IPSEF Speakers

Anne Fowles

Head of School, IGB International School

Mrs Anne Fowles is the Head of School of the IGB International School, a new Kindergarten to Grade 12, day-school located in Sierramas, Sungai Buloh.

Mrs Fowles’ experience of the International Baccalaureate (IB) has spanned over 18 years, including teaching, authorization and coordination of each IB Programme in addition to being a trained visiting team leader, workshop leader, a programme consultant and field representative.

During this time Mrs Fowles has served as the Academic Director of China-Singapore International Education Services (CSIES) Schools (China), Head of Suzhou Singapore International School, (Suzhou, China), Head of Beijing BISS International School, (Beijing, China), Deputy Head and CEO of New International School Thailand (Bangkok, Thailand), Director of the International School of Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) and Deputy Director and Director of International School Suva (Fiji Islands). Prior to this, she was the Principal of two schools in New Zealand.

At present, Mrs Fowles is the Chair of the IB Heads Council (and as such is Chair of the IB Heads Standing Association comprising of 4000 IB School Heads) and is a member of the IB Board of Governors. The Heads Council is an advisory group for the Director General of the IB and the IB Senior Leadership Team. For four years Mrs Fowles was the Chair of the MYP Standing Committee of the IB and she has been a member of the IB Asia Pacific Regional Council, Chair of the Association of Chinese and Mongolian IB Schools (ACMIBS) and President of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). She is committed to the IB philosophy, holistic international education and academic excellence and has worked with and learned from leading schools, recognized worldwide for their outstanding programmes.

With many years of diverse experience heading international and national schools in six Asia Pacific countries, Mrs Fowles has an excellent understanding of the needs of the schools in the region. She is an advisor and experienced visiting team chair of the Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a CIS Report Reader/Advisor. She was further recognized through election to the Board of the East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS), where she served as a director for five years.

Mrs Fowles is joined by her husband, Mr Peter Fowles, (an experienced MYP workshop leader and subject moderator, previously Dean of Students at Suzhou Singapore International School, China). Their children are pursuing university study and careers in New Zealand and the UK.