Meet AISB's 2016-17 School Board Trustees

Board Chair: Johan Andersson

Nationality: Swedish

Brief Biography

Our family arrived in Bamako from Sweden in January 2016 so we are new to both the country and the AISB community. My wife works for the Swedish Embassy and we will be here for at least two more years. We have two sons (4 and 8 years old) who both attend AISB.  

For the moment I’m not working but I have 15 years experience as a project manager and business developer for different governmental agencies in Sweden. During these 15 years I’ve lead several projects (both small and large ones) with the aim to streamline operations through process- and IT-development. I have also worked with policy development for different IT- and business development departments.


Board Vice Chair: Marie-Claude Legault

Nationality: Canadian

Brief Biography

Born in Montreal, I hold a Master’s degree in Human Relations Psychology, with a specialization in Organizational Development and Training, and have over 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management of Economy and Finance of Mali), as a Human Resources and Change Management Expert.

My family and I are settled in Bamako since August 2014 for a three-year mandate. I am the mother of 4 children, three are studying in grade 11 at AISB. Since the moment that our children started school, I always have been involved on school boards from the elementary school to high school. I also believe in community involvement and I have taken all opportunities to contribute to mine as a committed citizen, through different initiatives.


Board Secretary: Julien Bouzon

Nationality: French

Brief Biography

I grew up in France and graduated in political science. I also possess two Master's degrees in European affairs and economics. My studies took me to Paris, but also Austria (Vienna), Poland (Warsaw) and the USA (Brown University - Rhode Island). I now work as a team leader in governance and economics for the Delegation of the European Union in Bamako. Before coming here in early September 2016, I spent 3 years in Burundi and 5 years in Kenya in the same capacity. I am the proud father of 3 boys, namely Paul (2 months), George (3 years) and Bastian (7 years). Both George and Bastian go to AISB.


Board Treasurer: Wouter Dobbelaar

Nationality: Dutch

Brief Biography

I have a Master's degree in Business Administration and Strategic Management from the Erasmus University (Rotterdam, Singapore) and did my executive management program at the Essec Business School (Paris). I started my working career in 2000 at Philips Electronics where I held positions in Corporate Strategy, Quality and Business Control. In 2005, I joined Essent Energy, where I was responsible for all the staff departments. The training and development department for all our employees was part of this scope. It clearly taught me that learning is an ongoing and never ending process, but you need to guide and support it in order to gain the real benefits.

In 2008, I started my own consulting firm Lijn2. With the company we supply consultancy and interim management solutions on senior management and executive level. You quickly realize the power of continuous learning since there are no company programs anymore. Learning and development of our staff is a constant subject on the company’s agenda. Beside my work for the company, I joined SEME Distribution here in Mali, which is the exclusive distributor for Bavaria beer.


Member at Large: Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu

Nationality: Ethiopian

Brief Biography

My name is Birhanu Zemadim Birhanu, Scientist, Land and Water Management specialist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and previously a Postdoctoral research fellow at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). I am a PhD and MSc holder in Water Resources Engineering, and BSc holder in Civil Engineering. Currently I am based in Bamako, Mali living with my wife Lemlem B. Habte, and three of our children who are attending AISB. Previously I lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Ethiopia and in the UK for study and work related matters.


Member at Large: Yaya Yattassaye 

Nationality: Malian

Brief Biography

I was born and raised in Mali. After getting my degree in management at the Polytechnic of Namibia in 2004, I developed my sense of entrepreneurship and have been self-employed since.  In Mali I work in the mining and construction sectors. I speak five languages (French, English, Portuguese, Bambara, Peulh). I decided to move back to Mali after 15 years abroad, and seeing the importance of English in the world, I opted to give my son the opportunity to go to school in English.


US Embassy Representative (Non-voting): Andrew Wiener

Nationality: American

Brief Biography
Andrew Wiener is a career member of the senior Foreign Service of the United States of America and a retired colonel in the US Army Reserves. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy and Army War College. Andrew has served on numerous community service boards during his career, that includes service in Germany, Belgium, Iraq, Greece, Russia, and Australia. He is married to Ioanna Toytziari and he his two children, Maria and Dimitri, who are lieutenants in the US Coast Guard.



AISB Director (Non-voting): Brad Waugh

Nationality: Canadian

Brief Biography
Brad Waugh is a native of Vancouver, Canada and came to Mali as the Director of AISB in July 2015. His work as an educator began in Canada and, since 2001, has taken him to Bolivia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal. He is a passionate teacher of mathematics, physical sciences and Theory of Knowledge, and has taught students from grade 8 through post-secondary. His previous work in school administration has included posts as a secondary school principal, whole school principal and deputy director. Brad enjoys bringing students, teachers and parents together to develop dynamic, student-centered learning communities. He and Renée Comesotti have two daughters, Ceilidhe and Kieran, both graduates of international schools and confirmed third-culture (adult) kids.