Nargish Khambatta

Principal and CEO,Vice President

GEMS Modern Academy, GEMS Education

Nargish Khambatta, Principal and CEO of GEMS Modern Academy and Vice President – Education, is the recipient of the first ever GEMS Exceptional Head of School Award 2018. With a Masters’ Degree in Microbiology, she made the transition from teaching to educational leadership having spent over 32 years in the field of education. An avid proponent of positive psychology in education, she has been a panelist and presenter at 4 international iPEN Conferences in USA, China and Australia Prior to joining GEMS Modern Academy in December 2009, she has worked at elite educational institutions as well as large public schools and has spent meaningful years at The Doon School, Dehra Dun, The Indian School, Muscat and Sophia College, Mumbai. Mrs. Khambatta was the Convener of the three CISCE (affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi) Schools in Dubai from April 2014 to March 2018. A Freelance writer - published articles in Gulf News, Friday Magazine and The Times of India. An adventure enthusiast, she accompanied a group of 10 students including an Emirati, to Antarctica as part of Sir Robert Swan’s expedition in 2014. A passionate educator, her simple educational philosophy is - All children deserve to be given ample opportunity to discover their worth, their interests and their passion in a secure and happy environment, for them to grow into confident young adults with a sound intellectual and moral compass to guide them to their goals.


GESS Talks Arena

27 February 2020 | 11:40 - 12:00 | English | Outstanding Schools in the UAE: Their X Factor

The purpose of this panel discussion is to talk about the practices that make your school outstanding and how the principals of outstanding schools encourage building successful teams to create successful schools, generate creative ideas, and foster innovation among teachers and students.