Advisory Board

DIA is a privately owned school. All decisions to do with the growth of DIA, high level curriculum and administrative related matters, faculty retention, strategic planning and expectations are decided upon by the Board of Directors. In order to ensure this is an inclusive process and to ensure that all stakeholders within the DIA Learning Community are represented the following members belong to the DIA Advisory Board, which reports to the Board of Directors. 

Nadeem Juma - Chairman
Nadeem Juma - Chairman

Nadeem is a serial entrepreneur dedicated to economic and social development. While in university he developed a keen interest in issues related to youth and private sector involvement in Africa’s development and has since focused on projects that add value to the continent and drive new sectors. Nadeem is the co-founder and Chairman of Dar-es-Salaam International Academy started with the primary goal of providing quality education to the emerging middle class.

 

Knowledge based activities are where he thrives, he is also the co-founder and Chairman of E-Fulusi Africa, an R&D company that developed and deployed the first mobile banking platform in Tanzania; and co-founder and Chairman of AIM Group, the first New Media and Digital Products Agency. In addition, Nadeem serves on the boards of various organizations at the cutting edge of technology and service delivery in Africa.

Ms. Kristina Bennett - Head of School
Ms. Kristina Bennett - Head of School

Kristina Bennett was born in Berlin and has been working at Dar es Salaam International Academy since 2012. She moved to the United States; attended and graduated from the Atlanta International School, which implemented the International Baccalaureate Program.  She then went to the University of London to pursue her teaching degree.

 

In 2002 she moved to Tanzania for a year and fell in love. She returned to Berlin and worked at an international school from 2003 – 2007, and then returned to Tanzania to help setup a school in Mwanza and became the Director of Education for the orphanage school based out of Mwanza. 

Natasha Haque - MYP Coordinator
Natasha Haque - MYP Coordinator

Natasha Haque qualified as a Humanities teacher in the UK in 2000 and has spent the last 16 years teaching in Tanzania, the UAE, Bahrain and the UK across both British and IB curriculum schools.

She is a passionate teacher who is also a life-long learner. In 2015 she completed her second Masters Degree and earned the IB Advanced Certificate in teaching and learning research for work done on Service Learning.

 

Natasha’s other areas of interest include international mindedness and assessment for learning. Being an international nomad herself Natasha’s believes that "the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but seeing with new eyes" (Marcel Proust.).

Natasha is mother to three lively boys and her perspectives on education, is constantly evolving with experiences as a student, teacher and parent.