COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE ELECTIONS
Brief Statements of Interest
My strongest motivation to serve on the CAC Board of Trustees is to take an active part in the development of CAC. I would be happy to share my expertise and experience and support the board in order to further guarantee an inspiring learning and teaching environment for students and teachers.
In my previous position I was a team and project leader of Environmental Due Diligences in a consultancy company in Switzerland. We assessed the environmental cost risk related to properties in national and international Real Estate and Mergers and Acquisitions transactions. Within these mandates we also analyzed Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) related issues for our clients.
In my senior role I was responsible for acquisition and project management including budget control, meeting the deadlines, leading the team, negotiating with local authorities as well as discussing the findings with the clients and the opposite party. In my role I was also involved in the senior management’s decision making and a member of the extended leadership team.
While studying for my Master degree in Environmental Sciences I was a student representative of the Teaching Commission, an advisory body of the Executive Board of the Technical University in Zurich. Furthermore I gained insights into the function and administration of international Schools during our time in Dubai (2014-2016). I worked there as an assistant teacher for German in the opening period of the Nord Anglia School (NAS). At CAC I currently support the elementary school as a room mom since we joined the school roughly a year ago.
I would gladly dedicate my knowledge, skills and commitment to the board in order to contribute to a sustainable and motivating environment at CAC.
Banashek, Sarah M.
I respectfully submit my application to serve on the CAC Board of Trustees with great passion and enthusiasm. This is my first year in Egypt and I have two elementary school students (KG and Grade 2); my youngest will be joining CAC in 2018.
I am motivated to serve on the CAC Board for many reasons. In addition to being an active parent in my own children’s education, I would also like to offer my academic background and professional expertise to help create the best educational environment for all children at CAC.
I have worked in the education sector for the past 20 years, initially as a classroom teacher, and more recently at the policy level helping to design long range strategic plans to improve education systems at the national level. Moreover, my experience crisscrosses many countries and socioeconomic environments, including teaching in secondary schools in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa, earning a Master’s Degree in International Education Policy, and developing and implementing education policies alongside Ministries of Education in West and Southern Africa, and now Egypt. Just as importantly, I have experience in bringing together multi-sector partners and voices from across diverse populations to promote safe, healthy, and dynamic education environments.
Being new to CAC and to Egypt, I have fresh eyes and can offer valuable insights to the issues facing the Board. If elected, I will bring a deep commitment and professionalism as the Board continues the work of building a vibrant and effective community for CAC families. I would be honored to contribute to that work.
As the general trends of diminishing school population due to economic and political factors increase, the role of the board will be more critical than even in the coming few years. There lies an important challenge to the board to navigate through this period with carefully crafted strategy, strong financial planning, long term vision that mitigates volatility and risks and finally re-defined systems and procedures to ensure organizational excellence.
Additionally, CAC needs to continue to fulfill and deliver, to its community and students, the upgrades and developments they need to live the educational, athletic and social experience they aspire to.
Finally, there are great opportunities to improve the brand of CAC among international organizations and multinational companies operating in Egypt. CAC should regain its status as the international school of choice in Egypt. The keys to achieve this is through strong targeted marketing and communications as well as reaching higher levels of branding within the existing Ex-patriate community.
Hence, I am honored to present my candidacy for membership to the CAC board of trustees as community representative.
I chose to volunteer and invest time in this role because I strongly believe in the capability of CAC to establish and maintain its position as a leader of international schools in Egypt and the region.
I would like to add the the existing dedicated board of trustees some different elements of experience particularly in strategy formulation, financial planning, marketing & communications as well as expanded organizational networks.
I have accumulated experience over the past 20 years as CEO of Chemipharm Group, a regional pharmaceutical & consumer Goods company as well as board membership of over 15 companies in Egypt, Morocco, UAE, Luxembourg & UK.
Most importantly, my motive to take on this mission stems from being a father of a Grade 3 student: “Jimmy”.
I think of CAC ten years from now and how proud I would like Jimmy and his young friends need to be on their graduation day for having spent the most important years of their development there. That thought drives me to do everything I can to make support CAC into being a power step for them into the best college placement and future careers.
My family and I are thrilled to be back in Cairo after a four year hiatus. We have enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones this year. I have two CAC children, one in the Elementary School and one in the Middle School. Egypt and CAC have both changed greatly in the last five years, and if elected as a Community Representative of the CAC Parents, I hope to use my executive experience to position CAC to change with the times as Egypt moves forward.
My inspiration to serve on the Board of Trustees is my kids and their friends at CAC. They deserve the best education we can give them. We need to ensure the strategic progress of CAC while not losing focus on our current situation. Over the next two years, we will need to make significant changes that will not only impact our kids’ education at CAC, but will reshape the school to continue its mission long after our kids have graduated.
As your representative, I will help CAC maintain its status as the elite international school in Egypt and to help the administration focus the school’s efforts on its principal customers – our students and their families. I will be available to discuss parental concerns and will ensure that these inputs are discussed during board sessions. I recognize the concerns over Egypt’s economy and will make informed decisions on all financial outlays due to the current instability.
I have 28 years of service in the US Government, and currently supervise 16 American and Egyptian staff at the US Embassy with a multi-million dollar annual budget. I have served as a principal member of US Embassy Country Teams (the Embassy version of a board of directors) in Egypt and Yemen. My education includes a MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas and post-graduate certificates from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in International Studies and the US Army War College in Strategic Planning. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to representing you as your Community Representative for 2017-2019.
My name is May Oweiss, I joined CAC board in 2015, as a community representative; and I’m keen to continue representing the community on the board for another two-year term.
I am the proud mother of three CAC lifers, Hassan Riad, a junior in high school; Taymour is in middle school (8th grade); and Rawya, who is in Elementary school (2nd grade). Having my children spread across all three schools has given me extensive familiarity with CAC across all the age-groups. Accordingly, my family has a long-term vested interest in CAC’s future; we are planning to remain in CAC until 2027, to see our daughter graduate.
Over the years at CAC, I have had the privilege of playing an integral part in my children’s school life, whether by volunteering as a class mom, reading to the different classes, going on field trips, arranging class parties, organizing moving on ceremonies, and assisting in the organization of CAC MUN, or coordinating the Egyptian booth during the international festival and lastly dedicating myself with the school board.
Professionally, I graduated from AUC, with a BA in psychology; and I currently provide assistance to children with special educational needs. I run a franchise called “Academic Associates,” where I coach children with learning difficulties. I also worked alongside Ain Shams University, developing and delivering training seminars for coaching.
I would like to continue to represent all of the CAC community, on the school board. I have spent the last two years working with other board members, to ensure the completion of the new high school building. Currently, we are thoroughly investigating the new athletic facilities design plans to reflect the standards of our school’s athletics program. In addition, to working on maintaining a responsible budget, while constantly recognizing the community concerns with regards to the raise of the dollar and floating of the Egyptian pound.
I am deeply committed to CAC, and feel privileged to have served on the CAC board and looking forward to be able to continue on the school board.