Ajyal School Team

The Ajyal School team consists of a group of the best educational ٍStaff who are qualified to lead the educational process while ensuring the achievement of the school's Mission and vision.

We also have the best administrative teams qualified to lead the school within the best international standards to ensure the quality of education for our students.

Mohamad Saad

My name is Mohamad Saad. I joined AJIS MBZ in August 2018 as school principal. My journey in education started in 1988 when I first taught English language to grade 5 in Beirut. Since then, I’ve been in the education sector for more than 30 years, both as a teacher and senior administrator.

My last 14 years have been in senior management: program manager/interim campus director, business manager, and principal in international schools, local schools with international programs, government body, and higher education institute. I believe in having strong teams within the school as the key to building a successful school; teams that have the same commitments to excellence, success, and achievement.

In this regard, I’m lucky to have such a great leadership team at AJIS. I hold a BA (Ed) in English language and literature teaching, Lebanese University 1992 and a PGD in Finance and Accounting, University of Liverpool 2012. I hold an MBA in (Educational) Leadership, University of Northampton 2016 (with distinction).

Manal Azouqa
Vice Principal & Head of Secondary

My name is Manal Azouqa and I am delighted to be your head of secondary at Ajyal international School.

My professional teaching endeavors in the education field began in 1989. I consider my professional experience to be well rounded from a teacher of IGCSE, AS, A-level and Advance placement (AP) to head of business studies and economics. In my twenty seven years teaching experience prior to coming to Ajyal school I spent the last fifteen years as the regional head of Business Studies and Economics in one of the UAE’s leading schools. In addition to serving as assistant principal over the course of the last year in Ajyal international school.

I now proudly serve as secondary principal in addition to; Economic, Business and Accounting head of Department at Ajyal international school, where I hope to continue to make a positive impact in students’ academic achievements and attainment to a lifelong love for learning.

I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures and keeping up with economic events globally.


Helen O’Connor
Head of Primary

Educated at Sisters of Mercy Secondary School, Helen then completed a BA in Montessori Education at St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland, Cork. Her passion for teaching English as a Second Language was ignited after 3 years of teaching in the UAE, and she completed her CELTA in University College Cork. After many years of teaching at both Primary and Tertiary Level she gained her PGCE and Master Degree in Education with Murdoch University in Dubai. Since qualifying, Helen has enjoyed a stellar career: she has excellent experience, from schools in Ireland, the UAE and also teaching at University level in the UAE.

Helen writes: “Teaching has introduced me to some of the most amazing people I have ever met. I have gotten to know students of different nationalities, abilities, race, creed & through their diversity I have come to know & understand more about who and how I should be as a teacher”.

I have lived in the UAE for 20 years. I met my husband, Ahmed here shortly after I arrived & we have been together ever since. We live in Abu Dhabi city with our dog Setanta. I have enjoyed living in Abu Dhabi so much that I convinced my siblings to move here too with their families. We spend lots of family time together enjoying the various activities around UAE. My parents also visit twice a year. I look forward to my time in Ajyal International School- MBZ helping & supporting our wonderful students to become confident, independent learners. I am eager to be a part of the school’s journey towards being an outstanding provider of high quality learning for families in Abu Dhabi.

Ben Kehoe
Assistant Head of Primary

Hi my name is Ben Kehoe, I am from Liverpool in the UK. I have been teaching for 15 years, 13 of which have been spent in the UAE, all of which have been teaching students from year 2 – 6.

I have worked as academic coordinator for English, Science and Maths and as year group leader in Year 4 and Year 6. I have been KS2 team leader since November 2015 and look forward to working towards ensuring that all students at AJYAL International School are provided with the best possible learning experience.

The only things I love more than teaching are my family, ice-cream and Liverpool Football Club.