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Education Investment MENA
Conference: 13 - 14 November 2024
Sheraton Grand DubaiUnited Arab Emirates

Alan Williamson
CEO at Taaleem


Alan graduated from Glasgow University with an honours degree in History and Russian Language and has also attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His teaching career began in the Anderson School in the Shetland Islands and has covered schools across the United Kingdom, progressing from teaching and leading departments in Humanities and Languages to two Headships in the UK. This included heading up the first ever Scottish Future Schools Trust, an integrated community campus with associated schools groups in Edinburgh from Foundation to Secondary level.

Prior to working in Dubai, Alan is particularly proud of work undertaken in the independent sector with Rugby School (in Warwickshire, England) through a partnership with the remarkable Arnold Scholarship Foundation.

Alan became the Principal of Kings’ School Al Barsha in January 2016 after heading up the new Kings’ Secondary in 2015. As well as being passionate about teaching and learning, he has been actively involved in school leadership development, national school improvement projects in the UK and work related to Special Educational Needs. As CEO of Kings’ Education he was responsible for leading the organisation through rapid expansion of all of the schools in terms of student numbers, profitability and KHDA Inspection ratings including ‘outstanding’ ratings for two thirds of the Schools Group.

He joined Taaleem, as CEO in July 2019 excited by the incredible opportunity to lead a Schools Group with a diverse curriculum portfolio, schools in the two major cities of the UAE and an ambitious agenda for expansion, further improvement and innovation.

Agenda Sessions

  • Capturing the Mid-Market: Strategies For Entering and Owning the Underserved Quality Mid-Market Pricing Space