Head of Outreach and Development North America
Robert Kelty started his career in Crownpoint, New Mexico in the heart of the Navajo Nation with Teach For America in 2001. Since that time, Robert has served as a head of school, superintendent, senior manager for Teach For America, and as an elected official as the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, where he worked with all levels of government and six indigenous nations.
As a head of school, Robert led Puente de Hózhó Elementary School, a Navajo immersion and Spanish/English bilingual program predicated on meaningful school integration and language preservation and revitalization. He now works with the International Baccalaureate as the Head of Outreach and Development in the DC Global Centre.
Robert received his doctorate from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and was awarded an honorary doctorate from NAU in 2008. He is a former Arizona Teacher of the Year, published in the Journal of American Indian Education, was a lead author to On Indian Ground: The Southwest (2021), and a signatory on an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States concerning federal obligations to Native America education. Robert has two super-hero children, one in a Middle Years Programme in the DC/Maryland area and the other awaiting an IB education.
Dr. Maripé Menéndez
Head of Development and Recognition for IberoAmerica
Maripé currently works as Head of Development and Recognition for IberoAmerica. After 15 years of work for the IB, she has hold several previous positions such as Regional Manager for Iberia at the IB Global Centre located in The Hague and Senior Advisor for Development, Marketing and Communications in the IB Foundation Headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland.
Her academic background includes a PhD in Education, a MRes in Social and Educational Research, an MBA and a BSc in Economics and Business Administration. Her professional past experience includes being Executive Director of the IE Foundation in New York, Director of Communications at IE Business School in Madrid and Deputy Director of Communications at Yves Saint Laurent Madrid, Spain. She is also a member of the Spanish Society of Pedagogy, a research member of the Supranational Educational Policy group at Autonoma University of Madrid with expertise in global competence and serves as a pro-bono education specialist at Harapan Project, an NGO based in Indonesia.
IBEN Manager – Americas
Dalit joined the IB in 2014 and has worked in education for over 20 years. She has taught in a school offering the Diploma Programme (DP), coordinated the DP, and served in IB Educator Network (IBEN) roles such as workshop leader, site visit member, consultant and examiner. She is also the first IB member of staff to receive the IB Advanced Leadership Award.
Dalit holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. The IB mission statement is her motivation to support a network of educators in the American continent who are ambassadors of our programmes and who reach out to teachers and schools so that their students can have a better learning experience and be more successful in life.