Lama Chivi

CEO, Middle East and Africa

Babilou Family and Blossom Nursery Group
Lama Chivi joined the original Babilou Family Middle East in 2014 as the Local Relevance Director and was one of the 3 founding members of Babilou Middle East here in Dubai.  The Babilou group rebranded as Blossom in 2017 but Blossom remains part of the global Babilou Family.  Lama became COO of the group in 2017 and then CEO in 2018.  Since then she has driven the growth of the group in the region, ensuring the delivery of an educational offering that is the best in the Early Years' market in the UAE. Under her leadership, the group has grown organically, and through multiple acquisitions. Today Blossom by Babilou owns and operates 25 nurseries across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain and welcomes over 2,500 children on a daily basis.  The group is due to open a further 3 nurseries in 2022 with one in  Sharjah meaning we will be represented in four Emirates.
Lama holds an MBA from the University of Wollongong and since 2019 has been an active member in APM, a global organization dedicated to the development of the company through the progress of its leader.
Lama says, the Babilou family our number one priority will always remain to ensure exceptional high-quality childcare services to families across the globe. In the UAE, our unique curriculum, blended with the best learnings and approaches from early years experts, supports children in cultivating their unique identities and laying a solid foundation for their future.
Lama previously worked for the L'Oreal group.


16 November, 2022 | 12:20
Early Years Panel Session

Lessons learnt: the way forward for Early Years Settings

After the tumultuous past three years when early years settings have had to drastically change their practice, many early years leaders are taking stock of where they are now. Change is inevitable and we know the best settings are always looking at ways to improve on the previous best, but what happens when massive and sudden changes are imposed? Practice has been impacted in all areas of practice from the curriculum to staffing. This panel session discusses what this means for early years settings and how we can learn lessons and emerge stronger and more resilient.