Al Salam Executive Committee
Sue Johnston - Founder and Chairwoman
SJ Governance Priorities:
Child Protection and Safeguarding
Teaching and Learning and Community
Taher Gharib - Director
TG Governance Priorities:
Strategic planning and partnerships
Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Assessment
Business and Administration
Ahmed Hamdi - Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
AH Governance Priorities:
Finance, Strategy and Operations
Ayman Gharib - Head of Facility and Operations
AG Governance Priorities:
Operations and facilities
Safety and safeguarding
Ralph Tabberer - Education Strategy Advisor
RT Governance Priorities:
Strategy and Leadership develoment
Educational standards and excellence
Wael Nafii - Specialist Strategy Advisor
Community Leader and School Parent
Wael is a Y Combinator alumnus and serial entrepreneur who has co-founded startups in the Silicon Valley and the Middle East.
He was one of the early employees of Careem and held roles including VP of Product Development and was Careem's MD of Platforms, leading Careem's vision to become a Super App company. Wael has built technology products used by tens of millions of users worldwide, featured in publications such as TechCrunch, TheNextWeb, Engadget, and many others. He is has been advisor to many VCs and startups in the region and is passionate about building tech capacity and fostering entrepreneurship in the MENA region.
Currently, Wael is now a Partner at Raed Ventures where he works with founders to create and scale breakthrough companies in the MENA region.
WN Governance Priorities:
Technology, data and Communications
Digital strategy and data management
Tech investment and smooth operation of systems
Margi Kulsoom - Specialist Inclusion advisor
Community Leader and Education specialist
Margi takes up her position on the Board of Governors of Al Salam, with a wide range of educational and special educational experience behind her, both as a Speech and Language Therapist internationally, and as a Governor of the Walthamstow School for Girls in London for five years.
In Dubai, she provides weekly consultancy in Al Salam school, in which she observes and advises on a range of pupils about whom there are concerns.
Margi has worked in Ethiopia and China for short periods. Prior to that, in Pakistan, working with a group of local people and parents, she set up two special schools in NWFP, Pakistan. She also became Special Advisor to the Pakistan Federal Government on Special Education, providing national training for professionals working with children with special needs. Children with disabilities previously hidden away and a symbol of shame, started to be accepted in Pakistan society.
In London, during more than 20 years as a UK qualified Speech and Language Therapy Manager, she achieved significant improvements in four London Speech and Language Therapy services.
Margi has worked alongside Education colleagues closely throughout her career, pushing forward the philosophy of including children with special needs in mainstream schools. She believes strongly in the benefits of a joint approach to meeting the child’s needs, 24/7, to maximise the practice opportunities and to learn and train parents, teachers assistants and other professionals, especially through hands-on informal working.
MK Governance Priorities:
SEND / Inclusion and Provision for Emiratis Areas
Policy and accountability
Manav Someddar- Specialist Finance Advisor
Financial leader and school parent
Manav is a Senior Wealth Manager with Wehbe Financial Services. He is a double postgraduate with Masters in business administration from University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and Masters in Management studies from university of Mumbai, India.
Manav has over 12 years of versatile experience in the Banking & Investment domain. He is primarily responsible for designing and managing customized wealth management solutions for clients, both on an Advisory and Discretionary basis.
Having initially majored in the field of Bio-chemistry, he found his calling in Entrepreneurship and created a cosmetic brand called “B’atude”, which boasts a premium organic skin care range. He was directly involved in brand creation, product development, supply chain and global sales and marketing. The brand is currently present in 3 countries and expanding rapidly.
Manav is a proud father of two and parent at Al Salam School. He serves on the board of governors representing the financial committee.
MS Governance Priorities:
Finance and devolved budget
Tax and Insurance