Conférence des Directeurs

The Conférence des Directeurs is the senior management team of the Foundation and is composed of the Director General, the Director of Admissions, the Director of Education, the Director of Finance, the Director of Human Resources, the Director of ICT, the Director of Marketing and Stakeholder Relations and the eight Campus and School Principals.

Each member of the Conférence des Directeurs has delegated responsibility for specific aspects of the Foundation and for the operation of its eight schools, for the coordination of policies and practices, for the management of associated staff and students, for relations with parents and for planning, budgeting and expenditure.

Members 2017-2018

David Hawley
Director General
Joining Ecolint straight from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), where he has been Chief Academic Officer since 2015, Dr David...
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Joining Ecolint straight from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), where he has been Chief Academic Officer since 2015, Dr David Hawley is a US and Canadian dual-national who has worked in international schools in the US, Canada, Europe and Latin America in a career in education spanning over 35 years.
 
After a first degree in Biology & Earth Sciences from Framingham State University, near Boston, Massachusetts, David subsequently read for a Masters in Education, followed by a Doctorate in Education, at Harvard University. Starting his teaching career in Guatemala and Venezuela, where he mastered Spanish, David had his first taste of school leadership in Costa Rica, in 1986. He has been leading major international schools across the globe ever since, including the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Canada, Atlanta International School in the USA and Frankfurt International School in Germany. 

His most recent post at the IBO saw him lead the academic division, providing strategic direction for the educational philosophy and curricular leadership for the development of programmes of international education for IB World Schools.
 
A former Board Member and Accreditation Officer for the Council for International Schools, David has also had the opportunity to lead visits of many other international schools, and has been awarded the Leading Edge Award for curriculum innovation by the National Association of Independent Schools.
 
Married, with two adult children who both attended international schools for their entire school careers, David is also a trained firefighter, first responder and sailing instructor. Passionate about cycling, David has twice cycled coast-to-coast across Canada, and also enjoys the other triathlon disciplines of running and swimming, as well as baking his own bread and reading about many subjects, especially science, pedagogy and human development.

David was appointed Director General of Ecolint in 2017.

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Barbara Kuebel
Director of Human Resources
Of German and Welsh descent, Barbara Kuebel is Swiss, and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters in Psychology...
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Of German and Welsh descent, Barbara Kuebel is Swiss, and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters in Psychology and Human Resources Management, and an MBA, all from the University of Geneva. She is also a certified ICF Erickson Professional Coach, and is a qualified mediation specialist.

Having worked in various HR and consultancy roles in different sectors, Barbara set up her own coaching and mediation company, where she specialized in executive coaching, professional and personal growth and creative thinking, before coming to Ecolint to lead the HR function in 2012.

As well as being an ICF certified coach, Barbara is also qualified to use many different diagnostic Human Resource management tools such as CAPP, LEA, Insights, MBTI and Graves’ value system.

Barbara is passionate about the sea, enjoying swimming, paddle boarding and boating, and enjoys foreign travel, especially to Tuscany and Australia, the homeland of her husband. Barbara is mother to two teenage daughters who are both students at La Grande Boissière.

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Christelle Lonez
Primary School Principal – Campus des Nations
Of joint Belgian and US nationality, and with teaching qualifications from both countries, Christelle Lonez taught in Louisiana (USA), Riyadh...
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Of joint Belgian and US nationality, and with teaching qualifications from both countries, Christelle Lonez taught in Louisiana (USA), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Lilongwe (Malawi) before coming to Ecolint in 2015.

Before qualifying as a teacher, Christelle read for both a BA and MA in Germanic Philology at universities in Belgium.

Passionate about language acquisition, inquiry based teaching and conceptual learning, Christelle is an active volunteer in the International Baccalaureate Educator Network, leading Primary Years Programme workshops and visiting other schools for authorization and evaluations on behalf of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

Christelle is a keen photographer, enjoys skiing, international cuisine and cinema and likes travelling with her two teenage children, who are both students at Campus des Nations Secondary school.

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Conrad Hughes
Campus & Secondary School Principal – La Grande Boissière
Of joint South African and British nationality, Dr Conrad Hughes holds a Masters in Comparative Literature and a Diplome d’Etudes...
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Of joint South African and British nationality, Dr Conrad Hughes holds a Masters in Comparative Literature and a Diplome d’Etudes Avancées from Montpellier, and a PhD in English from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is currently writing a second doctoral thesis – this time in Education – with Durham University School of Education.

Following roles as a university lecturer in English and an English teacher and diploma programme coordinator in schools in India and the Netherlands, Conrad has been at Ecolint for ten years, first as an English and Theory of Knowledge teacher, then as Director of Education, prior to taking up the role of Campus Principal at La Grande Boissière in 2015.

During his tenure as Director of Education, Conrad had numerous articles published on a variety of topics including the IB Middle Years Programme, the Theory of Knowledge component of the IB Diploma, child-centred pedagogy, the role of education in combating prejudice and the English syllabus for the IB Diploma. Conrad also led the work to articulate the Guiding Principles for Learning in the 21st Century which was jointly published with UNESCO in 2014.

Married, with two children who attend the Campus des Nations, Conrad is an accomplished guitarist and singer-songwriter, and is a volunteer Sapeur Pompier in the Compagnie 101 (Dardagny-Russin).

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Consuelo Ramos
Director of Admissions & Enrolment Management
Consuelo Ramos is a true world citizen! Born in Peru, schooled in French in both Lima and Zürich, speaking English,...
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Consuelo Ramos is a true world citizen! Born in Peru, schooled in French in both Lima and Zürich, speaking English, French and Spanish fluently, and holding Canadian nationality in addition to Peruvian, Consuelo has also lived on three continents.

With a BSc in Economics, and post graduate certifications in Marketing and Psychology, Consuelo has over 25 years of admissions management experienced garnered at the Toronto French School, Canada’s international school, and at Ecolint.

A former ballet and tap dancer and gymnast, Consuelo is passionate about antiques and photography, and enjoys international travel. She is married, and has three adult children who all live in Washington, DC.

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David Woods
Campus & Secondary School Principal – La Châtaigneraie
David Woods is an experienced school leader within international education. Prior to joining Ecolint in 2010, he held senior leadership...
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David Woods is an experienced school leader within international education. Prior to joining Ecolint in 2010, he held senior leadership posts in his home country, the UK, and was latterly Head of Senior School at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore. At Tanglin David oversaw the introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme  and led the school through a very successful period of expansion and examination success.

The holder of a BSc in Geography from Liverpool University, an MSc in Environmental Policy from the University of London, and a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University, David also holds the UK National Professional Qualification for Headship and has worked as a UK school inspector. David has professional interests in assessment, as well as in the development of resilience or “grit” in secondary students.

David is a keen cyclist and hiker, and is married with two daughters who both attend La Châtaigneraie.

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Duff Gyr
Primary School Principal – La Grande Boissière
Duff Gyr was raised and educated in the state of Michigan in the United States. Descended from a Swiss father...
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Duff Gyr was raised and educated in the state of Michigan in the United States. Descended from a Swiss father and American mother, Duff also has family in Canada.

The holder of a BSc degree in biology and a teaching certification from Michigan Technological University, and a Masters degree in Education from Michigan State University, Duff has done some graduate studies in physiological psychology at the University of Wyoming and completed the course work for a Masters in pluri-lingual education with the University of Aberdeen.   He is currently undertaking significant training in Philosophy for Children which is being integrated into the Primary School, and is very useful in the teaching of TOK classes in the Secondary School.

Before being appointed Principal of the Primary School at La Grande Boissière in 2003, Duff taught science and maths in primary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Switzerland and Canada, and also had responsibilities as an IB Coordinator and as a Primary School Principal.

Duff is passionate about pedagogical innovation, Philosophy for Children, science teaching and the development of critical thinking. Duff is a qualified CIS accreditation visitor and Chair and has published articles in International Schools magazine on various topics.

Actively involved in humanitarian work supporting teaching in Africa, Duff is also a keen mountaineer, skier and cyclist, and enjoys literature and writing. Duff and his wife have two adult sons and are proud grandparents to their granddaughter, Aminata.

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Isla Gordon
Early Years Principal - Campus des Nations (Pregny)
Isla Gordon has been associated with Ecolint as a student, teacher, parent and alumna since 1980! Having completed her schooling...
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Isla Gordon has been associated with Ecolint as a student, teacher, parent and alumna since 1980! Having completed her schooling at Ecolint, Isla studied at the Universities of Geneva (CH), Surrey, Oxford Brookes and Durham (all UK) and holds undergraduate qualifications in the Arts, Psychology and Education, post-graduate studies in Educational Leadership & Management and an MA in International Education.
 
After teaching in both Primary and Middle Schools in the UK post-University, Isla rejoined Ecolint in 1999, spending five years as a homeroom teacher at the Pregny Rigot site, before moving to La Châtaigneraie as a homeroom teacher, Assistant Principal and then Primary Years Programme coordinator until 2014. Isla returned to Pregny in 2017 from a two and a half year assignment as Junior School Principal at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya, where among other achievements she was responsible for moving the school to a fully bilingual Junior School, pioneering a new translanguaging approach. Isla has been an active International Baccalaureate educator network (IBEN) member since 2007, serving as a workshop leader, school consultant, and school visitor team lead.
 
Fully bilingual herself, having grown up largely in Suisse Romande, Isla holds both British and Swiss nationalities and is the mother of an adult daughter, herself an Ecolint alumna. When not indulging in her professional passions within Professional Learning Communities, Isla loves to spend her time outdoors hiking, biking, skiing and horseback riding, and is actively involved in promoting animal welfare, as well as development and environmental awareness through education.

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Jennifer Armstrong
Primary School Principal – La Châtaigneraie
Jennifer Armstrong is a Canadian national. Passionate about languages, bilingualism and holistic, child-centred pedagogy, Jennifer followed a BA in Canadian...
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Jennifer Armstrong is a Canadian national. Passionate about languages, bilingualism and holistic, child-centred pedagogy, Jennifer followed a BA in Canadian Studies and French Language and Literature with a second Bachelor’s degree in Education, both at the University of Toronto. After teaching for several years, Jennifer completed a Masters in Curriculum and Applied Psychology, with a dissertation focused on Bilingualism.

Having been successively a teacher, French language consultant to the Trillium Lakelands Board of Education, Director of Academics, Vice Principal and Principal of schools in Canada, Jennifer was recruited by Ecolint in 2009 to open and run the new Primary school at La Châtaigneraie, devising the innovative new approach to bilingualism that is in use today.

Jennifer is also a highly-experienced practitioner and advocate of the Reggio Emilia approach to primary learning, which is the underpinning of the PYP pedagogical approach. She is the Founding President of the Ontario Reggio Association and a Board member of the North American Reggio Educators Alliance. Jennifer has also lectured and delivered keynote addresses at many Reggio-inspired conferences and university symposia in the USA, Canada and Singapore and is the author of a chapter in a National Association for the Education of Young Children textbook for education programmes on Reggio-inspired practices in primary school.

Jennifer is married, with one son completing graduate studies in Toronto and a daughter at La Châtaigneraie. She enjoys skiing, cycling, sailing, kayaking and is an accomplished musician, playing both piano and ‘cello.

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Karen Taylor
Director of Education
With a BA in French & Russian from Connecticut College and an MA and PhD in History from Georgetown University,...
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With a BA in French & Russian from Connecticut College and an MA and PhD in History from Georgetown University, Dr Karen Taylor has an impressive record as an academic and teacher and lecturer at both school and university level.

With research interests as varied as philosophy, pluri-lingualism and language acquisition, trans-culturalism and the history of women’s education, Karen has worked at Harvard University, Georgetown University, George Mason and the Smithsonian Museum, and in schools in the USA and Europe. Prior to coming to Ecolint in 2015, Karen was a Dorm Head at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) in Lugano.

Karen has been published extensively in academic journals and books and been the recipient of numerous academic grants and prizes. An American citizen, Karen has lived in Europe since 2008 and speaks French and English fluently, as well as Russian, German and Italian.

Married to a Frenchman - also a teacher - Karen has one adult daughter and two step-children. She enjoys reading, cooking, walking in the countryside and needlepoint.

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Laurent Falvert
Director of Finance
A graduate of the prestigious ESCP Europe business school, Laurent Falvert holds both French and Swiss nationalities. A highly experienced...
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A graduate of the prestigious ESCP Europe business school, Laurent Falvert holds both French and Swiss nationalities.

A highly experienced financier, Laurent has worked in a wide range of finance roles up to and including Chief Financial Officer, and in industries as diverse as banking, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods and air transport.

A keen golfer, Laurent also enjoys travelling the world and has been tap-dancing since he was nine! He is the father of two daughters aged 18 and 21, who are both in higher education.

Laurent was appointed Director of Finance at Ecolint in 2014.

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Mark Grace
Director of ICT
After a first BSc degree in Marine Engineering Operations in his native USA, Mark Grace spent the first eight years...
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After a first BSc degree in Marine Engineering Operations in his native USA, Mark Grace spent the first eight years of his career as a Shipboard Engineering Officer with the American Maritime Officers, the US Merchant Marine.

After “jumping ship”, and moving to Switzerland, Mark studied for an MBA at the University of Geneva before moving into Information and Communication Technology, joining the prestigious International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne as eBusiness manager.

After 5 years at IMD, Mark moved to Berlin, Germany, and was appointed Director of ICT at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin for several years, before branching out on his own as an independent software consultant.

Mark joined Ecolint in 2008 as Director of ICT, and has been captaining that ship ever since, navigating unchartered seas to bring both the “behind the scenes” hardware and software systems into the 21st century, but also, as co-chair of the ICT Think Tank, to ensure that the classroom use of technology by both teaching staff and students reflects best practice and supports optimal learning.

When he is not behind a computer screen, Mark enjoys spending time in the mountains with his Swiss wife and two teenage daughters.

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Michael Kewley
Director of Marketing & Stakeholder Relations
A British national, resident in the Geneva area since 2004, Michael Kewley read for a BA and MA in Modern...
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A British national, resident in the Geneva area since 2004, Michael Kewley read for a BA and MA in Modern Languages at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Passionate about language and communication, Michael worked for 17 years at Procter & Gamble in a wide variety of local, regional and global brand management roles, as well as providing communication consultancy and training for the EMEA region.

Alongside his professional obligations, Michael has been an elected local councillor in Echenevex, France, since 2008, and a volunteer fire and medical first responder since 2007.

Married, with two sons who attend the Primary school at La Châtaigneraie, Michael demonstrates more enthusiasm than style at skiing, cooking and playing the drums.

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Shona Wright
Middle School Principal – La Grande Boissière
Shona Wright was born in Scotland and spent her childhood in India before returning to be educated in the UK,...
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Shona Wright was born in Scotland and spent her childhood in India before returning to be educated in the UK, where she graduated with a BA from the University of London and subsequently a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.  After nine years spent working in administration and management consultancy, she returned to study at the University of Central England, where she gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in French and English.

After teaching in comprehensive secondary schools in the UK, Shona spent three years at Frankfurt International School as English teacher and Middle School English Coordinator, before joining Ecolint in 1998 as Middle School Assistant Principal. She became LGB Middle School Principal in September 2002.

Shona is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (London), and a member of the Mindfulness in Schools Project and the National Middle Schools Association. She regularly attends conferences on education as a speaker and panellist, as well as a delegate, and is particularly interested in bilingual and pluri-lingual education, middle school research-based pedagogy and assessment. Shona is also a qualified accreditation visitor to visit other schools on behalf of the Council for International Schools, the peer accreditation body of which Ecolint is also a member.

Shona enjoys hiking, tennis, sampling different cuisines on her worldwide travels as well as reading and art history.

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