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Our Team

We are proud of our team at Bon Education, where each individual is committed to making the world a better place through high impact programs.

Passionate, Mission Driven Changemakers

We are a team of learning designers, program managers, coaches, consultants, writers, philosophers, artists and administrators. Our team has a diversity of experience designing and delivering learning programs, content and engagement initiatives for organizations across the Middle East, North America and Asia.

Anna Batchelder, CEO & Co-Founder

Anna is passionate about using experiential learning and technology to promote youth development, cross-cultural understanding and workforce readiness. She has lived and worked in the UAE for 15 years and has led education program development, product development and professional development initiatives for organizations across the Middle East, North America and Asia for nearly 20 years. Anna holds an MA in International and Comparative Education from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary, with additional studies at the Columbia Business School, Oxford University and The Coaches Training Institute. Anna currently serves as a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the American University of Sharjah. She is former Learning Chair of the Entrepreneur Organization Accelerator Program in Dubai. She is a mother of three, yogi, entrepreneur, wife, CPCC (certified professional co-active coach) and lover of travel and learning.

Christopher Batchelder, Chief Creative Officer

Christopher is a creative ideator, designer and learning experience curator. He draws from a vast collection of diverse interests to find inspiration for his learning and education designs. He has lived and worked in the Middle East for 20 years and has led creative multidisciplinary teams in the UAE to develop experiential maker/DIY programs, STEM programs, cyber defense and computer learning workshops, entrepreneurship programming, online virtual learning modules, hands­-on leadership and coaching programs, to name a few. Christopher holds a professional certification in coaching from The Coaches Training Institute. He studied Ancient Greek Classics at Northwestern, receiving his BA from the Weinberg College of Arts and Science, with additional studies through IDEO U. Before working in education, Chris was a potter at the Greenwich House Pottery in New York City. He has worked and lived across the Middle East, Asia and North America and is a dedicated, life-long multiculturalist and art lover.

Vanessa Rodbard, Partnerships Director

Vanessa has spent most of her life living and working overseas, including Asia (8 years), Europe (2 years) and the Middle East (14 years). This has influenced her work, which ranges from arts and culture organizations, creative agencies, media and events companies. For the past three years, Vanessa has been a commercial and project management consultant, working in the arts and culture, entrepreneurship and education sectors. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Vanessa holds a BA in Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a mother of two, and in her free time, Vanessa enjoys travel, the outdoors, sports, cooking and entertaining.

Aysha Almansoori, Recruitment & Engagement Coordinator

Aysha Almansoori is an Emirati national born and raised in the UAE, who holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from Zayed University. Aysha is passionate about enhancing opportunities and making a positive impact in her community. Her interest in internship programs began at Zayed University, where she served as an Internship Officer Assistant. Aysha is excited to embark on a new journey with Bon Education, where she will contribute as a Recruitment & Engagement Coordinator and Admin Assistant. Away from work, Aysha’s hobbies include art and graphic design.

Danna Herradura, Program Operations Manager

Danna’s interest in organizing programs and creating experiences started when she worked as a backstage assistant and stage manager for various theatre shows in her university years. Her passion for empowering and enriching lives through the creation of heart-centered projects led her to pursue a career in a start-up company that aims to enable anyone, including those without bank accounts, to easily access financial services in the Philippines. Her experience varies from spearheading fundraisers for nonprofits, hackathons for start-ups, tours and shows for multinational companies to camps and workshops for schools and government organizations. She has coordinated multiple trainings, workshops and long-term educational programs for clients across the country. Danna holds a BA in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines and a minor in Theatre Arts.

Riham Alhamdan, Program Operations Manager

Riham has experience in education, administration, operations management and creative problem solving. Riham’s passion for education and learning began when she established a tutoring program in her high school for her fellow peers. Her desire to impact and support others led her to continue her journey in the education field. Riham was born in the UAE and has lived there for 18 years; she also lived in Cyprus for six years. Riham worked as an assistant to a professor in the business faculty for five years and worked for one year in a university admissions office. Riham, who is Syrian, is bilingual (English, Arabic) and holds a BSc in Banking and Finance and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Girne American University, Cyprus.

David Cornwell, Senior Learning Designer

David is a writer and teacher who has lived and worked on the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. David has a strong background in the arts (he is a published novelist, a musician and a film producer), but he is equally at home in the classroom, having taught in high schools, universities and language centres in his home country of South Africa and abroad. David draws inspiration from emerging trends in education such as the gamification of learning. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinctions in English and Philosophy from Rhodes University, as well as a Master of Arts with distinction from the University of Cape Town, where his thesis supervisor was Damon Galgut (winner of the 2021 Booker Prize).

Pam Lansdell, Content & Design Production Manager

Pam is a designer and lecturer who has extensive experience in the creative and academic industries. Pam has a passion for solving design problems through creative thinking principles. After working in the industry for 25 years, she moved into lecturing graphic design, where she was able to impact the young creative minds of the future. Her belief is that through co-design and inclusive thinking, a more accessible future can be achieved for all. Pam holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Graphic Design from Vega School, South Africa. Pam sees herself as a lifelong learner with a thirst for research and continuous development. She is a mother of two, a wife and has a love of natural horsemanship, equine theatre and travelling to lesser-known, off-the-beaten track destinations.

Yousra Diab, Senior Program Manager (Employability)

Yousra is passionate about impact programs, social entrepreneurship and education. She has led various programs supporting social entrepreneurs to become active agents of positive change and maximize their positive impact on the community including the award-winning C3 Social Impact Accelerator Program in Dubai. She is equally passionate about education, with experience of working on a global platform that aims to be a catalyst in redefining education to ensure a future that is prosperous, sustainable, innovative and accessible to all. Prior to this career shift, she worked in the banking sector for over 10 years, in both conventional and Islamic finance across the Middle East region. Yousra holds a BA from the American University in Cairo with a major in Business Administration and specialization in Finance. She holds an MBA from the same university. In addition, Yousra is a yoga teacher in Dubai, with more than 750 hours of Yoga Teacher Training certification.

Moataz Noor, Program Coordinator

Moataz Noor is passionate about leaving a special mark on the world and being part of making someone’s life better. He has played an active part in several major events, including Team Leader at the 2018 Champions League Final in Ukraine, Science Communicator at LEMA 2019, Workforce Manager at the 2019 Special Olympics and Staffing and Training Coordinator at EXPO 2020 in Dubai. Moataz believes that the secret to success is doing what you love in a healthy work environment. He was born in Egypt but lived in the UAE for many years before studying in Ukraine. He holds a Bachelor of Instrument Engineering from Cherkasy State Technological University.

Marisela Becerra, Program Manager & Director of Brand

Marisela Becerra is a creative visionary and design educator, passionate about crafting exceptional brand experiences with a lasting impact. With 16 years of experience in brand building, strategy, and management, Marisela has led design initiatives at renowned Fortune 100 companies, including L'Oreal, Procter & Gamble, and Kimberly Clark. Marisela has lived and worked in Dubai since 2018. As a Design Educator, Marisela has taught the next generation of Emirati female designers at Zayed University's College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, where she shared her expertise and inspired young minds through various courses in the Graphic Design Program. She is originally from Mexico City and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design from Universidad Iberoamericana, as well as a Master's Degree in Packaging Design from Pratt Institute in NYC. Marisela draws inspiration from vibrant multicultural experiences and constantly pursues curiosity, creativity and the joy of discovery.

Lina Juma, Project and Client Manager

Lina Juma is a dedicated lifelong learner and a personal development advocate. She finds great joy in witnessing the tangible impact of her contributions on the personal growth and development of others. With a strong background in project management, particularly within the education sector, Lina's experience in project management extends from the initial feasibility and design phases for establishing schools to improving operational efficiency and educational quality. Having been born in Japan, raised in Jordan, completing her studies in Canada, and residing in Dubai for the past 11 years, Lina embraces a global perspective and deeply values diverse cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Concordia University in Canada and further augmented her passion for health and nutrition by obtaining a Health Coaching certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Together with her husband, Lina raises two energetic girls and also finds joy in practicing yoga, boxing and taking outdoor walks.

Elizabeth Hider, Project and Client Manager

Elizabeth Hider (Liz) is an experienced program manager and learning designer who is motivated by making a positive impact through successful programs. Liz has worked in the education sector for the past 10 years, having been inspired by her experience of teaching in Thailand. Since then, she has worked in a number of program management roles, including designing and managing CPD programs for school leadership across the UK, working for the alumni office and outreach teams at Imperial College London and designing and managing creative STEM and careers programs for clients as part of an educational consultancy. Liz is passionate about the power of experiential learning and creative programming to equip learners with key skills, such as problem solving and resilience for future success. She holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Nottingham. Liz loves to be active and enjoys cycling, traveling and cooking for friends.

Ntokozo Nxumalo, Marketing and Communications Manager

Ntokozo Nxumalo is a marketing manager with over a decade of diverse experience in the fields of finance, education and advertising. He is deeply passionate about increasing accessibility and using education as a tool for change and impact. With a background in Accounting, Ntokozo holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Advertising Communications with distinction from Red & Yellow Creative School of Business in Cape Town, where he was honored with the 2017 John Cooney Magic Maker Award for his influential role as a student. He also has UX Design, UX Research and Behavioral Economics certifications. Since 2018, he has been applying his unique mix of skills and passion in the education sector, working in both a private college and a preparatory school. Outside his professional life, he enjoys soccer, travel and art. He currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa.

Alaa Elsebaei, Bilingual Admin Assistant

Alaa Elsebaei is passionate about improving people's lives and spreading positivity to make a meaningful impact in the world. Her interest in events and impact programs began during her university years, when she participated as a freelancer in various events, including Expo 2020 Dubai, the Special Olympics and the Asian Football Confederation Cup. Alaa is thrilled to start a new journey with Bon Education, where she will provide bilingual administration assistance in English and Arabic. Alaa, an Egyptian national born and raised in the UAE, graduated with a Bachelors of Pharmacy degree from University of Sharjah.

Samia Hasan, Consultant Coach and Facilitator

Samia works with Bon Education as a Consultant Coach and Facilitator. She is also Founder of Unwind the Grind, a career development platform for Millennials/Gen Z. She blends her 16 years of leadership, career coaching and marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies globally to help young adults transition to purposeful, thriving careers. She has lived and worked in the UAE for 25 years.

Kelly Eide, Consultant Coach and Facilitator

Kelly works with Bon Education as a Consultant Coach and Facilitator. She is also Founder of True Leadership Equus Coaching. Kelly is a Master Certified Equus Facilitator and Executive Coach, blending the experience of a 20-year corporate strategy career with numerous youth development projects for clients such as ADEK (Culture, Heritage, Science Camps), the UAE Ministry of Tolerance, Dubai Business Associates and more. Kelly holds an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and she is a Martha Beck Coach.