Message from the Principal


Celebrating 150 Years of Canada and 30 Years of EIA


Mona Nashman-Smith has held senior leadership positions in schools in North America, Europe and the Middle East.  She has worked in public and international education as a teacher, counselor and administrator for the past 38 years.


Mona has served in the positions of Secretary of the Association for the Supervision of Curriculum Development (ASCD) affiliate in Alberta, Canada; President of the Middle East International Baccalaureate Association (MEIBA); Commissioner for Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) in the United States, Director on the Oman Medical College Board and a Governor on the Association for the Advancement of International Education. She has served as Advisor/Mentor to the Board of Directors at the Edmonton Islamic Academy in Edmonton, Alberta and at ABA -An IB World School in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (where she served for 16 years as CEO/Superintendent). Today, she serves as an Executive Member of the International Schools Advisory Committee for MSA and as CEO/Head of School at the Edmonton Islamic Academy in Edmonton, Alberta.


Mona initiated ABA’s Student Leadership Symposium in 2001 in an effort to bring student leaders from around the world together to explore real-life problems facing the 21st century and for each school team to develop action plans for their respective schools to counter the problems posed. The Symposiums continue today with schools from Argentina, Chile, China, England, Germany, Oman and USA actively involved in the annual gathering.


Mona’s vision of establishing a Women’s Leadership Assembly (WLA), to encourage and support women aspiring to become Heads of International Schools, became a reality in November 2013 when the first WLA Symposium was held in Amsterdam. As one of four women (and ten children) born into an Islamic family, Mona has a passion for ensuring women are given the same opportunities as her male colleagues for advancement in the world of CEOs.


She holds a Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Alberta in Canada; a Master’s of Science degree in international education from State University of New York; and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.


Most recently, HM The Queen of England appointed Mona as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for the New Year 2016 in recognition of Mona’s services to the promotion of education and community relations in Oman.

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