Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi

Dr. Darran Specter PhD, CFA, MEng, ACGI


Dr. Specter is a British national and has lived with his wife and three children in Abu Dhabi for five years, working as a Senior Investment Manager. Previously, he lived and worked in London for institutional investors such as the pension fiduciary manager Cardano and a Hedge Fund boutique within Schroders, where he specialized in investment due diligence, portfolio management, quantitative analysis and risk management. Dr. Specter is a holder of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation and has his PhD and MEng from Imperial College London in Electrical Engineering. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family.

Basak Yuksel Balakrishnan

Basak Yuksel Balakrishnan is a graduate of the Bachelors of Architecture program from the Middle East Technical University of Ankara, Turkey. She acquired her postgraduate Masters of Science in Interior Design from Pratt institute, New York City, USA. Basak has some 12 years of professional practice experience, most of which has been in New York city based practices like Kohn Pedersen Fox and Pompei AD. Basak's architectural career started with working on large-scale projects like airports with KPF and later on the design of retail environments with Pompei AD. Since moving to the UAE in 2009, she has been involved in various scale commercial projects in the UAE as a consultant designer with PF Emirates Design Consultancy in Abu Dhabi. She has been working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Interior Design at the New York Institute of Technology Abu Dhabi campus since April 2014.

Dina Allaf

Dina Allaf is a Lebanese national who graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor degree in business. She was born in Abu Dhabi and lived here all her life. She worked as an Oracle Presales Manager in a leading IT firm in Abu Dhabi for nine (9) years and was responsible for ERP solutions. After which she led an event company for kids for two (2) years. She spent her last working years in an education foundation where she was the Business Manager for the schools and was responsible for all non academic functions. Over the five years she spent at the Pearl she grew very fond of the school and saw all the good things it provides. She care so much about the kids and would love to contribute positivity in any way. She is a mother of 2 wonderful kids which is now in FS1 and year 3 at the Pearl Primary School LLC.

Yousif Alkhoori

Eng. Yousif Ahmed Alkhoori has been a Business Development Advisor for H.E. the Chairman Office in Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge since September 2015. He serves as a Quality, Excellence and Strategy Advisor.  He has been an indispensable asset, leading the organisation to adapt quality and excellence concepts.  
Prior to that, he worked at the Abu Dhabi Municipality after it merged with the Public Works department in 2006. He has managed many challenging projects and has also established the Quality and Corporate Excellence Division at the Abu Dhabi Municipality before moving to ADEK in 2013.

Eng. Alkhoori has been granted several awards and certifications. He was recognised by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed AlMaktoom in April 2009 for becoming a certified member of the Suggestion Systems from IDEAS ARABIA. He has also received the prestigious Employee Involvement Association certification. 

He also became a Member of the Steering Committee for issuing the ISO26000 standard-2010 (Social Responsibility) in the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology. 
Eng. Alkhoori holds a Master Degree in Quality and Excellence Management with distinction from Wollongong University, Australia and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in two areas - Structure and Transportation, from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, United States.

Sadaf Lynes

I am a mother of one son who is in Year 4.  We are originally from London, UK and recently moved to Abu Dhabi after spending a year in Penang, Malaysia.  I have over 20 years’ of experience in Healthcare and research management in the UK and Middle East. I wanted to be a parent governor as I would like to see our children achieving their potential in an environment that fosters creativity, instills confidence and and nurtures intellectual ability. I hope to make a positive contribution in supporting the growth of the school so that the children can learn in an environment that fully supports their needs. 

Sona Agrawal

Sona joined the Governing body as a parent governor at the start of the 2017 -2018 academic year. During her career spanning over a decade, Sona has previously worked for KPMG Corporate Finance and is now working with the Planning Unit of ADNOC Upstream. She has a daughter currently in Year 4 and would like to support the school’s initiative in ensuring that all children reach their full potential.