s mission by further clarifying issues around the provision of quality secondary education for displaced students, especially in light of international education.