Meet the workshop facilitators

The IB has introduced a new series of workshops focused on leadership. The workshops are led by an outstanding and diverse group of leaders in international education who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences to build a global community of strategic and innovative leaders.

Read more about the workshop facilitators below or download the guide [1.6MB] PDF

 

Dr. Jeff Aitken
Head of School, St John's-Kilmarnock School (SJK) in Ontario, Canada

 Jeff Aitken

Dr. Jeff Aitken has written and worked for the IB as Deputy Chief, Principal Examiner, workshop leader and evaluator for IB’s global Quality Assurance Framework. In November 2014, he was elected to the IB Heads Council. Jeff served as Assistant Head of the British International School in Singapore. He was also a teacher and school leader at the American International School in Caracas, Venezuela and the International School of Penang, Malaysia. He and his wife Mariana have two children who attend SJK.

Jeff's leadership mantra: Leadership is strongly people-centred. I place a priority on relationships, and strive to build trust and collaborative ways of working toward student progress and success.

Margaret Alvarez
Principal, ISS International School in Singapore

 Margaret Alvarez

As the former Associate Director for the Council of International Schools (CIS), Dr. Margaret Alvarez has evaluated international schools in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and managed international school evaluations in Asia. Margaret assisted in designing CIS protocols to measure the quality of international schools and joint evaluations with the IB, as well as introducing three IB programmes to ISS. Margaret and her husband Antonio have two daughters who attend IB World Schools.

Margaret's leadership mantra: Like directing an orchestra, empowering leaders to navigate the changing international education environment whilst maintaining a collaborative environment amongst school community sectors so that they can understand, appreciate and contribute to ‘the music’.

Mark Beach
Principal, Discovery College in Hong Kong

 Mark Beach

Mark Beach has a wide and varied educational background including early childhood to senior secondary, special needs and distance learning. From a small Maori school in New Zealand to his current position as Principal of Discovery College in Hong Kong, Mark focuses on creating the conditions whereby exceptional teachers are able to offer the very best learning experiences and outcomes for students.

Mark's leadership mantra: Leadership is a complex set of attitudes, skills, understandings, experiences and personal attributes that allow a person to move individuals, groups or organizations forward to an agreed vision or goal.

Dr. Gerard Calnin
Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia

 Gerard Calnin

In the past 30 years, Dr. Gerard Calnin has held senior leadership roles in the P–12 school sector, the tertiary sector, and at the system level. His leadership roles include Head of School, Head of Professional Development, and Head of Curriculum, as well as the Dean of Studies at Newman College. Gerard has worked at several IB World Schools, acted as member of the global professional development committee, designed bespoke workshops and helped develop the new IB Leadership Series of workshops.

Gerard’s leadership mantra: Discovering and nurturing the potential of others to lead.

Denise Coates
Principal, Lake Leman International School in Morges, Switzerland

 Denise

During the past 20 years, Denise Coates has worked in three international schools in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. Denise leads the MYP and the DP in a bilingual international school, where she also became the Head of Secondary School. She is an MYP school services lead educator and trainer of workshop leaders, school visitors, consultants and readers. Through her IB work, Denise is able to engage with a wider community of learners to acquire and share expertise. Her two children are graduates of the Diploma Programme.

Denise’s leadership mantra: Leading engagement for learning.

Kathy Derrick
Vice Principal, Clearwater Bay School in Hong Kong

 Kathy Derrick

Kathy Derrick has gained an extensive range of educational experiences by leading workshops and visiting IB World Schools in more than 20 countries. Kathy has held leadership positions in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. Additionally, she has worked with leadership teams across Asia Pacific in the implementation of the IB PYP. Kathy believes in developing sustainable leadership structures that focus on and facilitate deep learning for students and teachers.

Kathy's leadership mantra: Leadership is about empowering and mentoring others to lead. Developing leaders who in turn develop leaders.

Kim Edwards
Former Deputy Principal, Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) in Perth, Western Australia

 Kim Edwards

Kim Edwards has taught in Australia for more than 30 years. For the past 10 years, she has been responsible for implementing and coordinating the MYP and Personal Project at PLC in Perth. Kim is an experienced IB trainer, MYP workshop leader, school visit team leader, consultant and field representative. She has presented at national and international conferences in America, Australia, India, and Singapore as well as regularly hosting and presenting to visiting schools.

Kim's leadership mantra: Creating a collaborative culture leads to higher levels of trust and respect.

Deidre Fischer
Head of School, DF Education in Adelaide, South Australia

 Deidre Fischer

Deidre Fischer discovered the world of teaching in the IB in 1998 when she moved overseas, teaching in the Philippines, China, Mongolia, and Indonesia. She has held a variety of leadership and management roles, including Head of School in three IB World Schools. Deidre combines her depth and breadth of experience with her love for teaching and facilitating within her own business. The core value that drives her career is integrity and the fundamental belief of being respectful and helping others achieve their potential.

Deidre's leadership mantra: Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them achieve their potential.

Darlene Fisher
Chief Learning Officer, The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Consultant, International Baccalaureate in London, United Kingdom

 Darlene Fisher

Darlene Fisher has worked for more than 30 years as a teacher and administrator. Within the last 16 years, she has worked in IB World Schools in Oman, Thailand, India, Turkey, and the UK. Darlene is currently working at ECIS to develop educational programmes for teachers and school leaders in international schools. She also supports schools in the process of IB authorization. Darlene’s doctoral studies focus on educational leadership and the impact of culture, and she helps to develop leadership workshops and pathways for heads of IB World Schools.

Darlene's leadership mantra: Culture matters in international leadership.

Nigel Forbes-Harper
Executive Director, Tranby College in Perth, Western Australia

 Nigel Forbes-Harper

Nigel Forbes-Harper moved from the UK to Australia in 1972 and began his full-time teaching career in 1980 in Western Australia. This career took Nigel to Papua New Guinea, the Northern Territory of Australia, Turkey and Thailand, where he served as Head of the Senior School at Prem Tinsulanonda International School. Nigel later served for five years as head of School Services in the Asia Pacific region and was responsible for the management of IB programmes in IB World Schools in the region. He returned to Australia in 2012.

Nigel’s leadership mantra: Collaborate, listen, reflect, decide.

Peter Howe
Head of College, United World College (UWC) Maastricht in The Netherlands

 Peter Howe

Peter Howe is a Canadian educator and currently the Head of College at UWC Maastricht. He moved to the Netherlands in January 2012 after more than six years at UWC Adriatic, where he served in a number of roles including IB Coordinator, Deputy Head and Head of College. Peter and his wife Sally have three children who have attended or are currently attending IB World Schools.

Peter's leadership mantra: I have an absolute faith in students and their untapped potential.

Greg Hutchings
Superintendent, Shaker Heights City Schools in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 Greg Hutchings

Greg Hutchings’ leadership, his district became one of only eight in the country authorized to offer the IB Programme to all grade levels. In a short time, their graduation rate has risen to 93%, a centre has been opened to expand the early childhood education program and an innovative partnership with Howard University helps to attract high-quality African- American male teachers to their schools. Greg has held several other leadership roles, including Director of PreK–12 Initiatives for Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia.

Greg's leadership mantra: An effective leader is courageous and possesses vision, integrity and passion (VIP)!

Catherine Ige
Head of School, Ibadan International School (IIS) in Nigeria, West Africa

 Catherine Ige

With more than 17 years of experience in the educational sector, Catherne Ige  is a principled, dedicated and thorough administrator. Catherine describes herself as “a motivator, an empowerer and a stickler for detail”. In addition to her role at IIS, Catherine also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and is a workshop leader and trainer for the IB. In that capacity, Catherine leads workshops and participates in authorization visits and programme evaluation visits in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Catherine's leadership mantra: Integrity, hard work, open-mindedness and flexibility are traits that equip me with the ability to support, mentor, inspire and innovate.

Raquel Katzkowicz
Director, Albert Einstein School in Quito, Ecuador

 Raquel Katzkowicz

For the past 20 years, Raquel Katzkowicz has worked as a school administrator and trainer in Uruguay and Ecuador. For 10 years, Raquel was a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) consultant in the areas of science education and secondary- school education. Additionally, she has worked with MEd and PhD candidates on strategies for implementing innovations while respecting school cultures. Raquel’s broad experience with the four IB programmes includes serving as a workshop leader for administrators, an advisor for public and private schools in several Latin American countries and a member of authorization and evaluation teams.

Raquel's leadership mantra: I firmly believe in respect for diversity and in all students’ ability to learn if we as teachers and leaders can find suitable ways to reach and teach them.

Brendan Kean
Vice Principal, English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong

 Brendan Kean

Brendan Kean has been involved in international education (in the PYP) for almost 10 years. He is near completion of his PhD, which focuses on the use of collaboration to develop effective assessment strategies to improve student learning. Brendan has completed a Masters of Education in PYP, contributed to PYP curriculum development, received the Jeff Thompson Research Award, trained workshop leaders and participated in school visits. In his current role, Jeff is responsible for building leadership capacity in middle leaders, leading curriculum design and instruction and developing strong relationships with all stakeholders of the school.

Brendan's leadership mantra: Leading a school encompasses many aspects but the success of leadership is built on relationships and trust with all stakeholders.

Peter Kotrc
Director/CEO, Berlin Brandenburg International School in Berlin, Germany

 Peter Kotrc

Peter Kotrc joined the Vienna International School (VIS) during its start-up stages, where he learned about the IB. While teaching DP language and literature and history, Peter had the opportunity to help develop the MYP and work in several positions before becoming Secondary Head/Director of the International School of The Hague. Peter is interested in the power of mission statements and the business aspects of schools. He is trained in systemic organizational development and coaching.

Peter's leadership mantra: Leading is service: enabling and empowering others to do their jobs well.

Medin Lamichhane
Principal, Ullens School in Kathmandu, Nepal

 Medin Lamichhane

Medin Lamichhane is from a remote village in Nepal, and now leads the Ullens School—the first and only school to offer the DP programme in Nepal. The school provides holistic education to children with respect and dignity, allowing them to achieve their full potential. Medin believes in respecting the diversity that exists in our society and encouraging children to be proud of their culture and heritage. She has published many articles in education journals and led training programs and workshops. Medin is the executive member of South Asia International Baccalaureate Schools Association (SAIBSA) and has received a National Education Award from the Government of Nepal.

Medin's leadership mantra: An inspiring and ethical leader with distributed leadership practices helps students learn and achieve and establishes trust and trustworthiness among staff, students and community.

J. Courtney Lowe
Director, Western Academy of Beijing in Beijing, China

 J.Courtney Lowe

J. Courtney Lowe came to education through an interest in languages and linguistics. He made the transition to international schools while in Japan, teaching at Canadian Academy in Kobe. He moved into leadership at Hong Kong International School, holding several positions during his 11-year tenure. Mr. Lowe believes we owe it to our students to prepare them not only for university, but for life. The transdisciplinary nature of the IB programmes can really foster this, but it takes clear leadership to help schools, teachers, and students reach this goal.

J. Courtney's leadership mantra: Leadership is mostly about remaining true to what we value and having the skills in management and communication to ensure those values become shared.

Mark McCallum
Vice Principal/Head of Secondary, Chatswood International School in Singapore

 Mark McCallum

Mark McCallum is an educational change-agent, having spent the past 16 years in mid-sized international schools in Singapore. He has been Head of High School and Head of Secondary/ Vice Principal at two international schools in Singapore. Mark has also overseen the school-wide implementation of the DP and MYP programmes in two different schools. His passion as an educator is in leading educational changes in schools, and in navigating great groups of teachers through school change. Mark has unique insight into educational change, having led two schools firsthand through multi-year educational change processes.

Mark's leadership mantra: Successful leaders have to understand themselves, understand their organizations, develop a strategic vision, and have the courage to act.

Dr. Jim McConnell
Founding Head, Stratford Hall in Vancouver, Canada

 Jim McConnell

Dr. Jim McConnell has more than 40 years of experience in schools, with more than half in senior administration. Stratford Hall has been one of the leaders in developing an IB Continuum experience; Jim led the authorization process for the PYP, MYP and DP, creating a strong and unified IB culture throughout the school. His own leadership has been formed from a range of experiences and reflection, but most importantly through academic work in his doctorate studies.

Jim is interested in the 'lifeworld of leadership'.

Dr. James A. McSwain
Principal, Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in Houston, Texas, USA

 James A. McSwain

Dr. James A. McSwain McSwain has served 19 years at Lamar High School, an IB World School serving more than 3,300 students. His vast experience in the educational field includes rural, suburban and urban settings with a wide range of youth, including severely at-risk and impoverished students. James holds a doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, and his doctoral research focused on at-risk minority youth in alternative education.

James' leadership mantra: Education is the foundation of civilization. My role is to inspire, empower and encourage. It is conducting the orchestra, not playing the solo.

Peter Murphy
Director, Vienna International School in Vienna, Austria

 Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy joined Vienna International School after serving for eight years as the Director at Bonn International School in Germany. He represents the Africa, Europe and Middle East region as chair of the IB Regional Council. Peter is also the Board Chair of the Metropolitan School Frankfurt, Association of Central European Schools (ACES) and Metropolitan School Frankfurt. Peter is a team leader for school accreditation visits, supporting the work of both the Council of International Schools and the IB. He is currently completing an MSc in Leading Innovation and Change.

Peter's leadership mantra: Leadership is the process of influencing others to understand and agree what needs to be done and how it can be effectively done by facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish shared objectives.

Glenn Odland
Head of School, Canadian International School in Singapore

 Glenn Odland

Glenn Odland has been an educational leader for more than 20 years and has occupied several leadership roles in both North America and Singapore. Glenn is currently in his tenth year as the Head of School at the Canadian International School in Singapore, an IB continuum school offering the PYP, MYP and DP. He has been a keynote speaker at educational conferences around the world and written materials for the scholarly Journal of Research in International Education.

Glenn's leadership style is: Self-aware and other-focused.

Marisa Perazzo
Deputy Head, Northlands School in Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Marisa Perazzo

Marisa Perazzo is a graduate Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) teacher and holds an MA in Applied Linguistics. She has taught English and international exams classes for more than 20 years and trained teachers at National Training College in Buenos Aires for more than 10 years. Marisa is a Cambridge English examiner, a team leader, and a Centre Exams Manager. She has presented extensively for Cambridge English Exams as well as in Latin American conferences on both pedagogy and management.

Marisa's leadership mantra: Leaders should above all be able to communicate their visions powerfully and convincingly.

Dr. Malcolm Pritchard
Head of School, The Independent Schools Foundation Academy in Hong Kong

 Malcolm Pritchard

The Foundation Academy is a K–12 Chinese-English bilingual IB World School in Hong Kong (MYP, DP). Formerly, Dr. Malcolm Pritchard served as principal of Kormilda College, an IB World School (DP) with a strong Australian Indigenous boarding enrollment, located in Darwin, Australia. Malcolm founded Caulfield Grammar School’s cultural immersion campus in the Chinese city of Nanjing and was the Head of Languages at Melbourne Grammar School.

Malcolm's leadership mantra: Serving others: A state of being, an act of doing.

JoAn Radojkovich
Principal, Primary School Canadian International School in Singapore

 JoAn Radojkovich

JoAn Radojkovich has been involved in all facets of education, educating students from Pre-K to university, training teachers, actively working with parent groups, partnering with non-governmental organizations, and working as global curriculum manager for the IB. A firm believer in the power of a well-educated mind and heart, JoAn is dedicated to developing, teaching, consulting, and inspiring the values and philosophy of the IB. She is passionate about pioneering new educational initiatives and putting research into practice.

JoAn's leadership mantra: Leadership requires character and competence to understand self, the context you lead in and where and how to move next.

Kathy Saville
Leader, Wesley College in Melbourne, Australia

 Kathy Saville

Kathy Saville has been involved in education for more than 25 years, teaching in kindergarten, primary and junior secondary classes, as well as in tertiary institutions in both undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. She is currently the College Teaching and Learning Leader at Wesley College, Melbourne, an independent coeducational school of 3,200 students on three campuses. Involved in the PYP since 2002, Kathy helped introduce this programme to the Glen Waverley campus, where she was also PYP coordinator. Kathy has seen the programme through its authorization and subsequent first evaluation visit. She has also held the role of Deputy Director of Curriculum K–12. Kathy has been a PYP workshop leader, visiting team member and leader, field representative and consultant for a number of years.

Kathy's leadership mantra: A shared vision that is collaboratively constructed and grounded in identified best practice.

Mona Seervai
Principal, Bombay International School in Mumbai, India

 Mona Seervai

Mona Seervai says she has lived life in 10-year nuggets—first pursuing biochemistry until her mid-twenties, then working with poor urban women, trying to organize them around shelter in Mumbai. This is Mona’s twelfth year as the principal of a school offering the DP, Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and a candidate for PYP. The IB has reaffirmed Mona’s educational philosophy and beliefs, helping her to meet many like-minded individuals across the world. Mona has been on the Regional Council since 2012 and also serves on the Board of the Indian School Leadership Institute.

Mona's leadership mantra: A leader is one who is active, passionate and has the energy to drive programmes and the warmth and empathy to carry the team forward and support when there are challenges.

Lucila Sotomayor y Pena
Director, Bachillerator Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Puebla, Mexico

 Lucila Sotomayor y Pena

In 1969, Lucila Sotomayor y Pena became an English teacher. In 1985, she cofounded a K–12 bilingual school, served as the academic director and was involved in the professional development of my teammates. Lucila led the implementation of the PYP, MYP and DP programmes in the school and, since 2009, has led the implementation of the DP and the CP in UPAEP high schools. Teaching others has made Lucila a ‘lifelong learner’ and serving others has given her a sense of purpose. Now, learning to lead others to serve is one of the most important aspects of her life.

Lucila's leadership mantra: Leading through service.

Andreas Swoboda
Head of School, International School of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany

 Andreas Swoboda

In 1993, Andreas Swoboda started teaching in Meru, Kenya. In 1996 he took his first leadership position as Administration Manager of the German Nairobi School. From 2001 to 2009, Andreas served the German European School Singapore, first as Director of Administration, and later as the founding Director of the European Section. He has worked in Mumbai, India, as Head of School at Oberoi International School, before joining the International School of Hamburg. He has experience in three IB programmes and serves on various authorization committees for the DP in Asia Pacific.

Andreas' leadership mantra: I strongly believe involving the team in important decision making processes. This makes projects their own and in turn helps develop individual skills and increases job satisfaction.

Jimena Taboada
Head of School, St Brendan’s School in Montevideo, Uruguay

 Jimena Taboada

Jimena Taboada has been an active member of the IB educator network since 2001, when she was trained as a PYP site visitor and workshop leader. Jimena was also a regional representative in the PYP committee from 2005–2008 and chaired the same committee in the term 2009–2010. She is passionate about educational inquiry and contributed to the development of various IB curriculum documents.

Jimena's leadership mantra: Leadership is about building the collective capacity of the school community, so that the learning experiences are successful in fulfilling the shared vision of making a better world through education.

Vanita Uppal
Director, The British School of New Delhi in New Delhi, India

 Vanita Uppal

Vanita Uppal works with schools in India on curriculum development for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education and IB programmes. She is a member of Visiting Accreditation Teams for the Council of International Schools, a mentor with the Global Teacher Accreditation Programme of the British Council, a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) in the UK and a member of the IB educator network (IBEN). Vanita serves as Honorary Secretary to Friends of Round Square, South East Asia and the Gulf Region. Currently, she is leading a mentoring initiative with a school in central India.

Vanita's leadership mantra: Inspiring, listening, collaborating, building capacity and leading with passion, empathy and integrity is my mantra.

Sean Watt
Owner/ Senior Consultant- Sean Watt Consulting: Director/Founder of Sport 'n' Ed

 Sean Watt

Sean Watt has been in leadership roles for over 20 years in education and sporting organisations including roles such as a Head of Middle School, Head of Junior School and Head of Teaching and Learning. Sean now owns his own consulting business working with universities, a global publisher and education companies. He is also Director of a Sporting Club and Founder/Director of a company specialising in developing high performance cultures in business, sport and education. Internationally, he has consulted with a number of schools and has developed and facilitated with the International Baccalaureate for on-line, webinars and face-to-face workshops on well-being, sustainability and leadership throughout parts of Asia and Australia.

Peter Welch
Director, International School of Helsinki (ISH) in Helsinki, Finland

 Peter Welch

Peter Welch is director of ISH, a three-programme IB World School with a diverse Pre-K–12 student population. He has served as Director of the International Community School in Istanbul—a school with a similar profile to ISH. Previously, he was head of the American Pacific International School in Thailand. Originally from Nottingham, England, Peter has spent most of my career overseas, working in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Peter's leadership mantra: The nature of effective leadership is entirely dependent on the cultural and professional context of our work.

Chris Wright
Director of Education, Woodard Schools in United Kingdom

 Chris Wright

Chris Wright Wright has been working in education for more than 30 years in a range of roles, including as head of three schools. His first IB experience was in 1995, when he worked in the Middle East as principal of an international school. There, he introduced the DP and was the theory of knowledge coordinator. He has worked with schools in Albania, Venezuela, Russia, Mostar in Bosnia, and Greece and am interested in how successful leadership in international schools is both culture and context driven.

Chris' leadership mantra: Schooling is about human flourishing, and expert leaders making a difference.

Chris Wyatt
Master, Trinity Grammar Preparatory School in New South Wales, Australia

 Chris Wyatt

Chris Wyatt is currently teaching in his third IB World school and has been involved with the PYP for 12 years. Chris felt an instant connection to the IB and particularly the PYP due to the close alignment with my philosophical and pedagogical values.

Chris' leadership mantra: Educational leadership is facilitating the learning of all members of a community based on values and being sensitive to the context and culture of the school.