Board of Trustees
The American School of Dubai Board of Trustees is a group of dedicated volunteer members of the ASD community. The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic oversight of the American School of Dubai. Their combined talents are focused to support the school’s mission and ensure the fiscal sustainability of ASD. The Trustees work closely and in conjunction with Superintendent, Dr. Brent Mutsch.
He is the Managing Director and owner of IDBC Consultancy DMCC Ltd., a services company that incubates and develops companies, markets and projects. Experience includes transport and oilfield camp services, regional fuel and pipeline projects, freight trucking operations and FMCG marketing. As a Certified Public Accountant, Phil focused on finance and accounting roles early in his career and has served as GM Regional Marketing, GM Regional Business Development, GM Manufacturing and Terminals, Director Finance and Commercial and Managing Director.
Phil has served on the American School of Dubai Board of Trustees since 2005 and as Chairman since 2011. In addition, he has served on the boards of a number of public organizations including the American Business Council (VP Finance, Exec VP and President) and private companies. He earned his BBA from the University of Oklahoma in 1975 and his MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1992. He is married to Jancy, and has two sons Nash, Braden. In his spare time he plays golf, coaches baseball and occasionally acts as auctioneer at charitable events.
A native of Montreal, Dave has been with CAE In since 1985, soon after he graduated from McGill University with a BA in History. His career at CAE has focused primarily on sales, business development and management and is now Vice President, Middle Easy and India - Civil. Dave moved to Dubai in 2002 after being appointed as Managing Director of the start up Emirates-CAE Flight Training Joint Venture by then CAE CEO Derek Burney. He moved back to CAE in 2008 to spearhead new business and marketing efforts in the GCC and MENA regions.
Dave is the former Chairman of the Canadian Business Council, Dubai and is active in children's and men's ice hockey. He has also chaired the Dubai Terry Fox Run and pioneered the Canada Week events in Dubai over the last several years which have featured Canadian art, music and sports. Dave lives in Dubai with his wife Vivian and children Connor and Jasmine, who both attend ASD.
Mr. Kent Cooper was appointed to the ASD Board of Trustees in September 2013. Mr. Cooper is Chief Marketing Officer for Warwick International Hotels overseeing Middle East, Africa and India and based in Dubai. Mr. Cooper completed his BS in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University. He has lived in Dubai for the past 14 years with his wife Barbara and their two children Maxwell and MacKenzie who both attend ASD.
Mr. Sinokrot is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of GCC Services, one of the Middle East’s fastest growing providers of facility management. Rashad has also been active as a board member in various nonprofits across the Gulf.
Sinokrot has restructured and spearheaded the growth of GCC Services, to a wholly integrated remote site and facility management services company that operates in Kuwait, Iraq, UAE, Libya, Uganda, Sudan, Mali, Cyprus, France, Indonesia and Australia. GCC Services is active in promoting Corporate Social Responsibility in local communities and was awarded the Golden Award of Excellence in CSR from the Arab Organization for Social Responsibility.
Rashad obtained his BA from Tufts University, is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. UAE has been home for the Sinokrots since 2008. Rashad, his wife Razan and son Rashid who attends ASD, enjoy living in Dubai. Being a Canadian of Arab origin, Rashad speaks English, Arabic and French and his hobbies include reading, beach volleyball and exercising.
Paul R. Malik is the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman from May 2013 to August 2015. Mr. Malik is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, having served for 23 years in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.
Most recently, Mr. Malik was the Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to his posting in Beirut, he was the Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, from 2009-2012. Mr. Malik also headed Turkish Affairs at the State Department’s Office of Southeastern Europe from 2006-2008.
Prior to working on Turkish Affairs, Mr. Malik was the Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs, where he participated in the World Trade Organization Doha Round negotiations with the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Much of Mr. Malik’s diplomatic career has been in or associated with the Middle East and North Africa, having also served in Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia, as well as having worked on Egyptian Affairs in Washington. He also enjoyed a tour in Ireland.
Mr. Malik holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, and pursued graduate studies at Georgetown University. He speaks, to varying degrees of fluency, Arabic, French, and Greek. Mr. Malik is an avid scuba diver and collector of ancient Greek and Roman coins.
Mr. Malik is a non-voting member of the American School of Dubai Board of Trustees.
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