IPSEF Middle East 2018

IPSEF Middle East Conference Dubai 2018

IPSEF Middle East 2018 21-23 September

Click here to book now for IPSEF Middle East 2018.

Venue Change to:
InterContinental Dubai Hotel - Festival City
21 & 22 September: IPSEF Middle East Forum
23 September: School visits 

IPSEF’s unrivalled blend of speakers, exhibitors and delegates creates a unique and powerful platform for anyone needing to identify best practice in planning and delivering a new school, and those wanting to make connections with potential investors, suppliers and regulators.

The next IPSEF Middle East 2018 will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Festival City over a weekend.

Here are the topics and great reasons to join us in Dubai:

  • New case studies from schools and 'one year on updates'
  • Critical data and research - findings for informed decision makers
  • Talk as you walk networking sessions
  • VAT in the education sector
  • Niche schools - finding your school's USP
  • Focus on recruitment and retention
  • School trends
  • HR & Employing staff in the UAE
  • Good Governance of Schools
  • Wellbeing & Mindfulness - for the whole school - practical demos
  • Yoga sessions
  • Practical workshops for leaders and senior managers
  • Insights on the UAE K-12 education landscape
  • Teacher Permit Updates
  • Marketing your school in a competitive market
  • Value added measures in comparing schools
  • Learning environment talks & is your school fit for purpose
  • The challenges of setting up a school for children with educational needs
  • Setting up a nursery
  • The Importance of performing arts in schools
  • Launching a new school
  • Talks from newly opened schools
  • Why Entrepreneurship must be taught at schools
  • How to Capture the Best Leaders in the World & What Works with School Leadership
  • Bilingualism in Early Years
  • How to achieve personalised learning for all abilities
  • Plus a day of school visits to bring the talks to life
  • Save as much as £200 per person when you book 3 places or more


Here is the expert line up of speakers:

  • Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
  • Tarek Alami, Regional Director – Middle East, North Africa and India, Education Development Trust
  • Lynsay Ansell, Head of Drama, Hartland International School
  • Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting
  • Nadine Bassil, Partner in the VAT team, PwC
  • Eileen Barnes-Vachell, Lead Advisor, Gabbitas
  • Rowan Bell, Head of Human Resources, Taaleem
  • Fiona Carter, Director of Academics (Early Years), Huili Institute of Learning, Wellington Colleges China
  • Nalini Cook, Head of Research for the Middle East, ISC Research
  • Fiona Cottam, Principal, Hartland International School
  • Derek Devine, International Business Development Manager, Edmentum International
  • Maya El Hachem, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Jonathan Dey, Principal/CEO, GEMS Al Barsha National Boys School
  • Courteney Donaldson, Managing Director of Childcare & Education, Christie & Co.
  • Samantha Ellaby, Senior Associate, Clyde & Co.
  • Shaun Fenton, Headmaster, Reigate Grammar School
  • Rebecca Ford, Partner, Clyde & Co
  • Charles Grayhurst, Founding Principal, The Arbor School
  • Ashley Green, Year 1 Teacher & Well-being Coordinator, JESS School
  • Ben Hanneford-Smith, Head of Business Development, EtonX
  • Jonathan Hughes-D'Aeth, Formerly Headmaster of Repton School Dubai
  • Dr. Ahmed Hussain, Senior Director of Academics, Huili Institute of Learning, Wellington Colleges China
  • Chinmay Jhaveri, Senior Manager, L.E.K. Consulting
  • Zen Kahn, CEO, Education 1st Recruitment
  • Anisa Kanji, Manager in the VAT team, PwC
  • Dr. Naji AlMahdi, Chief, Qualifications and Awards in Dubai, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
  • Iwan Lloyd, Head of Education, Shamal Group Ltd.
  • James Neill, International Director, GL Education
  • Simon Noakes, Founder & CEO, Interactive Schools
  • Andrew Prosser, Principal, Dubai Heights Academy
  • David Quick, Principal, Riverston School Dubai
  • Tim Richardson, Principal, Raffles International School
  • Sarah Rogers, CEO, EYES
  • Matthew Savage, Principal, International Community School Amman
  • Graeme Scott, Director, Fairgreen International School
  • Tim Shelton, Associate Director – Head of Project Controls, Arcadis International Ltd.
  • Najiha Syeda, School Counselor, Dwight School Dubai
  • Elise Tarvainen, Director, Learning, Isku Interior Oy
  • Taner Topcu, Director of Academic Zone, RAKEZ
  • Navin Valrani, CEO, Arcadia Education
  • Alison Watson, Chief Executive, Class of Your Own
  • Dr. Helen Wright, Associate Consultant, LSC Education

GL Education Masterclass

Digging Deeper with CAT4 Data - A Masterclass with Matthew Savage

Running in parallel with the IPSEF Middle East conference on Saturday 22 September, this half-day masterclass is led by global CAT4 expert, Matthew Savage (pioneer of #themonalisaeffect). It will offer you the chance to:

  • examine some of the actual CAT4 data from your school
  • explore the different flags which can help you dig deeper into the data (e.g. Verbal Deficit, Maths Car etc)
  • identify students and groups of students in need of additional interventions and support
  • consider strategies which might better ensure the impact of the data on individual students, cohorts and, indeed, the whole school

Places are limited to 12 delegates per session to ensure a fully interactive session.

This masterclass is running in conjunction with the IPSEF Middle East conference, however there is an additional fee to attend.

Click for more details and to book a place.

More information about the AM session and PM Session.


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  • Edmentum
  • eTeach
  • EtonX
  • Follett
  • Gabbitas Education
  • GL Education
  • L.E.K. Consulting
  • Wenger Corporation

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