Board of Trustees
2019-2020 ISD Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the school’s governing body. There are nine Trustees who are parents or legal guardians of current students at the school. Trustees are volunteers and are elected by ISD parents and faculty through an annual election process. Trustees serve a two year term and may run as candidates in the elections to serve further terms.
The Trustees are joined by two non-voting representatives: a US Ambassador’s Representative and a Faculty Representative. The Director, the Elementary Principal, and the Secondary Principal also participate as non-voting members of the Board.
The Board meets monthly from August to May. Parents, legal guardians, and faculty are invited to attend Board meetings as observers. The Board can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and faculty are welcome to view the Board agendas and minutes, as well as the Board Policy. To access the Board Agendas & Minutes page linked below, email email@example.com.
Meet the 2020-2021 ISD Board of Trustees
Thiaba Camara Sy
Thiaba is the Board Chair. From September 2010 to May 2019, she has served as the Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee. She has one child in High School and is an independent audit and finance expert. Thiaba is Senegalese, born and raised in Dakar and has also lived in Paris and London.
Aylin was elected to the Board in April 2017 and is the Board's Vice-Chair and Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. She previously served as a Trustee from 2007-2010. Aylin has one child in Middle School and one child who graduated from ISD in 2020. She works as a property developer. Aylin is Turkish-American and has lived in Russia, Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey, U.S.A., China, and Switzerland before settling as a permanent resident in Senegal.
Molly was elected to the Board in April 2019. Molly has one child in High School and one child in Middle School. Molly is American and works with the U.S Government for Millennium Challenge Corporation on large-scale infrastrastructure, reform and rural access investments in the energy sector. This is her third time living in Senegal since 2008 and has previously lived in Mali, Burkina Faso, Malawi and London.
Sadia was elected to the Board in April 2017 and has been the Board Secretary since August 2018. She has two children at ISD, both in elementary school. As an HR Professional, Sadia has worked with various multinationals. She currently works as a freelance consultant and is completing her second master's degree in organizational and business psychology. Sadia is Pakistani and has previously lived in Nigeria.
Martina was elected to the Board in May 2019. Mother of two boys, one attends First Grade class at ISD. Martina has worked with several NGOs on social and environmental issues. She founded her own social aid association of new mothers in Geneva and is currently developing a kid's clothing brand mixing African fabrics and Western-style. An Italian citizen, Martina lived in Paris, Mali, Switzerland and Myanmar before coming to Dakar in 2017.
Andrew joined the board in August 2020. Andrew has four children at ISD, a son in 7th grade, a daughter in 6th grade, a son in 3rd grade, and a daughter in 1st grade. Andrew works for the U.S. government.
Mathieu joined the Board in September 2019 and has two children in High School. He is Canadian and has professional experience in the banking sector, business start-ups, international finance, crypto asset, blockchain technology, and real estate investment. Mathieu has previously lived in Nigeria and Tunis, where he was involved with other Boards of Trustees.
Stéphane was elected to the Board in April 2018, and re-elected in 2020. She is the Chair of the Policy Committee. She has two boys, one in Middle School and one in High School. Stéphane has worked in diplomacy and in international development, focusing more recently on program evaluation. She has a passion for the arts and is completed a degree in fine arts in 2020. Before Senegal, she lived in France, Haiti, the U.S.A, South Africa, and Angola. Stéphane looks forward to serving the ISD community for the 2020-21 school year.
Birame N. Sock was elected to the Board in August 2020. She has one daughter in elementary school at ISD. Birame is a tech entrepreneur now living in Senegal after over 25 years in the US. A Senegalese native, Birame lived in several African counties (Kenya, Congo, Niger, Senegal) prior to moving to the US for college.
US Ambassador's Representative
Marybeth began serving as the US Ambassador’s Representative in June 2019. She moved to Dakar in August 2015 with her husband and family. She has three children in the Elementary School. Marybeth is a Regional Humanitarian Advisor for USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. She is American and previously lived in the UK, Liberia and Kenya.
Nneka was elected by the ISD faculty to be their representative on the Board in April 2019. She is currently the Director of Innovation at ISD. She is Guyanese and has previously lived in the USA and Sydney, Australia.