Campus Principal, Sri KDU International School
(Kota Damansara, Malaysia)
George Piacentini has spent over 30 years leading schools around the world. He holds a B.Ed in Primary Education, a Diploma in Religious Education and is a graduate from Glasgow University. He spent two years teaching in Scotland before joining Qatar International School, Doha as classroom teacher, whole school science coordinator and general science teacher for Key Stage 3. He then moved to Sandford International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as Head of Years 5 and 6 and Director of the Summer School. Seeking new adventures he went to work in The British School of Caracas, Venezuela as Head of Junior School. He was then promoted to Head of Primary School at The International School of Moshi then went on to become Elementary Principal at The International School of Singapore. After six years in Southeast Asia, he wanted a further challenge so he joined The International School of Helsinki as Head of Lower School.
After several years he was invited to be Principal of Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent Erbil College in Iraq, a foundation school, offering an IB Programme up to Key Stage 5 then moved to Nigeria to be Principal of The International School of IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture), a school that offered IB, using English National Curriculum standards, in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and English National Curriculum in Key Stage 3.
He is founder and executive director of George Piacentini Consultancy (GPC) focused on supporting School Improvement. GPC has most recently advised a variety of international and national educational organizations in Nigeria, helping them develop a better understanding of how to effectively implement child protection procedures and practices in their organizations. George has also been very involved in the Council of International Schools (CIS) School evaluation and accreditation process, supporting school improvement, by leading teams that have visiting schools all over the world. He has also led joint accreditation and synchronized visits with CIS/New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) / Middle Schools Association (MSA)/ Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). He is currently leading a new CIS online accreditation protocol.
He is certified in International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Center, Miami and London. In addition, he has gained further professional credentials through the International Leadership and Management Programme at Bath University. He is currently a member of the Graduate School at the University of Exeter where he is further developing his passion for Educational Leadership with a focus on teaching and learning in a global context. He has supported the candidacy, authorization and re-authorization of IB programmes in various international schools around the world.
He is passionate about school improvement with a particular focus on a school’s Guiding Statements, Learning, Well-Being and being a Global Citizen.