Academic Advisor Committee

Edward

Edward Lawless

Academic Advisor

As Founding Principal and Chief Academic Officer for Pamoja Education, Edward Lawless leads the organization’s academic mission. In cooperation with the International Baccalaureate, Pamoja develops and delivers IB-approved resources and global services that broaden student access to IB Diploma courses

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under blended conditions. With over 20 courses, and 200 trained teachers on their platform, Pamoja serves more than 4,000 students in over 110 countries around the world.

Before joining Pamoja, Edward was fortunate to work with many exceptional IB schools and practitioners in his role as the IB Asia-Pacific’s Regional Head of Professional Development. His career has spanned four continents, and has covered multiple curricula in both state and independent schools. Edward is passionate about bridging the global education gap through blended learning. While he enjoys all aspects of his job, what he enjoys most is collaborating with imaginative people to rethink how students, teachers and schools work, to redefine education in a way that features more sustainable learning partnerships, and to create a better future for all.

Edward has presented at over 35 international education conferences on such topics of professional development, blended learning, student–centered practices and developing international mindedness. He is always interested in connecting with students, teachers, school leaders, and representatives of public, private and social sectors to broaden access to quality education.

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Nigel

Nigel Forbes-Harper

Academic Advisor

Nigel was born and educated in the U.K., and graduated from Cambridge University before moving to Australia in 1972. Various jobs and much travelling later, he began his full-time teaching career in 1980 in Western Australia. This career took him to Papua New Guinea, the Northern Territory of Australia, Turkey and Thailand,

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where he served as Head of the Senior School at Prem Tinsulanonda International School. At two of the schools where he worked he was the International Baccalaureate Diploma coordinator responsible for the introduction of the Diploma Programme.

Nigel later served for five years as Head of School Services in the Asia-Pacific region and was responsible for the management of IB programmes in IB World Schools in the region. He returned to Australia at the end of 2012 to take up a role as Head of Curriculum at an international school in Perth and then worked as Executive Director of Tranby College, also in Perth, before leaving full-time employment at the end of 2015 to work independently.

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Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor

Academic Advisor

Mr. Alan Taylor is an Advisor of Kathmandu World School. Mr. Al started teaching over 25 years ago in a Scottish Boarding school, and has experience of teaching in a variety of schools in the United Kingdom and abroad. In addition to this, he has a background in performance psychology, and has worked with sports teams

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and businesses and schools to improve performance and team cohesion. He spent five years working at an International school in Kathmandu and returned to Nepal in 2017 to set up an Education and Training Centre. His specialisms are Biology and Psychology but he is predominately concerned with encouraging metacognition strategies to enhance learning opportunities, and develop real life changes.

Mr. Al has worked in both formal and informal education and training, including running a UK STEMPOINT contract and presenting at National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) conferences. He has also been involved in teacher training in the UK, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. He is passionate about creating positive learning environments that enable students, teachers and individuals to develop their potential. He is also an avid promoter of computing and programming opportunities as essential vehicles to promote twenty first century learning and competency.

Throughout his career, Mr. Al has been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, and assisted in the setting up of the Nepal Operating Authority. He is presently on the Award’s Global Training Panel. He currently concentrates on education provision and training to enhance and develop schools, teachers and students.

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Sue Taylor

Sue Taylor

Academic Advisor

Sue Taylor is an Advisor of Kathmandu World School. Ms. Sue is an experienced educator who has more than 20 years of experience of teaching in Secondary Schools, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She spent five years teaching in Nepal, and has a great love for Nepal and its people. She has extensive experience

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of management and co-ordination in schools, and has presented at National Teaching conferences in the UK on improving standards of teaching and learning. She has also been involved in teacher training in the UK, Nepal and Malaysia.
She specialises in Secondary Mathematics, including A Level but has also been involved in working with staff and students in the Primary sector. She is keen to support staff in developing their understanding of active learning and modern pedagogy as well as encouraging students to take a more responsibility for their own learning. She feels that it is important to encourage today’s learners to become creative thinkers, who have good leadership and team working skills, who are resilient and are able to manage their time effectively.

Sue believes that having a holistic education is important, and that students should be given opportunities to develop a range of skills and interests. They should have an understanding of the importance of taking a wider interest in the world around them, being physically active and community minded as well as being able to take on challenges. She has also been involved, for many years, with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, the world’s leading youth achievement award. She is currently a member of the Global Training Panel for the Award.

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