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Lori Marek

American International School of Guangzhou:  Secondary Principal


We are pleased to announce that Ms. Lori Marek has been appointed as the Secondary Principal at AISG, effective July 2024. Ms. Marek has over 30 years in education with over 20 of those years in leadership positions, including High School Principal and Middle School Principal. Besides Costa Rica, she has also held several positions in well-known international schools in Kuwait, Trinidad & Tobago, and most notably opening a third campus of YK Pao School in Shanghai, China. Ms. Marek brings a wealth of expertise and a passion for student-centered learning to our diverse community. We look forward to working with her to continue providing exceptional education to our students.

Doruk Gurkan

Shanghai:  Advisor to Shanghai United International School (IBDP & Recruitment)


Doruk Gurkan will provide guidance and support to Shanghai United International School in their journey towards IBDP accreditation and recruitment. As a Remote Advisor, he will play a crucial role in helping the school achieve and maintain its International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) accreditation. He will work closely with the school's leadership team, providing expert advice on the accreditation process, ensuring compliance with IB standards, and assisting with necessary documentation and preparation.In addition to accreditation support, he will also be responsible for developing and implementing effective recruitment strategies to attract talented teachers from around the world.

Yasmine Sadri

International School of Geneva:  I-DEA Lead


After 3 years of co-founding the I-DEA department with former Director General David Hawley, I have been taken on as I-DEA Lead for the foundation of International Schools of Geneva, under new Director General Conrad Hughes. I will be overseeing all of our Inclusion through Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism initiatives and ensuring the themes are central to all of our work, in all levels, from K-13, for teaching and non-teaching staff, middle managers, senior managers, our board, our parents, and our alumni community.

Dr. Salma Waly

International School of London-Qatar:  Head of Multilingualism


Through this role, I will be supporting a wonderful team of teachers and coordinators of 12 mother tongue languages in addition to a big Arabic language and acquisition program. Our goal is to empower all students with the skills needed to be global citizens while, at the same time, humanizing their experiences and celebrating who they are and where they come from. This will be achieved by creating immersive and authentic linguistic and cultural experiences in which learning and teaching is directly connected to the world outside the classroom.

Devendra Siilwal

A'Takamul International School:  Teacher


ICT Teacher

Winsome Saldanha

Thalun International School:  Director


I am in my second year as head of school for ThaLun international school Yangon Myanmar

Christopher Manning

Silk Road International School Chicago:  Head of School


Silk is Road International School - Chicago is the US-based Sister School of SRIS Bishkek, a premier K-12 international school located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan that has been providing a quality private education to families since 1997. Dr. Manning is the founding Head of School for SRIS Chicago, which features a daycare and an elementary school.

Tracy France

KIS International School:  KIS International School Reignwood Park Founding Secondary Principal


KIS International School Reignwood Park is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy France as Founding Secondary School Principal. KIS International School's exciting expansion plan to a second campus - KIS Reignwood Park, is built on the solid foundation that the current KIS Bangkok community provides, and will expand the KIS education to offer more students locally and globally the best possible learning experience. The Reignwood Park campus offers state-of-the-art facilities across 60 acres and will open its doors to children aged 3 to 14 from Early Years 1 through to Grade 9 in August 2024, then gradually grow adding a grade level each year. KIS Reignwood Park also offers a boarding option to children Grade 4 and above in a dedicated boarding village on campus.

Anita McCallum

KIS International School:  KIS International School Reignwood Park Founding Primary Principal


I am embarking on a new chapter and am very excited to join the KIS team as the Founding Primary School Principal at KIS International School Reignwood Park.

It is great to be back in Thailand and I feel very fortunate to have the honor of working with an exceptional team of educators, staff, and administrators.

It is a great privilege to be part of the team preparing to open in August 2024.

Watch this space for updates throughout the year!

Jennifer Swinehart

American School of Bombay:  Deputy Head of School


American School of Bombay is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Swinehart has joined our community as the Deputy Head of School. Jennifer will play a pivotal role in fostering a nurturing environment where our students can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Her dedication to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment aligns perfectly with our mission to provide the best education possible for every student. Jennifer brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of education, having worked in various teaching and leadership roles over the years. With a strong background in promoting student well-being, academic excellence, and professional growth, she is the perfect addition to our school community during the year of 'Well-Being.'

Melanie Vrba

International School of Tanganyika:  Director


Melanie Vrba has been appointed Director at International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Previously, Melanie was HS Principal at Western Academy of Beijing. Melanie has worked overseas for 28 years, including in Lebanon, Thailand, Japan and China.

Craig Davis

Mulgrave, The International School of Vancouver:  Head of School


Overall Head in a pre-K-12 IB Continuum co-ed school of 1100 students. Located on Cypress Mountain overlooking Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

Henry Abbey

International School of Dakar:  Head of Innovation and Technology


Henry will serve as Head of Innovation & Technology at the International School of Dakar. As a member of the senior leadership team, Henry brings 14 years of experience in the fields of educational technology and systems management. After working internationally in West Africa, North America, and Southeast Asia, Henry is delighted to be joining the ISD community.

Steven Calland-Scoble

International School Dhaka:  Director


Kristie Nguyen

Ruamrudee International School:  Elementary School Assistant Principal


David Esch

Colegio Granadino:  General Director / Head of School


David Esch has been appointed as the Head of School at Colegio Granadino in beautiful Manizales, Colombia.

Prior to this position, David served in a wide array of roles at all levels of K-12 education including Middle School Principal, Elementary School Principal, Assistant Principal, High School College Counselor, Educational Programs Coordinator, Middle School Teacher, and Elementary School Teacher.

David feels incredibly blessed and honored to join the special community of learners and the outstanding team of educators at Colegio Granadino.

Luiz Mello

International School of Panama:  HS Assistant Principal for Student Wellbeing


Henrick Oprea

Swiss International School - Brasília:  Executive Director / Head of School


SIS Brasilia is part of the SIS group, with 17 schools spread around Brazil, Switzerland, and German.

Mohamad Amer

MPBS:  Science and maths


Teaching sciences and math for grades 6,7,8 and 9.

Julie Strait

Ayeyarwaddy International School:  Elementary and Middle School PE


Nina Y. Cortina

American School of Valencia:  Preschool and Elementary Principal


American School of Valencia is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Nina Y. Cortina to serve as the Preschool and Elementary Principal beginning in September 2023. Ms. Cortina has a wealth of experience with over 20 years in educational in both administrative and instructional roles. Throughout the course of her academic career, she has taught and worked in a variety of learning environments: Montessori schools, Principal of the Miami Children’s Museum Charter School; and as the Bi-Literacy Coach in an Arlington Public Schools Immersion School.

Rick Odum

Canggu Community School:  Secondary School Principal


After serving in senior leadership positions in Zambia, South Korea and the United States, Dr. Rick Odum has been appointed the Secondary School Principal at Canggu Community School in Bali starting the 2023-24 school year.

David Lovelin

Jakarta Intercultural School:  Deputy Head of School


Dr. Lovelin will be joining the team at Jakarta Intercultural School as the Deputy Head of School. He is moving to Indonesia from Hong Kong where he spent the last six years at Hong Kong International School as the High School Principal. He is looking forward to meeting the JIS community and working alongside the talented educators.

Jame Joubert

Curacao American Preparatory School, The:  Head of School


We are pleased to announce that Mr. James Joubert has joined Curaçao American Preparatory School as the Head of School, effective from the 2023-2024 academic year. He is accompanied by his spouse, who has joined the CAPS team in an elementary homeroom position. Mr. Joubert is an experienced international educator and school leader, having spent the last 22 years in international schools in Taiwan, Vietnam, and Myanmar. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in educational leadership, curriculum, and school development, as well as community engagement.

Dr. Jeffrey Paulson

Academy for International School Heads:  Chief Operating Officer


Dr. Jeffrey Paulson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of the Academy for International School Heads in the USA starting July 1st, 2023

Elizabeth Imende

The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA):  Executive Director


The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) Board is thrilled to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Imende as AISA’s next Executive Director to commence in July 2024. Elizabeth will work with the AISA Board to build on the exemplary work of Dr. Peter Bateman, who has led the association for the last 15 years.

Elizabeth has a number of close connections to Africa. An American born to a Kenyan father and a Ugandan mother, Elizabeth went to Kenya at the age of six and attended two international schools in Nairobi from Grade 1-12. Elizabeth’s education continued in the US, where she studied English at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem followed by a Masters in Education in Teaching and Learning and Adult Development at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge Massachusetts.

Elizabeth has been an English teacher in both the US and Germany and was a Supervisor at Northeastern University in Boston, observing and evaluating teachers who were pursuing their license in education. She has also served as the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation at the American International School of Cape Town.

Elizabeth was the Founder and Director of Advancing Educators, consulting with schools and organisations around the world, leading multi-year systemic change, serving as an Executive Coach for Directors of Teaching and Learning, and training faculty from a number of international schools in effective curriculum planning practices. She has led professional development on DEIJ and Governance, both issues that are current priorities for AISA. She has presented workshops at AISA conferences for the last 10 years or so and has also been a regular presenter at other regional conferences around the world.

Elizabeth is currently the Assistant Head of School at an independent school in California, Chadwick School, Palos Verdes, where she also previously served as the acting Head of School during a period of transition. Elizabeth will be moving to Nairobi with her husband and two school-aged daughters.

On behalf of the AISA Board, I would like to thank all candidates who expressed interest in the Executive Director position and to everyone who assisted and supported the search process. I especially wish to thank Caroline Jacoby of SEARCH Associates, who was a tremendous support and ally during the entire process. Finally, I wish to thank Dr. Peter Bateman and the AISA Team, who have put AISA in the fortunate position of being a leading international organisation capable of attracting some of the top talent in the world.

Jennifer Tickle

International School of Siena:  Head of School


Jennifer Tickle will be taking up the post of of Principal (Head of School) at the International School of Siena in August 2023 after four years as Secondary Principal at Dresden International School, Germany. Jen and her family are excited to be joining the I.S. Siena community. I.S. Siena offers IB PYP, MYP and DP and is an Inspired school.

Peter Corcoran

Canadian International School Vietnam:  Head of School


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Pete Corcoran as the Head of the Canadian International School System (CISS) beginning in May 2023, to lead CISS.

CISS is an inclusive learning community committed to the development of future leaders. Built on academic achievement, service learning, global citizenship, inquiry, reflection, and the balance of mind and body, we challenge all members of our community to be active, lifelong learners.

Gregory Moncada

Harare International School:  Director


DR. Gregory J. Moncada has been appointed the director of Harare International School, Zimbabwe.

Christina Botbyl

George Washington Academy:  Chief Academic Director/Principal


Emmanuel Lacoste

ASI - Al Akhawayn School of Ifrane:  Head of School


Al Akhawayn School of Ifrane (ASI) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Emmanuel Lacoste as the new Director and Head of School, effective May 22, 2023. Mr. Lacoste is a highly capable and experienced leader who has just completed several years as Head of School in California.

Mr. Lacoste, who holds dual U.S. and French citizenship, was born in France to an American mother and a French father. He has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in international schools all over the world, including Spain, China, Mongolia, Indonesia, and Japan. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry squad leader during peacekeeping operations in Haiti.

Mr. Lacoste's teaching philosophy emphasizes creating a safe environment for students to be challenged and inspired, with a focus on discovery learning and hands-on activities. He believes that schools are small communities where all stakeholders contribute to a shared vision, and he places a strong emphasis on building a sense of community and mutual trust.

Mr. Lacoste will be arriving in Ifrane with his family, including two children who will be students at ASI, on Thursday, May 18th. He is looking forward to exploring the natural beauty of Morocco and the Atlas Mountains.

ASI is delighted to welcome Mr. Lacoste and his family to our community, and we look forward to the many contributions he will make as our new Director and Head of School.

Gustav Helman

Capital Tokyo International School:  Head of School


Gustav Helman has been appointed Head of School at Capital Tokyo International School, here in Tokyo in April 2023. Mr Helman comes to our school with a vast experience in IB schools in Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Zambia, the US, and China, where he worked in different capacities in international schools for the past 30 years.

Eugene Low

Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (Singapore):  Vice Principal/Head of Primary


Eugene Low will be assuming the role of Vice Principal/ Head of Primary at the Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) of Singapore from August 2023, after holding previous leadership positions in large and small schools.

Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) is a not-for-profit, child-centred school that offers a rigorous International Education, imbued with the vibrancy of Jewish values, tradition and culture. We are a diverse community that welcomes students of all denominations and those of other faiths.

Our educational philosophy is one that teaches resilience, collaboration, independence and perseverance. We are a smaller school by design which allows us to tailor learning to each child, enabling each child to flourish and reach their full potential. Skills acquisition, knowledge and understanding, is at the heart of our teaching, giving the children the best possible start in life.

At SMMIS we have a strong ethical foundation and engender a commitment to social action, healing the world. Our children are encouraged to see themselves as global citizens, with charity and volunteering a strong aspect of school life.

Eugene Low is an experienced international educator and has worked extensively with IB Asia Pacific PYP schools and Fieldwork Education IEYC/IPC/IMYC schools in areas of school consultancy, accreditation and teacher training. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in educational leadership, curriculum development, and community engagement.

Spencer Fowler

Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong:  Principal
Hong Kong



It is with great pleasure that on behalf of the Board of Directors of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong I am announcing the appointment of Dr Spencer A. Fowler as our Principal of the College as from 1 August 2023.

Spencer is currently the Deputy Head and Vice President for Education and Learning in Pearson College. Prior to that, he has served in many different education roles in Spain, South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, Germany, Vietnam, and Chile before taking up the headship in Yang Guang Qing International School of Beijing and later the role of Chief Executive Officer & Superintendent in the Affiliated High School of Peking University’s Dalton Academy. In this latter role, he was instrumental in establishing exchange programmes with prominent schools such as the Phillips Exeter Academy. He supported student start-ups/companies like Moon Shot Academy and other student-led experiential learning. Working actively with the United Nations, Jordanian and Chinese governments, he established Access Scholarships for refugees and marginalized youth. He will bring to Li Po Chun new ideas and deep China knowledge and is eager to confront the challenges to keep our students’ learning relevant in this digital age and will not be shy to champion for the world’s most disaffected.

As a Canadian with extensive connections and experience in China and in Asia, Spencer, his wife and his three children are extremely excited to live and work in Hong Kong. Their joining of the LPC family will no doubt add colour, diversity and vibrancy to the community. It is relevant to mention that Spencer was selected by the Search Committee after an extremely rigorous process that began in June 2022 with more than 329 prominent educators being approached, 36% of which were women and more than half from outside Europe and North America. Ultimately, more than 70 applicants applied, who were short-listed, the top candidates being interviewed twice, and the whole process culminating in a final review by all Board Members and alumni representation in a face-to-face meeting as well as informal interactions with students and teachers on campus before a final decision was made.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Principal Dr Arnett Edwards for his extensive contribution in developing Li Po Chun from strength to strength. His dedication, prudence, integrity and values-driven leadership, particularly during these few years under the threat of the Covid Pandemic as well as our 30th Anniversary is much appreciated by all and his legacy will long be remembered.

Anthony KH Tong


Board of Directors

Emerson Keung

Musashi International School of Tokyo (MIST):  Head of School


Dr. Emerson Keung will be assuming the role of Head of School at Musashi International School of Tokyo (MIST) in August 2023, after holding previous leadership positions in Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea. MIST is a Cambridge International registered K-12 integrated school from 2 year-old kindergarten to high school founded in 2002.

Paul McKenzie

Zhuhai International School:  Head of School


Zhuhai International School is pleased to announce that Paul McKenzie has been appointed as the new Head of School, effective from the 2023-2024 academic year.

Mr McKenzie is an experienced international educator and has led IB schools and programmes in various parts of the world. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in educational leadership, curriculum development, community engagement and capital projects.

Jaime Brianna Pustis

Western Academy of Beijing:  High School Principal


Jan Stipek

Regent International School:  Head of school
United Arab Emirates


Jan Stipek has been appointed Principal (Head of school) at Regent International School in Dubai starting August 2023.

Julie Strait

Ayeyarwaddy International School:  Elementary and Middle School PE


David "Cal" Callaway

International School of Prague:  Deputy Head of School
Czech Republic


We are pleased to announce that David "Cal" Callaway will start at The International School of Prague in August as the Deputy Head of School following five years at The International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He will be accompanied by his wife who takes on a library position and his two sons who continue in high school. Cal and Colleagues have just released a book supporting PLCs in the IB PYP. Look out for that book review coming soon.

Ricardo Vieira

Shenzhen Foreign Language School:  Deputy Head of Primary


Mr. Ricardo Vieira is an educator committed to collaborative learning that engages students, staff, families, and the community in meaningful experiences. Creativity, compassion, and critical thinking are three values that Ricardo instills in his students every day. He has a Bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Santo Amaro and a Master’s degree in education from Framingham State University. Ricardo is a Certified Athletics Administrator from NIAAA. Ricardo also holds a certification for International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Center (PTC), and he is currently pursuing doctoral studies in International School Leadership. Ricardo is passionate about developing the best strategies to support teachers in building exceptional teaching and learning environments to enhance students’ experiences and achieve their full potential in school settings. Ricardo taught physical education at Graded School in Brazil and served as head of department and Athletics Director. He also served at an IB international school in Guangzhou before coming to Shenzhen as part of a founding team at BASIS. Ricardo is a distinguished leader who recognizes every child's potential; he believes that all kids can learn based on the stimulus and the environment. Ricardo is excited to bring more than two decades of international school experience to SGA, including teaching and leadership roles. Ricardo and his wife Tatiana are passionate about cooking, traveling, reading, and sports. They raise their boys Bruno and Felipe with a strong family foundation, growth mindset, and international mindedness.

Michael Cascianelli

La Scuola:  Head of School


La Scuola d’Italia New York is a Pre-K to High School established institution in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The school offers IB DP and is part of NYSAIS.

Following an extensive global search led by Search Associates, Dr Michael Cascianelli has been appointed as the new Head of School starting June 2023.

Mark McCallum

International School of Dongguan:  Director


Mark McCallum has been appointed Director of the International School of Dongguan in China.

Liam Hammer

International School of Lusaka:  Head of School


International School of Lusaka is an international school in Ridgeway, Lusaka, Zambia. It is equivalent to an American PK-12 school, and it serves levels preschool through IGCSE/IB Diploma/ISL diploma courses. The school serves a population of over 700 students originating from 50 countries.

Katherine Gendy

Al-Bayan Bilingual School:  High School Principal


Katherine Gendy has been appointed High School Principal of Al-Bayan Bilingual School in Kuwait.

Jeff Paulson

Academy for International School Heads:  CEO


Daniel Kerr

Saigon South International School:  Middle School Principal


Gregory Brunton

IGB International School:  Head of School


After several rounds of interviews and discussions with the Search Committee, the Management Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gregory Brunton as IGBIS’ next Head of School, commencing in the 2023/24 academic year. With 13 years of senior leadership experience in full-continuum IB schools in Asia, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership focusing on intercultural collaboration, his broad training and experiences will support Greg in successfully leading the growth of IGBIS as the next Head of School.

As a Head, he oversaw all academic, organisational, and business operations for a school of 800 students and 300 staff. Greg focuses on learning, and his decisions consider what is best for a holistic education, preparing students for life after school. He believes rigorous academics, individualised student pathways with support, and extracurricular activities form the foundation. Greg also believes that learning should not stop with the students, but should be a part of the community's culture. He advocates for high-quality international education, and Greg uses the accreditation process to lead continuous, quality improvement for a school.

In addition to leading the accreditation process for his school, he serves on WASC and CIS accreditation teams, evaluating other schools for accreditation. As an Adjunct Professor, Greg has taught classes to Masters and Doctoral students in the educational leadership programme at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA, in subjects such as supervision and professional development, and data-based decision making.

Outside of work, Greg most enjoys spending time with his wife, his daughter, and their four rescued pets. The Board is thrilled to welcome Greg and his family to IGBIS, and over the next few months leading up to the school year's end, Greg and current Head of School Jason McBride will be working together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for the school.

Carrie Turunen

International School of Stuttgart:  Upper School Principal


Carrie Turunen is excited to be joining the International School of Stuttgart as Upper School Principal in August 2023.

Chad Schwaberow

International School Port of Spain:  Secondary Principal
Trinidad and Tobago


I am incredibly honored to announce that the Schwaberow Family United will join the amazing team at International School Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago for the 2022-2023 school year! Chad will be the Secondary Principal, working alongside co-PTC alum, Dr. Suzette Julien. Kat Schwaberow will lead EC-12 Student Support Services.