King’s Academy appoints six new board members

Six new members have been appointed to the King’s Academy Board of Trustees, including the first King’s Academy alumnus. The new appointees include Managing Partner at The Family Office Hani Abuali, Senior Member of Technical Staff at Oracle and King’s alumnus Noor Eddin Amer ’12, MENA Markets Leader at Ernst & Young (EY) Bishr Baker, Head of School at College Preparatory School in Oakland Monique DeVane, Founder of Foundation Global Education Daniel Szeto, and independent marketing and management professional and former IBM executive Linda Whitton.

Hani Abuali
Abuali has a close connection to King’s, as all three of his children have attended the Academy. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Abuali has over 28 years of experience in investment and finance in the US and Asia. He is a managing partner at The Family Office (TFO), a multi-family office and global investment manager, and is a member of TFO’s Investment and Executive Committees.

Noor Eddin Amer
Born and raised in Sahab, Jordan, Amer attended the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) at King’s prior to enrolling as a student in 2008. After graduating with the King Abdullah II award in 2012, Amer enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), completing a Bachelor’s degree in computer software engineering and a Master’s in computer science. He works as a senior member of the technical staff at Oracle in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Amer is the first King’s alumnus to be appointed to the board of trustees.

Bishr Baker
As a MENA markets leader at EY, Baker oversees the 21 EY offices operating in the 16 countries across the region. Since 2011, Baker has sponsored the global Entrepreneur of the Year program in Jordan, celebrating leading local entrepreneurs and fostering future entrepreneurial trailblazers. Baker holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from the University of Bristol.

Monique DeVane
DeVane has dedicated her professional life to education. In 2011, she took over as Head of School at College Preparatory School in Oakland, California after working in admissions at Brown University and later as a college and guidance counselor. She serves on the board of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). DeVane holds a Bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from Brown University, and a Master’s in positive organizational development and change from Case Western University.

Daniel Szeto
Born in Hong Kong, Szeto attended the Webb Schools, an independent boarding school in California, which instilled in him the importance of globalized boarding schools. Szeto completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering at Cornell University, and worked in management consulting and financial services for 10 years before realizing that education was his true calling. In 2001, Szeto founded the Foundation Global Education, the largest educational consultancy in Asia. Szeto’s daughter is a senior at King’s.

Linda Whitton
The daughter of an American foreign service officer, Whitton spent the first two years of her life in Amman. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in history from Middlebury College, Whitton pursued a career in business and marketing with IBM before co-founding a consulting firm to assist companies in supporting their female executives. Whitton is or has served as a trustee or director at a number of non-profit and educational institutions, including Middlebury College and Deerfield Academy.

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