Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

FS2 - Year 3 PYP Primary School, Year 7-13 Secondary School. Mixed

Very GoodEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme,IB PRIMARY YEARS 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

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
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Our Executive Leadership Team

His Excellency Mohammed Al Mubarak

Chairman

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.

Sahar Cooper

Chief Executive Officer

Sahar has extensive experience in global education management over a period of 25 years. She has spent the past 19 years in the UAE in various education based senior leadership roles. Sahar has extensive management experience in leading the delivery of large, complex and multi-site projects in education. She has an established track record of business performance improvement in education through operational delivery, supply chain management, risk and governance, health and safety, strategy development and execution, project management, M&A integration, facilities and asset management, talent development, succession planning and change leadership.

Prior to joining Aldar Academies, Sahar was the Chief Schools Operations Officer at GEMS Education one of the largest K-12 private education providers globally. Her role centred around the empowering of schools to focus on delivering the best possible education by providing centralised operational support and commercial leadership for all non-academic group functions; focused on the alignment of strategy and programs to drive business value for internal and external stakeholders. Sahar was also responsible for the pre-operational deployment of over 50 new schools across multiple regions, ensuring each school was built with education at the forefront of the fit out, modelling and development. 

Sahar was educated in the USA and attained a Master’s Degree (MBA) in International Management, graduating with honors from Southeastern University Washington DC.

Aryeah Mohasses

Director - Strategy & Innovation

Aryeah is a global education commercial leader with over a decade of regional experience in empowering schools to deliver the best possible education through providing central commercial and strategic support. He has been in the region for over two decades and has joined Aldar Academies as the Director of Strategy & Innovation in November 2018.

Prior to joining Aldar Academies, Aryeah served as the Vice President of Commercial Operations at a Dubai based global education provider for 5 years where he was responsible for developing commercial engagements with third parties, driving operational M&A integration initiatives and deploying global strategic sourcing activities across large, complex, multi-site projects. Throughout the past 5 years, Aryeah has been instrumental in overseeing the fit out and development of over 40 new schools in the region from concept design all the way through to delivery and operation.

Aryeah earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Texas A&M University and his Honors Bachelor of Science (H.Bsc) in Economics and Statistics from the University of Toronto.

David Taylor

Director - Operations

Dave moved to the UAE in June 2013 after having managed a £35m construction project for a new Academy model in the UK. He worked in various school based administrative and operational roles within the UK before moving to the UAE to manage and lead the construction of a British premium private school in Dubai.

Dave joined Aldar Academies in December 2018 following a successful 5 years with a Dubai based global education provider as their Vice President of Operations. He brings more than 15 years of education management experience and has successfully led a network of 52 School based Operations Managers across the region, whilst also overseeing group wide support services, a housing portfolio for over 5,000 international teachers across the UAE and Support Staff accommodation for over 4,000 employees.

Dave is responsible for leading all school based Operations and Support Services along with the development and implementation of all group wide operational strategic aims, service delivery, external service provision, HSE development, and the international staff housing portfolio with a clear focus on supporting school leadership teams across our network of high quality schools.

CHRIS WILSON

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Chris joined Aldar Education as  CFO in September 2020. He has extensive experience across investor relations, corporate finance and broader finance roles. Prior to joining Aldar Education, Chris was Head of Investor Relations at Aldar Properties for over 6 years. In this role, he responsible for all investor-related activities surrounding both equity and debt capital markets and played a key role in several transformational projects.  

Prior to this, Chris served in various roles within investor relations, corporate finance and finance at FTSE 100 mining group Antofagasta plc in London. His experience across various sectors and financial disciplines positions him well to steer the organisation through its next phase of growth. 

Chris holds a First Class Hons in Finance from Lancaster University Management School and a chartered accountancy certification (ICAS).

Sarah Siyani

Director - People & Culture

Sarah brings over 15 years of HR management and leadership experience to Aldar Education. Sarah has worked in HR roles within the education sector for 10 years; starting in a local education authority in the UK. Sarah joins us from a global technology company, in which she was the regional HR lead for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions.

Sarah is a skilled business partner to senior and executive leaders, and has extensive experience in building and leading HR teams in the creation and execution of companywide HR and talent strategy, aligned to company goals. Sarah will be building her team to appropriately support our business in its growth and in the development of our people.

Sarah holds a dual honours Bachelors (BA) in Law and HR; a first class Masters’ (MSc) in HR (focus on International HR and Employment Law); and is a chartered member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

Stephen Sharples

Director - Education

Steve has worked in education for almost 20 years and spent most of that time in a variety of leadership positions, including, Head of School and Principal/CEO.  

Steve has supported schools and Principals in the UK and UAE to develop new curriculum models, introduce innovative programmes of study, train senior leaders and prepare schools for inspection.  He is experienced in school start-ups and new school buildings and expansions.  

In addition to his work in school leadership he has also been employed by the International Baccalaureate Organization as a consultant and was made an IB Ambassador for the Europe, Africa and Middle East region.  He has extensive experience of school improvement, raising standards and developing leadership capacity.  

In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree, Steve holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Management and Learning.

Tracy Moxley

Director - Education

Tracy is an educational leader who has experience, leading in UK, US and international education. She has extensive experience in educational innovation, new pedagogies, teacher professional development and school improvement. As a curriculum developer, Tracy is committed to interdisciplinary, innovative global citizenship education and service learning.  She has recently been developing student and teacher global exchange experiences to enhance student learning.

Tracy has also been involved in research with Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero in the implementation of innovative pedagogy through teacher action research, exploring the creation of innovative communities within educational institutions. She has also been committed to student wellbeing and the correlation between wellbeing and academic performance.

Tracy is a published author on the IB Middle Years programme and was a Co-Founder of The Kindred Project; a unique NGO set up and led by students, supporting peers in developing schools in India, Morocco and Uganda. As a CIS inspector, she has also completed international accreditation visits at prestigious schools in Moscow and Prague. Tracy has a Master’s degree and Professional Diploma in International Education from the Institute of Education, University College London.