Our Leadership

Our People

You don’t achieve sustained success over a period of more than 60 years without the right people. Which is why it’s our passionate teachers, dedicated support staff and visionary leaders who truly set us apart. Each individual that makes up the GEMS family shares that same inextinguishable belief in the power of education. In its ability to change the world for the better. Inspired by the amazing young people that breathe such life into our schools, it’s what motivates and spurs us on – and what allows us to see the genius in every child.

Meet the Corporate Leadership Team

Our business leaders spearheading our global operation have experience and expertise in abundance. Their backgrounds include some of the biggest and most impressive players in their respective industries. 

  • Corporate Leadership

    Working in education means our corporate leaders are driven by something quite unique: the conviction that education has the power to transform, aligned to our GEMS mission to put a quality education within the reach of every learner. It’s what makes them – and us – different.

Meet the Education Leadership Team

Every one of our schools has its own unique identity and offering, but none of our schools is alone. That’s because they are part of the GEMS network, a family of schools held together by a shared mission and vision, and ably supported by our distinguished Education Team. 

  • Education Leadership

    The team is made up of some of our most seasoned and accomplished educators – who between them have close to 300 years of world-class education experience. Together, they assist our schools in terms of curricula, strategic planning, pedagogy and other important areas.

Meet our Heads of School

Great schools and quality education aren’t just bricks and mortar. They are a combination of great facilities and learning spaces, great teachers and support staff, all directed and united by leaders who can motivate and inspire and create a culture of innovation, creativity and learning. 

  • Heads of School

    Our heads of school and principals are all distinguished, hugely experienced educators and leaders. Their impressive qualifications, careers and track records speak for themselves, reflected in the many awards and accolades they’ve picked up along the way.

The most important gifts you can give your child are a quality education and the values that will guide them through life.

Mr Sunny Varkey

Founder, GEMS Education

More To Explore

  • Today we continue to take immense pride in the high standard of our schools, our teachers and the myriad opportunities made available for the young learners in our care.

  • Throughout our more than 60 years in education, our mission has remained unwavering – to put a quality education within the reach of every learner.

  • Our story began in 1959, when two passionate teachers – KS and Mariamma Varkey – left Kerala, India for the United Arab Emirates in search of a better life for their young family.

  • GEMS Education is one of the oldest and largest Kindergarten to Grade 12 / Year 13 private education providers in the world.


  • We know that as a parent you want only the very best for your child. The best opportunities, the best experiences and the best education. It’s what every one of our schools delivers every single day, and we’re proud of the quality of our provision and the difference it’s making in the lives of the tens of thousands of children in our care.

  • Every day in every one of our schools, our students learn about the importance of putting others first, of making a difference in the lives of their community, and of having a positive impact in the world. It’s only right, therefore, that we walk our own talk, which is why we take social and global responsibilities seriously.

  • View our many partners that we work with.

Our international education footprint extends to 49 schools across the UAE, Qatar and Egypt, delivering a consistent, dynamic, high-quality education for every child.
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