Mahesh Sajnani

Vice Principal, Al Diyafah High School, Dubai

Mahesh Sajnani is a reputed school leader and currently the Vice Principal of Al Diyafah High School in Dubai (British Curriculum School). He has a proven track record of improving school standards and children's learning opportunities. With experience in various schools of repute, he has excelled in providing an engaging school environment for the children. Prior to this he was the Founding School Principal of the new branch of Apple International School in Dubai. He had taken up the responsibility of starting the branch school in 2018. He was instrumental in getting all approvals, writing the Academic plan and finally beginning the branch school in September 2019. He led the school through its first successful inspection and was enormously popular amongst the students, staff and parent community. He was acknowledged for his approach towards raising standards and transformational leadership. Prior to joining Apple International School, he was the Vice Principal of The Sheffield Private School.

He has extensive and rich experience in the field of education for the past 27 years of which the last 11 years have been in Dubai at IGCSE schools. His first placement in Dubai was at Al Diyafah High school in 2009, where he taught English and was the Head of Community Outreach. His other experience ranges from directing sports, educational leadership, improving outcomes and governance across many schools including The Oxford School and St. Xavier’s School. Besides leading from the front in all day to day activities of the schools, his roles have also included managing core subjects across all phases and conducting mock inspections in many schools for self-evaluation and improvement. He has various accolades to his credit in the educational environment most notably he has been a Winner of the GESS Global Education Awards 2021 and a finalist in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Mahesh Sajnani holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the Middlesex University, and has a First Class Master's Degree in Education from India, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology and various other school-related certifications from recognised institutions. He has also presented at multiple educational seminars including in Turkey and the United Kingdom. He has also co-authored a popular series of student-friendly textbooks for primary children in schools.

Mahesh is also hugely passionate about the community and the environment and has created opportunities for students of various schools to think of those who need their attention, ranging from within their schools, across the country, and in many parts of the world. He continually works towards inspiring teachers and school leaders to look into providing instruction, advice, and support to help students become critical thinkers, effective communicators, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.