Mr. Aaron Jacob believes in future-proofing education while making it relevant, effective and vibrant for the times that are changing. He has formerly been the School Director at HUS International (Hiranandani Upscale School) Chennai. His early career was with development agencies such as UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and Help Age International. He moved into education early on in his career. With an MEd in International School Administration and as a trained psychotherapist, student welfare and wellbeing have been the compass that has guided his educational philosophy.
Mr. Jacob was the first resident counsellor at The Doon School, Dehradun and taught psychology for several years whilst setting up the counselling centre. He has facilitated the IB programme for the past 20 years and also taught the ISC and ICSE curriculums. He was also part of the founding leadership team and the Senior School Principal at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad. He has an extensive background in both day and boarding schools as well as IB continuum schools in India.
His area of interest is pastoral care and the whole school ethos. He has conducted many workshops and training programmes that emphasise on wellbeing and effective pastoral care for the whole school improvement. He has developed training tools and trained teachers in the early intervention process across various schools. He believes in education as being a relational craft, and schools a relational place.
Technology is emerging as the great differentiator, and disruption has become the new norm in various sectors, including education. With his wealth of experience, Mr. Jacob has effortlessly straddled these changes, having worked as a counsellor, a teacher, an institution builder, and a tech innovator in the institutions with which he has been associated with.