Biography: Kabir Shaikh

Kabir Shaikh was, until 2009, Director of Education for UNRWA/UNESCO which provides education for half a million Palestinian refugee children based in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank. Until 2002, he was Director of Education for Bournemouth Local Education Authority in England, which he set up in 1997.  

For over 40 years, Kabir Shaikh has worked in education in England holding various posts including the Chief Inspector for Education in London.  He was the Chair of the Association for Science Education’s National Working Party on Science for a Multicultural Society.  He has served on several national committees and was the Chair of the Partnership Board for Leicester City Education. He was a Member of the Advisory Forum to the Royal Naval School of Educational Training and Technology.  He also chaired the Steering Group of Local Education Authorities for the provision of science services.  

Kabir Shaikh has extensive international experience and was the Vice President of CASTME.  His work has involved the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO, Development Education and the British Council.  He has contributed to a number of international events on education.   

In 2003 he was awarded a CBE for services to education. In 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from the Open University, UK.

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