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Mr Nicholas Hopton
British Ambassador to Qatar

Nicholas Hopton took up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Qatar in July 2013.


Mr Hopton is a career diplomat who joined the FCO in 1989 and has served most recently as Ambassador to Yemen. He has worked on national security issues in the Cabinet Office, led the International Organisations Department in the FCO and has European policy experience from postings in Paris and Rome and time as Private Secretary to the Minister for Europe.

Mark Leppard

Mr Mark Leppard
Principal, Doha College

My name is Mark Leppard and I am Principal of the college.  I arrived at Doha College in 1996 as a teacher of Physical Education and continue to teach this subject.  I am extremely proud of all we stand for and believe that we provide a first class education to our students.  My role is a strategic one that involves me steering the college towards its vision.


Since becoming Principal in 2007 I have thoroughly enjoyed the various and exciting challenges that we face.  I believe we are a superb school and our students leave us with wonderful experiences and memories.


On a day to day basis I work closely with the Leadership Team and the Board of Governors to ensure that the quality of education we provide constantly challenges our student body and is of the highest quality.  It is very important to me that we have stakeholder engagement and an integral part of my role is to listen and gather opinions of students, staff and parents to help shape our future.  Another key focus is to link with outside organisations.  I am currently on the Executive of the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and Secretary for the International Division of the Headmaster’s Conference (HMC).


I have a genuine passion for learning and see it as a gateway to many exciting, challenging and unique opportunities.  Everyone who applies themselves in a supportive environment can achieve.


Ben Page

Ben Page
Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI

Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986 and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. A frequent writer and speaker on leadership and performance management, he has directed hundreds of surveys examining service delivery, customer care and communications.


From 1987-1992 Ben worked in our private sector business on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts. Ben is currently on advisory groups at the CBI, Design Council, Kings Fund, Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), and the Social Market Foundation (SMF).


He is absolutely committed to ensuring survey research makes a difference for decision makers.


Named one of the “100 most influential people in the public sector” by the Guardian, and one of the 50 “most influential” by both Local Government Chronicle and the Health Service Journal, he is a winner of a British Market Research Association (BMRA) award and a 2005 Market Research Society (MRS) medal.


Tricia Kelleher

Tricia Kelleher
Principal, Stephen Perse Foundation

Tricia Kelleher joined the Stephen Perse Foundation in 2001 when it was an all-girls, academic powerhouse. Much has changed, including the introduction of two co-educational pre-preps and the merger with a nearby, non-selective preparatory school. Whilst the academic pride remains, and the results are higher than ever, Tricia has moved the emphasis of education towards inter-disciplinary learning with a concern for development of skills or aptitudes which are the building blocks to prepare young people for a rapidly changing, globally connected future of many unknowns. Introduction of IB, co-education (within a diamond formation structure) and leadership in the digital world are all key to Tricia’s, and the School’s, vision for education.


Tricia writes on current education issues in The Guardian and also on the school’s ‘learning website’ ( which showcases the school’s pedagogical thinking and also student work.


Prior to moving to Cambridge, Tricia was the first female Deputy Head of Brentwood School in Essex. This was one of the first schools to adopt a diamond formation structure (a boys and a girls section 11-16). She was previously Head of History and Head of Year 7 at Brighton and Hove High School.


Kevin Burden

Dr Kevin Burden
University of Hull

Dr. Kevin Burden is a Reader in Educational Technology, University Teaching Fellow (UTF) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is currently based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hull, where he has worked since 1999 in a variety of roles including programme director for Taught Masters Provision (PGT) and currently as programme Director for the Education Doctorate. He previously taught for eighteen years in a number of secondary schools across the country, gaining his Masters degree at the Institute for Education in London and his PhD at the University of Hull.

Simon Pridham

Mr Simon Pridham
Associate Director, 9ine Consulting

As an Executive Head Teacher at Casllwchwr Primary School, Simon picked up the Third Millennium Learning Award in Jan 2012. The school were also awarded the Highly Commended UK Impact Award at NAACE National Conference in March 2012, They were shortlisted in two categories in 2013 and collected the Global Impact Community Award at this year’s gala dinner for work across Wales, UK and internationally.


Simon has been a member of the Welsh Government Practitioners Panel, the National Digital Learning Council and the Welsh Government’s ICT Steering Group, looking at the future of ICT in Wales. Simon also found his recent work, as the Learning In Digital Wales professional adviser extremely rewarding.


Simon constructed the international award winning LIFE programme gaining incredible cultural and educational change, using technology as an enabler. His first book, Freaked Out, which is a clear guide to Digital Learning for the bewildered teacher, is released in September 2014. Working with 9ine, Simon has recruited some of the best education technology consultants both in the UK and internationally to work closely with local authorities and governments in implementing successfully structured mobile device programmes.


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Mr Anthony Cashin
Principal, Ajman Academy

Steve Bambury

Steve Bambury
Curriculum Innovation Leader, Jumeirah English Speaking School

Steve Bambury studied film at Kent University and worked as an independent film-maker before becoming a teacher. His use of film and ICT with children has been featured on the BBC and in Channel 4’s award winning short film “School Spirit.”


In 2008 he moved to Dubai and began working at Jumeirah English Speaking School where he is currently the Curriculum Innovation Leader. Since then he has spearheaded the use of mobile technology to enhance and redefine education in the UAE. He has presented on iPad use at various events including the first KHDA “What Works” conference in 2012 as well as at the Global Education Forum in 2013 and 2014. He has led training at various schools as well as for the PWC Academy and has helped co-ordinate dedicated iPads in Education training events in Dubai alongside Apple Professional Development Consultant David Kirtlan.


In 2013, Steve founded the iPad Educators site with his friend and fellow tech-enthusiast Luke Rees. Steve lives in Dubai with his wife and two young daughters.


Michel Khoury
Director, Eastwood College Beirut, Lebanon

Michel Khoury is the Director of Eastwood College’s Mansourieh Campus. Michel is a graduate of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He worked for many years in the financial sector with jobs at Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch before moving into the world of education. After receiving his Masters Degree in International Educational Development and Economics from Columbia University, Michel went on to become the Operations and Development Director for private schools in Los Angeles, California.


Michel worked in the public and private education sector in the United States before moving back to his home country of Lebanon, where he was asked to lead Eastwood College into the new century.


Michel’s innovation and relentless desire to integrate technology in education has made Eastwood College a pioneering school in the Middle East with regards to bringing technology to the most fundamental level of the school system – the classroom.


As an Apple Professional Development Consultant and an Apple Distinguished Educator, Michel regularly gives workshops on how to better integrate technology in classroom learning environments and he has trained over 520 faculty members and administrators who now teach in Eastwood College’s iPad program and across the Middle East.


Brian Kerr

Brian Kerr
Teacher of Humanities, Doha College, Qatar

The Interactive Classroom: Using Showbie and Edmodo’

Brian Kerr has been a teacher of geography and history since graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 2002 with a joint honours degree. He currently works at Doha College in Qatar, where for the last four years he has furthered his interest in ICT in education. Brian has participated in a number of pilot initiatives which have taken place within the school and has taken a prominent role in the implementation of iPads as a learning tool across the curriculum. He has taken on the role of departmental ‘iPad Guru’, as well as ‘VLE Champion’ and recently started using an LCD touch screen interactive board within his teaching practice which he foresees as a potential successor to Smart Board technology within the classroom.


He is currently coordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and Head of Unicorn House.

Jane Burt

Jane Burt
Primary Teacher, Doha College, Qatar

‘Improving Learning through iPad innovations in the Primary setting’

Jane Burt has been a primary school teacher for 11 years graduating from Bath Spa University where part of the course focus was ICT in Primary education. She has been teaching at Doha College for 6 years. She has had the benefit of working across all year groups from Reception to Year 6 and also within a variety of settings from Junior schools right through to middle schools. Jane has participated in a number of new initiatives with links to the ICT curriculum throughout her career and here in Doha College has taken part in reviewing the use of an LCD touch screen in order to update the use of SMART technology within the school. She has also been part of a group who have implemented iPads and is a member of the iPad ‘guru’ team. She is currently Head of Year 5 at Doha Colleg

Jude Harris

Jude Harris
Associate Director

‘Jude joined Jestico + Whiles in 1998 and became an Associate Director in 2007. ’

He co-leads the practice’s education portfolio, having worked on over 50 schools and universities in the UK and internationally. The practice
was recently awarded Education Architect of the Year by the UK’s Building Design magazine. Through his research at University of Plymouth and the Welsh School of Architecture Jude has developed an expertise in the field of energy, environmental design and interactive façades, and is co-author of a book called Intelligent Skins which explores the integration of integrated building technologies into building façades.


Kathryn Brand

Katy Brand
Head of Juniors British School of Bahrain

Katy Brand has been teaching for seventeen years since graduating from Durham University where she specialised in maths and PE. She has taught both internationally and in London, and has worked as a teacher and senior manager in the Middle East for seven years. She has taught Reception through to Year 8 and has taught specialist maths for a number of years, developing the use of iPads as an integral part of lessons.


After 2 years as Deputy Head, Katy assumed the role of Head of Juniors at the British School of Bahrain this year and is looking forward to expanding the use of emerging technologies within the school and working with the team to fully embed technology across the curriculum in order to enhance learning.

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Benjamin J. Lee
Co-Founder, President and CEO
Evolvence Knowledge Investments

Benjamin J. Lee is Co-Founder, President and CEO of Evolvence Knowledge Investments Limited (“EKI”) as well as a member of the board of directors. Mr. Lee is Chairman of the Board of Governors for Repton Foundation School Abu Dhabi and Foremarke School Dubai as well as a member of the Board of Governors of Repton School Dubai. Mr. Lee also currently serves on the board of Ginza Holdings Group Inc. Lastly, Mr. Lee is a Managing Director and Head of Structured Finance for Evolvence Capital Limited (“Evolvence”) and has overall responsibility for structured products.


Mr. Lee has approximately 19 years experience with sourcing, originating and executing leveraged finance, M&A, restructuring and equity offering transactions with extensive capital raising and private equity investment experience working on numerous leveraged buyouts, growth capital and recapitalizations in addition to its associated financing transactions. Mr. Lee has led deal teams through rigorous investment and credit committee processes, successfully investing limited partner committed capital and obtaining over $21 billion in credit commitments to support leveraged buyouts, management buyouts and corporate debt refinancing as well as negotiating and structuring stock purchase agreements, business and asset purchase
agreements, merger agreements, commitment packages, credit agreements and indentures.


Prior to joining Evolvence in September 2008, Mr. Lee was an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank within its Financial Sponsors Leveraged Finance Group in Los Angeles and New York and prior to that in the Global Media Group in Los Angeles and previously an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation in Los Angeles. Mr. Lee graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA.


Mark Orchison

Mark Orchison
Managing Director
9ine Consulting

Mark is the Group Managing Director of 9ine Consulting, overseeing the growth of the business in the United Kingdom and Middle East.


Mark started 9ine in 2009, developing the business into the leading Independent Technology Education Consultancy in the UK, and now the Middle East. The primary focus of 9ine is to support schools in managing the teaching and learning, digital content and e-learning and technical change that comes together with new technologies.


Mark created 9ine to provide schools with the knowledge and expertise needed to make informed choices in developing their ICT vision, strategy and plan. Technology is a tool that supports teaching and learning and schools need support in making the right strategic choices to fit their culture and curriculum models. It is this principle, used by 9ine, which ensures that schools make informed decisions.

Lewis Hall

Lewis Hall
Apple Distinguished Educator

Create your own interactive textbooks with ‘live’ assessment.


Having technical background enables me to think around the traditional barriers to implementing technology and my experience as an educator in the classroom enables me to embed technology to enhance learning and teaching rather than hinder it.


I am an Apple distinguished education who has led multiple 1:1 roll outs of different devices. I have trained staff to to enable them to feel confident to embed this technology, where appropriate, showing them how technology can engage the most reluctant learners and improve learning and teaching with proven results. At one school I worked at learning and teaching went from 60% inadequate by Ofsted’s standards to 60% good or better in 12 months.


I am now based in Abu Dhabi as the e-learning specialist for a group of schools across the UAE, every one of the 13,500 students is equipped with an iPad Air and when led by the teacher these devices can deliver some magical results.


Daniel Ibbitson

Daniel Ibbitson
Technology Integration
Facilitator at Qatar Academy

Currently a Technology Integration Facilitator at Qatar Academy, Doha and prior a computing teacher and Technology Innovations Coordinator at at Dixons City Academy, Bradford, England. With a background in web programming, I have a great passion in how technology can be integrated across all curriculum, more specifically, its use in solving problems, breaking down barriers and collaboration. Having led a 1:1 Android tablet rollout, making me extremely well accustomed to both operating systems and how the related devices can aid learning and teaching. And now working with a mixture of 1:1 Mac Book, and Chrome books, I feel i have a plethora of experiences of using different platforms within the classroom. My enthusiasm for developing technological solutions to aid both learning and teaching, assessment and productivity is a key interest of mine. For example, The Student Dashboard is a web based program that I have been working on since late 2012. This allows students to keep all of their feedback in one place, write notes and peer assess.