Global Leadership


Global Leadership

Chinezi Chijioke

Chinezi Chijioke

CEO

Chinezi was previously the Head of McKinsey & Company’s African Education Practice, where he worked for eight years with over 25 countries’ school systems across the world. Chinezi began his career as a mathematics teacher, and holds an MBA and a Masters in Education from Stanford University, and a B.A. with Honours from Harvard University.

Oliver Sabot

Oliver Sabot

Managing Director

Oliver previously served as the Executive Vice President for Global Programs at the Clinton Health Access Initiative working on health and education priorities across the globe. He is also co-founder and board member of innovative East African education startups Spire (Kenya) and Kepler (Rwanda).

Damany Gibbs

Damany Gibbs

COO

Damany was previously a founding team member of Bain & Company’s Africa practice. Damany previously worked across New York, London and South Africa for Morgan Stanley. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Economic & Social History from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a BS from Cornell University.

Dai Ellis

Dai Ellis

Director

Most recently, Dai served as CEO of Excel Academy Charter Schools, one of the highest-performing school networks in the United States. Previously, Dai led the Clinton Foundation’s work on health care products in the developing world. Dai holds a JD from Yale Law School and earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University.

Christopher Khaemba

Christopher Khaemba

Director - Kenya

Chris is the former headmaster of Alliance High School and founding Dean of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, and is widely regarded as one of Africa’s leading educators. Khaemba has also served the Government as the executive for education, youth affairs, children, culture and social services.

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Des Hugo

Des Hugo

Academic Director, Primary
Nnenna Nwachuku

Nnenna Nwachuku

Head of School, Midrand
Aditya Shah

Aditya Shah

Global Head of Operations
Natalie Coleman

Natalie Coleman

Global Head of Marketing
Ema Land

Ema Land

Director of Academics, Kenya
Ali Sweet

Ali Sweet

Global Head of Talent
Irshaad Varachia

Irshaad Varachia

Property Leader
Jane Kimani

Jane Kimani

Director of Talent, Kenya
Taylor Stockton

Taylor Stockton

Chief of Staff
Sagren Munsami

Sagren Munsami

Operations Leader, SA
Gavin Esterhuizen

Gavin Esterhuizen

Head of School, Ormonde

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