Leadership


 

Tarek Razik

Head of School 
headofschool@jisedu.or.id

It is both an honor and a pleasure to serve the JIS community as the head of school. Having lived abroad for 30 years now, I feel that each school, each experience, every board member, teacher, and student that I have had the pleasure to work with has helped to develop me into the educator I am today. People often ask me which school or which experience has been the "best" with the best students and the best school. My response is always the same, "each experience has been the best!" This is primarily because we work with children and young adults and regardless of where I am around the world, I have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of others. The experience is what we make of it. I call the great state of Maine in the United States home now, though everywhere I live feels like home while I am there. Recently arriving in Jakarta with my family, my wife Marisol and my two boys who were born in Shanghai and Beijing, we are all looking forward to enjoy and embrace a very vibrant and exciting culture. In my free time, when I find it, I enjoy a round of golf, a bit of fishing, and watching Australian Rules Football (Collingwood in particular) on the television. I hope JIS and Jakarta welcome you as much and as graciously as they have welcomed me.

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Nicholas Kent

Deputy Head of School for Learning
nkent@jisedu.or.id

Joining the JIS community is a wonderful part of my professional life and the life of my family. My wife Erin is a long time international educator and travels the globe helping schools strategically implement literacy programs. My daughter Alice was born and raised in Shanghai, China and considers herself Chinese living in Indonesia. My own experience of ten years living and working in Shanghai has created a love and respect for Asia that continues here in my new home. Indonesia has so much to offer with its rich history, mosaic of cultures, and delicious culinary treats contributing to the energy and optimism that illustrates the potential of the country in the 21st century. We feel very fortunate to be members of the JIS community and our host nation.

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Sinta Sirait

Chief Financial & Operations Officer 

I am a third-culture kid like many of the students at JIS as I have an Indonesian father and a German mother. I received my Bachelor’s degree in math and sciences from University of Indonesia and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration - Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver, USA.  My passion in education started during my 16 years with Freeport Indonesia. One of my responsibilities was to lead the transformation of a school (for around 900 children of Freeport’s employees in Papua), from having a national-based curriculum to a school with a National Plus standard and then to an IBO world school.  This is why I am very excited to be part of the JIS family and to contribute some of my experience as part of the school’s culture of continuous learning.


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Christina Devitt

Technology Advisor

A series of unexpected twists and turns took me from music to computer science to philosophy, but looking back, all roads did seem to point to a career in education. I've worked in college admissions, and taught a range of students from elementary to university in a range of subjects from a “Utopia and Dystopia" to Web Design to Math to AP Computer Science. It might sound cliché, but learning really is my passion. And while I enjoy learning from the pages of a book or the pixels of a browser, my favorite learning space is wherever I find myself lost in engaging conversation with others. Fortunately, JIS has those "spaces" in abundance, and I am constantly learning from the curious minds and generous spirits that make up the extraordinary JIS community.

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Chris McCann

Risk Management Advisor 

After 11 years as an officer in the Australian Army, I decided to wander the world as a scuba diving instructor. Eventually, I found myself in the security and risk management industry and had amazing experiences working in Asia, Middle East and Africa. I especially enjoyed working for the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF as a security advisor in emergency humanitarian missions. I have been working in Indonesia for seven of the last 13 years, from Aceh in the west to Papua in the east. Prior to JIS, I was the security advisor for the World Bank in Indonesia. I am married to a wonderful Indonesian lady and we have two young boys. My passions in life are my family, friends, reading, old movies, chess, sunrises and outdoor activities.

 

Robert Giannella

Facilities Development Advisor 

I guess it was destiny that led me to Indonesia: It was love at first sight in Singapore where I met my wife, who happens to be Chinese-Indonesian. We were married in Bali and after returning to Indonesia, we were blessed with a miracle son. I have an extensive career span of over 27 years in the property / facilities industry, including nearly 8 years working and living internationally within Southeast Asia and predominantly in emerging markets, managing large multiple complex sites with expertise in facilities / project management as well as contract works for various government and private sector businesses. Hoping to complement the current JIS community, my challenge will be to create a strong service philosophy and culture by ensuring a consultative approach with everyone in the team, while developing and building strong relationships with a range of different customers towards resolving the particular issues that need addressing. The few years that I have lived and worked in Southeast Asia have been the most rewarding and life-changing in ways I would never have imagined. We feel truly fortunate that I now have such an opportunity to work at Jakarta Intercultural School and no matter what happens in the future, I can honestly say that Indonesia will be part of me forever.

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