AISL Board of Directors 2021-2022

Sarah Crites

Sarah Crites has served on the board as a U.S. Ambassador-appointed member since August 2019. Sarah is the Board Chairperson and Governance Committee chair. Sarah moved to Zambia in 2018 with her husband and twin son and daughter, both in Grade 5. Sarah serves as the Education Director for USAID in Zambia, working to improve learning achievement in Zambia's public primary and community schools. Sarah has a passion for service and has designed and managed education and community service programs at Peace Corps and the Corporation for National and Community Service (known as the domestic U.S. Peace Corps). She began her career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, where she taught environmental education and English. She is proud to claim home on both sides of the U.S., in Maine and California. A committed educator, Sarah shares and embraces AISL's vision to ensure Every Student Thrives.

Rob Munro

Rob Munro has served as a local elected member of the AISL Board of Directors since August 2018. He currently serves as the Board Secretary and a member of three of the Board Committees. Rob is the father of students in Grade 7 and Grade 5. Both children have thrived at the school since they were six. They are developing into independent, confident young people that the school is so good at nurturing. A British citizen, Rob has lived and worked in Zambia for the last 27 years, initially in management positions in the commercial farming world and then in the field of agricultural development. Most recently he has been the Director of Strategy at Musika, a Zambian non-profit company that he helped to create and shape into what is Zambia’s leading agricultural market development organisation. He has now embarked on a new career in environmental protection as the Zambia Country Director of The Nature Conservancy. Rob has a passion for Zambia’s wildlife, forests and rivers and spends as much time as possible camping and traveling in Zambia’s wild places. It is a passion shared with the family, and the kids have grown up to endure brutal road journeys, love the bush and become better fishermen than their father.

Aki Georgiou

Aki Georgiou has served as a local elected member of the AISL Board of Directors since August 2018. He currently is an active member of the Building committee (since 2014), Chairman of the Marketing Committee (2019) and a member of the Legal/Ownership committee (2019). Aki has 2 children attending AISL, his daughter in Kindergarten and his son in Grade 4. Both kids have blossomed under the guidance of AISL. Aki is a Permanent Resident of Zambia. He has spent his working life in the digital printing and advertising industry. He was the Co-Founder and owner of Grandad Digital Printing and is currently the CEO of Six Light Media. Nothing is more important than family to Aki. Keeping his children close, in a school that has high international standards, teaches them independence and at the same time makes it fun is why Aki and his kids and love AISL.

David Burrows

David Burrows’ two children joined the Early Learning Center soon after he arrived in Zambia in 2009. He joined the Board in September 2020 as his kids entered 7th and 9th grades, both looking forward to completing their education at AISL. David appreciates that AISL exposes his children to diverse perspectives, challenges them academically and fosters a welcoming community. He is excited to contribute to AISL achieving its mission and vision. David began his international career as a Volunteer in Peace Corps/Malawi’s Health Program and now works for Jhipego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, managing public health projects in partnership with Zambia’s Ministry of Health. He enjoys adventures exploring Zambia, introducing the kids to classic movies from his childhood, and watching his son stay up all night to experience the joy of his favorite team winning the Super Bowl.

Shawna Hirsch

Shawna has served on the AISL Board of Directors since August 2021 as an elected US representative. She is a member of the board’s Finance and Ad-Hoc Marketing Committees. She has … in middle school.

Previously, she served as the Ambassador's Representative to the Board for the International School of Uganda (ISU) from 2018-2020 and served on the school board of the American International School of Monrovia from 2013-2015. I served as the Board Chair my second year in Liberia, during which time we were providing governance support throughout the school's temporary closure due to the Ebola crisis and during a challenging re-opening period.  

 

In her previous career, she was a science teacher in both public and private schools in the USA. Having both taught and served on the board gives her insight into the need for strong governance structures in place that give community voice to educational and administrative systems and partner with the head of school, principals and teachers to ensure high-quality, inclusive educational opportunities and foster a sense of community.

Raj Sharma

Raj has served on the board as a local elected member since August 2021. He is a Zambian citizen and holds a DBA in Business leadership, an MBA in Finance, a PGDip in Law and attended the OPM at Harvard Business School. As a founding member of JEWEL OF AFRICA, he has contributed to its organic growth as Zambia’s leading vertically integrated Jewelry company for over 28 years. Jewel Of Africa mines emeralds, cuts and polishes top quality jewels, designs and manufactures high jewelry, has several retail outlets and exports world-class jewelry, manufactured in Zambia by Zambians. He has a proven track record in being a credible decision maker and being able to find strategic solutions to business challenges using knowledge, an extensive local network and sound principles of corporate governance. His daughter and nephew have been at the American International School since kindergarten and will hopefully be there until they finish high school.

Sean Robinson

Sean Robinson has served on the board as a U.S. Ambassador-appointed member since August 2021. He is an active member of the Building and Finance Committees. Sean moved to Zambia in 2020, with his wife and daughter, Grade 6.  Sean is the Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy, where he supports the American Citizen community in Zambia through the issuance of U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and notarial services.  Sean began his career in public service while serving in the U.S. Navy. He also served as a civil servant for the Department of Homeland Security before joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 2011.  He has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, and Masters Degrees from Marymount University and Georgetown University.  Sean understands that the success of the school is extremely important to the entire community in Lusaka, and is eager to help AISL prepare for the challenges of the future.

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