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Board of Governors & Advisers
Members of Aiglon's Board of Governors are volunteers. They hold overall responsibility for Aiglon’s strategic direction, and act as guardians of the school’s guiding principles.
Tony Jhangiani-Jashanmal is Indian and lives between Kuwait and Dubai. He is an Aiglon alumnus from the Class of 1965, and the parent of Narain (1997) and Iman. He is an executive board member of the Jashanmal Group (Arabian Gulf and Indian retail distribution). He is the president of Zurich-based Distripress (international print media distribution). He is also a board member of several schools and foundations in Arabian Gulf states. He is a keen golfer.
Dr Nicholas Tate CBE
Dr Nicholas Tate was educated at the universities of Oxford, Bristol and Liverpool, and has a doctorate in history. Following a career as a teacher and teacher trainer, he became chief executive of both the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, in which posts he was chief adviser to England’s Secretary of State for Education. He has subsequently been Headmaster of Winchester College, Director-General of the International School of Geneva, and a Governor of the International Baccalaureate. He was appointed CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2001.
John Cheesmond is a British citizen, born in Durban South Africa and resident in Basel Switzerland since 1988. He is the parent of alumna Raquella ( 2009 ). His career includes being Global Head Finance at Ciba-Geigy Ltd., CEO of Inolex Philadelphia, Partner at Deloitte, Partner at Schroder Venture Lifesciences and CEO of an African NGO. He has served on the boards of six publically listed companies, all leaders in their fields, and numerous unlisted companies in the USA, Switzerland, EU, China, India, Korea, Brazil and South Africa. John holds an MSc. from London University Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Explorers Club and Swiss Alpine Club. He is also involved in a range of development activities for solar energy and sustainability in Africa.
Governors & Advisers
Ingrid Christophersen MBE
Ingrid Christophersen was brought up in Norway and was selected for the British Ski Team between 1963 and 1968. She first came to Aiglon in 1980 as a teacher where she taught geography, skiing and made great contributions to the expedition programme. She is also a notable linguist and has translated seven books from Norwegian to English. She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Emprie) for her services to skiing in 2007.
Alessandro Corsini is an American/Italian citizen who lives between Rome and New York. He is an alumnus from the Class of 1975 and is the current president of the Aiglon College Alumni Eagle Association. He holds a BS in Communications and Marketing from Boston University. He has launched various business activities in the arts, architecture, interior design, restaurants and venture capital. Since 2004, he has been the president of the board of the John Q Aymar Corporation and is a managing director of the LONSIN Global Credit Fund, London. He founded the Friends of Aiglon College (FOAC) EU. Alessandro is also the proud parent of an Aiglon alumna, one of his eight children.
Koome is a private equity investor focused on investments in Africa. He is currently a Director at Actis - a leading emerging markets private equity fund. Previously Koome worked as an investment banking Associate with JPMorgan in New York where he raised structured debt for US and emerging markets organisations. Koome graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Management Science and Engineering, where he was a Ford Foundation Scholar. He received an MBA with Distinction from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School as a Wafic Said Scholar and won the Oxford-JPMorgan entrepreneurship award. Koome is a proud alumnus of Aiglon College and Starehe Boys’ Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
Elisabeth van de Grampel
Elisabeth van de Grampel is Austrian and lives in Munich. Ever since her graduation from Aiglon in 1980 she has supported the school through her contributions in strategic programmes and in establishing the FOAC EU (Friends of Aiglon College Europe) of which she is the current president. Elisabeth holds an MA in Business and has been working internationally in S&P and Dow Jones companies in controlling, six sigma and accounting. She is the mother of a daughter and active in local non-profit organisations.
Gerry Percy is a British and French citizen educated in the UK. He holds his PhD in Chemistry and has spent his whole career as an educator focused in the international sector. He is a former headmaster of King's College, Madrid and recently retired as the Director of Accreditation Services, Council of International Schools (CIS). He lives near Tolouse and is married with one son.
Steven Sandler is the founder and CEO of Crosswind Capital, LLC, a private equity firm based in New York and London, whose investment strategy is focused on the areas of real estate, natural resources, energy, and infrastructure in the United States. He started his career as an Associate with the law firm of Fowler, White, Burnett, Hurley, Banick & Strickroot in Miami, Florida, where he specialized in securities and capital markets matters. In addition to a J.D. with Honors, Steven’s academic credentials include an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Washington & Lee University.
Sue Stevenson is a British citizen who has led her professional life in international marketing. She brings with her a wealth of experience in leadership roles in the private sector and not for profit world. Her primary interests include support and advocacy for projects which have positive social and environmental impacts as well as the funding and dissemination of education to the widest possible audience. Sue has two children who are Aiglon alumni and graduated in 2008 and 2013.
Professor Sir Tejinder Virdee FRS
Prof. Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee FRS is an experimental particle physicist and Professor of Physics at Imperial College London. He is best known for his seminal contributions that led to the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson in July 2012 at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Sir Tejinder’s work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the European Physical Society-HEPP Prize, the American Physical Society-Panofsky Prize and the Fundamental Physics Prize. He was knighted in 2014 for services to science. He and Vatsala, his wife, author-writer, live in Geneva. Their two children, Natisha and Jas, spent seven years at Aiglon College, graduating in 2004 and 2005, respectively.