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. Paul Richards.
Mr. Joe Lebrato was appointed to the ASD Board of Trustees in June 2008. Mr. Lebrato is CEO of Mobile Technology Holdings, a technology company specializing in mobile data tokenization. Mr. Lebrato has held various leadership positions with companies in the U.S., France, and the Middle East and sits on the board of several technology companies. He and his wife Sheila have three children; Ellis, Max, and Sebastien, alumni of ASD. Mr. Lebrato is also active with the Dubai Challengers, a baseball league for children with special needs and Sparkle Malawi, a foundation that helps at-risk, pre-primary children in Malawi.
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.
Kim Kelaita is a CNN International freelance producer and reporter who has called Dubai home for the last 18 years. She and her husband Cliff are the parents of three ASD students in middle and elementary school. Kim Kelaita produces and creates segments for CNN’s weekly business show Marketplace Middle East. Kim is known for producing hard-hitting special reports, including Dubai World debt crisis and for securing exclusive interviews for CNN’s World Business Today. She is a regular contributor to CNN’s Inside the Middle East, CNN International, World Sports and World Business Today from CNN’s Middle East hub in Abu Dhabi. Kim produces news segments on local as well as international events in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait. Before moving to Dubai in 1996, Kim worked as an anchor and reporter in New York City. Kim is also a co-founder of Landmark Properties and founding partner of MENA Properties and Listaproperty.com.
Kim is also a board of trustee at the American School of Dubai since 2015 and is on the steering committee for Women Empowerment Principles in the UAE. The program is a partnership between the UN Global Compact and UN Women.
Kim has proudly called Dubai home for the past 20 years and lives in the Emirate with her husband and three children.
Mr. Sinokrot is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of GCC Services, one of the Middle East’s fastest growing providers of facility management for remote sites. Rashad has also been active as a board member in various profits and 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 Australasia, Africa and the Gulf. 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.
Nikesh (Nicky) Daryani is a Partner and Managing Director at Daryani General Trading (DGT) where he manages his family’s investment portfolio, which includes assets in equities, real estate, private equity, and direct private investments in start-ups in the region. Prior to DGT, Nicky was the Senior Equity Trader for Franklin Templeton Investments (FT) in Dubai for four years. He headed FT’s Dubai Trading Desk and traded for the MENA and Africa regions. Prior to that, Nicky was the Senior Trader and Strategist at Algebra Capital Limited, which was acquired by Franklin Templeton in 2011. He also worked in New York City as a Private Banking Analyst. Nicky has over 17 years of experience in the financial industry. He graduated from London Business School with a Masters in Finance in 2006 and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Duke University in the U.S. in 2000.
Dubai has been home for Nicky for the past 28 years. He was a student of the American School of Dubai (Jumeirah American School) from Grade 6, and graduated from ASD in 1996. He has been active in helping to develop ASD’s alumni programs and is an ASD Legacy family. Nicky and his wife, Dina, have three children, Kian, Nina, and Ayan. Kian and Nina currently attend ASD.
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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