Davina McCarthy - Executive Principal
Davina McCarthy joined AIS in 2020 as Executive Principal. Ms McCarthy has extensive experience in international education and joined AIS following her Headship at a very successful school in Kuala Lumpur and was a finalist in the Times Education International School of the Year Award in 2019.
Previously, she was a Deputy Project Director for a large educational development initiative in the United Arab Emirates as well as Head of Primary and Acting-Principal at an international school in Kuwait. Davina began her career in the United Kingdom and worked for sixteen years across several schools in London, with a focus on teacher training and Gifted education. Davina is also a qualified teacher trainer for Cambridge Education and, previously, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.
In Malaysia, she also worked closely with Apple Education. Davina holds the UK NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) and a degree in English from University College London. She has presented at several education conferences and networks extensively with other school communities.
Davina is passionate about academic excellence and opportunities for students and ensuring they are prepared to take their place in a rapidly evolving global context. She also believes strongly that colleagues across the curriculum receive the best training and professional development possible.
Davina places great value on working with the school and wider community and is determined to foster a first-class international school education without losing sight of local culture and traditions.