CIS is owned by an entity by the name of Keystage Educational Services Limited. Children’s International School is a multi-national co-educational English Curriculum School, catering for pupils from ages 2½ to age 16 leading to the IGCSE examination. The teaching faculty reflects the international orientation of the school and is adept at integrating students coming from a wide variety of cultural and academic backgrounds. At CIS, we are committed to maintaining a high standard of teaching and learning. CIS is in its thirteenth year of existence having started operations in September 2003. On day 1, we started with 45 pupils and about 15 staff. By the end of the first year, we had grown to 75 pupils. The School has enjoyed tremendous growth over the years and presently has 570 pupils (462 in Junior and 108 in the Senior School). Its staff strength has since grown to 180 staff spread across the Academic, Administrative, Admissions, Human Resources, Accounts and ICT departments. CIS has maintained a low profile, deliberately and has never done any form of marketing or advertising. Achieved growth has been purely through word of mouth. However, we are working to be the reference point in Education delivery in Nigeria and beyond. Already, our products are already speaking for us as our children win International Awards and Scholarships year in year out. We believe we will do more to make them more relevant to the Society. The population mix of the school reflects the international character of the school with 30 nationalities represented. The Teaching Faculty also reflects this mix. The student populace is made up of approximately 40% expat & 60% Nigerian. NAMES, BRIEF PROFILE OF BOARD MEMBERS CIS has an Advisory Board comprising of respectable individuals who are high-flyers in their own right. The Board members except the Proprietor do not hold/have any form of shares in CIS. But, they have, over the years, contributed immensely to the growth of CIS; giving their time and resources in no small measure. The Board members draw no remuneration from CIS. The members are: Mr. Ravi Sharma – Mr Ravi Sharma serves as the Managing Director with The Abraaj Group, with over 16 years experience gained in the fields of private banking, investment banking and private equity. He joined Aureos in 2001 as a consultant and was a key member of the local team that participated in the establishment of the Aureos West Africa Fund LLC (AWAF) in 2003 which included opening a new office for Aureos in Nigeria and subsequently the Aureos Africa Fund LLC (AAF) in 2008. In 2012, Aureos was acquired by Abraaj and is now part of the Abraaj Group. He has been instrumental in the investment of more than US$100million spread across various sectors such as oil and gas services, telecommunications, FMCG, IT services, healthcare, leasing, insurance, paints and chemicals. He served as a partner of Aureos Capital Limited, he was previously employed at the Aureos Ghana Advisers where he successfully closed 11 exits. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Computer Warehouse Group Plc and a director of Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited. Ravi holds an MBA from the University of Wales and has a BSc in Economics & Accounting from the City University, London. Mrs. Catherine Bickersteth – Mrs. Catherine Bickersteth is co-Director of Strategic Educational Advisory Services Ltd. SEAS successfully holistically prepares, places and supports students (from cradle to career) in top institutions in Nigeria, UK and USA. SEAS also supports schools in the holistic delivery of education. Mrs. Bickersteth holds a B.Sc. in Economics; an MSc. in Management Science and is a British Council certified Education Consultant. She also has a PGD in Teaching English as a Foreign Language as well as various other certificates. Among other education-focused initiatives. Mrs. Bickersteth participated in the Learning Journey to Finland; Harvard Think Tank on 21st Century Education and regularly attends the World Economic Forum. She is an Affiliate Member of the Association of Private Educators of Nigeria. As an ex-Citibanker, British Aid Project Manager as well as mother, Mrs Bickersteth has a broad perspective on education and its application in careers and social impact. Passionate about uplifting the less privileged, Mrs. Bickersteth is Chair of Development Africa (formerly FamilyCare Nigeria); a trustee of Hope4Girls; CSR Secretary of Cycology Riding Club. Mrs. Bickersteth is married and has two daughters who attended Junior Kings School Canterbury/Wycombe Abbey/LSE/Oxford/ESADE. Mrs. Isioma Ogodazi – Member (Nigerian) Mrs. Isioma Ogodazi is the Executive Director, Human Resources, at Stanbic IBTC Bank, Nigeria. Mrs. Ogodazi has a 24years experience in the corporate world; 16 years of these in senior leadership positions, home and abroad. The experience garnered, over the years, by Mrs. Ogodazi from working on different specialized projects using best practices has contributed, in no small measure, to her vey broad and balanced views. Mrs. A. Peterside – Dudun Peterside is a Psychologist and an Executive Coach who also works as a Human Development Adviser and Consultant Trainer. She is a Managing Partner at Narita Learning Centre, where she brings to bear her 31 years of experience in psychology, and provides specialist services through her advanced training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Narita Learning Centre offers business leadership development through consulting services, training courses, personality profiling and executive coaching. As change consultants, the firm works effectively alongside organizations, teams and individuals to bring about their desired and targeted changes. Dudun has 12 years of experience in executive coaching and has coached private and corporate personnel, including company directors and senior management. Her clients include multinational and local organizations such as Diageo, Shell, Airtel and MTN. Her coaching methods are transformative, in that they are highly solution-focused and generative. She particularly helps her clients to find innovative strategic approaches to their goals and challenges, thereby ensuring their actions are more purposeful and sustainable. Dudun holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology & Education and a Masters degree in Educational Administration. She is a certified Trainer, Coach and Master Practitioner of NLP, and is also licensed to train coaches. She is a certified provider of The Listening Programme – Advanced Brain Technologies and is also a certified consultant facilitator of The Achievement Profile. Dudun is passionate about philanthropy, and is the Founder of the Love Foundation, a charitable organization committed to uplifting people with special needs through music and the performing arts. In 1998 she co-founded Lifestream, a non-profit organisation that sponsored overseas surgical operations for young children with complex heart problems for 10 years, through the ‘Save a Child’s Heart’ project. Dudun is a Trustee of ANAP Foundation, as well as a Co-Founder of ANAP Equestrian Centre. She is an avid squash player, runner and horse rider, and played polo for many years. She is married with three children. Mr. Femi Olubanwo (Nigerian): Femi Olubanwo is a partner at Banwo & Ighodalo, one of the leading full-service law firms in Nigeria. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) honours degree from the University of Lagos in 1981 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1982. After a short stint with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, he joined the Lagos commercial law firm of Chris O. Okunowo & Co in September 1983. In February 1991, he co-established the law firm, Banwo & Ighodalo, as a Partnership. The firm has since grown from two Partners and one Associate to today’s nearly 60 lawyers including 7 Partners. A full service firm, Banwo & Ighodalo is well known for its many high profile transactions in its specialized areas of Capital Markets, Financing, Project Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Energy. The Firm’s other practice areas include investment, corporate and commercial, mining, telecommunications, information technology, intellectual property, privatisation, real estate, banking, shipping and international trade, labour and employment laws. Femi practices largely in Capital Markets, Investments, Banking and Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Mining and Intellectual Property. He is especially versed in Project and Corporate Finance and has been engaged in a very wide variety of in-country and international Financing transactions over the last 25 years. He has led or participated in many of the Firm’s important financing transactions. He is often cited as one of the Leading Lawyers in the world, particularly in the areas of Banking, Finance and Mining by many international legal publications such as Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal and the IFLR 1000. Femi has published and presented papers on different topics in his areas of practice. He has also been active in the public sector where he has served the Government of Nigeria in several economic sector reform committees. He was appointed a member of the Bureau of Public Enterprises' Solid Minerals Sector Steering Committee (2000) by the National Council on Privatisation, the apex body charged with responsibility for the implementation of the Nigerian government's privatisation and commercialisation programme. The committee was to formulate sector reform proposals for the sustainable development of the solid minerals sector. He was the chairman of the legal and regulatory framework subcommittee. He was reappointed into the reconstituted committee in 2005 and participated actively in the review of different drafts of the bill that led to the promulgation of a new mining code, the Minerals and Mining Act 2007. Femi was also resource person for the legal and regulatory framework subcommittee of the Presidential Committee on Solid Minerals Development (2002). The committee produced the seven-year (from 2003 to 2009) strategic action plan for Solid Minerals Development in Nigeria. In addition, Femi was a member of the Presidential Technical Committee on the Development of Coal Production in Nigeria (2003) whose mandate was to resuscitate the commercial production of coal. He has also served as Chairman of a Committee established by the Ministry of Finance to formulate and draft a Code of Governance/Ethics for Capital Market Regulators. Femi’s parents were both teachers and the passion for education runs through his veins as well. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of two highly reputable educational institutions as well as a Foundation for the education of brilliant but indigent scholars. He is a director of many companies operating in diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy. Ms. Ovota Iyamu (Nigerian): Ovota Iyamu has over 30 years experience in Human Resources, Performance Management, and Change Management. Her experience includes Heading the Human Resource Departments for various companies. Heading the Corporate Services Departments for companies. Heading the Brand Management Department, Community Relations, External Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility Departments during her career. She is currently the Managing Consultant of Resonium Limited, a Human Capital Development company. Ovota capabilities include program design and facilitation of various programs including but not limited to Presentation skills, Team Work, Coaching and Mentoring skills, Business Writing, Diversity and Culture, and Customer Service. Ovota provides consulting services to various companies on Human Resources, Recruitment and Workforce Development. She has worked in Notore Chemical Industries Ltd, Leadbank Plc, Accenture (Andersen Consulting), Praxis Nigeria Ltd., Continental Merchant Bank, KTBB/KNUE Radio Station, Tyler, Texas, U.S.A. Ovota has a M.A. in Communication from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and a B.A. in Communication from University of Tennessee in Knoxville, both in the United States of America. Her professional training includes; Delivering Client Value in Illinois, USA, E-Commerce for Human Capital Workshop in Madrid, Spain, Executive Seminar in Cannes, France, Management Development Course in Michigan, USA, Performance Consulting/Interpersonal Skills Instructor Accreditation, Veldhoven, Netherland. Mr Thierry Mbimi: Thierry Mbimi is an Associate Director and the Head of Financial Risk Management within KPMG’s Advisory practice. He leads Financial Risk Management advisory and assurance activities across Nigeria and West Africa (anglophone and francophone). Thierry is an ex-investment banker with in depth in-house and consulting experience with a particular focus on Banking and Financial Services. At KPMG, Thierry is also key member of Project Africa, a multi-years KPMG African wide initiative, which includes the “African Payment Study”, and the “Africa Bank of the Future”. He is also part of the strategic team to advise Nigeria new Central Bank governor on key initiatives going forward including financial inclusion. After 23 years overseas (12 years in France and 11 years in Australia), Thierry joined KPMG Nigeria in June 2013 from Deloitte Australia where he was a Director covering Financial Services and corporates. Prior to this, Thierry was an investment banker at ANZ Bank in Sydney. Prior to ANZ, his work experience included in-househeading financial risk management and performance management (IAG Asset Management / AUS), financial risk management consulting (PWC/AUS), financial engineering for quantitative applications (Macquarie Bank/AUS) and Optronic engineering and international/cross-borders project management (Alcatel/France). Thierry’s career has led him to work in more than 37 different cities across 5 continents and he has enjoyed working in this fast and always-changing environment. He holds an MBA and a Master in Financial Management from MGSM-Australia, and a master in Optronic Engineering from ENSSAT-France. During his MBA, Thierry got awarded a Certificate of Merit Award in Recognition of Outstanding Performance in Information & Decision Analysis / Quantitative analysis (High Distinction - 1st Place in MGSM). Mrs. Adejoke Chukwumah – School Director (Nigerian) Mrs. Adejoke Chukwumah, nee Adebayo, is a second degree holder from the University of Wales, Cardiff. Upon her return to Nigeria in 1987 after a ten year sojourn, she did her NYSC programme at Continental Merchant Bank, Lagos thereafter commenced fulltime employment with Chartered Bank and then in 1992 joined Guaranty Trust Bank Plc till September 1998 having attained the position of Assistant General Manager. She set up a trading Company – Lucent Limited - to enable her focus on the home front and in 2003 decided to pursue her dream of establishing a school of international standard in Lagos, Nigeria. NAMES, BRIEF PROFILE OF THE MANAGEMENT TEAM CIS is driven by goal – oriented professionals. They have individually distinguished themselves as goal – getters and collectively have taken CIS to a very high and enviable position among the comity of International Schools in Africa. Some of these individuals are: Mrs. Adejoke Chukwumah – School Director As above. Mr. Mark McLuckie – The School Head Teacher Mr. Mark McLuckie holds a first Degree in Primary Education. He was a Teacher and later Head of School in various Schools in the UK before moving to The Cambridge School, Doha, Qatar in 2009 as Head of Primary. While there, as in the earlier Schools, Mr. McLuckie completely reviewed and created a thoroughly balanced curriculum with depth and breadth for children between ages 3 and 11. He joined CIS in September 2012. He became the School Head Teacher with responsibility encompassing both Primary and Secondary School in the Summer Term of 2013. Since then he has been leading and directing all Staff in the most excellent way. Mrs. Esther Anozia – Assistant Head Teacher (Secondary, Academic) Mrs. Anozia started her career in Database Development with the Ministry of Defence in the United Kingdom and forayed into education in 2002 in London. She has over 13years of experience in various domains in the field of education. Mrs. Anozia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, an MSc in Information Technology and is currently working towards an MSc in Educational Leadership at the University of Leicester having gained a PGCE Mathematics and ICT with Qualified Teacher Status at the Institute of Education (University of London). Several professional qualifications in the area of IT such as Oracle Certified Professional and Microsoft Certified Professional are held. As a member of various organisations and a co-leader of local community committees, Mrs. Anozia is able to reinforce her leadership attributes and commit to a lasting legacy of value and social justice. Mrs. Joy Isa – Assistant Head Teacher (Primary) Mrs. Joy Isa has been in education for over 18 years, serving in various administrative and teaching capacities, in International Schools in Kaduna, Abuja and in Lagos. She has also been involved in Teacher Training and Consultancies for schools around the country. Mrs. Isa graduated from the University of Jos with a BA in French and Linguistics and has an MSc in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State University of New York. She has completed the Principal's Training Centre programme in the UK, where she was awarded a Certificate in International School Leadership. She has been with CIS since 2010, where she has contributed to the development of a vibrant Student Council, has served as Year 4 Class Teacher, Year 6 Class Teacher, Pastoral Care Officer, Numeracy Coordinator, Assessment Coordinator and Key Stage Two Middle Manager. Mr. Chidi Nwankwo – Assistant Head Teacher (Secondary, Pastoral) Mr. Chidi Nwankwo is a Bachelors Degree holder in Business Administration and also holds a Masters Degree in Information Technology from the University of East London. He gained his Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2005 with training provided by Canterbury Christ Church University. Mr. Nwankwo has worked with several schools in England over the last 8 years before returning home to join us at CIS in August 2012. He has a strong passion for the use of technology in Education and has led many technology-driven initiatives both in the UK and in Nigeria. He is currently leading the pastoral team in CIS and he ensures that the school adequately caters for every child’s wellbeing. Mr. Mudathir Adefarati – The School Bursar Mr. Mudathir Adefarati holds a degree in Accounting. He has a history of working in Schools. He was the Pioneer Accountant at Lekki British Junior School, Lekki, Lagos as well as the Pioneer Bursar of Attwool Sunflower School, Lekki from March 2003 to July 2005. He is the first substantive Bursar of CIS, a position he combines with being the Head, Admin. & Finance of the School. He has attended various courses both in Nigeria and Overseas.