School Leaders


Graeme Scott, Fairgreen School Director

Graeme Scott
School Director

Serving as the Founding Director of Fairgreen International School, Graeme Scott delivers both knowledge and experience in leading a high performing International Baccalaureate school.

His primary focus as an educational leader combines sustainable and ethical learning with academic achievement. Mr. Scott’s understanding and passion for leading facilities and sustainable learning for 21st century success aligns totally with Fairgreen's mission and promise.

Working hitherto as Deputy Head at the International Bangkok School for six years allowed Mr. Scott to explore and implement a sustainable and challenging programme of learning, ensuring students are equipped to flourish in today’s dynamic global society.

Mr. Scott, is on the Advisory Board of Sea Change Mentoring, a US-based organisation that focuses on wellbeing, advice and mentoring for international high school students. He is a senior associate for EDUCAA (Australia) Education and has been a regular consultant for Fieldwork Education (UK), teaching their International Leadership and Management Program to existing and aspiring senior school leaders.

From 2005 to 2012 Mr. Scott was Principal at the International School of The Hague, in the Netherlands. Whilst there, the school became the first in the world to achieve International Primary Curriculum (IPC) accreditation at the highest possible ‘mastering’ level.

Mr Scott began his teaching career in North East England, working for nine years in a challenging inner-city environment. He has excellent experience already here in the United Arab Emirates, working for three years in a leadership position in Dubai, and working for five years as a senior manager in Hong Kong. He also served as Head of a U.K. state primary school, rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Graeme is originally from the U.K. and has a Bachelor of Education from Sheffield Hallam University, an Advanced Diploma of Educational Management from Leicester University and will soon complete a Masters in Applied Educational Leadership with University College London.

Graeme believes that providing extraordinary standards of care for students will not only result in happier children, but also improved academic performance. He is a strong proponent of sport and the arts in schools and supports the further development of children’s innate curiosity and creativity, ensuring each child is challenged and captivated by learning. Graeme is married to Ali, who is a Learning Support teacher. He has three children; Joe aged 15, Olivia 19 and Nathan 21.

Matt Greenwood, Primary Principal

Matt Greenwood
Primary Principal

Matt has been an educator for twenty-five years, having held middle management and whole school leadership positions, in the UK and internationally, including latterly as Assistant Principal at a successful state primary school in Worcestershire, UK. When he was classroom based he taught children from as young as Grade 1 up to Grade 6. He also has a wide range of international experience having worked in Brunei, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Thailand. His experience encompasses four different curricula including the Primary Years Program (IB), International Primary Curriculum (Fieldwork Education), American curriculum, and the English National Curriculum.

Matt’s academic interests include; pedagogical approaches to the teaching of maths, use of data to support school improvement, Mindfulness, and theories of teacher motivation- which was the subject of his Master’s Degree Dissertation. He gained his Master’s in School Leadership from Leicester University in 2005 and he also holds an undergraduate degree in Humanities. He recently completed further leadership training at University College London. He is a qualified visiting Team Member for the Council of International Schools, and a trained Mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness In Schools Project. He believes that children’s wellbeing is essential for their academic success.

Seema Desai, Secondary Principal

Seema Desai
Secondary Principal

Seema has been in education for over 15 years and has previously worked in schools in the UK, Australia and Dubai. After completing her undergraduate degree and PhD in the UK, she worked in academia before completing a PGCE in Secondary Science (Chemistry) at the University of Exeter.

Seema has been in Dubai for over 10 years and grew up in various parts of the world including Oman, UK, Dubai and Sri Lanka. She has experience in different curricula that includes the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), IB Diploma Programme (DP), the British Curriculum and the Victorian (Australian) Curriculum.

Seema believes in unlocking the potential of every child academically, personally and socially by providing a caring, happy environment where students can build successful relationships and challenge themselves.

Ali Scott, Inclusion Lead

Ali Scott
Inclusion Lead

Mrs. Ali Scott is an advocate for inclusion and meeting the needs of all students. She believes that all students can find their place in the world.

Mrs. Scott has worked as a learning support teacher for 15 years. Previously she was a primary school teacher and has over 30 years experience. Her first teaching job was in Hackney in London teaching students from low socio- economic incomes and with a diverse range of learning needs. This experience set her on a path of really understanding student needs and how best to support them.

Mrs. Scott has taught in U.K, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, UAE and Thailand. She loves the diversity that international education provides .

Mrs. Scott graduated as a teacher from Ripon and York St.John College which was a well renowned teacher training college. Mrs Scott has a Masters in Special Education and Inclusion and a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education and Inclusion.

Mrs. Scott is originally from Thames Ditton, Surrey in the U.K. She has three children Nathan 21, Olivia 19 and Joe 15.

Jackie Greenwood, Head of Counselling

Jackie Greenwood
Head of Counselling

Jackie Greenwood has 15 years of international experience as a School Counsellor, Mindfulness Teacher and Head of Counselling and Wellbeing Services in school settings and private practice. Previously, Jackie trained and practiced in the UK as a social worker with children and families, both in child safeguarding and mental health settings. Jackie is qualified at Masters level in Social Work and Counselling and is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Jackie has been a Mindfulness Teacher since 2009, having undertaken training with Mindful Schools, Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP) and Mindfulness Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the University of California, San Diego. She is certified to teach teachers in Mindfulness (MISP) and has taught over 200 teachers so far, as well as running groups for parents and students.

Jackie has successfully established and led a Counselling Team at Renaissance College, Hong Kong and the International School of the Hague. She also established and delivered the Mindfulness programs at the International School of the Hague and the International School of Bangkok, in addition to her role as a School Counsellor. In her last position before Jackie joins Fairgreen, Jackie was a Lecturer in Social Work at Birmingham City University, teaching on the BSc and MA in Social Work degrees. Jackie has also lectured at Webster University, in Leiden, Netherlands in counselling psychology. With her safeguarding experience and professional wisdom, Jackie has helped International Schools develop their safeguarding protocols, to ensure children are safe and well enough to thrive at school.

Jackie has led and co-led a number of student service programs including, Peer Support, Peace Jam, Because we are Equal (BWAE) and Student Ambassadors. She is an experienced facilitator of workshops for students, parents and educators. Jackie is excited to develop the counselling and wellbeing program at FIS in the coming years.

David Gerber, Curriculum Coordinator

David Gerber
Curriculum Coordinator

David has been an influential member of the International Baccalaureate community in the Middle East for the past eight years. Currently he serves as the lead PYP coordinator for all IB schools in the United Arab Emirates and has been a contributing member of the Middle East IB Association since moving to Dubai.

David has worked around the world including New Zealand, Alaska, Thailand, Seattle, and Germany. He has learned a great deal about the curriculum needs and areas of focus for national curriculums and he is passionate about helping community members understand the benefits of an IB education while transitioning to and from their home countries.

David’s 13 years of teaching experience spans from kindergarten to Grade 4 and the facilitation of the PYP Exhibition in Grade 5. He enjoys developing students inquiry through play in the early years as well as facilitating focused guided inquiry in the older grades. David‘s commitment to the development of passionate lifelong learners was evident in his six years of leading the PYP curriculum with another IB school in Dubai.

David’s other passion lies in his love for the environment. As an avid outdoorsman, he has been advocating for environmental action in the region for years. David has been a leading member of the Eco Schools student environmental organization and helped his previous school to earn the prestigious Green Flag Award for the past three years. Mixing his passions for the environment and education is what makes Fairgreen International School a perfect fit for David.

Nassiba Zouinati
Business Manager

Nassiba Zouinati joined Fairgreen International School as Business Manager in March 2021, after spending 20 years in various roles in the hospitality industry. Nassiba spent most of her hospitality career in operational roles where she led large teams in North America, the Middle East and India. Having opened hotels in Vancouver, Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Jaipur and Makkah, Nassiba joined with a wealth of experience in strategic planning, customer service excellence and employee relations. Hailing from Morocco,  Nassiba is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Arabic and has worked with very diverse teams of different backgrounds.

As Business Manager at Fairgreen, Nassiba is overseeing all the non-instructional aspects of the school, which include departments such as Human Resources, Accounts, Health & Safety and Procurement, to name a few. Nassiba is also overseeing all school projects and will be the main liaison between Fairgreen, ESOL and exterior partners. Nassiba also plays a key role in all parent school relations and works closely with the Director to ensure that all administrative disciplines work in unison with the instructional side of the school. Nassiba also works closely with the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation, Dubai Civil Defense, Dubai Health Authority and the KHDA to ensure that Fairgreen is compliant with all local authorities’ requirements.

Nassiba holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from the Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management and an Associate’s Degree in Business Communication from Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain. Nassiba is also one of Fairgreen’s founding parents and her two children Nadine and Youssef have been students here since day one.