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 22 years of teaching, leadership and management experience at primary, middle years and higher secondary level. The core 18 years of which have been with the International Baccalaureate Programme in IB authorized world schools. She holds a dual Master’s degree in education and educational psychology with a focus on inclusion and a PhD in education, where her field of research was ‘Early Childhood Education’. Armeena has taught in leading IB World schools in India, Bangladesh, Croatia and the UAE.
As a trained accreditor for the Council of International Schools (CIS) Armeena visits schools, assessing and evaluating them as part of their accreditation process. She has a passion for increasing students’ academic and holistic development, raising standards and improving teaching and learning. Armeena 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, organizing events, writing poetry, interior designing, cooking and travelling.
Yolanda Maccallum, Deputy Head Pastoral and Administration
As the deputy head of primary – pastoral and administration, Yolanda works with a network of staff such as the Counsellors, learning support department, and all the primary teachers to ensure RWA has a welcoming, caring, and safe environment, in which all students can flourish. Yolanda facilitates collaboration between students, teachers and parents to build strong and positive relationships in and across the primary school.
Yolanda has been working in education for 14 years, and has her Bachelors Degree in education, specializing in early childhood development and foundation phase. She has spent 6 years in RWA as a homeroom teacher, as well as 2 years as a middle leader.
Damien Marshall - Deputy Head Academics (Upper Primary) and Head of Digital Learning
As the deputy head of academics in the upper primary school, Damien is responsible for continuing to develop the quality of teaching and learning in the upper part of the primary school (Grades 3-5). As the head of digital learning, he 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. Damien also has a role across the Innoventures group of schools as the digital learning coordinator, helping to support schools with their strategical planning in regards to digital learning, as well as the implementation of this planning in the schools.
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 learning. 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.
Nicholas Paul Gastaldi, Deputy Head Academics (Lower Primary) 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, Deputy Head of SS - Academics
As the Deputy Head of Secondary (academic), Seán oversees all academic matters including curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning. He is also responsible for the continuing professional development of secondary staff
Stephen Pinto, MYP Coordinator
Stephen Pinto joined Raffles World Academy in 2010 as an IGCSE and IBDP biology teacher and has recently become the Middle Years Programme Coordinator. His previous roles at RWA were Cambridge IGCSE coordinator and exams officer from 2011 to 2014. In 2016 he took on the post of head of science department and continued as the IGCSE exams officer. He has a Masters in animal physiology and in education. He is an IBDP examiner, team leader and an IGCSE examiner. He has 18 years of teaching experience and has taught across various curricula such as the ICSE, IGCSE (Edexcel) AS and A-level, IGCSE (Cambridge), and IBDP. Stephen, together with his team is responsible for implementing the Middle Years Programme (MYP) Stephen is passionate about curriculum development and assessment. He will work closely with his MYP team as well as the heads of department to oversee the various subject areas, the Personal Project, the Community Project as well as the Inter Disciplinary Unit and the approaches to learning to ensure that the highest standards and practices of the Middle Years Programme are implemented at RWA.
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.