Governance

The Principal of the International School of Creative Science – Muwaileh is responsible for the leadership of the school, the strategic direction linked to the aims of the school and governors as well as those of the National Agenda and UAE Vision 2021.

Parents and community members are encouraged to be members of the School Governing Body. In their capacity, they can help shape the School’s future direction and ensure a strong connection and sense of community between the School’s leadership and parents.


Hesham Abdeen - Chair of Governors

BEAM

“Schools with high levels of trust and collaboration between teachers and administrators retain good teachers and get better student outcomes.”

Having worked in education for 28 years, most recently as Head of Accreditation and Evaluations at BEAM and previously as an Academic Advisor for a group of American and British Schools in Al Ain, Mr. Hesham has a thorough understanding of the sector from early years to higher education. Two of his five children are currently at ISCS and lived in Al Ain then Sharjah since 1995, having a personal interest in the success of schools and the local community, he is delighted to have the opportunity to utilize his professional skills and experience and parental knowledge to support the staff and children at their education.

Mr. Hesham enjoys applying his skills and experience in education and quality assurance to inform an external, objective perspective to challenge and support the continuing progress and development of the School.

The Local Governing Board, in collaboration with the school leadership and Governing Body will work hard to ensure that our children are provided with the best possible opportunities to thrive in a safe environment.

“The time our children spend in schools has an enormous impact on their future life opportunities. That is why if we think learning is the product of teaching, we need to reimagine that as learning is the product of all learners’ activities. So, let’s look at our learners as the creators of how they can learn, with full autonomy and independence. That’s why we need to inspire and educate learners for life” -Hesham Abdeen, Head of Accreditation and Evaluations.


Mrs. Majd C. Hussain (Vice Chair of Governors)

Majd

With over 28 years of experience in educational administration, leadership, and management from various British and American curriculum schools in the US, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, Mrs. Majd C. Hussain is the founding Principal of the American School of Creative Science Maliha. Mrs. Majd graduated with a Bachelors in English Literature from Carthage College in Wisconsin, US and received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education & Leadership Management from the University of Gloucestershire, UK. She strives to create a learning community that fosters excellence, creativity, leadership, collaboration and tolerance. She has garnered numerous prestigious awards including the Most Inspiring CEO Award (2015), Employer of Choice Award (2015) and Chairman’s Choice "Rising Star" Award (2014), from the Bukhatir Group Management Excellence Awards.


Samar Khalid Murad (Principal)

Samar Khalid Murad

A passionate Principal of 13 years of educational leadership and 8 years of teaching experience, Mrs. Samar Murad has always inspired leaders at all levels in different settings to drive schools in a clear strategic direction that promotes ambitious vision. Her experience in leading NEASC and CIS Accreditation process has driven schools to improve their practices and achieve the desired outcomes of accreditation and inspection authorities.

Mrs. Murad was privileged enough to work with multinational professionals and gain experience in implementing the English National Curriculum, the Common Core standards and UAE Ministry of Education Curriculum in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

She is visionary and possesses enthusiasm, resilience and commitment to lead a school of a purposeful learning culture with main focus on developing, educating and nurturing global leaders of faith, humanity, learning and life. She is highly committed to the UAE national agenda and ISCS vison, mission and values.

Mrs. Murad led ISCS to achieve a very successful MOE Evaluation outcomes in the academic year 2017-2018.

Mrs. Murad was bestowed the BEAM most Dynamic Principal Award in the academic year 2017—2018 and 2018-2019 in row. She contributed fruitfully at a national level to planning for Sharjah Private Schools improvement and other National projects.

Under her leadership, the school received the Sharjah Award for Education Excellence, as the “Most Distinguished School” from Sharjah Education Council. She earned a number of appreciation awards at the national and inter-schools’ levels.

Mrs. Samar is a chairperson of Sharjah Private Schools Principals Council. She holds a Master’s Degree in applied linguistics with distinction from Lebanon and a Master’s degree in business administration from USA. She is currently enrolled in NPQH programme for her UK national qualification of Headship.


Professor Hamid M.K Al Naimiy (Board Member)

Professor Hamid M.K Al Naimiy

Professor Hamid M.K Al Naimiy holds multiple certificates, PhD in Astrophysics from University of Manchester 1977, MSc in Astronomy from University of Manchester 1975, BSc in Physics from University of Baghdad 1971 and Post Doctorate from University of Arizona 1977-1978.

Professor Al Naimiy occupies several positions, being a chancellor at the University of Sharjah, the General Director for Sharjah Academy for Astronomy and Space Science and President at the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences. He is also a member of the International Astronomical Union, International Variable Stars Society and International Society of Searching for Intelligent life in the Universe. In recognition to his achievements, Professor Al Naimiy received the best Scientific Researcher Prize and the Best Scientific Public Media Publication Prize - The Iraqi Scientific Research Council. He was honored as the Best Department Chair, Teacher and Researcher for the Year 2006 from UAE University and received Khalifa Award for Education 2009/2010 in the field of Higher Education. Moreover, Professor Al Naimiy contributed preeminently in organizing the UN/ESA workshops in 2007. He has also been recognized in NASA Plaque for his contributions as Coordinator for the Asian & Pacific region for the period 2005 – 2009. Professor Al Naimiy supervised more than 30 PhD and MSc graduate students and taught different courses in Physics, Astrophysics and Space Sciences in many Universities at UK, Iraq, Jordan, and UAE. He chaired many scientific organizing committees for international and regional conferences, and attended more than 100 International and regional conferences. Professor Al Naimiy supervised and built scientific projects such as the Iraqi Astronomical Observatory in Korek Mountain, Satellite Images Receiving Station at Al-Therthar zone - Iraq, Maragaha Observatory and Ibn-AlShater Astronomy Park at Al-Albayte University - Jordan, and Sharjah Academy for Astronomy and Space Sciences, including Sharjah Optical Observatory.


Mr. Ataullah Parkar (Accreditation Governor)

Ataullah Parkar

Mr. Ataullah is the Executive Principal at the Creative Science Schools in Dubai. Mr. Ataullah has been a Senior Leader in schools for 7 years, including being a Head Teacher in the United Kingdom. Ataullah has led ISCS through multiple inspections, including the most recent 2019 KHDA inspection where the school was rated Good with Very Good and Outstanding features. In the same year, the school achieved Good with Outstanding ratings from the British Schools Overseas, registering the school as an International British school with the Department for Education, UK.

Mr. Ataullah has led on the Virtues programme across BEAM schools, an integrated approach which promotes faith-based virtues within the curriculum.

Prior to working as a Head Teacher, Mr. Ataullah has worked within the strategic education departments of multiple local authorities in the UK, as a board member of the Association of Muslim Schools UK, and as a Policy Manager for Ofqual; advising the UK government on vocational and GCSE qualification reforms.

Mr. Ataullah completed his National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers in 2017, and is nearing completion of his National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders in December 2020. He has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Leadership and Management. Ataullah teaches the social sciences and is passionate about liberal arts education.


Dr. Fahd Kahlaoui (Assistant Principal Governor)

Fahd Kahlaoui

Dr. Fahd Kahlaoui has been in Education for over 13 years and holds various degrees, namely a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Business (BSC), a Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing (MSC), a Master’s level PGCE in Mathematics, and a Doctorate Degree in Education. He believes in the Kaizen philosophy and method of, “continuous improvement without any excuses”, as he feels it encourages constant personal and professional growth, by looking for possible improvements and then initiating positive change.

Since starting his career in teaching, he has never stopped learning, viewing himself as a permanent student and academic researcher. Dr. Fahd strives to continuously develop his academic knowledge and stay current on the latest educational updates and strategies, in order to improve himself as a leader.

Dr. Fahd first began his teaching career in a large comprehensive school in North London as a Mathematics Teacher, where he soon achieved one of the highest value-added scores in Mathematics and was promoted to Gifted and Talented Coordinator within his first year of teaching, before taking on a range of additional leadership responsibilities and relocating to Dubai in 2014.

Since 2014, Dr. Fahd had occupied various leadership and decision-making roles such as Head of Mathematics, Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, and Vice-Principal. Additionally, he has worked alongside School Governors, being involved in activities such as budgeting, manpower, curriculum planning, and school-wide strategic decision-making activities.

After 7 successful years in Dubai, Dr. Fahd Kahlaoui joined ISCS in August of 2021 as he was drawn to the faith-based ethos of the school and felt that this new establishment would not only be a good choice in terms of his career but also the right choice for himself and his children’s deen.


Umar Seyyed Naeem (Inclusion Governor)

Umar Seyyed Naeem

An individual who is extremely passionate about Inclusion, Umar Naeem has been a senior leader for over 4 years and is the Head of Inclusion at both, the International School of Creative Science, and the American School of Creative Science.

Umar completed his National Award for SEN Coordination in 2018 and is nearing the completion of his PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification. He also holds a post-graduate degree in Education and an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Prior to joining BEAM, he had been a Class Teacher at an “Outstanding” school in the UK and a SENCO at other schools in Dubai.

Umar has successfully led multiple Inclusion teams through various inspections, including the most recent 2019 KHDA inspection where the school received “Good”, “Very Good” and “Outstanding” ratings in various features. In the same year, the school achieved “Outstanding” ratings from the British Schools Overseas, registering the school as an International British School with the Department for Education in the UK.


Mrs. Humaira Mohammed Naseem (Parent Governor)

Humaira Mohammed Naseem

Mrs. Humaira Naseem has been a parent in ISCS Muwalileh since 2007, her eldest child graduated from ISCS in 2016. She is now serving as Parent Governor, as well as Chairperson for the Parent-Teacher Association of the Secondary School since September 2017.

Currently, Mrs. Humaira works at Noble Quran and Sunnah Establishment in Sharjah, where she is well known for teaching Quran and Tajweed Science in Arabic, English and Urdu to a culturally diverse group of students of varying ages. Certified by the Directorate of Human Resources, Government of Sharjah in “Art of Dealing with People”, she has been able to improve professionally and personally. As a result, she was successfully able to deliver a four weeks Tajweed Science crash-course to the staff of the establishment. To further enhance her capacity, Mrs. Humaira completed few other courses in the field, one of these was Features of Tafseer (Quranic explanation) from Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein Cultural and Islamic Centre, Dubai.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from King AbdulAziz University, Mrs. Humaira started her career in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as administrator of the computer network at Al-Nassifiyah Model School, where she also taught Computer Science to secondary students.

Mrs. Humaira is an ambitious and passion driven person. Her motto is that “Knowledge is the food for souls”; a person is alive as long as they’re learning. She wishes to spread this love for learning among all children, as it is every child’s right to grow, learn and develop, academically, religiously and as a human being.


Aashiya Jassim Shaikh (Inclusion Governor member)

Aashiya Jassim Shaikh

“I believe that ‘ability-linked labels’ are not for humans; our names are enough to help people distinguish one person from the other. According to me, all of us are special - all of us are equally determined. All our students are determined to do better. All our teachers are determined to make our school a place where every learner progresses. Our parents and management share the same beliefs.”

As a Leader of Inclusion, she strives to foster a culture of inclusive education in order to provide equitable opportunities to all students (including the ones who experience SEND) to become successful learners. She strategically plan towards developing positive attitudes, approaches and strategies to empower all stakeholders involved in the teaching learning process. Aashiya believes that in order to establish fully inclusive educational systems there is need to embed inclusive practices across all levels, to encourage and support the physical, academic and social inclusion of all students.

Aashiya worked in the field of education for more than 16 years. She holds a Level 7 diploma in Educational Leadership and Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Special Education – Learning Disabilities), and a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. She is a certified Designated Safeguarding Lead, a Dyslexia and Art & Play based therapist with expertise in Personal Counseling.


Mahmoud Ahmed Gbl (School Governor)

Mahmoud Ahmed Gbla

Mahmoud Gbla is a Mathematics Teacher at the International School of Creative Science, who is highly enthusiastic about teaching, learning, and management. He has embodied various Teaching and Pastoral roles, as well as being a Coordinator and member of the Examination and Academic boards.

Mahmoud holds an undergraduate degree in Education, with Honours in Mathematics, a Higher Teachers Diploma, and is nearing the completion of his Master’s degree in Education Leadership and Management. He is also a member of EURASIA Researchers for over 5 years, having attended and presented at several educational conferences. Mahmoud has a great passion for teaching, learning, and management.

Mahmoud believes that “school is more than just a place of learning, it is a community that we can all be part of” and is passionate about working alongside his trusted colleagues, putting the interests of the school and its pupils at the forefront, to ensure that ISCS remains an outstanding school.


Eman (ISCS Student Governor - Girls)

Emaan

Where she was always recognised for her positive, agreeable, and charismatic nature, Emaan has been a student at ISCS for 10 years. As the President of the Girls Student Council and a believer that “balance is not something you find, but something you create”, she aims to provide students with a balance between education and activities, thus securing a well-rounded education whilst creating memorable moments for everyone.

Through leading and organising many nurturing activities, Emaan is able to ensure the wellbeing and safeguarding of the student body. She is considered a dependable individual by students and teachers alike, allowing for efficient communication between the student body and ISCS staff. Emaan holds a crucial role as Student Governor on the school’s local governing board where she is capable of providing a different perspective to aid in improving the quality of education at ISCS.


Mohamad Afaneh (ISCS Student Governor – Boys)

Mohamad Afaneh

Mohamad Afaneh is said to be a bright, brilliant, and experienced leader, and is the current President of the Boys Student Council. His 4 years tenure at ISCS has seen him accumulate various accomplishments, such as being the first student to receive the title of Vice President and advance to the position of Presidentship within two years.

Mohamed strives to be a leader that performs under pressure and thrives despite setbacks.


Manoucheca Romelus (Staff Governor)

Manoucheca Romelus

Manoucheca joined the International School of Creative Science in August 2009 and has been highly committed to advancing the educational prowess of students, and finding ways to raise curriculum standards.

Having taught many grades at the primary level as a Class Teacher and English Teacher, her journey as a middle leader started in her fourth year at ISCS. First, as the grade three team leader, then as an English HOD assistant, leading up to her current role as the Primary English coordinator.

Manoucheca looks forward to being a positive representative of the governing body, aspiring to effectively contribute to the strategic management of the school, by providing interesting and innovative ideas.


Nada Al Mahdi (Parent Governor)

Mahmoud Ahmed Gbla

Nada has been involved with the International School of Creative Science in Muwaileh since 2012 as a parent. Having a Bachelor's Degree in Science, Biology, and specialized in Zoology, from the University of Cairo, Nada started her career as a lab technician in Sudan for two years, before finding her passion in teaching, and education.

With over 10 years of experience as a secondary level, Science and Biology Teacher, across British, American, and MOE curricula, Nada has evolved within the school to join the PTA of ISCS Muwaileh, since 2016.

This year, Nada had been selected as the schoolwide Chairperson for the secondary division, and the Parent Council. During the time as a PTA member, being a teacher and a parent, Nada helped create a better judgment for the calls made in the PTA meetings.

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