The Principal of ISCS Nad Al Sheba has responsibility 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.

The governance structure falls into two parts; Board of Trustees which includes the CEO, DCEO members from BEAM and others invited by the Chairman, and the School Board of Governors who represent all stakeholders including parents, community and staff.

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


“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.

Mr. Ataullah Parkar - Executive Principal


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.

Mr. Farhaan Abdulla Patel - Vice-principal


Mr. Farhaan Abdulla Patel has been working in the education field for almost twenty years, having held a wide array of positions in the sector. His core belief is that ‘educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.’

Mr. Patel joined ISCS Nad Al Sheba in April 2018 as Head of Primary. During his time as headteacher of the Primary school, he led on key developments in teaching and learning, reading and monitoring and evaluation.

He was appointed as Vice-Principal in December 2019 and has since worked on setting ambitious targets for school improvement and worked with teams to ensure these come to fruition, God Willing. Mr. Patel continues to lead on cultivating a culture where passionate and inspired teachers are given the space and support to perfect their 'craft' so that they grow students who think critically, are grounded in the school's core values and achieve their full potential.

Mr. Moosa Khoory - Community Governor


Mr. Moosa Khoory is currently Head of Sharia at Dubai Islamic Bank and holds Master’s Degree in Islamic Law & Legal Theory from University of Sharjah.

Mr. Moosa Khoory is a TEDx youth speaker on “Aligning Students’ Life Purpose to Future Careers”, author of “Alignment of Life Purpose to Corporate Strategy”, trainer of the Public #GOALS Workshop, and life coach for many school and university students, youth and adults. He was awarded the 1st Place in “What’s Your Wild Idea” in a Global Summit, and his program has been recognized by global companies, consultants and leaders.

Mr. Abdul Chohan - Community Governor


Mr. Abdul Chohan is the Vice President of Learning at Showbie Inc. A teacher of 20 years and the Co-founder of a Free School in the UK. He was also the former Principal and CEO of a Multi Academy Trust based in the UK.

Mr. Abdul Chohan is known for his pioneering work on mobile based learning at Essa Academy, Bolton, UK. Since then he has worked with a number of international educational organisations as well as devising learning strategies based on mobile technology platforms.

In addition to this he is also the Director of ThinkSimple Ltd which is a thought leadership organisation that provides support to schools and Ministries of Education around the world.

Mr. Osaid Shaiq - Parent Governor


Mr. Osaid is an experienced entrepreneur and philanthropist, who possesses the unique set of skills that help bridge the gap between visionary leadership and ongoing operations of the business. Mr. Osaid is also a certified Project Manager, who operates as an independent consultant of Supply Chain Management and Business Transformations.

Mr. Osaid aim is to contribute with his acquired skills and knowledge to the success of this organisation.

Dr. Habibah Ellahee - Parent Governor


Dr. Habibah Ellahee is a dentist by profession, qualifying from King’s College, London in 2001. She spent 10 years as a clinical lecturer at Guy’s Hospital, UK, and practiced holistic dentistry, promoting a rounded approach to life, health and learning. She holds a PGCEi and a master’s degree in educational leadership and management. She is passionate about making education holistic: academia, social skills and wellbeing.

Dr. Habibah believes in good and effective communication between the school and parents, to optimise the learning of all children. She was an active member of the PTA for the last 4 years of its existence and has continued to help parents with their journey at ISCS Dubai. Dr. Habibah was actively involved in the 2018 Spring Fair as well as the 2019 National Day Fair.

Mr. Khalid Agiza - Parent Governor


Mr. Khalid is a parent of 3 Children and appreciates the values that school is providing to his children and feels that it is a responsibility to give back to the school community through his skills, knowledge and experience.

Mr. Khalid is a solution architect at IBM with over 15 years of experience and a certified trainer for IBM (Present with eminence, Present to win and Consultation techniques) to support millennials and junior engineers on their career-path progressions.

Mr. Khalid participated in several projects to develop enterprise architecture for customers in government and financial sectors which involved the development of building blocks that drives organization’s progress and compliance with the defined mission, vision and values.

Mr. Ammar Ahmed - Parent Governor


Mr. Ammar is an Islamic finance professional, working for Dubai Islamic Bank and Dar Al Sharia Islamic Finance Consultancy and has been living and working in Dubai with his family since July 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, with honours as well as a MBA.

As part of his professional work he advises on Sharia compliant banking strategy, governance, product development, capital market transactions, corporate finance and restructuring transactions, IPOs, private equity investments. Mr. Ammar is a member of the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and is a Certified Sharia Advisor and Auditor (CSAA).

In addition, he is a passionate trainer, who delivered hundreds of courses for professional development of executives on various topics in Islamic finance domain across various countries. Further, he also taught Islamic finance modules for Post Graduate students at several universities in UAE.

Mr. Ammar, along with his family, firmly believes in ISCS’s educational approach, as four of his five children are students at ISCS - Nad Al Sheba.

Mrs. Shabnum Bashir - Staff Governor


Mrs. Shabnum is currently the head of English, with over 15 years of experience in teaching. She carries the knowledge of Curriculum core and applies it to be modelled and perfected to make the best learning outcome for our school and students. The experience from her previous middle leader roles encouraged her to develop and grow vastly. These roles have taught Mrs. Shabnum managerial and curriculum diversity which helped her in a structured and excelled teaching and learning approach.

Mrs. Shabnum believes that her experience and mind set can help the school lead towards its vision with efficiency and face any challenges which may come across.

Ms. Farah Louarradi - Staff Governor


Ms. Farrah is the Head of the Foundation Stage and an FS1 teacher, she has worked in the field of education for 18 years.

Ms. Farrah has a Bachelor of Arts in Social work from the University of East London, a CELTA (Cambridge English Language Teaching to Adults) certification and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with an Early Years specialism, from the University of North London. She is also currently finishing her National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL).

Ms. Farrah has a strong passion for language; Personal Social and Emotional Development and is committed to the promotion of inclusive education and encouraging positive learning techniques across diverse learning communities. Her professional interests focus on literacy and language development amongst EAL learners, primarily in the early years. She has a recognised dedication to ensuring our students succeed and fulfil their potential.

Mrs. Amna Yousef Al Zou’bi - Staff Governonr


Mrs. Amna studied teaching procedures for 2 years and has over 17 years of teaching experience in both Syria and UAE. In which she has been teaching Arabic as a second language for 8 years. These years were the most interesting years for her as she enjoyed every minute teaching Arabic ASL to her students who always show eagerness to learn the language of Quran.

Ms. Muna Abuker Hassan - Staff Governor


Ms. Muna is currently the Head of Year 2 and have been a teacher at ISCS NAS for over three years. Ms. Muna’s goal is to provide the best learning experience for all students. Ms. Muna holds a PGCE in Primary Education, graduated from London university and was awarded with a BSc in Psychology. She has over 6 years’ experience in Primary education across phases and have previously taught at one of Ealing’s (London) high-achieving and well sought after schools.

With her optimistic and positive personality which fuels her dedication to help every child achieve their full potential. Her vision is to cultivate and foster a culture of lifelong learning and instil transferable skills where students are given opportunities to excel.

Mr. Abdi Dahir - Staff Governor


Mr Abdi Dahir is currently the Head of English for Primary at ISCS Nad Al Sheba. With over 5 years of teaching experience across schools in the Middle East and UK, Abdi has also sat as a member of a Governing Board in an Outstanding school in England. With direct roles overseeing areas such as Parental Links and Assessment, Abdi is a strong advocate of empowerment through education and a bridging of educational inequalities.

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