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September 27, 2016 - September 29, 2016

With the international and private school markets continuing to grow, and as competition increases, it’s increasingly critical that schools and investors planning to open new operations in education develop strategies for success. To assist that need IPSEF provides a unique reference point for all those involved in the financing, planning, design, delivery and management of a new school project.

By bringing together the diverse community involved in a new operation, IPSEF aims to provide participants with not only valuable Case Studies of schools from across the MENA region but importantly a host of contacts that will enable you to plan your project with confidence.

Conference themes will include:

  • Market trends and projections
  • How to select your key partners
  • Getting to know and work effectively with investors, architects, project managers and lawyers
  • Dubai school market as viewed by the KHDA, and opportunities for investors and schools
  • Understanding the role of the regulator, and securing your operation license
  • Financial models
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Case Studies of new school operations
  • Assessment, school management
  • How to make your school distinct
  • Marketing your school and parent perceptions
  • Curriculum options


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

Rebecca Aldred, Assistant Head Teacher, Dubai English Speaking School

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

Anshul Arora, Co-Founder & CEO, Edvance Group, India

Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, MENA Education Leader, Member of Parthenon-EY’s Education Practice, Dubai

Ross Barfoot, Partner, Clyde & Co, UAE

Graham Beale, Principal, The Arcadia Preparatory School, Dubai

Rowan Bell, Head of Human Resources, Taaleem

Lucy Bruce, Founder / Director of Education, Home Grown Nursery, Dubai

Michael Chung, Chief Operating Officer, Cambridge Information Group

Jonathan Dey, Principal/CEO, GEMS Wellington, Qatar

BK Gan, President, Taylor’s Schools, Malaysia

Richard Gaskell, Director for International Schools, The International School Consultancy (ISC Research), Thailand

Zahra Hamirani, CEO & Owner of Blossom Education, representing BEE Academy, Dubai

Lin Haouache, Trade Mark Attorney, Bird & Bird, UAE

Jonathan Hughes-D’Aeth, Headmaster, Repton School, Dubai

Naveed Iqbal, Representative of Beam and Principal of the International School of Creative Science, Nad Al-Sheba campus, UAE

Diane Jacoutot, Managing Director, Edvectus, UK

Rick Johnson, CEO, EduReach Education, UK

Amit Kothari, Executive Director, Interstar Advisory Services

Brendan Law, Headmaster, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

Ros Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Taaleem, Dubai

Peter Milne, Founder/Director, Target4Green Educational Consultancy & Training, UK

James Mullan, Editor, Which School Advisor, UAE

Melissa Murray, Partner, Bird & Bird, UAE

James Neill, International Director, GL Education Group, UK

Andrew Nicol, Regional Managing Director, Asia and the Middle East, Hobsons

Chirag Patel, Chief Executive Officer, KOOH Sports, India

Gianluca Polidori, Sales Director, Dukes Education, UK

Jonathan Price, Managing Director, Eteach International, Dubai

Walid Ramadan, Chief Administration Officer, Bukhatir Education Advancement Management International (BEAM)

Neil Raymond, Owner and Director, Pacific Prime, Hong Kong

Juha Repo, Principal, Qatar-Finland International School

Tim Richardson, Head of Primary, Dubai International Academy

Charles Robinson, Development Director, International Schools Partnership Services Ltd., UK

Sarah Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, EYES & Quest, Dubai

Sheryl Rogers, Senior Manager, Digital Professional Learning and Development Education, TELLAL Institute of Teacher Learning & Leadership for All, Dubai

Fergus Rose, Advancement Director at ACS International Schools, UK

Dr. Linda Rush, Vice President, TELLAL Institute of Teacher Learning and Leadership for All, Dubai

N. Tariq Shaikh, Economist, Principal Investment Expert, Education Entrepreneur

Christine Simmonds, Director of Schools Middle East, International Schools Partnership Services Ltd., UK

Elaine Stallard, Founder and CEO, Winter’s International School Finder, UK

Elise Tarvainen, Director, Global Operations, EduCluster Finland, Doha

Taner Topcu, Academy Zone Director, Academy Zone, RAK Free Trade Zone, UAE

Navin Valrani, CEO, The Arcadia Preparatory School, Dubai

Ian White, Project Manager, Al Najah Education, Dubai

John C. Yiannoudis, Co-Founder, Owner & Director, Dorothy Snot Pre-School & Kindergarten, Greece

James Zika, Senior Director, International Planning & Outreach, The College Board, USA

School visits on day 3 to:

Jumeirah English Speaking School – Arabian Ranches

Taaleem Teachers Accommodation Block – Studio City

GEMS Nations Academy

Who should attend?

Senior figures from schools and school groups (Owners, Heads, Bursars, Governors, Business Development Managers), investors (private equity, banks, corporates, private investment funds), governments (inspectors and regulators), inward investment bodies, relocation agents, curriculum and awarding bodies, consultants, architects, lawyers, property companies and developers, project managers, senior staff recruiters, publishers and suppliers of ICT and teaching resources, academics, CPD and training companies.


September 27, 2016
September 29, 2016
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Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates + Google Map