CHRIS SAYE, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Chris thrives on supporting entrepreneurs execute big ideas. He’s a former ‘Big-4’ audit partner, with a high EQ to match his deep finance skills and experience.
Chris chairs the board of Green School International and oversees the finances, and is intent on supporting John Hardy to realize his dream of seeing Green Schools around the world.
SIMRAN SINGH, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Simran was one of the earliest employees of Parthenon’s education practice and helped launch schools in more than 25 countries around the world including Chile, Zambia, Mexico, UAE, Singapore, UK, etc. He also helped with the initial launch of the Green School in Bali in 2009.
Simran is a Palmer Scholar from the Wharton School of Business and Director’s Medalist from IIT Delhi. His career has spanned from private equity to helping scale up a fintech startup.
Currently, Simran is responsible for overseeing the launch and operations of all new Green School franchises.
In his spare time, Simran works with immigrant kids to help them learn reading and writing skills.
KARAN KHEMKA, DIRECTOR AND STRATEGIC ADVISOR
Karan founded Parthenon’s International Education practice which grew to become the largest advisor to the education sector globally. He worked with governments, NGOs and private education companies to grow access to quality education.
11 years ago Karan was contacted by John Hardy right after the start of Green School to provide a view on whether the school could grow and full-fill its mission and to this day Karan is grateful that he made the right call on that particular engagement. Now Karan lives in Bali with his wife and two children who attend Green School and love it.
Karan also serves on the Boards of high impact education companies on 5 continents.
At Green School Karan advises the GSI management team and works on developing new Green Schools around the world.
LESLIE MEDEMA, HEAD OF LEARNING
Leslie has been heading East or West depending on your perspective since leaving her home in South Dakota to complete a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University. Her first job in education was as a school bus driver in rural South Dakota (which made public policy look easy).
Her twin passions of education and history took her to Vietnam in 2004, where she taught at Can Tho University as a Princeton in Asia (PiA) fellow before she became the PiA Director of Asian Operations in Singapore until 2011.
During her eight-year tenure at Green School Bali, her team designed and implemented the unique High School programme, while she also served as the Guidance Counselor. Next, she served as the School Principal for four years. Her ‘prouds’ include the Green Stone project, receiving accreditation for the High School curriculum, and an avocado tree that a young learner gave her that still grows.
Leslie oversees the implementation of the Green School curriculum and supports a process to finely calibrate it to celebrate the culture and country of where each school stands on this earth.
She is an avid baseball fan, scuba diver, journaler, and loves a good laugh.
CHRIS EDWARDS, HEAD OF CURRICULUM
Chris grew up in Liverpool, UK, in an age so distant that the word Sustainability was literally unknown to the English language. He subsequently won a First Class Degree in English and became a Postmaster at Merton College, University of Oxford. Chris embarked on a teaching career that took him to Asia, South America and the UK where he became Head of one of Britain’s largest independent schools, five hundred year-old Bromsgrove. Ten years later he was leading the world’s largest international school, the United World College of South East Asia, where he remained for five years before joining Green School.
Chris’ awareness of environmental issues began as a child in Liverpool. Forty years later, in Singapore, Chris presided over the two greenest campuses on the island, both with Green Mark Platinum awards. Chris believes passionately that social justice and sustainability are inextricably entwined, and his establishing of a Foundation while at Bromsgrove and overseeing the widening of access for overseas scholars in Singapore are testament to this.
Chris finds joy in the Arts (he is a keen musician), walking and learning alongside younger, faster minds. His darkest, most despairing hours come from following Everton Football Club.
TOMMASO TOMOLI, HEAD OF GLOBAL OPERATIONS
Tommaso is responsible for the global operations of Green School International, and is dedicated to its international expansion. Before joining Green School, he spent more than eight years in management consulting, with a focus on advising global K-12 school platforms on international expansion, M&A, and school’s growth plan. As a result, he visited and assessed schools around the world from the Americas, to Europe, to Middle-east to Asia-Pacific.
Tommaso lives in Singapore, where he enjoys running and eating, in a struggle to balance his calorie intake.
AYSHA HAIDER, HEAD OF GLOBAL MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
With a career that has led her from New York to Pakistan, Dubai to Bali, Aysha has consistently led global brands to exponential growth. She has worked on brands such as Tiffany & Co., Johnson & Johnson and Coca-Cola as well as at organizations like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Foundation, with a bachelors in Art History from Williams College, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Aysha currently oversees Global Marketing for Green School International, as well as Marketing & Communications for Green School Bali. She is passionate about building the Green School brand and in fueling movements that go deeper.
Aysha lives in Bali with her husband and two daughters. She spends time away from Green School, back at Green School, as her girls simply refuse to leave campus!
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
RONALD STONES OBE
Ron directed Green School Bali during its first three years of operation. He originates in Britain, but has been resident in South-East Asia for over thirty years. His entire career has been spent in education – leading three of the region’s prestigious international schools: The British School Manila, The British School Jakarta, and Tanglin Trust School Singapore; directing a school quality improvement program in national education in Indonesia for Sampoena Foundation before taking up direction of Green School.
He designed the first governance structure of Green School and sat on its Board of Management for five years before taking up Trustee-ship. He has led the development of the design of a new paradigm in education to change the distribution of prosperity in the developing world for one of the world’s richest; led the establishment of an academy of art in Singapore under the brand of a successful Parisian museum; and now, is developing a new model of international school in Asia for a group known for its achievement in preschool education.
He is a seasoned collector of art. He has been awarded several honorary positions, including recognition by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II for services in excellence to education.
Louise has 15 years of global experience in running Education businesses which focus on driving change while retaining and empowering great teaching at their core. Today she is as an operational advisor, Chair and NED in a handful of Private Equity-backed businesses mainly in the EdTech, digital media and classified/recruitment spaces in Europe and the US. Additionally she serves on the advisory board of GSV Acceleration, the predominant, education-focused Silicon Valley, VC investor.
She believes that great Education and teaching can never be packaged into a formula, but is dependent on the best educational minds and the astonishing curiosity of the student coming together to do something very special. She believes that education businesses flourish when they understand and enable this, rather than try to simply codify it.
Her love of the Education world was crystallised when she was the CEO and then Chair of TES Global, where she oversaw the transformation of the traditional print-based education business into a global, digital platform that comprises one of the biggest online recruitment markets as well as the largest online network of teachers – which also happened to be the world’s largest single-profession social network. Louise led TES’s rapid global expansion and sales growth through three separate private equity investors – Exponent, Charterhouse and TPG – all while putting teachers and the classroom at the very centre of the enterprise. In addition, she served on the Board and as an Operating Partner at Skillsoft – the number one digital, workplace learning company – based in Boston, US. She is also a founder partner, Board Director and investor at Ozy.com a US digital media, TV and live events start-up, based in Silicon Valley but now making waves across the US and beyond – and which is firmly focused on feeding the curious mind – regardless of age.
Raj is the Dean of Studies at Phillips Academy Andover, the oldest incorporated academy in the United States. He is also the Director of the Niswarth (Hindi for “non sibi”) program which has connected Andover students and faculty to schools and organizations in India, Bhutan and Bali annually for the past 15 years. Based on the values of humility, empathy and gratitude, students have engaged in community-based, collaborative, design projects where students learn “to be the change they wish to see in the world.”
Raj has taught biology, coached football and swimming, and been an administrator for schools in India, Kenya and Switzerland. He has created many leadership programs for students, supports bystander education, believes in striving for equitable learning, and admires schools that align their values with lived experience and prioritize well-being.
He loves spending time with his family, watching Boston sports teams, enjoying sunsets, and reading about how people learn.