Nadir Zafar

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Real School




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Nadir is an edtech entrepreneur committed to providing affordable and accessible real-world education for all. That is why he started Real School, so that you can learn first-hand from business practitioners and leaders.

In his most recent corporate role, he was Chief Operating Officer at an edtech company in UAE and oversaw the finance, human resources, legal, procurement, and business support departments, also setting up the marketing function at the company. Nadir also spearheaded the company’s expansion into Asia, set up a summer healthcare program, and launched a new schools management company. During his time, the company grew from a startup to one that serves and benefits hundreds of thousands of students.

Nadir’s leadership experience spans over 20 years from his time as founding Captain of his Junior College Cricket team. Prior to Alef Education, he was Director of Corporate Development at GEMS Education, leading admissions and marketing for their Singapore school, and before that, was on the senior leadership team at GEMS in the UAE, reporting directly to the Group CEO. Nadir’s previous experience has seen him work closely with and learn from formidable leaders including the CEO of one of the largest shipping companies in the world and the CEO of one of the Middle East region’s largest media companies. Nadir has worked in UAE, India, Thailand, and Singapore.

Nadir graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) from the pioneer batch of the Singapore Management University and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He is currently doing his Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation at the New York University. His leadership experience includes serving on the Board of a London-listed global education company, President of the Singapore Business Council in UAE and alumni leader for both his alma maters.

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