Chief Academic Officer (AMSI) Al Mawakeb Schools & ISAS

Graduated from Harvard University with a Masters of Education in Administrative Planning and Social Policy, Mrs. Alissar Nasr Soubra has more than 30 years of experience in academic planning, curriculum development, and school operations. She began her career in education as a teacher of Mathematics in 1988, and from then on, she assumed a number of roles at a strategic and operational level in school administration and management, including Head of Mathematics and English Departments, Co-Director, Vice Principal, and Director of Academics. In these capacities, she worked on a wide range of educational projects, including curriculum development and digitization, leadership pedagogical and creative learning methods, student assessment programs, student reward and incentive systems, academic publishing, coaching and mentoring, and professional development. She was also responsible for leading school-wide accreditation projects that have helped schools earn certifications from international accreditation bodies. In addition to these core activities, Mrs. Nasr Soubra has been involved in the development of Student Life Programs and various extra-curricular plans that support and enhance the collective student learning experience. The grandest testament to her years in Education in Dubai is the alumni base forged and how they have emerged as leaders and influencers in the UAE community and abroad. In 2016, an Al Mawakeb alumnus herself (Class of 1984), Mrs. Nasr Soubra founded and now chairs the Steering Committee that drives AMSI Voices. Through this CSR group, the extensive pool of alumni who are willing to positively impact rising generations come together to encourage, guide and support the students at AMSI schools. AMSI Voices, under her mentorship, became a forum where they can give back, inspire and make a difference in the lives of students. AMSI Voices have quickly evolved as a networking platform for empowering students, and Mrs. Nasr Soubra, along with a steering committee comprising other ambitious and driven alumni, has successfully held six conferences under two titles “Girls are Makers of Change” and “Making my Decisions, Owning my Outcomes” and various regular workshops as part of the AMSI Voices “Monday 101s” series for 11th and 12th graders at Al Mawakeb Schools and the International School of Arts and Sciences (AMS & ISAS). Through this innovative initiative, high school students have the opportunity to engage with alumni and gain a better understanding of the real world and its challenges. As Chief Academic Officer at AMSI, she is responsible for coordinating all aspects of curriculum design, development, delivery and assessment, as well as student support programs and services for all AMSI-managed schools. In collaboration with a dedicated academic team, she leads the ongoing process of reviewing, updating and developing the schools’ academic and support programs to ensure that they remain comprehensive, dynamic and improved. She is also involved in various consultancy projects that help existing schools in assessing, restructuring, and enhancing their academic systems and programs. In March 2020, Mrs. Nasr Soubra worked extensively with AMSI’s ICT Department and the academic teams in AMSI schools to launch a unique Distance Learning Program (DLP) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. She worked on identifying the criteria for successful, efficient, and accessible methods to deliver an online educational program that recreates and extends the learning experience for students, through a balance of synchronous and asynchronous learning, and that encompasses the whole school community in terms of ease of access and use. Her efforts culminated in what is now referred to as “Al Mawakeb Distance Learning Program”. What remained non-negotiable in her work to construct the DLP is the wellbeing of students and staff at her schools. In October 15, 2020, Ms. Alissar Nasr Soubra received the Arab Woman Awards-UAE 2020 for Education. Mrs. Nasr Soubra earned her Bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland- Ohio, with a double major in Mathematics and Political Science.