Elias Kareem

Development Director – Middle East

Born in the United Kingdom Elias relocated with his family back to Nigeria when he turned seven. He spent his primary and secondary years in Nigeria before returning to the United Kingdom at the age of sixteen. He completed his higher education at the University of Manchester where he attained a BSc (Hons) degree in Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying.  Upon graduation, he secured a job as a graduate surveyor for a quantity surveying firm, but soon realised he wanted more and thus began the gradual move into project management. After seven years in the United Kingdom, he took on an opportunity to work overseas and relocated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2008.  He worked on several prestigious projects in the UAE, however, the one that stood  out of the list was the  New York University Abu Dhabi campus. Elias found  the ability to create something that would impact generations to come very  humbling and rewarding at the same time. The experience channelled his focus to work on more educational projects. Elias is passionate about creating spaces that are modern, vibrant and safe for children and provide the school team the right environment that enable Amazing Learning.

Elias enjoys playing basketball, reading, jet-skiing, meeting new people and spending quality time with his daughters.

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