IPSEF Speakers

Stephen Cox

Chief Academic Officer, Fanar Education Management Company (FEMCO)

Stephen began his career in 1985 as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer (MLSO) working in two busy District General Hospitals in theUK. As a Senior Haematologist he gained extensive teaching, leadership and administration experiences while obtaining a MSc in Biomedical Science part-time. He led a team of 25 members of staff, developed an ICT e-learning support system and learned to work under extreme pressure. During this time he was a member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and the Council for Professionals supplementary to medicine (CPSM).

In 2002, after a successful career change to teaching in 1996, Stephen was invited by Derby City Education Authority in theUKto lead the development of all Schools in the City on Whole School Improvement across 2000 education professionals serving a student population of 20,000. As a result of his innovation Stephen led national presentations in theUKand to other Local Authorities. During this time he obtained the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Stephen joinedGEMSthe largest K-12 private education provider in the world in January 2007 as Director –Strategic Professional Development. Here he designed from concept Professional development and e-learning programmes across 10,000 education professionals, specialists and staff to more than 100,000 students from 143 countries. This included Leadership, Learning, ICT and Coaching programmes and setting up an International Masters programme in the Middle East Region.

In August 2010 Stephen took up a new exciting position working for World Class Learning (WCL), a medium size learning focused K-12 educational company with its own Schools, products and services. He was appointed as Project Director for the prestigious ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence inDoha,Qatar. Through leading this Project Stephen has led a team working on change development for the local Middle East education reform agenda, applying western research as a hypothesis for innovative 21st Century Education. He has provided specific expertise to the project especially around 'leadership ' ‘‘learning’ and ‘new technologies’ in an Arabic Culture.

In September 2012, Stephen took up a consultancy position with Follett international as an Independent Director of Learning and Business Development for theMiddle East. Follett is an educational solutions company which operates across more than 70,000 schools, 148 countries and impacts the lives of 30,000,000 students to enhance their learning experience. Here he worked across theMiddle Eastand internationally at a Strategic level through deeper engagement with high level ministry leaders and consortiums on school improvement and change management, developing partnerships which had positive lasting change. He advised on Professional Development that develops leadership, builds capacity and sustains improvement to maximize technology investment and blended learning.

In July 2013 Stephen was appointed Deputy Chief Education Officer for Taaleem, a medium size K-12 educational company based in the UAE. Here he worked for over a year and led on all aspects of School improvement, recruitment of Principals, new project development and recommended a digital IT strategy across the organisation.

Through this and previous work Stephen is working towards his PhD through Hull University, UK.

Very recently Stephen has been appointed Chief Academic Officer of Fanar Education Management Company (FEMCO)

As a result of his work Stephen has been invited asVIPguest speaker at many International Conferences worldwide speaking on areas of leadership, IT and innovation in learning. He also contributes strategically in other areas of the Business Development and Operations including School Start up, Project Management, Marketing, Finance ICT and has considerable networks worldwide.

Stephen is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE).