Ian Thurston

Principal DIA Emirates Hills

Ian is a school Principal with a demonstrated history of outstanding leadership in education. An Economics graduate of the University of Sheffield, UK, and NPQH from UCL, he began teaching Secondary Mathematics in 2003, has been living in Dubai since 2007 and working in leadership positions since 2014, including Deputy Head (Pastoral & KS5), Head of Secondary and now Principal (KG-13). He is passionate about wellbeing and enjoys developing those around him. Vastly knowledgeable about IB education and global university placements, Ian has shared this experience at conferences for the IB and UCAS. Ian is a father of two and he believes in positivity, leading a fun-filled life, enjoying camping and triathlons.

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