Dr. Saima Rana
Head of School/CEO
Dr Saima Rana has extensive experience in international education, having devoted her entire career to improving the educational standards of inner-city schools. Prior to joining GEMS Education, she was Principal of Westminster Academy in London.
Dr Rana has a strong background in school improvement, combining traditional school improvement techniques with a commitment to collaboration between the local community and businesses in order to accelerate regeneration and standards. She has worked as a senior educational consultant for Cambridge Education Islington and as a leading schools improvement consultant with focus on teaching and learning, raising standards, ICT, assessment for learning, curriculum, change management and building schools for the future.
Dr Rana specialises in Secondary School Educational Policy, ICT, Globalisation, The Knowledge and Digital Economy. She was an ICT Mark Assessor and examiner for NAACE and was part of the working party developing the original Becta/Ofstead ICT Mark and Assessment for Learning Reform group. She has presented numerous academic papers on policy, ICT, globalisation and secondary education at the Institute of Education and The Knowledge Lab in London, Trinity College in Dublin, and international conferences in Europe, USA and China.
In addition, Dr Rana is a member of the following boards: International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association (ISBCA), The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), Paddington Development Trust (PDT), Mosaic Community Trust (MCT), University College School (UCS), the Institute for Ethical AI in Education (IEAIED) and the BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee. She is also Founder and Trustee of Nagar Fort (NFS) in Pakistan.
Dr Rana has a PhD in Education from London University – UCL Institute of Education, School of Mathematics, Science and Technology.