Poonam Bhojani - CEO, Innoventures Education
Poonam Bhojani 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.
Timothy Roberts - Principal, Raffles World Academy
Michael Stephen - Director Finance and Administration, Innoventures Education
Michael Stephen 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. Michael started his career in an accounting firm focused on audit, tax, corporate law, and business and investment advisory services. He enjoys business and financial modelling to develop new business ideas, building key relationships, and the challenge of establishing new projects. In 2005, he cofounded Eternus Foundation in Chennai which provides education and health cover to needy children. Michael is a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants, UK and has been on the faculty of a business school in Dubai.
Andrew Johnston, Administration Manager
Andrew is responsible for managing all of the facilities and daily operation across the RWA campus. With extensive experience in Administration, Business Operation and customer care, he regularly liaises with the RWA Academic Team to ensure that the facilities and environment effectively support teaching and learning at RWA.
Andrew carries with him extensive knowledge in ensuring performance and delivery and has a demonstrable track record of successful business operation and achievement of targets.
Dr. Armeena Tabassum - Head of Primary
Dr. Armeena Tabassum comes with a 21 years of teaching, leadership and management experience at primary, middle years and higher secondary level. The core 17 years of which have been with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in IB authorized world schools. She holds a dual Master’s degree in Education and Educational Psychology with specialization in Inclusion and a PhD in Education, where her field of research was ‘Early Childhood Education’. Armeena has taught in some leading IB World schools in India, Bangladesh, Croatia and the UAE. She joined RWA in 2011 as a teacher and then served as a Dean of Studies for 2 years and is currently the Head of Primary. Armeena holds a passion for increasing students’ academic and holistic development, raising standards and improving teaching and learning. She holds a clear vision and strategic direction that promotes continuous school improvement and inspire, motivate, challenge and empower all stakeholders to carry the vision forward. She enjoys writing academic plans and policies, researching, writing poetry, interior designing, cooking and travelling.
Damien Marshall - Deputy Head of Primary
As the Deputy Head, Damien is responsible for the pastoral care and well-being of primary students. He works to ensure RWA has a welcoming and caring environment in which all students can flourish. Damien facilitates collaboration between students, teachers and parents to ensure a positive day for everyone.
Damien has worked in the field of education in the schooling and government sector, with a passion for driving the effective use of technology to support high-quality teaching and leaning. In addition to his degree in Primary Education, Damien also has a Masters of Educational Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Diploma in Community Development. As the Head of Digital Learning, Damien is responsible for supporting the high-quality integration of technology into classrooms across the school, supporting students and teachers in classrooms, as well as leading the strategic planning for the school in this area. Outside of school he has a passion for traveling and sport, as well as reading.
Nicholas Paul Gastaldi- Dean of Studies and PYP Coordinator
As Dean of Studies and PYP Coordinator, Nick is responsible for ensuring a personalized and rigorous curriculum is delivered to all students. At RWA we use the Primary Years Program philosophy as the lens for all academic decisions in the school. Nick works closely with all teachers, collaboratively planning lessons and units of inquiry to produce innovative learning experiences for students.
James Lynch - Head of Secondary
Sean Quigley, Middle School Coordinator
As Middle-school Coordinator, Seán is responsible for grades 6-8. This involves driving the teaching and learning, assessment, curriculum and reporting. Seán is aided on academic matters by his team of Heads of Grade and liaises with them and the Dean of Students on pastoral matters.
Anissa Pereira, IBDP Coordinator
Anissa is responsible for the development and consolidation of the IB Diploma Program (DP) at RWA. She works closely with the DP team which comprises the Heads of Grade 11 and 12, the EE Coordinator, the CAS Coordinator, the TOK Coordinator and the Higher Education Advisor at RWA.
Neha Sharma, Head of student support (whole school)
Neha is responsible for the inclusion of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), students identified as Gifted and/or Talented (TAG) and students needing English as an additional language (EAL) support at RWA.
She develops the policies for inclusion and oversees all the matters related to inclusive practices including admissions, identification, intervention, assessment and teaching & learning. Neha is also responsible for the continuing professional development of all teaching staff and the learning support assistants. She works very closely with all the stakeholders including the parents and external agencies involved in the education of students requiring support provisions.
Neha is currently pursuing her PHD in Education (students with additional needs) from the British University in Dubai. Neha holds a Masters degree in Inclusive and Special Education from the University of Birmingham and has completed 4 years at RWA.