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With offices in London, Milan, Johannesburg, Dubai, Bogota and Auckland, Inspired has regional teams to support our growing family of schools in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. To manage this diversity, we draw upon our wide-ranging educational and operational management expertise to share best practice across our Group.

 

 

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Nadim M Nsouli

Inspired Founder, Chairman & CEO


Nadim M Nsouli founded Educas, an education investment firm in 2013 to make an investment in Reddam House, a leading group of schools in South Africa. Since then, Nadim founded Inspired and led the growth of the group globally.
Prior to that, Nadim was a partner at Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm with $40 billion under management. Nadim was also a member of Providence's Global In...

Nadim M Nsouli founded Educas, an education investment firm in 2013 to make an investment in Reddam House, a leading group of schools in South Africa. Since then, Nadim founded Inspired and led the growth of the group globally.
Prior to that, Nadim was a partner at Providence Equity Partners, a private equity firm with $40 billion under management. Nadim was also a member of Providence's Global Investment Committee and led Providence's Education investment efforts in Europe and the Middle East.
Prior to joining Providence in 2006, Nadim was the European head of The Gores Group, a special situations private equity fund based in Los Angeles. Prior to Gores, he founded and managed Lago Ventures, a venture capital firm. Previously, Nadim was a member of the media and telecommunications investment banking teams of Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan in London. Nadim started his career in New York as a corporate lawyer at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. He received a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD with distinction, a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University.

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Graeme Crawford

Reddam House Founder & Inspired Group President


Graeme Crawford is a renowned educator who began his career as a science teacher and believed that much more could be done to improve educational standards.
Driven by his own negative schooling experiences, he began conceiving a school that could provide a rounded education through a dynamic new approach. This was aimed at maximising not just the academic standard, but also the confidence, potentia...

Graeme Crawford is a renowned educator who began his career as a science teacher and believed that much more could be done to improve educational standards.
Driven by his own negative schooling experiences, he began conceiving a school that could provide a rounded education through a dynamic new approach. This was aimed at maximising not just the academic standard, but also the confidence, potential and individuality of each child. Graeme opened his first school in 1993. In the following five years the Crawford Schools grew to 6 in total. In 2000, he founded Reddam House. His impressive track record spans more than two decades and since 1993 Graeme Crawford’s schools have educated more than 32,000 students.

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Dr. Marc Ledermann

Chief Executive Officer – Europe


Marc spent the last 15 years in a number of senior leadership positions within Laureate International Universities. Marc started at Laureate as Vice President Enrollment where he built the student enrollment organization for the Laureate Hotel Management Schools (with branches in Switzerland, Spain, China and Australia). In 2008, Marc became CEO of Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Manageme...

Marc spent the last 15 years in a number of senior leadership positions within Laureate International Universities. Marc started at Laureate as Vice President Enrollment where he built the student enrollment organization for the Laureate Hotel Management Schools (with branches in Switzerland, Spain, China and Australia). In 2008, Marc became CEO of Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College, a joint venture in Shanghai, China. He then relocated to Milan, Italy to take over as CEO of Laureate Italian Art and Design Universities, which is comprised of Domus Academy (DA) and NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, two prestigious Italian design institutions, with over 4000 students in Italy and 6000 students internationally. In addition, to his CEO role in Italy, he also led the global business development as Senior Vice President of Laureate Design Universities and he served as member of the board of directors in various international universities. Marc is Swiss and completed his university studies up to an MBA in Switzerland. He completed a doctoral degree in international business in 2018.

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Rabih Saab

Chief Executive Officer – Africa & The Middle East


Prior to joining Inspired as CEO Africa & The Middle East, Rabih Saab was President & Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia for Travelport where he held overall responsibility for the strategy and performance of Travelport’s leading Travel Commerce Platform in these regions.   Rabih and his team were also responsible for introducing new and highly innovative products...
Prior to joining Inspired as CEO Africa & The Middle East, Rabih Saab was President & Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia for Travelport where he held overall responsibility for the strategy and performance of Travelport’s leading Travel Commerce Platform in these regions.   Rabih and his team were also responsible for introducing new and highly innovative products to travel agencies operating across the region, all designed to help them sell more, earn more and meet their customers’ needs. Prior to this, Rabih was President and Managing Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.  In 2008 he led the transformation of Travelport’s new direct operations for travel agents and airlines across the region the Middle East.
 
Before joining Travelport, he held senior executive roles at a number of international organisations with operations in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, including French company Chantelle, Japan Tobacco International and Procter & Gamble. 
 
Rabih was born in Lebanon and is a graduate of Business Administration from the American University in Beirut.  Since 1991, he has lived in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Cyprus and currently resides in the United Arab Emirates.

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Clarence van der Wel

Chief Executive Officer – APAC


Based in New Zealand, Clarence started his career as an educator and joined ACG as the founding principal of ACG Parnell College in 1999. He became the founding and Executive Principal of ACG Strathallan in 2001, creating a school widely reputed for its academic achievement and personal development for all students. In 2003 Clarence took on the additional role of ACG Group principal and has held s...
Based in New Zealand, Clarence started his career as an educator and joined ACG as the founding principal of ACG Parnell College in 1999. He became the founding and Executive Principal of ACG Strathallan in 2001, creating a school widely reputed for its academic achievement and personal development for all students. In 2003 Clarence took on the additional role of ACG Group principal and has held senior executive positions at ACG since 2006 where his key roles were to drive educational performance and business growth.
 
Clarence was responsible for the merger of the two ACG joint venture schools in Vietnam to form the Australian International School (“AIS”) and he took up the role of General Director of AIS in 2013. In 2016 he was appointed CEO of Schools & Early Learning, overseeing all of ACG Schools and Early Learning Centres, with particular focus on academic quality management and business growth.

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Matt Harbison

Chief Executive Officer - Americas


Prior to joining Inspired as CEO Americas Matt spent 14 years with Laureate International Universities in various senior management roles, including leading Laureate’s expansion into the working adult market, launching first a successful program in Mexico and later in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, and Panama.

 

Matt next spent three years structuring the Brazil region and simultaneously le...

Prior to joining Inspired as CEO Americas Matt spent 14 years with Laureate International Universities in various senior management roles, including leading Laureate’s expansion into the working adult market, launching first a successful program in Mexico and later in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, and Panama.

 

Matt next spent three years structuring the Brazil region and simultaneously leading one of the top-ranked business graduate schools in Brazil. Later, as CEO of Laureate Panama, Matt led a successful transformation turnaround, including the merger of two universities, the construction of a 40,000m² campus in Panama City, and a return to academic excellence & profitability. Matt started his career in sales & marketing at MTV Networks and Time Inc. in LA and New York. He holds two bachelors degrees in Plan II Honors & Latin American Studies from the University of Texas and an MBA from both Columbia Business School and London Business School. He is fluent in Spanish & Portuguese.

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Elena Benito

Europe Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director Spain


Prior to joining Inspired, Elena Benito was the CEO of the King’s Group, which she joined in 2011. Before King’s, she worked as CFO for Zed Latam and Finance Director for Monsanto in Spain and Portugal. Ms Benito trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in both Spain and the UK, and is a member of the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants. She holds a degree in Economics and Busines...

Prior to joining Inspired, Elena Benito was the CEO of the King’s Group, which she joined in 2011. Before King’s, she worked as CFO for Zed Latam and Finance Director for Monsanto in Spain and Portugal. Ms Benito trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in both Spain and the UK, and is a member of the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants. She holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid, and a degree in Law from the UNED. She won her MBA from ESADE in 2009 and her AMP in 2019.

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Jane Bednall

Chief Marketing Advisor


Jane has over twenty five years’ experience in senior leadership positions in FTSE 50 service companies . This includes eighteen years in the travel and hospitality sector in global marketing and commercial roles with British Airways and InterContinental Hotels Group. Experience here covered global brand leadership, customer loyalty and product innovation with the launch of the world’s first f...
Jane has over twenty five years’ experience in senior leadership positions in FTSE 50 service companies . This includes eighteen years in the travel and hospitality sector in global marketing and commercial roles with British Airways and InterContinental Hotels Group. Experience here covered global brand leadership, customer loyalty and product innovation with the launch of the world’s first flatbed product in commercial aviation. 
Most recently, Jane held the executive position of Chief Marketing Officer for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). Currently, Jane is a serving Non-Executive Director of Britain’s largest Pub Company, EI Group, and also formerly served as a Non-Executive Director of Smart Energy GB. 

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Robert Rostas

Group Chief Financial Officer


Robert is the Group Chief Financial Officer, based out of London, United Kingdom. He joined Inspired in October 2017.

Prior to Inspired, he was a Senior Operations Advisor at TPG Capital for over two years with a focus on upgrading the Finance and IT capabilities of TPG portfolio companies in Europe. He held two Interim CFO roles at Retail and Leisure companies and multiple transformational lead...

Robert is the Group Chief Financial Officer, based out of London, United Kingdom. He joined Inspired in October 2017.

Prior to Inspired, he was a Senior Operations Advisor at TPG Capital for over two years with a focus on upgrading the Finance and IT capabilities of TPG portfolio companies in Europe. He held two Interim CFO roles at Retail and Leisure companies and multiple transformational leadership roles.

Prior to TPG, he worked at General Electric for 11 years where he held a diverse set of Finance Leadership roles across different sectors and regions, such as Global Divisional CFO, Finance Director, Financial Planning & Analysis Manager and Finance Transformation Leader.

Robert is a graduate of the General Electric’s Financial Management Program and the Corporate Audit Staff. He obtained his Masters from the Budapest University of Economics, Hungary.

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Greg De Villiers

Group Health, Safety and Safeguarding Director


Greg de Villiers  joined Inspired Group from Lockton Insurance Brokers where he worked  within the Risk Services team to develop, manage and deliver value-added risk consulting solutions to Lockton exclusive clientele.  He is an experienced Risk Management Executive specialising in Health and Safety with a 16 year track record in delivering risk management solutions to a wide range of well-k...
Greg de Villiers  joined Inspired Group from Lockton Insurance Brokers where he worked  within the Risk Services team to develop, manage and deliver value-added risk consulting solutions to Lockton exclusive clientele.  He is an experienced Risk Management Executive specialising in Health and Safety with a 16 year track record in delivering risk management solutions to a wide range of well-known blue chip companies and household brands such as ASDA, Ted Baker, Armani, Pret A Manger, Chelsea FC and IQ Student Accommodations. 
 
His career started in the leisure industry working for Virgin Active as Regional Health and Safety Manger. From there he moved to the Youth Hostel Association, before becoming Group Health and Safety Manager for Vue Cinemas Entertainment.  He has gained extensive Health and Safety experience at group level both nationally and internationally in a wide variety of industries. Throughout his career Greg has ensured that a positive Health and Safety culture is installed in all procedures and facilities that are frequented by both children and young adults. From crèches to swimming pools, school camps to youth accommodation, Greg has ensured that there is a safe and secure environment where children can feel sheltered, guarded and enjoy their surroundings.
 
Greg is NEBOSH qualified and a member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and is currently working towards his Charted membership.

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Nicholas Wergan

Education Director


Nick is the Latin America and Europe Education Director for Inspired, based out of London, United Kingdom. Nick joined Inspired after six years as Headteacher at Steyning Grammar School, and was elected Chair of the Boarding Schools’ Association in 2019. He was appointed a National Leader of Education by the UK Department for Education, and founded the Pavilion and Downs Teaching School Alliance...

Nick is the Latin America and Europe Education Director for Inspired, based out of London, United Kingdom. Nick joined Inspired after six years as Headteacher at Steyning Grammar School, and was elected Chair of the Boarding Schools’ Association in 2019. He was appointed a National Leader of Education by the UK Department for Education, and founded the Pavilion and Downs Teaching School Alliance. Following a successful international career in Investment Banking (leading Emerging European Equity teams at US, UK and European investment banks, including Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and HSBC), Nick trained as a teacher at Pembroke College, Oxford in 2004. Nick is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK National Teaching Awards Winner in 2007 and received an MA in Education Studies from the University of Sussex. Nick is a Board member of the Safeguarding and Child Protection Association.

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John O’Connor

MANAGING DIRECTOR EAST AFRICA & AFRICA EDUCATION DIRECTOR


John O'Connor graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and a Diploma in Education. His 30-year career in Education began in Australia, and for the last 25 years he has worked in Kenya. Born in Perth, Western Australia, John chose to take Kenyan citizenship a decade ago. He was at Hillcrest School in Nairobi in various roles for 14 years, before beco...

John O'Connor graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and a Diploma in Education. His 30-year career in Education began in Australia, and for the last 25 years he has worked in Kenya. Born in Perth, Western Australia, John chose to take Kenyan citizenship a decade ago. He was at Hillcrest School in Nairobi in various roles for 14 years, before becoming Director at Brookhouse School in 2004. John currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Round Square, a global association of 150 schools devoted to holistic education and servant leadership training. He is a visiting team member, reader and co-chair for the Council of International schools (CIS) and a member of the Association of International Schools of Africa. In 2012, John was invited to join the Heads of the G-20 group of eminent schools. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Human Needs Project, a community sustainability initiative for the people of Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Kenya.

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Sir Roger Fry

Senior Education Advisor


Sir Roger Fry graduated from King’s College London and qualified as a teacher at London University’s Institute of Education. After a brief teaching career in the UK, he moved abroad and built up the group of King’s College British International Schools (now members of Inspired), later founding an Academy Trust in England. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth (city...

Sir Roger Fry graduated from King’s College London and qualified as a teacher at London University’s Institute of Education. After a brief teaching career in the UK, he moved abroad and built up the group of King’s College British International Schools (now members of Inspired), later founding an Academy Trust in England. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth (city of his birth), is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Oxford, is Honorary President of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and Chairman of the Association of British Schools Overseas (AoBSO).

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Sonsoles Castellano Zapatero

SPANISH/BILINGUAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR


Sonsoles has been the Policy Educational Director of  Colegio San Patricio since 1999. Sonsoles was a History and Humanities teacher for over 23 years at all gradel levels. In 1984, she received her Degree in Geography and History, specializing in Prehistory & Archaeology. In 2001, she completed the Master Program Course DICIE in Management of Educational Centers at Villanueva University in Madri...

Sonsoles has been the Policy Educational Director of  Colegio San Patricio since 1999. Sonsoles was a History and Humanities teacher for over 23 years at all gradel levels. In 1984, she received her Degree in Geography and History, specializing in Prehistory & Archaeology. In 2001, she completed the Master Program Course DICIE in Management of Educational Centers at Villanueva University in Madrid. She has led educational innovation processes in the 4 Colegio San Patricio schools focusing on Emotional Intelligence in School Environments and application of learning by tasks in multilingual contexts. Since 2001, she has worked in Management of educational quality in EFQM environments and in 2018 she was appointed as a leader for Innovation Technology and Circular Economy. For 20 years she has led the Spanish section of the Model European Parliament. In 2019, she has become an Award leader of the Duke of Edinburgh to inspire and involve schools and young students in this challenge.

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Mahtab Hanjani

Director of University Admissions & Careers


Prior to joining Inspired, Mahtab Hanjani has been an educational advisor for the past ten years, coaching students and their families on optimal ways to navigate the college admission process globally. Her passion for education led her to set up Trajectory Consulting with a mission to recommend “best fit” universities to clients through a carefully balanced and comprehensive approach. Her ext...
Prior to joining Inspired, Mahtab Hanjani has been an educational advisor for the past ten years, coaching students and their families on optimal ways to navigate the college admission process globally. Her passion for education led her to set up Trajectory Consulting with a mission to recommend “best fit” universities to clients through a carefully balanced and comprehensive approach. Her extensive knowledge of the culture and ethos of the top global universities has enabled her to offer valuable advice to international students. Through tailor-made strategies for each student, she has helped applicants reach their potential and succeed in gaining admissions to the best universities available to them, whether these are highly coveted Ivy League universities, Russell Group and other world-renowned liberal arts colleges, or institutions with specialist reputations to help fulfil highly developed ambitions and interests.   
 
Prior to a career in education, Mahtab was the Head of High Yield and Distressed Sales at Barclays Capital in London. As a Managing Director, she actively recruited and mentored university and MBA graduates, analysts and associates. Her investment banking career began at CSFB in New York followed by Lehman Brothers in New York and London. She received her BA in Comparative Literature from Smith College in 1989 and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School in 1994. 

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