Dr. Farooq Wasil, a practicing educator epitomizes lifelong learning and is the author of several textbooks on early years and Education. He holds a doctorate in education and is the recipient of the president’s Best teacher award, India 2007 and the GEMS fellowship award to purchase leadership management at Cambridge. Felicitated for his contributions towards education with the Life time achievement award by Zee TV, one of the 100 World’s Greatest Leaders 2015- Asia & GCC for his contribution to the Education sector- Process reviewers- PWC*. May 2016, honored for outstanding service in School Education at the UAE SCHOOL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE and recently awarded the Star leadership Global CEO award.
Dr. Wasil’s long and illustrious career spans more than four decades and he was carved a significant niche in the educational landscape of UAE, India and recently in Africa too. His repertoire of leadership competencies encompasses a range of portfolios that include Executive Principal of our Own English High School Sharjah UAE, Deputy Head of GEMS Asian curriculum schools, Director of Asian schools GEMS Education, Senior President and Chief Academic officer- Everon GEMS India. He is currently Global Head of Affordable Schools- GEMS.
Dr. Wasil has gained a reputation as an erudite thought leader and is often invited as a key note speaker and moderator in various forums that address global educational issues and innovative forays in technologies and 21st century pedagogy.
Dr Amrita Vohra has been an eminent educationist for the past 23 years. An alumnus of Lucknow and Cambridge Universities, she began her career as a Lecturer for English Literature and worked for Isabella Thoburn College, Jaipuria Institute of Management (JIM) and later Amity University. She taught various courses ranging from English Literature, Women’s Studies, Soft Skills, Business Communication, Education, Theatre and Dramatic Arts, and Feminist Literary Criticism in Under-graduate and Post-graduate Programmes.
Child and Female Psychology has been her calling, since her days as a student and thus her PhD thesis deals with contradictions within the ‘Self’. Apart from various nuances of literary theory and its application in Indian women’s writing, the thesis traces the dilemmas of women and children amidst the chaos of change in the fin-de-siecle.
She has also written various articles on education and parenting. Of these ‘Education Revolution’ is one of the noteworthy series published in The Times of India. These articles draw attention to the need for urgent changes in the Education system. As a member of the GEMS Global Education team, led by Mr. Tony Little, she has been a regular contributor to the GEMS India blog. Her personal blog, www.pindropsilence.in has received various good reviews by educators across the globe.
Dr Vohra has also managed and set up some esteemed educational institutions like The Millennium School, Lucknow as Headmistress and G.D. Goenka Public School, Lucknow as Principal. She moved on to research, curriculum design, teacher education, educational leadership training and school management while working with Dr. Sunita Gandhi’s Global Classroom, as ‘Head – Academic Research and Training’. Catering to over 60 Franchisee and Affiliate schools across India, she travelled the country training teachers and school leaders to bring about change in education. From Workshops for DIET Principals in Kerala to school owners in remote parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Haryana, she has been continuously trying to improve K-12 Education Quality. In her last profile as Head – Professional Development and Quality Assurance with GEMS Education, India, she led Teacher Education, School Leadership management and Quality Assurance. With GEMS she set up various green-field school projects, developed Policy manuals and Quality Standard Frameworks, provided continuous mentoring and support to School Leadership teams and most importantly teachers. Being a firm believer in Joint Practice Development, she set up Professional Learning Communities both offline and online in schools. She is also a certified Program Leader for Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (PDQs) having designed and implemented Diploma programmes for in-service teachers.
Dr Vohra is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer. She has been a junior state champion for Badminton from YMCA, Allahabad. She has also been closely associated with Theatre and has conducted various Dramatics Workshops, scripted and directed productions with school and college students.
In her last profile with Opportunity International, an international not-for-profit organization, based out of Chicago and London, she led the Education Quality Programmes in India. OI initiatives are supporting quality enhancement for Public Sector as well as Budget Private Schools across the globe. Interventions in India include Professional Development for School Leaders and Teachers alongside the Quality Assurance spiral for consistent school development.
Dr Vohra is now back with GEMS Education as the Director of Education for GEMS schools in India.