Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma ProgrammeAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi

Our Executive Management Team

His Excellency Mohammed Al Mubarak


Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak is Chairman of Aldar Academies and has overseen the company from its beginnings. Mohammed is passionate about the contribution that education makes to society and takes very seriously the role that Aldar Academies plays in developing citizens of the future. Mohamed is the Chairman of Aldar Properties PJSC. He is also Chairman of Image Nation, which seeks to develop the UAE film industry through the production of films that take Emirati and regional stories to a wider global audience, as well as funding international motion pictures. Prior to joining Aldar, Mohamed worked in London for Barclays Capital. A native of Abu Dhabi, he is a graduate of Northeastern University (USA), with a double Major in Economics and Political Science.

Nilay Özral

Chief Executive Officer

Nilay Özral has a diverse background leading organisations across Middle East, Europe, Africa and America with extensive experience in operations, financial analysis, mergers and acquisitions.  She graduated from Middle East Technical University and earned a BSc. Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1988. Following her MSc. degree, she continued her studies at Manchester Business School in the UK and at University of Texas at Austin in the USA, receiving her MBA in 1992. During her career, she has held several senior executive positions with Procter & Gamble and with the global agri-business and food production company, Bunge.  Upon moving to the UAE in 2009, she joined Sorouh as their Strategic Planning Director which quickly led to her joining Aldar Properties the following year.  As their Director of Operations, she oversaw the development of Yas Island, including Ferrari World, Yas Links and the first seven hotels on the island.  It was also during this period that she was first involved with Aldar’s education division, Aldar Academies.  At the time, Aldar Academies comprised of just 3 schools with 1,700 students.  By 2013, Aldar Academies had more than doubled in size and, with 6 schools and plans to expand even further, her role with Aldar Academies was formalised as she became the Chief Executive Officer. Under her leadership, and with her passion to improve the quality of education in the UAE, Aldar Academies is now seen as one of the region’s premier education providers, delivering best in class education to more than 14,000 students (both for Aldar Academies schools and ADNOC School students).  This success has led to the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) to invite Aldar Academies to collaborate with them on the first ever government school to be managed and operated by a private sector educator.

William Houldsworth

Director of Education

Mr Houldsworth has over 25 years of schools leadership and management expertise. Drawing on his vast experience in school leadership, Mr Houldsworth is perfectly placed to build on Aldar Academies’ education excellence. Mr Houldsworth contributes a wealth of expertise gained in England, the Middle East, and Africa. He has been an education consultant and trainer for many years, specialising in performance management and school improvement. He’s also held many advisory positions on education policy making and teacher learning practices.  As a current accredited Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) inspector and school improvement governor in Dubai, he understands what’s required to shape and maintain an outstanding, modern learning experience. Mr Houldsworth’s impressive breadth of experience also includes various senior school leadership positions, including leading one school in the UK to achieve five Outstanding Ofsted judgements.


Shaughn Whyte

Director of Operations

Shaughn Whyte moved to UAE in June 2003 following 25 years managing operational and maintenance projects within the Oil & Gas, Leisure and Hotel Industry in Saudi Arabia, India, Spain and the United Kingdom. Shaughn holds a HND (Distinction) in Business and Leisure and an MBA diploma from the University of Leicester, UK. Mr. Whyte joined Aldar Academies in April 2007 following 3 years at British School Al Khubairat, having successfully delivered their phase 3 secondary extension project. Shaughn is currently leading the Operations & Development team and part of the delivery of the current portfolio of Aldar Academies Schools: The Pearl Primary School (2007), followed by Al Yasmina (2008), Al Muna Primary (2009), Al Bateen, Al Mushrif and Al Ain International School (2011). Additionally, he is managing the operations of Aldar Academies growth strategy and supporting site operations, developments and key initiatives.

Ashley Dymoke

Director of Marketing & Communications

Ashley Dymoke is a senior marketeer with 20 years' experience in all aspects of marketing, branding, design and developing strategic marketing communications. He Joined Aldar in 2005 from London with 8 years' experience as a senior designer for Sony and Time Warner. Since joining Aldar he has had held senior managerial positions in both marketing and branding and PR and played the lead role in the re-branding of Aldar, the result of which was the highly acclaimed and recognisable brand that stands today. Mr Dymoke joined Aldar Academies in 2013 and is currently responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of a comprehensive annual marketing, communications and public relations strategy and enhancing Aldar Academies image and position within the marketplace. Mr Dymoke holds a BA (HONS) Degree in Communication and Design from Middlesex University in London.


Director of Human Resources and Administration

Fadi Nassar is a highly experienced Human Resources and Management Consultant Professional with extensive UAE experience in the Human Resources and Consulting industry. In the last 10 years, he has held senior HR positons at Arabtec Holdings, EFECO and Towers Watson, skilfully leading strategic HR development projects including transformational HR initiatives such as organisational re-structuring, compensation and benefits alignment, performance management programmes, HR business processes and strategic HR planning implementations. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and qualified Balanced Scorecard Professional, Fadi is passionate about leading and driving change management that ensures both employees and organisations achieve their objectives effectively and efficiently.

Mrs Rasha Mohamed Saeed Ali

Director of Regulatory & Curriculum Compliance

Directing our ADEK Liaison Officer, Mrs Rasha will ensure Aldar Academies’ full compliance with ADEK (Department of Education and Knowledge) and Ministry of Education regulations, so we can continue to support the educational goals of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 in the most effective way. Mrs Rasha’s 27 years of educational experience most recently included the position of ADEK’s Licensing and Accreditation Section Manager. With an extraordinarily deep understanding of ADEK policy and licensing processes, Mrs Rasha is perfectly placed to support Aldar Academies in our growth plans and guide us through the regulatory environment we operate within. A former teacher, Ministry of Education curriculum assessment specialist, and academic programme coordinator, Mrs Rasha possesses a broad understanding of educational operations that will prove invaluable in her role.