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Dr Ibrahim Al-Khulaifi

A school teacher; a psychology professor; an educator, parenting and family counselor; the first Secretary General of Kuwait Supreme Council of Education; the founder of several leading private schools and the CEO of a prominent school company in Kuwait; and a frequent speaker at regional conferences and satellite TV programs; Dr Ibrahim Al-Khulaifi has certainly acted upon his passion for education, working his way from the school level to the very organizations influencing schooling and education in Kuwait and the Middle East.


His career pursuits in the public and private sectors provided him with firsthand experience in the micro and the macro issues involved in developing modern schools. Hayat Universal Bilingual Schools are the culmination of this experience and the institutions through which Dr Al-Khulaifi aspires to add value in the education field.


Dr Al-Khulaifi is a certified counselor from the Family Therapy Institute and the Reality Therapy Institute in the United States. He received his M.A. from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is the author of several books on Educational Psychology.


Mrs Raja Al-Saleh

Mrs Raja Al-Saleh can be best described as a longtime business lady, an educator by choice and a person committed to the development of people. Coming from a family known for its entrepreneurship and business legacy, she took to the same path very early in her life when she was 16. Her initial encounter with education was when she volunteered to teach Kuwaiti students who had fled their country during the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. The experience was the turning point in Mrs Al-Saleh’s career as it led her to take up to teaching as a profession.


After the liberation of Kuwait, she worked as an English Language teacher in the Kuwait public schools, developing a reputation for insisting to be assigned to schools in the less privileged areas of Kuwait where students needed help the most. As a result of this reputation, Dr Ibrahim Al-Khulaifi head-hunted her to join the first private school he had started in the early 1990’s. Mrs Al-Saleh was instrumental in shaping that school to be a pioneer in American Bilingual education and the first school to receive international accreditation. Her scope of work expanded to direct several schools owned by the company Dr Al-Khulaifi was heading. These schools implemented different systems including American, British (IGCSE) and Arabic. To these schools she brought a fresh attitude of focus on student achievement, value-centric environment, teacher community development and operational efficiency.


Harnessing her international education and multi-system experiences, Mrs Al-Saleh joined Dr Al-Khualifi in envisioning, planning and starting the Hayat Universal Bilingual Schools (HUBS), to be the model that brings to the region world-class education while developing and nurturing the cultural values and identity of students.

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