Kalthoom Ali Salem reports to Dino Varkey, Chief Executive Officer of GEMS Education. Her primary areas of focus includes: cultivating new strategic partnerships with relevant local, regional and international organisations; focus on growth within Emirati schools; and provide support to leadership teams in GCC new markets to execute their strategy.
Kalthoom was the Executive Director of Education Development at Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), where she has had a distinguished career spanning a decade. She provided the KHDA and its Board of Directors with both strategic and operational leadership, on a unified strategy to attract, retain and enhance the quality of education provision by leading private educational brands from across the globe.
Prior to that she served as Director of Institutional Development for KHDA, where she was responsible for the development of laws and guidelines governing all private K-12 schools in Dubai. She has taken on various pivotal positions in KHDA that makes her the subjectmatter expert in all things Education in the region.