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.

Dr 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’.

Cynthia Ballheim

 Cynthia Ballheim

Born in Chicago, Cynthia Ballheim’s first teaching experience was at Trinity High School in Illinois. After moving to Canada, she began her IB experience. Serving as a mathematical methods teacher and examiner, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and Extended Essay coordinator, DP coordinator, workshop leader, school administrator, MathPower author, President of the Alberta Mathematics Association, President of the Calgary Mathematical Association, and IB Alberta Association president, Cynthia moved to Columbus, Ohio where she founded the Ohio Association of IB World Schools. She is the AP/IB coordinator at Upper Arlington High School. Cynthia leads numerous IB workshops and site visits and is also an IB consultant.

Cynthia's leadership mantra: Be willing to fail as that is the only way to learn.  Resilience is the currency of leadership.

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.

José Manuel Bolívar

 Jose Manuel Bolivar

José Manuel Bolívar, an experienced and dynamic educator, has wide teaching and leading experiences with IB schools in California, USA, as well as consultancy for private and public IB schools in México, Perú, Costa Rica, Colombia and Venezuela. His workshops are distinctive thanks to the energy of the sessions and high levels of participant engagement. José Manuel's focus on academic excellence and innovative management practices influence his teaching and leading strategies, bringing about real change in the classroom. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California.

José's leadership mantra: School leaders who develop a clear direction, invest in talent growth and develop trusting relationships can guarantee a positive impact that reaches all students.

Renata Cabarga S.

 Renata Cabarga S.

Currently the preschool principal, Renata Cabarga S. has worked at the Colegio Williams of Cuernavaca for more than 20 years, holding different positions in education including teacher, coordinator and administrator both in elementary and in preschool. She has spent more than 16 years working with the PYP, leading her school through the authorization process and implementing the program. Recently, she received training in Social Emotional Learning by the Sel Institute in San Francisco and in Positive Discipline for Teachers by Jane Nelson.  Renata is also the co-author of the Enjoy Handwriting books and is a graduate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is part of the IB educator network (IBEN) as workshop leader, consultant and an IB critical friends member.

Renata’s leadership mantra: When leading with your heart, connecting through values, every door can be opened and every goal can be accomplished.

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 is an experienced international school head and administrator. She is also the owner of DF Education. She offers future-focused workshops on building organisational capacity from within, fostering inclusive practices within schools and nurturing women for leadership. In addition, she facilitates IB leadership workshops and presents at EARCOS Leadership (and Teacher) Conferences, as well as IB global conferences. Her wide and unique range of work includes, but is not limited to leadership/management training workshops, consultancy for school start-ups and customised school-based professional development. 

Deidre's leadership mantra: Find ways to connect with others and help them reach their potential.

Darlene Fisher

 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 develops educational training for teachers and school leaders in international schools. She is currently working with a core team of international educators developing the IB Leadership Pathway and the four core 'Essentials of International Leadership' workshops. Darlene’s doctoral studies at Bath University focus on educational leadership and the impact of culture on effective leadership behaviours. She has been involved with developing and providing upskilling for workshop leaders for the Leadership workshops. She is a dedicated supporter of IB’s philosophy and works to support teachers and leaders in their implementation of the best programmes for their context.

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.

Alfonso García Williams

 Alfonso Garcia Williams

Alfonso García Williams holds a BA and MA in pedagogy and specializes in inclusive education. He is the head of an IB World School in Mexico and teaches Individuals and Societies at MYP 4. In 2000, he led a whole-school reform that transformed his school from a content-based, rigid model, to an IB, concept-driven, inquiry-based and inclusive school. He has worked closely with the IB inclusive education and continuum teams to develop diverse educational and instructional resources. He has presented on curriculum development, international education, autism, leadership and inclusive education. Alfonso is a consultant for schools, parents and professionals, particularly in the areas of inclusion, universal design and differentiated instruction.

Alfonso's leadership mantra: I believe in a holistic, student-centred education that promotes belonging, is rooted on strengths and allows students to experience success.

Dr Gregg Good

 Gregg Good

Dr Gregg Good is the Head of Upper School at Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida, USA. He has also held other head of school positions, and he was Executive Vice President at St. Edward High School in Cleveland, where he developed and implemented an IB Diploma Programme. In addition, Gregg initiated what ultimately became the first K-12 IB continuum in Arizona, USA. Gregg is a veteran IB workshop leader, site visitor, evaluation visitor and consultant. He also serves as the Vice President of the Ohio Association of IB World Schools.

Gregg's leadership mantra: In any effective educational setting, leaders from a wide range of disciplines and departments must work together to make each other stronger. If egos take over, the collective success of the institution will falter.

Eric Hieser

 Eric Hieser

Eric Hieser spent his educational career of 46 years split between U.S. public schools and four international schools in Norway, Japan, Switzerland, and Brazil. For 13 years as Executive Director, he recently led Sturgis Charter Public School, a nationally and internationally recognized high school with two “IB for All” campuses in Hyannis, MA, USA. For the past eleven years, Eric has been an IB consultant, workshop leader, authorization and evaluation team leader, and frequent presenter at IB World Heads Conferences and IB Americas Conferences. Many of the workshops that Eric leads focus on leadership; equity, access, and excellence in the DP; strategies to increase DP cohort size; and creating supports for diverse learners in the DP.

Eric's leadership mantra: Effective educational leaders understand the culture and context of their schools and use that understanding to create a shared aspirational vision toward positive transformation that makes their schools and the world a better place.

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, Catherine 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.

Shannon Main-Petelka

 Shannon Main-Petelka

Shannon Main-Petelka has worked in education for 28 years. Currently, she is the IB coordinator for Handley Elementary and Special Education Teacher Consultant for her district in Saginaw, Michigan, USA. When her son enrolled in an IB school, the philosophy resonated with Shannon and her ideas about teaching and learning. Since then, she has been an IB teacher, PYP coordinator and a member of the IB educator network (IBEN). The IB philosophy that permeated her family household has lead her on a journey of care, inquiry, open mindedness and more.

Shannon's leadership mantra: Be the leader you would want to follow.

Paul Marble

 Paul Marble

Paul Marble has served for nearly 20 years as a teacher and administrator in 3 Massachusetts (USA) high schools, including a private boarding school, large urban district school, and a charter public school. Paul is currently Executive Director of Sturgis Charter Public School, a lottery-based "IB for All" public charter school in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA of approximately 850 students where all 11th and 12th grade students take all their coursework in the IB Diploma Programme(DP). Paul taught IB English for six years, was Principal for six years, and became Executive Director in 2016. He presents at conferences about implementing the IBDP and serves as an IB site visitor and workshop leader.

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.

Rachael Moyer

 Rachael Moyer

Rachael Moyer began her professional journey as an English teacher, but after receiving an MEd in Gifted Education, she joined an IB World School as a Theory Of Knowledge teacher.  Currently a DP/CP coordinator in North Carolina, USA, Rachael works with teachers and other school leaders in her own school, across the state, and in the Americas region to inspire best practices in IB World Schools and classrooms across the continuum.  As a lifelong learner, Rachael is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership where she focuses on a model of leadership that incorporates strong teaching practices.

Rachael's leadership mantra: Effective leadership requires conversation, which means the leader must not only speak but also be willing listen.

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 25 years and has occupied leadership roles in Canada, Singapore and India. After 11 years as the Head of School at the Canadian International School in Singapore, he is now the Managing Director for the Global Schools branch of Velammal Educational Trust in Chennai, India. He has been a keynote speaker at educational conferences around the world and has written materials for the scholarly Journal of Research in International Education.

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

Gustavo Páez

 Gustavo Paez

Gustavo Páez has worked for more than 15 years as a teacher and administrator in international IB world schools in Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Chile. Gustavo is an alumnus of the IB Diploma Programme and his broad experience with the three IB programmes includes serving as a workshop leader for visual arts and coordination, a consultant for public and private schools in several Latin American countries and an authorization and evaluation team leader. 

Gustavo's leadership style is: The ability to read people and identify their strengths for the benefit of the team is the first skill of a true leader.

Lou Paonessa

 Lou Paonessa

Lou Paonessa has been an educator for 29 years, 14 of which have been spent as an administrator in a variety of settings and leadership roles. He was Vice Principal and Head of School of an IB World School in one of the most diverse cities in Ontario and served as a regional coordinator, school board member and the Student Success Specialist K-12 for the 3 IB programmes. Lou is involved in professional development and leadership development for the Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario, focusing on technology-enabled learning.

Lou's leadership style is: Good leadership is most effective when it can be confused with serving the greater needs of those you lead. Working together in collaboration not only results in a more positive outcome, but also it engages everyone in the process and builds the leaders of tomorrow.

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.

Lorna Prado Scott

 Lorna Prado Scott

A highly experienced IB educator and administrator, Lorna Prado Scott is currently the Headmistress of Santiago College, a bilingual International School in Chile combining the Chilean national curriculum with the IB PYP, MYP, and DP programs in Santiago, Chile. Lorna holds a bachelor´s degree in Primary Education in English and Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Education and Educational Management. She holds an IB certification as a Primary Years Programme (PYP) Trainer. Lorna was a member of the Chilean National Council of Education. Over the past 20 years, Lorna has served as a PE teacher, PYP Coordinator and Lower School and Upper School Principal. She became the Acting Headmistress of the school in 2003 and was officially appointed at the end of 2004. Lorna is fluent both in English and Spanish.

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.

Libby Rogovoy

 Libby Rogovoy

Libby Rogovoy has worked in education for more than 20 years.  Her work within the IB started as a PYP educator in 2000. She was immediately drawn to the IB philosophy and inquiry-based instruction.  She left the classroom teaching role to support her school through the IB journey as the coordinator.  After this experience, she moved to the district office to help support all IB schools in Montgomery County, Maryland.  She is currently an International Baccalaureate District Coordinator.   Her experience now allows her to span the IB continuum as the county has 22 IB programmes PYP, MYP, DP and CP.

Libby's leadership mantra: Leadership is a cycle that is ever changing based on the context. Leadership is always dynamic and developing.  

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.

Dr Eric Sturm

 Eric Sturm

Dr Eric Sturm is the Principal of the International Academy of Macomb, an all-IB (MYP and DP) public magnet school in suburban Detroit, Michigan, USA. He recently completed his PhD in Educational Leadership where he examined the topic of IB teacher professional identity. Eric has taught TOK and is an examiner for the Extended Essay (EE). Eric is an IB workshop leader in TOK and the EE as well as a site visitor and consultant in the Americas region. He has worked as teacher, IB coordinator and administrator in IB schools in Venezuela, Egypt and Turkey as well as the United States.

Eric's leadership mantra: “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” The Way of Lao-Tzu.

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.

Robert Tomalin

 Robert Tomalin

Robert Tomalin is the Director/Head of School at Colegio Gran Bretaña, an international school for children ages 3-18. He is in the final stages of his MA in International Education and has committed his career to education and increasing access to quality education. He has participated and led various school visits, and is a member of the IB educator network (IBEN).  He is the product of the IB himself, having graduated from the United World College (UWC) in Italy.  Committed to service through his continued work with the UWC movement, he has been the President of UWC Colombia since 2013 and sits on the UWC International Council.  He is also a member of the team trying to establish a UWC on the ground in Colombia.

Robert's leadership mantra: There is no such thing as one leadership style.  As leaders, we need to be dynamic, flexible, interculturally aware, and emotionally intelligent, while always maintaining a growth mindset.  (And LOVE what we do!)

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.

Elena Vizurraga

 Elena Vizurraga

Elena Vizurraga is the Director of Studies and National Head at Hiram Bingham, the British International school of Lima. She oversees the IB continuum (PYP, MYP & DP). Elena has worked in education for more than 28 years, teaching K-12 students, as well as undergraduate and graduate teachers at university and tertiary institutions. She serves as an IB workshop leader, school visit leader, school consultant, field rep and IBEN trainer. She has collaborated on PYP curricular development projects and publications. Assessment is her passion, which she considers an authentic tool for growth.

Elena's leadership mantra: Being an effective leader involves getting to know, respect and trust your team, so they can feel inspired to work collaboratively and motivated to maximize their capabilities.

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 has been head of three schools, and he has worked in the tertiary sector in education research and teacher education. Currently, he works at the school system level as Director of Education for a school company that runs 50 schools. His first IB experience was in 1995, when he worked in the Middle East as principal of an international school. He is an experienced IB workshop leader with a special focus on leading administrators and Approaches to Learning as well as the IB Leadership workshops.  

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.