Dr. Navin Valrani has a passion for lifelong education. After completing his primary schooling at Dubai English Speaking School (DESS) and his secondary education at Dubai College, Dr. Navin Valrani went on to achieve academic honours at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the prestigious Ivy League School. Subsequently, Dr. Navin Valrani completed his MBA with academic distinction from London Business School and his M.S. Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Navin is now on course to complete his Doctorate in Education in the summer of 2023.
Having worked in the Al Shirawi Group for over 20 years in various roles, Dr. Navin Valrani continues to serve the world of academia: being a member of the Wharton Alumni Board from 1997 through to 2003; presently on the Board of Overseers at the Penn Graduate School of Education and on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Middle East and Africa; and serving as the Chairperson of the UAE Alumni Interviewing Committee for the University of Pennsylvania for the last 25 years. Dr. Navin Valrani was also a member of the Campaign Committee and the International Alumni Council at London Business School and the Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee on the Council.
Dr. Navin Valrani is the former Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Emirates Chapter, having served for over 5 years on the chapter board. In 2014, Dr. Navin Valrani furthered his commitment to the University of Pennsylvania and the London Business School by instituting the Monica and Dr. Navin Valrani M. Dr. Navin Valrani scholarship fund to support students to attend both schools.
Giles Pruett is an educator through and through. After completing his A-Level studies in the UK, he trained and competed as a professional tennis player for five years until moving back into full-time study to complete his Bachelor of Education at Bedford, reading Geography and Sport Science. He immediately returned to his home city of Bath and subsequently started his teaching career as Director of Rugby, Boarding Housemaster and Geography teacher in the independent community of Prior Park College. After completing a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Management at Bath University in 2012, gaining a distinction level, Giles transferred into the international education community, joining Jumeirah College in Dubai as Vice-Principal, where he remained for four years, before becoming Secondary Principal and Deputy Head of School at GEMS World Academy, helping them to become the highest rated full IB programme school in the city.
Giles is also a qualified corporate coach with a specific interest in building impactful professional learning communities by empowering others. He has developed pastoral structures to support learning and development in three previous leadership positions, ensuring that educational outcomes have been met and exceeded. Giles has experienced and driven inspection outcomes as a Senior Leader within several different frameworks, including Ofsted, HMI, CSCI, DSIB, CIS, BSO, COBIS, working as a Lead Reviewer within the GEMS organization and as Lead Evaluator for the Council of International Schools. His core inspection specialisms fall under the domains of teaching and learning, safeguarding, child protection and leadership and management.
Giles brings a wealth of experience in coaching, school operations, pastoral care and strategic school leadership and has been instrumental in developing an Apple Distinguished Teaching Programme, Entrepreneurship and Innovation curriculum alongside the design and construction of a new Senior School Learning Centre and Entrepreneurship Hub. He has a keen interest in this strand of education, recently completing a diploma from the Penn Graduate school of Education.
Above all else, Giles is a committed father to three wonderful girls and a husband to Joanna, who is also an educator and former British Olympic Modern Pentathlete. Together they share a passion for working with children, striving to bring learning to life and making a difference.
BA Primary Education with QTS (Hons)
Joining as a founding teacher, Mary has embarked upon a developmental journey into leadership which led firstly to Key Stage 2 Lead. Within this role, Mary successfully oversaw the improvement of student outcomes across Key Stage 2. Further to this, Mary also showed a particular passion for English, driving forward areas across the school including reading and writing.
Through continued exposure to whole school improvement and strategic planning, Mary's passion for leadership continued to grow which led to being successfully appointed as Arcadia's Head of Teaching and Learning. Within this role, Mary will be responsible for whole school improvement using outcomes from lesson observations and assessment data. Using information of this nature, Mary will develop the curriculum, ensure our staff have continual and relevant development and ultimately ensure that our students are engaged within a wholesome and efficient learning programme.
Using her previous experience as a teacher, Mary's approach was based on a rigorous structure intertwined with a current, stimulating, exciting and challenging curriculum which ultimately instils children with the open minds, knowledge and ability to view the world critically and believe that they can make a positive contribution to society. This will inform her guidance and development to teachers across the school.
Mary was drawn to The Arcadia School as an institution that promotes strong values for providing children with a joyful experience full of modern approaches to education, combining innovative teaching methods and advanced technological provision.
After graduating from The University of Glasgow (PGDE Primary), Paul Fisher embarked on his teaching career, working across Key Stage 1 and 2. Following a move to Dubai in 2017, Paul Fisher moved into a leadership role as Head of Key Stage 1. This role then evolved into Assistant Principal, where Paul Fisher was responsible for the strategic development of the school.
Paul Fisher has always been an advocate for innovative teaching and has worked with local authorities in the UK to expand their use of technology within the classroom. He has experience in curriculum development and adaptation to enhance its ability to meet the needs of all learners. He believes learning should be fun, purposeful and engaging for the children.
As a teacher, Paul Fisher is passionate about inclusion. He believes that meeting the needs of all learners is vital to ensuring that all children feel successful and are able to reach their full potential. Mr Fisher believes that a positive, successful and enjoyable time at primary will inspire children to become lifelong learners.
Paul Fisher is delighted to become a member of the Arcadia team. It is a very exciting time to become a part of the Arcadia team as the school is growing from strength to strength.
As a founding member of staff, Alice Foley has been heavily involved in the development of the teaching and learning in Key Stage Two at Arcadia. As a highly skilled Year 3 Class Teacher, Alice understands the transition from Key Stage One to Key Stage Two and the importance of planning and delivering high quality lessons that cater for all abilities and learning styles as well as using a range assessment tools to identify gaps and misconceptions.
During her time at Arcadia, Alice has also furthered her passion for leadership. In January 2018, she was appointed as Head of Mathematics. As a core subject leader, Alice was responsible for further developing the quality and consistency of the teaching and learning of Maths from Foundation Stage to Upper Key Stage Two. Alice completed action research into a variety of schemes of work, implemented new initiatives to raise attainment and progress of students and regularly planned and delivered continual professional development for members of staff. In addition to this role, Alice also took on the role of Lower Key Stage Two leader in September 2018 which involved leading the team of Year 3 and 4 Class teachers and utilising assessment and data to make improvements to teaching and learning across LKS2.
Using her experience in leading Mathematics, Alice has been successfully appointed as Core Subject Coordinator this academic year. In the role, Alice is working closely with the Core Subject Leaders to develop consistency across the school, further develop teaching and learning in all subject areas through strategic planning, creating a network of schools through cluster meetings to share good practice and make improvements to quality assurance. Alice is also working on curriculum design and adaptation with a particular focus on concept based learning.
Michael Strachan, a passionate and experienced educational leader, is originally from London. He worked briefly in industry before gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences followed by a PGCE in Secondary Science at the University of Greenwich. Starting his teaching career in rural Kent, Michael then moved to South-East London to work with under-privileged children at a large urban school where he served as Head of Biology and Deputy Head of Science. In 2009, Michael was appointed to his first international teaching role as Head of Science at Qatar International School in Doha, a position he held for 6 years before promotion into senior leadership as Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning. During his tenure in Qatar, he completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Bath. As a life-long learner, Michael firmly believes that teachers should role model a thirst for continual development. Seeking experience teaching the International Baccalaureate, Michael moved to Repton School Dubai in 2016 where he has worked as Deputy Head (Academic), helping the school through successive inspections resulting in Outstanding ratings from the KHDA and the BSO. More recently, Michael completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) with University College London, where his work exploring alternative curricular models received high praise. He continues to be active in educational research; in recognition of his significant and sustained contribution to education, Michael was appointed as a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers in 2021. Michael brings a wealth of experience and connections to Arcadia through his involvement with numerous external agencies. Internationally renowned as an educational consultant, author and teacher trainer, Michael’s expertise is regularly called upon by Cambridge University Press and he has led professional development for teachers in seven different countries to date. Here in Dubai he has worked with teachers at the very start of their careers, lecturing on the University of Birmingham’s PGCE programme as well as the University of Middlesex’s MA in Education. As a passionate scientist, Michael has authored textbooks and other teaching materials which are used around the world. He also sits on the UAE Cambridge School Council where he helps guide educational policy and support for British schools in the UAE. Married to Adina, also an educational leader in Dubai, they have two children (Imogen & Alistair) and a pet dog called Jack Sparrow. Michael is very much an outdoor enthusiast who wholeheartedly subscribes to the notion that we should seek to raise ‘free-range’ children.
John is a passionate and committed inclusion teacher and qualified SENCo, who believes all children deserve an outstanding teaching and learning experience.
As an experienced school leader and teacher who has worked both in mainstream and in inclusion both in the UK and Dubai, John has a breadth of experience in working with children in a variety of contexts. His journey working with young people started while still at school, as volunteer, coach and event organiser for the UK Special Olympics. This fuelled his desire to positively impact the lives of young people of determination and their families, which he continued to do in a variety of voluntary and professional roles while at studying and the University of Hertfordshire, qualifying with a BEd in Primary education.
John has also worked in the USA, as part of an administrative leadership team running a residential social and life skills program for young people with autism and social development delays, something he continued for almost a decade, supporting many families in finding pathways to independence for the young people he worked with. This fostered his understanding of the importance of teaching children transferable learning skills and attracted him to Arcadia School, which places great value on the holistic development of its students.
John firmly believes that giving children a well-rounded and personalised education will open doors for a happy and successful future. As a committed advocate for people of determination and a driven professional, he aims to continue to develop and grow the school's inclusion department and continue to find bespoke pathways to allow all Arcadians to navigate their own independent journey through education and beyond.
With over 14 years of experience in business and finance and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Pamela is passionate about shaping the future of organizations and helping them deliver growth. A high-energy, tenacious and goal-driven leader, she has a proven track record of identifying new opportunities, forging long-term strategic alliances, and offering clients real and innovative solutions to their problems.
Presently, Pamela is the Director of Strategic Alliances at Arcadia Education. In this capacity, she manages all non-academic activities like communications and digital strategy, events, partnerships and more. At the same time, she also serves as the General Manager of Secure Parking UAE where she oversees its day-to-day operations and drives its business growth. Previously, Pamela served as the Head of Business Strategy at London Business School (LBS), where she defined, set-up and delivered LBS Dubai business development and outreach strategy for the MENA region. Prior to that, she was Head of Customized Solutions at Thomson Reuters and spent eight years at Zawya where she led and managed the Financial Solutions Division.
Pamela is also a co-founder, board member and mentor at Reach, a non-profit organisation registered in DIFC that is dedicated to helping young professional women unlock their true potential through structured mentoring and professional support.
Ms Chikhani believes in continuous learning and self-development and holds several certifications from various prestigious institutes such as the Coach Training Institute (CTI), Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM). She is also a certified digital marketing expert, having earned this distinction from the prestigious Columbia Business School in the US. She has completed with Honors a Masters in Economics from the University of London in the UK and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Dileep Yadav graduated in Accounting and Finance in 1999 from the University of Mumbai, India. He is also a certified Investment Advisor and keeps abreast of market movements. After working for six years with renowned companies in Mumbai as Finance Manager, he moved to Dubai in 2006. He joined the Al Shirawi Group as a Senior Auditor and thus began his close association with Mohan Valrani.
Dileep was a key member in developing the Silicon Oasis branch of the Indian High School, playing a major part in the supervision of the school’s construction and also served as an honorary adviser to the Board. When Arcadia Education embarked upon its ambitious programme of the school building in 2013, Dileep assisted in the negotiation of the construction contracts and subsequent supervision of them.
He is presently overseeing all the aspects of the administration and financial management of Arcadia Education and its related companies.
Jaclyn Redgwick has over 15 years’ experience within customer services. This time was predominantly spent within the aviation sector in a supervisory role for a major airline. Having been schooled in both the UK and Africa, and working in various countries throughout Europe, Jaclyn is familiar with the varying customs and cultures from living Internationally.
Since moving to the UAE Jaclyn has worked in the education sector, prior to taking up her role at The Arcadia preparatory School she worked in a similar position for an established EYFS Nursery in Dubai.
Jaclyn is excited to bring her experience of customer relations to the school and is looking forward to interacting with the parents.
Before her current role as an Executive government relations in Arcadia, Ahlam Abu ALyaqien have worked in multiple schools gaining knowledge and vast experience along the way, recently and mainly as an admission Manager, Head of Marketing and KHDA Coordinator. Along the way, she gained the ability to influence and teach the future leaders along with possessing good communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with all levels of management.
Ahlam performed outstandingly in all evaluations according to the KHDA report which led to her being honored by KHDA for completing the tasks in a professional way.
Before moving to Dubai, she has lived in Jordan, where she was born and raised, also where she completed her bachelor’s degree in law firm at Yarmouk University which was delivered by lecturers who have had their PHD from UK, USA, and Europe universities.
Driven by her ambitious to enrich her knowledge, skills, and experience along with enriching the same to others, she is pursuing her dreams of becoming an educator where she can learn and share the knowledge as she is proud to be a part of Arcadia team, a highly environmentally conscious school, as she strongly believes that quality education is the key to a sustainable future.
Having started her career in Dubai 26 years ago Aukse soon developed growing interest and passion for people management within organizations. Being Lithuanian born, her ability to converse in different languages and understanding of different cultures and work ethics opened an exciting opportunity for her to collaborate in a business based in the UK. Since then Aukse has worked in HR field across three continents within the large international organizations like Lavazza, Chalhoub Group of Companies, Premier Group and GEMS Education.
Aukse has been appointed as Head of HR for Arcadia Education to lead and manage all aspects of Human Resources. She will oversee the implementation and compliance with the UAE Government regulations and company’s policies, procedures and systems and will provide expertise, support and advice in the various HR functions, which include safer recruitment, administration, staffing, employment law, performance management, professional learning and development as well as employee relations and retention.
Aukse loves Arcadia community and the sense of an inclusive international environment that the school has to offer.
Liam Cain is an inspirational and highly motivated leader with a commitment to providing innovative and stimulating learning opportunities for young children. His range of experience in several settings has enabled him to develop a honed reflective practice and regularly use this to guide and mentor others.
Before joining Arcadia five years ago, Liam taught across Key Stage 2, as well as gaining the positions of Teacher Mentor and PE Curriculum leader. Through this, he learnt fostering positive relationships to be intrinsic to his practice, enabling children to become strong, independent learners and for staff members to truly master their craft.
Upon joining Arcadia, Liam was awarded the position of Upper Key Stage 2 leader. Within this role, he is responsible for upper-school improvement using outcomes from lesson observations and assessment data. Using this information, Liam will adapt the curriculum, ensure our staff have continual and relevant development and ultimately ensure that teachers impart a wholesome and efficient learning programme maximising the progress and enjoyment of the children.
As a teacher, Liam firmly believes in imparting essential learning skills such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration within the curriculum. He considers it imperative to teach students about the mental processes required to adapt and improve upon a modern work environment. Liam has a key interest in this strand of education and has recently embarked on the task of implementing a learning skills programme in Arcadia.
The Arcadia mission of creating ‘lifelong independent learners’ resonates deep inside Liam; he takes great pride in ensuring this passion is instilled in children, helping every child flourish and realise their potential. He is a dedicated individual who is committed to developing this ethos in Arcadia school.
Tom Gayler has a passion for innovative technology and the positive effects it can have on teaching and learning in the modern classroom. Originally intending to become a secondary PE teacher, Tom studied a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Youth Sport from Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 2010. In 2011, Tom returned home to Lincoln, England to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specialising in upper primary school. He acquired his first teaching post in a small rural setting, teaching multiple year groups and taking on a vast amount of responsibility for an inexperienced teacher. In 2014, Tom was appointed Special Educational Needs Coordinator and took the masters level qualification from the University of Northampton. With teaching a multi year class full time and leading the SEN department in the school, Tom started to see the benefits of using technology to help learners and teachers in the classroom.
In 2016, Tom was appointed as one of the founding teachers for the Arcadia School in Dubai. Initially, his job was Head of PE and Head of Computing, taking on the leadership of two subjects that he was passionate about. In 2017, Tom was made the full time Head of Digital Innovation in the school, overseeing the use of technology for teaching and learning across all of Arcadia. His job is ensuring that teachers have the skills, confidence and resources to experiment and innovate the teaching and learning in their classroom. In 2018, Arcadia was named as an Apple Distinguished School, making it one of only 500 schools in the world to do so. Tom played a vital role in achieving this accolade and continues to work closely with Apple to ensure he is constantly improving the school’s practice. Following this, Tom works with the Arcadia team to make sure we host and provide support to other schools and teachers, making sure they can reach their potential in this growing field.
In 2019, Tom was named as an Apple Distinguished Educator, joining a group of only 3,000 educators worldwide that have received this award. He was presented with this for his continued work and efforts to improve and innovate the use of technology in education. He is excited about the opening of the Arcadia High School and continuing to develop and improve the teachers across both schools.
Ms. Tania Ahmad hails from London, England and brings a wealth of experience having taught GCSE and A-level English there, whilst also holding the distinctive positions of Lead Practitioner and RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) Lead, prior to moving to Arcadia. Since coming to Arcadia, as Head of Pastoral Care, Tania has developed the pastoral systems for Secondary with a strong focus on rewards and student well being.
Tania is also an examiner for Pearson iGCSE Edexcel, utilising her expert knowledge to head the English department at Arcadia. Whilst in the UAE, Tania has been a guest speaker at educational conferences such as the world-renowned GESS Dubai, as well as the Global Schools Alliance, authoring a blog for the latter, on the topics of Oracy and English pedagogy. As well as this, Tania has received professional training on Oracy and has delivered many training sessions to staff, sharing her knowledge and passion for dialogic learning. Tania comes from a strong educational background and holds a Masters in English Education from UCL; BA in English Literature; PGCE (IOE) and most recently completed her NPQ in leading behaviour and culture. Tania has a vested interest in Shakespearean literature, specialising in this during her Masters and in her final thesis; her work with the RSC afforded her the opportunity to co-direct a performance of her students in ‘Romeo and Juliet' at the prestigious Barbican theatre in London. Outside of the classroom, Tania has the travel bug and loves to explore new countries, cultures and cuisines with her husband.
After graduating from The University of Chichester, Mr Liam George Hirrel taught physical education for 7 years in Greater London, holding various positions including Head of PE. He has spent the past three years in the UAE, working for the Ministry of Education's Physical and Health Education department, teaching as well as training future teachers.
Mr Liam George Hirrel strives to create an environment where students are confident, independent learners and believes strongly in PE and Sport being accessible for all. He has been a part of the improvement of teaching in many schools and this has allowed him to hone his professional skill-set whilst supporting colleagues to improve their own. Outside of teaching Mr Liam George Hirrel enjoys a range of sports and has played football at a professional level.
Bryan Cahill began his working life in journalism, having gained his Bachelor of Arts, before transferring to teaching in 2007. After initially working as an English teacher with second language students, in Dublin, he then moved to London to undertake his PGCE, graduating from London South Bank University in 2010. Mr Bryan Cahill describes himself as hardworking, friendly and passionate about teaching.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Bryan Cahill was teaching in a school in Westminster, London. This included roles as a subject lead, Year 4 Leader and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. In addition, Bryan Cahill was a Key Stage 2 Writing moderator for the last seven years, moderating writing samples for the Standards and Testing Agency across London.
Mae is guided by the saying “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts” by Winston S. Churchill. Young driven to succeed and ambitious. Her objective is to live up to her professional potential be it in the educational field or in other business industries. She obtained her degree in University of Pasig City, Philippines.
Mae has over 8 meaningful years’ experience within customer services and administration both in the Philippines and the UAE. With her expertise, she is clever to perform full administrative support across the organisation and is excited to bring her experience of customer relations to the school and is looking forward to interacting with the parents.
Luisa joined Arcadia in 2021, and currently takes care of the Enrichment Learning Activities operations, while coordinating Events in partnership with the Arcadia's Parent Association. She aims to create bonds between Arcadia School, businesses, institutions and people who help contribute to the growth of Arcadia's community and values.
Living in the UAE since 2010, Luisa previously worked as the Admissions & Marketing Manager for another prestigious British School, following her experience working for an international Airline, managing multicultural teams around the globe. Luisa spent some time in the UK before moving to Dubai, however she is originally from Curitiba, a city that is considered "Sustainable" in the South of Brazil. Luisa is involved with a range of local and international initiatives that promote education on environmental issues, and provide practical solutions to communities around the World, so she is very proud to be part of the Arcadia team, a school with strong values, that understands that quality Education is the key to a sustainable future.
Mareyette believes in saying "Stop doubting yourself, work hard, and make it happen". She is driven and persistent in achieving her goals. She completed a degree in BSBA Major in Financial Management at Baliuag University, Philippines. Before she tried her luck here in the UAE she worked as an accounting assistant at Philippine Airlines.
Mareyette has over 7 years' of experience within the customer service field since moving to the UAE. It has given her confidence in whatever she is doing. She's looking forward to bringing this excellence in customer service to Arcadia and interacting with the students and parent community.
Patricia Mawunyo Hermann, is a purpose driven and ambitious individual who hails from Ghana in West Africa. She believes that; "Education Is The Key To Success''. Having moved to the UAE 7years ago and worked in similar roles across the education sector, Patricia with her expertise, is excited to bring her experience of dealing with diverse families to Arcadia. Patricia's role in admissions is to support all new families transitioning to the very esteemed community centered Arcadia School.
Patricia obtained her HND in Accra Technical University (formerly known as Accra Polytechnic), Accra - Ghana, where she graduated in Supply Chain Management and is currently exploring Business Administration possibilities in higher education.
Patricia has over 8 meaningful years’ experience within the administrative and customer services sectors both in Ghana and in the UAE. Her hobbies are reading, cooking and solo-moments at the beach and she also has a huge interest in Ghanaian politics and international football & basketball games.
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going” - this summarizes Mona.
With over 16 years of Operational and Administrative experience with direct and diverse exposure to Client and Personnel Management in various industries, Mona is always ready for any challenges thrown her way. An action taker, not afraid of failure.
Mona is fluent in many languages and truly believes that ‘Age is just a number’ and has pursued her passion with a very interesting career graph in the Bollywood Industry in Acting, Dancing, Choreography, Singing, Gymnastics, and Martial Arts under her belt.
An Indian by heart, but truly International.
Aileen has over 7 proficient years’ experience for both local and international. She has been in different industries like insurance, marine & agriculture, construction, oil & gas. Has experience in operations management, full administration, and human resources. She earned her degree in Divine Word College, Philippines.
She opens the communication between the school staff and government processes. Aileen has been in charge of staff’s visa processing, insurance, payroll, & recruitment which became her passion.
Deepak is the man we call upon if there’s anything we call upon from Engage, Follett, Tapestry, Seesaw, Classroom Monitor, Hardware and Network support or the AV system. He is an all rounder who has been looking after the multitude systems that are needed to keep online or on ground learning afloat.
Deepak moved to Dubai in 2016 and joined Arcadia’s sister concern Al Shirawi and was transferred to Arcadia as a founding member based on his previous experiences. He has completed his B.Tech degree and was in the software industry as a Software Developer and then moved on to be an ERP Software Engineer and help customize various solutions based on business needs.
Jordan is a dedicated and results driven professional with 19 years of Customer Service experience in the Banking, Government, Hospitality and Education sectors. She prides herself on being personable and having excellent communication skills.
Prior to joining Arcadia Jordan worked for the prestigious British School, Gems Jumeirah Primary School for three years, focusing on parent relations, events, social media and marketing for the school.
She is very passionate about Education and truly believes in life long learning. Jordan has gained professional management qualifications through her time in employment and most recently completed her level 7 Diploma in Executive Management. She will now go on to study for her Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Prior to moving into Education, Jordan has worked for global luxury hotel companies in the UAE, Hilton, Waldorf Astoria and Jumeirah Group. Whilst living and working in the UK, Jordan worked for the UK Government in various management roles and worked for First Direct Bank, which is consistently awarded the UK's best bank for customer service and a part of the bigger HSBC group.
Jordan is so excited to be part of the Arcadia family and is committed to contributing to the growth and success of the schools.
Pratik Surendran is a graduate in Bachelors of Commerce from Mumbai University in 2011. He has experience of 6 years in his career before starting the journey with Arcadia School. In India, he has worked with UAE Exchange and Hotel Trident (Oberoi Group of Hotels) for around five years as Sales Executive and Accounts officer. In Trident, he assisted the core team in implementing SAP and also supported in setting-up the logistics and inventory management system.
He shifted to UAE in 2017 and started working with Rayan Hotel as an Accounts payable officer dealing with vendors, handling collections, and invoicing to the customers. In Nov’19 he joined Arcadia School as an Accounts executive. Pratik has been part of Arcadia School to look after the Cashier department, dealing with parents, and looking after the payables module.
You can call him "Paul" like his friends do when Paul Fisher is not near the vicinity or not sitting in the same room, but we all call him Paolo. Paolo has been volunteering in Philippines Red Cross as an Emergency Medical Technician - B (EMT-B) for almost 8 years after passing the Philippines Nursing Licensure Examination when he decided to come to UAE and work as a Health and Safety Officer. Paolo is working in health and safety in UAE for almost 8 years now, having experience in construction and oil & gas and now in the education section. Paolo believes in a saying that "The Only Constant Thing in Life is Change, So You Must Learn to Adapt to Survive". Paolo is Arcadia School's Senior Quality Health and Safety Officer closely working with the Director of Finance and Administration and also overseeing the health and safety of both campuses together with the facilities management, school clinic and the senior leadership team. Paolo's favorite safety tagline is "Safety Always Not Just First and Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail".
Yasmin Eltony brings an extensive experience in Clients Relationship Management, having worked as a Client Relations Team Lead for VIP and First-Class passengers with a world class airline, as well as a Senior Guest Relations Executive for multiple international hotels in the Middle East and USA, which developed a diverse, deep understanding of how impactful relationship with customers is. She holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration as well as a Human Resources Management Diploma from the American University in Cairo. What drives Yasmin to do her job well, is believing that the most important part of the job is how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them. With the ultimate goal being, making customers’ needs become a reality
Yasmin is customer service expert by day and a Sushi connoisseur by night, she is an animal lover with a passion for animal welfare. Loves travelling to new destinations and getting to meet new people and cultures. Yoga & meditation are her primary stress relieve tools. Lastly, she likes to be surprised and surprise others.