Avi's 35+ year career spans Marketing Services, Media, Education, Private Equity, Real Estate Direct Investments and Government sectors. At the helm of the BPG Group (www.bpggroup.com) since 1991, Avi consolidates the Group's interests across advertising, public relations, design, activation, media asset management and digital verticals, in the Middle East and North Africa region. Avi has also assisted in the conceptualization and execution of a number of strategic Dubai initiatives (Dubai Quality Award, Dubai Shopping Festival etc.) and has served the Government of Dubai while assisting with the development of Knowledge Economy hubs in Dubai (Internet, Media and Ideas). An Alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Avi is the Managing Director of Innoventures Education; General Partner of Montana Capital Ltd, the holding company of Ramusake and Copper Dog in Dubai, AMEA Ventures Ltd, Partner Director of HTMi Switzerland Dubai LLC, and Chairman of International Management Ventures FZ LLC. He is also on the Board of Governors of The International Institute of Tolerance by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the VP/ PM of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Avi is widely recognized as one of the most influential expats in the GCC, and has been honoured by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his contribution to the evolution of Dubai Shopping Festival. Avi has also been recognized by leading media such as Forbes Middle East and Arabian Business, both as an Entrepreneur of the Year as well as a Chief Executive of a Media company.
Poonam is an Economics Honours Graduate with an MBA from India's premier business school, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Prior to envisioning and cofounding Dubai International Academy, Poonam has had significant industry experience working on leading edge technology solutions with a range of organizations across India, Hong Kong, USA, Belgium, Sweden, The Netherlands, Oman and UAE. She is the CEO of Innoventures Education and has served as the President of the Middle East IB Association of Schools and is the Secretary of the Dubai Private Schools Group.
Toby has spent over 20 years in the international advertising business based in London. Fourteen years at Young and Rubicam, 7 as CEO, were followed by a short spell with them in New York, before joining Cordiant as Group Chairman of Bates Europe, Middle East, India and Africa. Since it was acquired by WPP in August 2003, Toby is the only member of its Executive Committee to have remained as now Global Client Leader and CEO of Team HSBC, and CEO JWT Europe. Toby enjoys both tennis and golf. He is also a Governor of Harrow School.
Dr. JAAP MOS
Dr. Jaap Mos been involved with Dutch and international education for more than 30 years. He was the founding Principal of The International School of The Hague, Netherlands, and remained in this position until 2006. He continued as chair of the Leadership team to found United World College Maastricht, Netherlands. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Dutch International Secondary Schools and on the Board of Trustees of the European Council of International Schools. Currently he is Director of LanguageOne, based in the Netherlands. LanguageOne offers and develops Mother Tongue Education, integrated in international curricula, for the Dutch, and other European speaking communities outside of the home country. Since 2010 Jaap is a member of the IB Regional Council for Africa, Europe & Middle East. Jaap is living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Dr. IMAD Y HOBALLAH
Dr. Imad Y. Hoballah is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of The American University in Dubai (AUD), leading the academic and pedagogical transformation, providing guidance and support for all AUD academic operations. His career bridges experience as an academic and practicing communications professional. He has extensive public services experience as the Chairman and CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Lebanon for over 5 years, and as the Head of Telecom Technologies Unit for 8 years. Dr. Hoballah served as the CEO of OMNIX Media Networks (UAE), and has held several executive and leadership positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Laboratories in Africa, the Middle East, and the US
Sahia Ahmad, a Barrister, is the General Counsel of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai, the entity responsible for regulating the tourism sector and the marketing of Dubai as a destination. She is an Emirati, who completed her schooling in Dubai and studied Law at Kings College, London. As a member of Lincoln's Inn, Sahia is the first UAE National to become a member of English Bar. Sahia's career has included practising Law in the UAE for 20 years at Allen & Overy, as founding General Counsel of Dubai World, as a Partner in one of the world’s largest law firms and as the General Counsel of Emirates Investment Authority, the Sovereign Wealth Fund of the UAE Federal Government. She has advised governments and multinationals through her career and involved in drafting many of Dubai and UAE Laws. Her four children study at DIA.
Sushmeta was born in India and has been a resident of Dubai for the past three decades. She has a Diploma from Swiss Finishing School and Masters from University of Wollongong, Dubai. Sushmeta is currently a working partner in the family business with interests in various fields including manufacturing, trading and real estate in India, Dubai, UK and Africa. She has one child at DIA who has been with the school since its inception.
Alan has been a Teacher, Teacher Educator, Educational Consultant, and currently is General Manager of the Australian Council for Educational, Dubai office and is responsible for the direction of a wide national and international programs in the UAE and Middle East region. He has extensive experience in working with schools and developing effective assessment programs for students and schools. Alan is currently also Project Director for the UAE National Assessment Program (UAENAP 2015). He is also a parent at DIA.
Michael is the Director, Finance & Administration at Innoventures Education. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a Diploma in Portfolio Management with over 20 years' experience in consulting and industry. He was part of the core team of Innoventures Education that set up Dubai International Academy in 2005. Michael started his career in an accounting firm focused on audit, tax, corporate law, and business and investment advisory services. He is a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants, UK and has been on the faculty of a business school in Dubai.