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Meet Roy White

11 September 2023

Roy White is the new head of Academy for the Aga Khan Academy Maputo.  

Originally from Canada, Roy's career choices have been inspired by a children's story, "Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney, which encouraged its readers to travel the world and make the most out of life. As an individual who loves challenges, Roy has successfully led four international schools within Asia and Europe, all of which have been accredited for their quality by the Council of International Schools (CIS),which the Academy is a member of. Significantly, Roy has held leadership positions with schools in the English Schools Foundation (ESF) of Hong Kong, a high-achieving network of schools, and started a school from scratch on a restricted budget.  

He joins the Academy in Maputo from Education Consultants & International Student Services in London, United Kingdom, where he served as the director since 2021. In this role, Roy supported students aiming to study at universities in the UK. Additionally, he advised the founders, principals and boards of several schools in Asia and Europe, including the two he led as head of school, and was a consultant for a large group of kindergartens in Singapore and China. 

As the head of Academy, Roy aspires to expand the service learning opportunities for the students, so they can work in collaboration with local communities and government schools – one of the key aims of the Aga Khan Academies. 

"We will set high expectations for ourselves and students as per our motto this year of, ‘Excellence is Expected’, while also developing our students’ and teachers’ leadership skills.”  

Although it’s been a short time since he arrived on campus, one of Roy’s favourite aspects of the Academy is being a part of aholistic community.  

"Along with the wonderful facilities, I am proud to be part of a caring community that believes in the power of education to transform the lives of young people, their families and entire communities,” Roy said. “We have very thoughtful, experienced and passionate teachers who I know will help us to make great progress.”