Prior to founding Kindi Education, James worked in the international education sector for six years. For three years he taught English to children and adults in the UK, Africa and Saudi Arabia. He then worked as a Site Director for eighteen months developing and managing English language programs for the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). Subsequently, he took on a two-year senior leadership role acting as the Board Representative for a major charitable foundation in Riyadh setting up a forward-thinking K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) school.
After returning to the UK in 2017 and embarking on postgraduate study, James actively began to reflect on his own learning as a mature student and on the approaches to education that he had encountered when working abroad. The idea for Kindi Education was born out of James’ belief that the best educators in life always encourage their students to challenge themselves, as well as respectfully challenge others. Kindi Education’s short courses will therefore encourage students to learn from themselves and from their peers, just as much as they learn from their teachers. James is confident that, through nurturing genuine curiosity and open-mindedness in the classroom, Kindi Education can challenge its students’ preconceptions, break down stereotypes and foster cross-cultural understanding.
James holds a BA from the University of London, a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and an MA in Security Studies from Coventry University. In his free time, James enjoys learning languages, traveling, playing squash and reading about current- affairs. He loves living in Birmingham – a city proud of its diversity that has become an important hub for further education, business and culture.