Principal, International School of Creative Science
Naveed Iqbal takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through schools he heads, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives educational excellence. He is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in strong school leadership knowledge that levers the school.
As a life-long learner Naveed believes academic enhancement is critical to leadership and with this in mind has completed his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nottingham and looking forward to starting the EdD, focusing on attainment and progress in the MENA region in UK Curriculum Schools. He is a UK Head Teacher with the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Naveed studied his PGCE at the University of Hull in Secondary education and his bachelors in Psychology and Management from the University of Bradford.
Respected as a credible voice in decision making, school set ups, and establishing efficient and effective schools which aim to achieve educational excellence overtime, Naveed earns his respect in school leadership through resilience, emotional intelligence and a drive to improve himself and create leaders around him. Currently, as Principal of International School of Creative Science, Nad Al Sheba (Dubai), Naveed oversees the operations, ensuring the school is aligned to the UAE framework, strategically supporting the school in realizing its vision and mission over time.
He led the successful set up of a K-9 school in Qatar which is now procuring a second site to expand into secondary. He is now part of a strong team spearheading major strategic shifts in Education by introducing schools which provide a very unique kind of education which is new to Dubai. Previously, as Assistant Head and CEO of three businesses, Naveed has led business development and academic school improvement at senior posts for 5 years. During this time, he set up a group of small companies through a recession with profits, supported his previous school out of special measures and worked as a consultant, providing support in regeneration of Bradford City Centre which has a £2 billion master plan at the time led by Maud Marshall.
Earlier he rose through the ranks of banking initially working in General Insurance and later in Mortgages for Santander bank. His aim is to be an educational leader with focus on value based leadership and helping to improve education, reduce attrition and provide schooling, which meets international benchmarks and develops students into Global Leaders of learning, life, humanity and faith.