GEMS Education appoints Saeed al Muntafiq as Group CEO

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Published June 25th, 2014 - 09:12 GMT

GEMS Education, the region’s leading education provider, is pleased to announce the appointment of Saeed Al Muntafiq as Group Chief Executive Officer for the company. 

Mr Al Muntafiq brings a wealth of experience, proven leadership skill, and a passion for education as GEMS Education embarks on the next phase in its expansion. He will oversee all GEMS Education operations in the Middle East, Africa and most of Asia. 

He has served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of GEMS Education for over two years. In 2005 he was appointed Executive Chairman of Tatweer, a major subsidiary of Dubai Holding. 

Sunny Varkey, founder and Chairman of GEMS, said: “Saeed is a tremendous addition to GEMS Education. We are deeply committed to meeting the aspirations and needs of all our students, parents, regional governments and other stakeholders. As CEO, Saeed will be instrumental in fulfilling this vision.” 

Mr Al Muntafiq said: “I am pleased to be joining GEMS Education, which has been an important part of the growth and development of the UAE. Today we are proud to be exporting world-class education from the UAE to the world, bringing expertise and experience to both the developing and developed worlds.” 

“This nation’s visionary leadership has shown us the way, and we are proud to have been part of the growth of the UAE for over 50 years,” Mr Varkey added. “GEMS is a UAE success story that must be cherished and encouraged and the appointment of Saeed ushers in the latest chapter in that story.”

Background Information

GEMS Education

In 1959, two teachers, KS Varkey and his wife Mariamma, arrived in Dubai. 

At the time, Dubai was a burgeoning trade centre on the Arabian Gulf. The Varkey family had left Kerala, India to seek a better life for their family. What they found was a real need to educate children arriving in the city from around the world.

Their son, Sunny, added a visionary’s ambition to a practitioner's experience. From simple roots in a family of teachers, GEMS Education, is today an international company with schools and education services across the Middle East. We still share the same mission - to provide a quality education to everyone.

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