IPSEF Middle East, Dubai, 21-23 September 2018

IPSEF Middle East 2017 Speakers included:

Kalthoom AlBalooshi, Executive Director of Educational Development, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, MENA Education Leader, Parthenon-EY

Loluck Baby, Associate Manager, Green School Initiative

Ross Barfoot, Partner, Clyde & Co.

Ian Bogle, Managing Director, Bogle Architects

Anne Bradbury, International Director, The Teaching Assistant College

Matthew Burfield, Principal & CEO, GEMS Founders School

Sharon Burke, Inclusion Leader, Fortes Education

Fiona Carter, Regional Development Manager, Early Excellence

John Conway, School Principal., Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys, Abu Dhabi

Nalini Cook, Head of Middle East Research, ISC Research

Philip Corfield-Smith, Real Estate Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

Fiona Cottam, Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Hartland International School

Dr. Jonathan Doll, Education Director, The Boston Initiative

Alistair Downs, Head of School, The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar

Gertrude Gomez, Superintendent, Northwest Bilingual School, Kuwait and Educational Consultant, AlWazzan Education Company

Kamal Gupta, Group Chief Operating Officer, Global School Foundation, Singapore

Roland Hancock, Director – Education, PWC

Jackie Harland, Clinical Director, Riverston Group

David Hicks, Principal, Emirates International School, Jumeirah

Jonathan Hughes-D'Aeth, Chief Education Officer, EKI (Evolvence Knowledge Investments)

Naveed Iqbal, Principal, International School Creative Science, Dubai

Diane Jacoutot, Managing Director, Edvectus

Patrick Lee-Browne, Principal, Kent College Dubai

Daniel Lewis, Principal, North London Collegiate School (NLCS) Dubai

Saiqa Liaqat, Head of Secondary, The English College, Dubai

Ros Marshall, CEO, Taaleem

Kate McMillan, Head of Inclusion, Aldar Academies

Ann Mroz, Editor, TES

James Mullan, Co-Founder WhichSchoolAdvisor

Rajesh Mundra, Dean/Instructor, Phillips Academy Andover

James Neill, International Director, GL Education Group

Ian Pratt, Director, Scott Brownrigg

Ziad Rafhi, Lecturer – Mathematics, Mc-Graw Hill Education

Nadine Richards, Education Consultant Specialist and Former Head of Al Maaref

Shaun Robison, Director of the Education Intelligence Group

Kevin J Ruth, Chief Executive, ECIS, the Educational Collaborative for International Schools

Abdul Salam Mohammed, CEO, Woodlem Park International School in Ajman

Tariq Shaikh, President, RJ Fleming & Co (Middle East & South Asia) and Managing Partner, RHT Partners

Imran Sheikh, Executive Director, Equitativa

Abhishek Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Holdings, UAE

Harjesh Singh, Chief Financial Officer – MENA, Global Schools Foundation

Yodphet Sudsawad, Founder, Panyaden International School, Thailand

Taner Topcu, Director, RAKEZ Academic Zone

Ettiene Van Der Watt, Regional Engineering & Training Manager Middle East & Africa, Axis Communications

Sarah Woodhead, Principal, K-12 Education Leader, DLR Group Middle East Architects

IPSEF Middle East 2017 Speaker topics included:

  • GCC education insights
  • New international school development opportunities in the Middle East
  • Early Intervention: How and Why
  • Values based education with academic excellence as a by-product
  • The happiness factor: How positive psychology transforms learning communities
  • A panel session on holistic education
  • A case study on GEMS Founders School
  • Getting value from your data - what data should a CEO of an International school be asking for?
  • How can data use drive improvement across a group of schools following differing International curricula?
  • The next generation of leaders – where do they come from and how do you prepare them
  • Being inclusive – provision for special educational needs
  • A case study towards inclusive education
  • Piloting teacher standards in Dubai: Lessons learned
  • The Importance of Teaching Assistant professional development
  • A case study on Kent College Dubai
  • Green Schools - The future of schooling
  • From Guildford to Qatar: Transporting 500 years of British academic excellence
  • School safety
  • The Early Living Village, Singapore - the largest kindergarden in the world
  • How to market your school in competitive times and mystery shopper school results
  • A panel about school fees
  • The STEM crisis and its effect on International School Staffing
  • A briefing session on the importance of design and construction of schools
  • The first solar powered school
  • Building a school and making it successful
  • Legal Guidelines

GL Education Workshops

Running in parallel with the IPSEF Middle East conference on the 3 October at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, GL Education are running these three workshops. They offer practical guidance on one of the themes of the conference – the effective use of assessment:

Stream 1:
Effective use of CAT4 and Progress Tests for impact in the classroom

Link to: click here for Stream 1

Stream 2: CAT4 for impact in the classroom

Link to: click here for Stream 2

Stream 3: Educational Testing for SENCOs and Counsellors

Link to: click here for Stream 3

These workshops we're to be booked separately with GL Education

If you have any questions please: email GL Education


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Clyde & Co


GL Education

McGraw-Hill Education

Nora Systems

Oxford University Press


Schrole Group

Search Associates

TES Global



Winter’s School Finder

Knowledge Partners

Clyde and Co.
GL Education
Parthenon EY

Strategic Partners

Education Intelligence Group

Supported By

Gold Supporter
British Educational Suppliers Association, BESA
British Schools in the Middle East
McGraw Hill Education
Mint Communications
Oxford University Press
Search Associates

Media Partners

Dubai Survival Guide
Higher Education
Independent Education Today
Middle East Education Journal
NGE Education Now
Oxford Business Group
Relocate Global
Schools Compared
The Pie
TAG Educa News Agency
Teach Middle East
Youth Edication Magazine Young Vision
UAE Learning Network
Which School Adviser