Governance comprises the Board of Directors (Board) and an Advisory Council.
The Board includes the owners and an independent member. It is involved in all strategic areas including the school’s philosophy and objectives, policies, appointment and review of the leadership team, managing key relationships, ensuring quality infrastructure, resources and financial stability.
The Advisory Council comprises all stakeholders including parents, professionals, Innoventures Education group management and a Board Director. It meets three to four times a year and provides regular inputs to the Board. The Advisory Council’s role is to support continuous improvement, guide development and hold the school leadership accountable for the quality of education delivered. Its significant contribution to school governance has been recognized by the KHDA inspection team and the joint accreditation team from Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and International Baccalaureate (IB).
Abdulla Majed Al Ghurair - Chairman
H.E. Dr. Gargash Anwar - Director
Avishesha Bhojani - Managing Director
Sahia Ahmad, a Barrister, is the General Counsel of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai, the entity responsible for regulating the tourism sector and the marketing of Dubai as a destination. She is an Emirati, who completed her schooling in Dubai and studied Law at Kings College, London. As a member of Lincoln's Inn, Sahia is the first UAE National to become a member of English Bar. Sahia's career has included practising Law in the UAE for 20 years at Allen & Overy, as founding General Counsel of Dubai World, as a Partner in one of the world’s largest law firms and as the General Counsel of Emirates Investment Authority, the Sovereign Wealth Fund of the UAE Federal Government. She has advised governments and multinationals through her career and involved in drafting many of Dubai and UAE Laws. Her four children study at DIA.
Dr. Imad Y. Hoballah
Dr. Imad Y. Hoballah is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of The American University in Dubai (AUD), leading the academic and pedagogical transformation, providing guidance and support for all AUD academic operations. His career bridges experience as an academic and practicing communications professional. He has extensive public services experience as the Chairman and CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Lebanon for over 5 years, and as the Head of Telecom Technologies Unit for 8 years. Dr. Hoballah served as the CEO of OMNIX Media Networks (UAE), and has held several executive and leadership positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Laboratories in Africa, the Middle East, and the US.
Alan has been a Teacher, Teacher Educator, Educational Consultant, and currently is General Manager of the Australian Council for Educational, Dubai office and is responsible for the direction of a wide national and international programs in the UAE and Middle East region. He has extensive experience in working with schools and developing effective assessment programs for students and schools. Alan is currently also Project Director for the UAE National Assessment Program (UAENAP 2015). He is also a parent at DIA.
Michael is the Director, Finance & Administration at Innoventures Education. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a Diploma in Portfolio Management with over 20 years' experience in consulting and industry. He was part of the core team of Innoventures Education that set up Dubai International Academy in 2005. Michael started his career in an accounting firm focused on audit, tax, corporate law, and business and investment advisory services. He is a Fellow of the Association of International Accountants, UK and has been on the faculty of a business school in Dubai.