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Advisory Council

Advisory Council

The EIS-J School Advisory Council (SAC), is a team of stakeholders including: parents, administrators, alumni, educators, business/industry personne. The role of the SAC is to support the school leadership to increase student success by ensuring that the school provides the best possible education for every student at the school. The SAC works as a team, involving other members of the school community as required, in the school improvement process. The SAC works alongside the school’s senior leadership team through the establishing of effective and regular communication. It is their role to provide constructive feedback to the school.

Christopher McDermott
Christopher McDermott

Christopher McDermott is an internationally regarded educator and a former National Leader for Education for England and Wales. He has extensive international experience as a Principal, in the UK and in Dubai. He is a qualified school inspector as well as a renowned Educational consultant in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

Dr Lejla (Leila) Vrazalic
Dr Lejla (Leila) Vrazalic

Lejla joined EISJ in 1992 and was in the first cohort of IB graduates in the UAE in 1994. She went to the University of Wollongong in Australia where she spent 10 years and completed her PhD, working as a lecturer at the University. She also taught in Malaysia and Hong Kong.

In 2004, she joined the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD), first as a lecturer and later as the Chair of the College of Undergraduate Studies. In 2014, she set up an educational consultancy and now works for the Ministry of Education in the UAE and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority.

Mohamed Adnaan
Mohamed Adnaan

A motivated and enthusiastic leader with a wide range of experience gained over the last 20 years, including the last 11 years as the Group CFO of a large conglomerate based in Dubai. Excellent team player with strong leadership skills, focused on managing the Group’s strategic goals, corporate governance, capital structure and directing the Group’s performance to meet set objectives. He has a son studying in Year 13.

Fatima Tomoum
Fatima Tomoum

Fatima Tomoum is an Australian expat and has been an EISJ parent for the past 4 years. Her triplets are in Year 3. She graduated with a master’s degree in applied linguistics (specifically Japanese interpreting and translation) from the University of Queensland, Australia.  She has also worked in Japan, China, France, UK and India before settling in the UAE about 15 years ago.  She currently works as the General Manager for Customer Engagement at Al-Futtaim Automotive.  She is a passionate advocate for Inclusion, and believes every child has the potential to be the absolute best version of themselves.

Jannie Nielsen
Jannie Nielsen

Jannie has been a parent at EISJ for 9 years, her 3 children are in Early Years 2, Year 4 and Year 8. She was a member of the Parent Support Group until 2019. Jannie is originally from Denmark and has a Master’s degree in International Development Studies and Geography, from Roskilde University. Prior to moving to Dubai she worked with the Danish Immigration Authorities.

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