Whole School Leadership Team

David Monk, Head of School

David is British and has held teaching and leadership positions in International Education for over 28 years in the UK, Egypt, Thailand, the Netherlands and Switzerland prior to arriving in Qatar. He holds an MA in Educational Management from Bath University, and a BEd (Hons) from Exeter University. David has taught Physical and Health Education, Humanities, and Theory of Knowledge in the IB Diploma programme. David is married with 3 children, the eldest of whom has just graduated from the IB Diploma programme and will be studying at Bath University.


Nick Botting, Head of Secondary

Nick holds an MSc in Educational Leadership from Leicester University, a PGCE from Swansea University and a BSc in Mathematics & Management Sciences from Manchester University. Nick brings with him a wealth of international experience in leadership. Over the past four years, Nick has worked at the Dulwich College Shanghai as Deputy Headmaster of College with oversight for a wide-range of areas including curriculum articulation and professional learning. Before that, he was the Head of Secondary at the British International School in Phuket. Nick is British.


Roula H. Ismail, Head of Primary

Roula Haj Ismail spent her formative years in Australia and holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Sydney, and a Masters in Philosophy from the American University of Beirut, where she began her teaching career. She is currently studying for her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) with Bath University. Roula Haj Ismail is a highly experienced and accomplished IB educator, with 20 years of involvement with good international schools in Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. She has worked as an IB PYP Coordinator for six years, and has been an IB workshop leader and team visitor for eight years.

She has presented sessions at IB and other educational conferences like NESA. Roula has a background in visual and performance art, which she brings to bear in her leadership and teaching. She has developed and performed art pieces and videos at art festivals in Europe, USA, and locally. Roula enjoys art, media literacy, music, and cross country skiing.


Colin Powell, Director of Teaching and Learning

Born in the United States, Colin Powell has lived in ten countries including Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Canada, China, Malaysia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Lithuania and Qatar. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Canada, Colin went on to complete his graduate degree and post-graduate diploma in Australia.

As a Third Culture Kid (TCK), Colin has returned to international schools as a teacher and is accompanied by his wife, Jenny Wong-Powell, and two children. He has worked in international schools in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. When Colin is not at school you will either find him in the kitchen cooking or fishing - both are passions of his.    


Helen Jeffery, MYP Coordinator

Helen has been in international education for over 20 years – in Tokyo, Dar es Salaam, Cairo and Lusaka – and has been fortunate to combine two of her passions: teaching English and the IB MYP. Twenty years on, she continues to enjoy meeting the daily challenges of teaching MYP students of differing abilities, attitudes, cultures and socio-economic situations.

Helen is the MYP coordinator at the International School of London, Qatar. Currently, she is an IB workshop leader and a reviewer for the IB's Building Quality Curriculum service. Helen holds a Masters in Education (Merit) from the University of Bath; and PGCE (Distinction) from the Institute of Education, University of London.


James Kendall, PYP Coordinator

James holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Liverpool in Geography. In addition, he holds a PGCE in Primary Education from St. Mary's University, Twickenham and MA with the Institute of Education, University College London in Educational Leadership and Management.  James has previously taught in the UK, Portugal and Qatar; and was a Grade 5 PYP Teacher at St. Dominic's International School, Lisbon.  Whilst working in international education, James has held year leader, subject coordinator and deputy head of primary positions.


Dounia Slaoui, Head of Human Resources & EA

Dounia holds a Bachelor Degree in English literature from Ben M’sik University Casablanca, Morrocco. Dounia started her career in Morocco while studying, as a teacher and translator than moved towards Administration career by choosing the Human Resources field where she strongly believes in relationship development and enjoys being amongst and working with all persons. Added to that she is also tri-lingual ( Arabic, French & English) which helps within her role and works well with the diversity of our community. She has been working in ISL for the last 8 years where she grew and gained experience by working in different administrative department. Dounia is Moroccan.