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Board of Directors

UNIS Hanoi is a not-for-profit private school that is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board is the policy-making body of the School. This group of volunteers are tasked with:

  1. Hiring, nurturing and evaluating the Head of School who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the School

  2. Developing strategic plans, ensuring their implementation and monitoring progress

  3. Developing and approving school policy

  4. Ensuring the financial health of the School

  5. Leading and supporting Governance as Leadership Training Institute (GALTI) at UNIS Hanoi

  6. Providing leadership to support and drive institutional fundraising.

The Board is composed of twelve Board members, of whom four are appointed by the United Nations Resident Coordinator, two are elected by parents, five are appointed by the Board, with the Head of School serving as an ex-officio (non-voting) member.

All members of the Board are eligible to serve three terms. A term consists of four years. 

Meet our Board Members

Board of Directors

UN Appointed:
Dr Shane Fairlie
Maria Helena
Tara O'Connell
​​​​​​​Jonathan Baker

Board Appointed:
Michelle Dinh Jones, Board Chair
Maria S. Chung, Board Vice-Chair
Lynne Gadkowski, Secretary
Peter Maxfield
Jonas Sjostedt

Parent Elected:
Dr Ananth Chikkatur, Treasurer
Nguyen Thu Trang

Jane McGee, Head of School

Board Administrator:
Nicole Topfer

Board Goals

Guided by the Mission, Vision and Values of the School; assess, develop and deliver forward looking strategies to ensure UNIS Hanoi remains the market leader in Vietnam.
Continuing to strengthen the school’s engagement with key stakeholders, the students, UNIS community, UN and government agencies.
Implementation of a campus development framework incorporating financial and environmental sustainability that identifies required improvements to the campus environment, facilities and infrastructure to support our students and the community to complement their learning needs.
Successfully recruit and hire a new Head of School for School Year 2025 and beyond.

Board Committees

The Board appoints a number of committees and task forces to carry out its responsibilities and achieve its annual objectives and goals. Committees and task forces bring together Board members, school employees and interested parents who can offer expertise and commitment to research, analyse and discuss the details of a particular subject in order to bring thoughtful and clear proposals for Board consideration. 

Committees and Task Force for 2023-2024 are:

  • Executive Committee (Board Officers)
  • Finance Committee (Board, Admin and Community Members)
  • Campus Development Task Force (Board, Admin and Community Members)
  • Committee on Directors (Board only)

Board Community Meetings and Communications

The Board holds a Community Meeting in Autumn, and an Annual General Meeting in Spring. It prepares an End-of-Year Report, as well as makes announcements in the School's e-newsletter and through direct email in order to report on its activities.