IPSEF Middle East 2017, Dubai

IPSEF conference 3 5 October 2017 Dubai Middle East

IPSEF’s (International and Private Schools Education Forum) global business conferences combine keynote presentations, panel discussions, tabletop exhibits, school visits and networking receptions to facilitate effective partnership building for senior representatives of international and private schools, the investment community, regulators, and education suppliers.

Why you should attend

IPSEF Middle East is the only pan-regional business conference for private and international schools. Speakers will bring their knowledge and perspectives from across the Middle East, with global perspectives from the Asia and Europe.

The IPSEF audience consists of a wide range of stakeholders involved in a new school operation, from schools and investors to suppliers and regulators. Participants are senior figures from schools, usually headteachers or owners, as well senior managers from industry, and national or regional regulators.

Key themes

Topics to be covered include:

  • Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) education insights
  • New international school development opportunities in the Middle East
  • Mindfulness in education
  • Values-based education, with academic excellence as a by-product
  • The happiness factor: how positive psychology transforms learning communities
  • Holistic education (panel session)
  • A case study on GEMS Founders School
  • 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
  • A case study on Kent College Dubai
  • Green schools: the future of schooling
  • School safety
  • How to market your school in competitive times, and mystery shopper school results
  • School fees (panel session)
  • The importance of design and construction of schools (briefing session)


Confirmed speakers to date are:

  • Kalthoom AlBalooshi, Executive Director of Educational Development, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
  • Dr Naji AlMahdi, Chief, Qualifications and Awards in Dubai, 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)
  • Ian Bogle, Managing Director, Bogle Architects
  • Anne Bradbury, International Director, The Teaching Assistant College
  • Matthew Burfield, Principal and CEO, GEMS Founders School
  • Sharon Burke, Inclusion Leader, Fortes Education
  • Clyde & Co
  • Nalini Cook, Head of Middle East Research, ISC Research
  • Philip Corfield-Smith, Real Estate Partner, Pinsent Mason LLP
  • Fiona Cottam, Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Hartland International School
  • 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 of Education, PWC
  • Jackie Harland, Executive Director, Riverston Group
  • Jonathan Hughes-D'Aeth, Headmaster, Repton School Dubai
  • International Schools Partnership Services
  • Naveed Iqbal, Principal, International School Creative Science, Dubai
  • Marwan Khoury, Regional Marketing Manager, Axis Communications
  • 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
  • James Neill, International Director, GL Education Group
  • Parthenon-EY
  • Virendra Rawat, Founder, Green School Initiative
  • Nadine Richards, Head of Schools (Principal), Al Maaref Private School LLC
  • Shaun Robison, Director of the Education Intelligence Group
  • Kevin J Ruth, Chief Executive, ECIS, the Educational Collaborative for International Schools
  • Abdul Salam Mohammed, Woodlem Park International School in Ajman
  • Carolyn Savage, Head of Education, Winter’s International School Finder
  • Abhishek Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Holdings, UAE
  • Yodphet Sudsawad, Founder, Panyaden International School, Thailand
  • Ian Pratt, Director, Scott Brownrigg
  • Taner Topcu, Director, RAK FTZ Academic Zone
  • Sarah Woodhead, Principal, K-12 Education Leader, DLR Group Middle East Architects

Further information and bookings

For further details of IPSEF Middle East 2017, and to reserve your place, visit the IPSEF website. Early booking discounts are available until 2 August.

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