Board Chair: Johan Andersson
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 one more year. We have two sons (5 and 9 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: Othniel Yila
Othniel Yila has worked in the development field for the last 25 years – with expertise in managing teams, research, monitoring and evaluation of programs including the development of M&E plans, evaluating multi-country large-scale development and humanitarian programmes, including in fragile and post-conflict environments. His expertise has seen him manage exciting and complex projects mainly focused on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, food and nutrition security, peace and conflict management, health and sustainable sanitation.
Until 17 February 2015, Othniel served as Deputy Director and Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Africa Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, he continued as SEI Associate (18 February 2015 – 17 February 2017). Othniel has a multidisciplinary background in social, environmental and natural resources management with a specialty in public policy. He has extensive international experience working in co-operation with a variety of development organizations, academia, national authorities and industry and has held 5 full-time positions in 5 five countries (Nigeria, Thailand, Fiji Islands, Tanzania and Kenya). He has a B.S and M.S. from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria and holds a PhD from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Bangkok, Thailand.
Yila’s youngest son Tim is member of the Class of 2029, daughter Michelle, Class of 2026 and oldest son Obed is in the Class of 2020. His wife Jummai is a Scientist with ICRISAT.
Board Secretary: Julien Bouzon
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 team leader in governance and economics for the Delegation of the European Union in Bamako. Before moving to Bamako in 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 (almost one year), George (3 ½ years) and Bastian (7 ½ years). Both George and Bastian go to AISB.
Board Treasurer: Boubacar Sidibé
As a native of Bamako, I have a vested interest in all areas that produce a positive change in the country that I know and love. After completing high school, I decided to study abroad in Agadir, Morocco, where I obtained a degree in business administration. In the years following, I relocated to the United States of America to further my education, and currently hold multiple IT certifications (A++, Net+, CCNA, Security+) from Georgetown University; bachelor’s degrees in the fields of economics and finance (University of the District of Columbia). In addition, I’m a recipient of a graduate degree in financial management and accounting (University of Maryland). Currently, I’m working as a Corporate Tax Inspector for the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
It was not an easy decision to leave the comforts of the U.S to reside in a developing nation after 8 years working for Conservation International, but I made a promise to myself long ago that I would use the education that I received abroad to better my nation. My two daughters both attend primary school in Bamako, and my youngest is a student at AISB.
My name is Claudia Hrubesch and I am Austrian. We came to Mali in September 2015 where I’m working as head of finance and administration in a GIZ program. I have quite a broad background having studied comparative literature, French and German as a foreign language and a professional career with different core areas like teaching and University lecturing, cultural management, the management of development projects and administration and finance.
Before coming to Mali we lived in Senegal where my daughters have grown up so far. Both attend AISB. The younger one is in her last year of Primary School, the older one is in Middle School.
We arrived in Mali from Cameroon in Aug 2015. I’m the father of two AISB students, Ivar, Grade 1, and Sofia, PreK3. I work as a program specialist on natural resources, climate change and governance at the Swedish Embassy. I have a master’s degree in forestry and I have been working in West and Central Africa for the last 17 years, both for the Swedish government and for international organizations. I don’t have any previous experience from school management but I have a lot of experience from different kinds of steering committees overseeing large projects run by African national public institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. My previous involvement in various strategy processes may also be useful.
Odile van der Meeren
We arrived in Bamako from Belgium in April 2017. This is the second time for my partner and I to live in West Africa, having previously lived in Senegal and Niger, but it is the first time to be here with our kids. Our son, Edouard, is in PreK 3 and was born in Belgium and our two year old daughter was born in Vietnam. We lived there for 2 years before coming here. I like mixing cultures.
I think that it is really a rich experience. In each country, I practice 3 ways to meet people, even if I cannot speak the same language: playing music, practicing my career of architecture, and meeting other families with children.
US Embassy Representative (Non-voting): Andrew Wiener
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
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.