Meet the Speakers from the International Education & Schools' Fair

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For every Schools' Fair we're thrilled to be able to present a plethora of varied speakers covering a vast array of subjects which are continually relevant and pertinent to our Relocate Global community.Please find the bios below from our previous speakers with links to their webinar pages. 
Spring 2024 webinar

Webinar: Exploring the English National Curriculum on the French Riviera

James Wellings, Head of School, Mougins British International School

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Formerly the Deputy Director and Head of Secondary at the International School of Monaco, James Wellings has a proven track record in education, having taught and managed schools in the UK, the Middle East, and Asia. As a former teacher and dedicated leader, he is passionate about implementing innovative teaching methods with a strong emphasis on student wellbeing and the quality of their learning experiences. James is committed to reinforcing the values of excellence among Mougins School's teaching staff. Whether it's teaching drama with enthusiasm or engaging in tag rugby with students during our enrichment programme THRIVE, James embodies the spirit of education with a human touch. His extensive international background aligns seamlessly with Mougins School's global perspective and commitment to educational excellence.

Autumn 2023 webinars

Webinar: Latest on cross cultural positive transitions-care

Valérie Besanceney, Executive Director, Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN)

Valérie Besanceney (MEd) serves as the Executive Director of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN).  Valérie is Dutch by birth, Swiss by nationality, and hold the numerous cultures she has lived in close to her heart.  Valérie has been an international educator for the past 18 years.  She consults for families, schools, and organisations.  Author of two children's books, B at Home: Emma Moves Again and My Moving Booklet, she is passionate about helping students and their families thrive through their transitions.  Together with her American husband and their two daughters, she loves exploring the benefits and challenges of beinga a multi-cultural family in Switzerland.

Claudine Hakim, Head of Transitions Care and Student Support, Interantional School of London and Chair of SPAN Board of Trustees

Claudine Hakim is Head of Student Support at the International School of London (ISL) and is the leader of the award winning ISL Positive Transitions Care programme.  Claudine was previously a Head Teacher at an independent Special School and another International School.Claudine holds a Masters degree from the University College in London, in Educational Leadership and Management and a BA in Pyschology and Counselling from Richmond International University.  Claudine is a citizen of the United Kingdom, is originally from the Lebanon and born and raised in Ghana.Having lived in three continents, Claudine is passionate about fostering well-balanced and inclusive international communities.

Zack Ekert, Head of Multilingualism, International School of London

As Head of Multilingualism at the International School of London, Zack Ekert works closely with all stakeholders to carefully tailor both academic and pastoral linguistic provision to meet the needs and aspirations of learners and families.Throughout his career, he has led languages departments across the London area and previously worked as an English language trainer in Paris.  He speaks five languages and is currently working towards his MBA in Educational Management.

Watch the Latest on cross cultural positive transitions-care webinar

Webinar: Future-Oriented Education in Singapore

Tammy Murphy, XWA Head of School and XCL CEO Singapore Schools

Over the past 38 years, Tammy has served as the Superintendant of several highly acclaimed schools: the Dubai American Academy, the Montecito Union School District, the Ross School District, and the Assistant Superintendent in the Cherry Hill School District.A renowned educational leader, Tammy has received numerous state and national awards for her impact as an educator and leader in the United States.  She has extensive experience with the International Baccaluareate Organisation, overseeing the development of several IB Programmes at the primary and secondary levels.  Tammy has a proven reputation for inspiring a culture of improvement and collaboration among faculty and students.

Watch the Future-Oriented Education in Singapore webinar

Webinar: A unique IB programme in a unique boarding environment

Dr Constanze Schummer, IB Coordinator, Salem International Boarding School

Dr Constanze Schummer
Dr Constanze Schummer studied Medievel History and Art History at St Andrews University, finishing with a Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies.  After several years as a freelance journalist, she obtained a PGCE in History from the University of Edinburgh.From teaching in an independent school in the UK, she came to Salem in 2001.  Starting as a house mistress and teacher of History, English and Theory of Knowledge, roles as a class teacher, Extended Essay Coordinator and coordinating the national system, the Abitur, followed.  In 2016 she took over IB Coordination. 

Watch the  A unique IB programme in a unique boarding environment webinar

Webinar: The Journey – How the arts, creativity and storytelling can unlock profound insight for everyone

Paul Williamson, author and Head of talent development, Ambassador Theatre Group

Paul Williamson
Paul in a leadership development specialist, learning and development practioner, facilitator, author, and qualified executive coach.He has over twenty-five years' experience working for the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the world's largest live entertainment group.  He has been a senior leader in Sales, Ticketing and Human Resources and has designed acclaimed in-house leadership development programmes, developming countless leaders at all levels within the theatre industry and beyond.Paul is also part of the UK Regional Leadership team at the Association for Coaching (AC) focusing on Corporate Development.

Watch The Journey – How the arts, creativity and storytelling can unlock profound insight for everyone webinar

Spring 2023 Webinars

Webinar: An Introduction to King's InterHigh

Ashley Harrold, CEO, Inspired Online Schools

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Ashley overseas the continued development of King's InterHigh online school.  He is an experienced Headteacher, having successfully led Blatchington Mill School in Hove, Sussex, for 6 years before joining King's InterHigh.  He qualified as a history teacher at University College London's Institute of Education in 2008 and taught in London before moving to the Sussex coast.He is skilled in school improvement and committed to inclusivity and excellence, with a clear focus on developing the whole learner.  Ashley's leadership is rooted in the belief that learning is a tranformative force for good, and is driven by the highest expectations for all students.

Watch the An Introduction to King's InterHigh webinar

Webinar: Future Ready Education for Future Success

Kate Carden-Brown, Director of Admissions and Head of Higher Education, Epsom College in Malaysia

Kate Carden-Brown
Kate has over 25 years experience of supporting students with making applications to university. Prior to moving to Malaysia to join Epsom, Kate led a large and successful Sixth Form with over 350 students that grew to be the leading state school for Oxbridge success in Wales. She is a strong advocate of building students’ confidence and ability to engage with challenges beyond the classroom and has worked hard to establish a vibrant super curricular programme. Under her leadership, her previous school debate team were crowned Welsh Schools Debating Champions and made it to the British finals. At Epsom, she has continued this work for example by encouraging and supporting students in setting up and leading debate teams and academic societies that enable them to broaden their knowledge while developing their interpersonal skills.

Watch the Future Ready Education for Future Success webinar

Autumn 2022 Webinars

Webinar: The importance of STEAM for children and the future

Ryan Ball, Director of Education, Design and Technology Association

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Ryan has been a D&T teacher since 2002, teaching in the U.K., Middle East and Malaysia. He has taught students from age 7 to 18, with his students winning awards for the highest marks in the country and world. He has presented at various educational conferences in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Madrid. In 2018 he founded ‘Youth Made Initiative’ which was voted as one of the top 100 educational initiatives in the world. He has been an Ofqual consultant for many years, was previously F1 in Schools' In-country coordinator and his students have attended four world finals. He is a D&T author of several books and a certified Autodesk trainer and content writer. He now works full-time for the D&T Association as director of education.

Steven Katz, ES Coordinator, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL)

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Steve Katz is the Elementary School Technology Coordinator and has been at The International School of Kuala Lumpur since 2015, where he loves working with students of all ages. During his career, he has been called upon to teach a variety of different subjects and has enjoyed his various roles such as Director of Educational Technology, Professional Development Coordinator, and University Professor. Steve is an Apple Distinguished Educator, ISTE CAP Trainer, authorized Google Education Trainer, and Apple Professional Development Specialist, and he presents regularly at conferences worldwide. You can check out what Steve has been working on at

Watch the The importance of STEAM for children and the future webinar

Webinar: How to choose the right university for your globally mobile teen

Marianne Curphey

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Marianne Curphey is an award-winning journalist at Relocate Global and the author of two finance books. She has written for The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian and the BBC on careers, education, finance and economics and is an expert on UK student finance and loans and the UCAS application process.

Fiona McKenzie, Head of Education, Carfax Education

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Fiona's comprehensive understanding of the education sector has been built up over 30 years of working in schools and education consultancy, in locations as varied as South Africa, Australia, the UK, and the UAE. Fiona has worked with hundreds of families guiding them to make the best educational choices for their children whether at school or university level.As Head of Global Consultancy at Carfax Education, Fiona’s team advise families from across the globe, including the Middle East, Russia and China. They offer bespoke solutions for each family’s education needs with schools’ guidance, private tutoring, residential placements, homeschooling, university preparation and career mentoring.  Fiona regularly contributes to education journals, radio shows and panel discussions in the UK, and the UAE.

Watch the How to choose the right university for your globally mobile teen webinar 

Webinar: Mission Discovery Space and STEM with ISSET and NASA

Chris Barber, ISSET

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Chris founded the International Space School Educational Trust in 1998 with the aim of instilling the NASA you can do it” spirit in young people around the world. ISSET uses space exploration and the people behind it to drive students into successful futures.Having been a deputy head teacher in two large high schools, Chris has a long record of leadership and transformation in education. He took his last school from below average to become the most successful school in England and Wales. Build Page Chris says “The change we see in the young people who come on our programmes astounds me time after time. I am always in awe of their accomplishments throughout their time with ISSET and their achievements years later. I am extremely proud to say that work we continue to do at ISSET has a positive impact in both the present and future lives of our participants and people they encounter.”

Sarah Murray, NASA, ISSET

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Sarah is currently the Head of Operations at ISSET. She was a NASA leader on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Programme.  Her experience includes Assistant Division Chief for EVA (space walks), Robotics and Crew Systems on the International Space Station, executive support for NASA Administrator in the coordination of Space Centre Directors in implementing NASA goals, and the Project and Technical Lead in the development of NASA’s new Orion Space Vehicle which will return humans to the Moon and beyond.

Watch the Mission Discovery Space and STEM with ISSET and NASA webinar 

Webinar: Helping Children Find Their Voice

Ellen Shustik, Head of Programmes and External Relations, Inner Wings

Ellen has 20 years of experience working in the fields of democracy and governance, international development and politics. She has worked for large international and multilateral organisations around the world, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the Balkans, and the National Democratic Institute in Washington DC and Nepal.She spent several years working for the Liberal Party of Canada in both federal and provincial politics. With a strong background in elections, she has been an observer with over a dozen international election observation missions in all regions of the world.During her time in London, Ellen has worked for Liberal International, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change - in a range of policy, programme management and advocacy roles. As a democracy practitioner, she has worked with political parties, parliaments, civil society and on women’s political empowerment, to strengthen democratic processes. As a human rights advocate, she has worked on global campaigns against modern slavery and violence against women in politics, as well as preventing extremism through education.Ellen currently directs a charitable foundation - Inner Wings - whose mission is to build confidence in young children aged 6-12, especially girls. She holds a Masters in European Studies and a Masters in Human Rights Law, and loves living in London with her husband and two young boys.

Watch the Helping children find their voice webinar 

Autumn 2021 Webinars

Webinar: Virtual school options for international students

Mark O’Donoghue, CEO and Executive Head, King’s InterHigh

Mark O’Donoghue, CEO and Executive Head, King’s InterHigh
Mark O’Donoghue is CEO and Executive Head of King’s InterHigh. He has a background of over 20 years in digital education spanning online learning, university counselling and apprenticeships.He has led online learning in digital skills with AVADO, forging partnerships with Google and Tableau. He ran Hotcourses, a web service helping students find the right course for themselves (bought by IDP Education the world’s largest education consultants).  He leads Inspired Education’s online schools, King’s InterHigh and Academy 21. His primary passion is how online school can provide an education that simply works better for some children. 

Watch the Virtual school options for international students webinar 

Webinar: Learning Differences: Virtual School Option

Amy Oswalt, Head of Global Division and Director of Innovation, The Lab School of Washington
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Amy has been working with children with language based learning differences for over twenty years.  Before joining Lab School to lead and create the Global Division, Amy worked in schools on three continents.Her experience has varied from teaching and leading in public schools in the states to teaching and leading in private schools both in the states and internationally. Amy has spent significant time teaching and leading in International Baccalaureate schools and has guided two schools through the IB authorization process. As a former school head, Amy understands the importance of new program development and the need to design solutions for students and families. Amy believes that all children can be successful academically if they are provided with the tools that are right for them. Amy has degrees in Linguistics, Special Education, and Education Administration, and is widely regarded as a creative, visionary, and innovative thinker and educator.    

Watch the Learning Differences: Virtual School Options webinar 

Webinar: What you need to know about school and family transitions in the Covid world

Aleka Bilan, SPAN Safe Passage Across Networks
Aleka Bilan, SPAN Safe passage across networks
Aleka Bilan is a Certified education transitions coach who helps children, their parents and educators navigate cultural transitions around the world and is currently based in central Oregon, USA.Safe Passage across networks (SPAN) is a not for profit organisation that helps to build transitions care practices around the world, particularly for schools and organisations.

Watch the What you need to know about school and family transitions in the Covid world webinar 

Webinar: Outstanding early years education for international families

Melodi Jordan, Head of Lower School, TASIS The American School in England
Melodi Jordan, Head of Lower School, TASIS The American School in England
Melodi Jordan is currently the Head of Lower School at TASIS England. She has served as an international educator for over 20 years, holding positions in Lithuania, Italy, the UK, and the US. Melodi has worked as a New England Association of Schools and Colleges Lead Accreditation visitor, supporting schools as they improve practice. Melodi is passionate about maximizing opportunities for deep, authentic, and meaningful learning for all students.She has significant experience in the areas of child development, curriculum design, and data-informed instruction. Melodi originally comes from America, but now lives in England with her husband. Carmen Powell, children’s author and professional educator
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As a professional educator, with a passionate belief in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) philosophy and approach Carmen Powell established productive relationships with stakeholders, collaborating across all professional levels and with parents. When educating young children, it is vital to incorporate parents into the learning process. Ofsted noted her relationship with parents as ‘exemplary,’ which is a true point of pride for her. She has three children’s books published, ‘Matthew and the Magic Goat’, ‘Sprite and the Two Talking Turtles’ and ‘Sprite’s Christmas Flight’. The books focus on inclusion, to support children’s personal, social and emotional development as well as their communication and language skills.Service has always been very important to her. She volunteered at the Bulembu School in Eswatini, assisting with curriculum development. She also volunteered at Epsom RDA, supporting disabled children. Currently, she is a trustee for an educational charity.

Watch the Outstanding early years education for international families webinar

Webinar: Focusing on inclusion from an early age

Carmen Powell, children’s author and professional educator (see above).

Watch the Focusing on inclusion from an early age webinar

Webinar: Third culture kids today

Ruth Van Reken, author and speaker on globally mobile families
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Ruth Van Reken is a second generation Third Culture Kid* (TCK) and mother of three adult TCKs. She is co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, 3rd ed., and author of Letters Never Sent, her personal journaling seeking to understand the long-term impact of her cross-cultural childhood.For more than thirty years (pre-covid!) Ruth travelled extensively speaking about issues related to the impact of global mobility on individuals, families, and societies. She is co-founder and past chairperson of Families in Global Transition.  In addition to her two books and many articles, she has written a chapter in other books including Strangers at Home, Unrooted Childhoods, and Writing Out of Limbo.  In 2019 she received an Hon. Litt.D from Wheaton College for her life's work. Ruth is currently Chairperson of the Governing Board of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN). She now lives in Indianapolis, USA with her husband, David. 

Watch the Ruth Van Reken Third culture kids today webinar 

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Webinar: Redefining a school's purpose: Forging innovative pathways to meet the needs of every student

Jeff Farrington, High School Principal at The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) 
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Jeff is the High School Principal and has been with ISKL since 2014. He has been an administrator for more than 20 years. Jeff began his international education career in 1994 and is actively involved in leading instruction, assessment, and teacher supervision since 2000 (MS Principal, HS Principal, K-12 Director of Learning). He was a recipient of the US-based National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2021 Principal of the Year. Jeff holds a Master’s degree in International Education, BEd, and BSc.

Watch the Redefining a school's purpose: Forging innovative pathways to meet the needs of every student webinar 

Webinar: Admission done well: success for everyone

Claudine Hakim, Head of Advancement, Transitions and Student Support, International School of London
Claudia Hakim
Claudine is currently the Head of Advancement, Transitions and Student Support at the International School of London. She was the founding Head of Secondary at ISL Surrey and leader of the award-winning Crossroads Transitions programme. Claudine leads the Student Support department and is passionate about fostering well-balanced and inclusive international communities.Claudine holds a Masters degree from the University College of London, Institute of Education in Educational Leadership and Management and a BA in Psychology and Counselling from Richmond International University.She is Vice-Chair, Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN).Julia Love, Director of Admissions, International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), Malaysia
Julia Love, Director of Admissions, The International School of Kuala Lumpur
Julia Love is currently the Director of Admissions at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before joining ISKL in July 2012, Julia worked in private school admissions in both the USA and the UK.With over 20 years’ experience in Boarding, Primary, Secondary and International schools, Julia is passionate about and committed to ensuring that school placement meets the requirements of every child.Additionally, having spent a good portion of her childhood overseas attending British, German and International schools, Julia understands first-hand the complex transitional needs of children during international relocation.She has participated in numerous international conferences, having presented and led training sessions on topics relating to school placement and the educational needs of Third Culture Kids (TCK) in Global Transition.

Watch the Admission done well: success for everyone webinar

Wednesday 17th November 2021

Webinar: Choosing the right curriculum and the future of International Schools

Tony Piper, Vice Principal and Head of Senior School, Jerudong International School, Brunei

Tony Piper, JIS
Tony is currently the Vice-Principal - Head of Senior School at Jerudong International School (JIS) in Brunei. This role involves the overall management of the academic, pastoral and enrichment aspects of the Senior School (Years 7-13) at JIS. The Senior School comprises 1,081 students and is home to over 50 nationalities. Tony has been at the school for 12 years and during this time has also been the Head of Humanities and the Head of Sixth Form. Tony is a passionate geography teacher and has taught the subject at KS3, IGCSE, A Level & the IBDP level and enjoys nothing more than understanding the demography of a city or examining the history of a U-Shaped valley.JIS is his first international posting and before arriving in Brunei taught in the United Kingdom for 4 years. Without doubt what continues to inspire him is the students in his care. He tries to create the right environment in a school to inspire the students to be the next generation of socially conscious and environmentally responsible global leaders. When not at work, Tony & his wife enjoy the rainforest life of Brunei as well as trying to keep their three and four year old children in some sort of order!

Mireille Rabaté, Head of School, Lycée International De Londres Winston Churchill 

Mireille Rabaté, Head of School, French Lycée Winston Churchill
Mireille Rabaté's career has been an international one from the start. She began her career as a French lecturer at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA and then continued at the University of Oslo, Norway.Her international experience in pedagogical innovation greatly influenced her career during the following twenty years as Head of schools in France and the USA. After various senior teaching positions in France, Mireille was offered the prestigious position of Deputy Head at the Lycée Rochambeau in Washington D.C. In 2009, Mireille assumed the role of Middle School Principal and Assistant Head at the French-American International  School in San Francisco.After thirteen years in the USA, Mireille was thrilled to return to Europe to take on her new responsibilities with enthusiasm and commitment. “Having the opportunity to create and lead the Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill is every Head’s dream!" says Mireille.

Kili Lay, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, American School of The Hague, The Netherlands

Kili Lay is inspired by learning and driven to help create a school where that is a hallmark of its culture. By helping teacher leaders find their voice within a school’s change initiatives, they are more confident and able to contribute to a shared vision where all learners are engaged and inspired by their learning.Leveraging her strengths like zest for learning and perseverance, she blends strategy with planning to guide vertical alignment and elevate the learning experiences within her PreK-12 school. A former high school chemistry teacher, Kili has served as an IB diploma coordinator, accreditation coordinator, taught middle and high school math as well as middle school science in Connecticut, Spain, and the Netherlands. Kili holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in science from Bucknell University, both located in Pennsylvania, USA. She and her family currently reside in The Netherlands.

Watch the Choosing the right curriculum and the future of International Schools webinar

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