Ian McNiff

Ian McNiff

Director of Schools: US Curriculum Schools

Ian McNiff is the Director of US curriculum based schools including American International School, International Academic School, Al Wahda Private School, Al Resalah International School of Sciences, and Al Resalah American International. Mr. Ian has over 35 years of experience working for government regulating bodies and schools within the middle east as well as in the UK. He has been the director for UK schools as well as one of the largest catholic school groups in the UK. Ian has also worked in public office in the UK for various ministries, he brings a vast amount if experience and knowledge to Athena with his full profile of experience.

Kekshan Salaria

Director of Schools: UK and EYFS Curriculum Schools & Nurseries

Kekshan Salaria Director of UK curriculum-based schools including Al Sadiq Islamic English, Grammar School, Oaktree Primary School, Balloon International Nursery, Suweihat Nursery and Latifa Nursery. She is expert in Child Safeguarding and is the primary liaison for UK curriculum based schools. Ms. Kekshan has been a director of schools in the UK for over 35 years. She has vast experience in managing and directing schools and also worked within the KHDA and various government agencies regarding inspection and qualities of schools.

Kekshan Salaria
Dr. Gihan Fradi

Dr. Gihan Fradi

Group Head of Curriculum & Assessment

Dr. Fradi is responsible for coordination and development of academic curriculums across all Athena Schools. Informing schools are meeting graduation requirements as well as conducting internal and external assessments. Ensuring various standards and curriculum are being met such as Grade Level Curriculum standards and the National Agenda Education Requirements. Dr. Fradi has been working within schools for the past ten years. She brings a vast amount of information in regards to curriculum development and assessment.

Catherine O'Farrell

Group Head of Inclusion

Catherine O’Farrell is the Group Head of Inclusion across all Athena schools. Catherine has been leading inclusion internationally from Ireland to Australia, spending 8 years in the UAE. She is regularly published in educational magazines and is a director on the Dubai Inclusion Network. Catherine is passionate about removing barriers to learning to ensure that every child can reach their full potential in an inclusive, caring environment.

Catherine O'Farrell
Jan Horn

Jan Horn

Group Head of Operations

Jan Horn leads and guides Athena Operations to achieve sustainable growth and development by ensuring efficiency, productivity and profitability. As a member of the Academic Board, Jan is responsible for the overall efficiency and performance of the group and to ensure all operations support an environment that optimize teaching and learning impact for each child. In consultation with the directors, senior managers and school leadership he develops strategic plans and works with the Principals to translate these into operational projects. Jan has a lifelong commitment towards education and people development, and has more than 25 years of experience in the education sector, more than half of this time in management positions ranging from junior to senior management level.