The Da Vinci International School Antwerp Advisory Board consists of members from public services, private industry and the school administration. We aim to adapt and improve our school to meet the ever-changing needs of our international community. Similarly, we hope to positively contribute to our local community through events, partnerships and the sharing of knowledge and experience.
The DVIS Antwerp Advisory Board also provides the Senior Leadership Team with advice and guidance on key strategic activities and initiatives.
The general responsibilities of the advisory board are:
- to maintain a clear statement of the school’s Vision, Mission and Values and to work with the SLT to fulfill these principles
- to review and maintain procedures and establish policies and procedures that are consistent with the school’s mission
Gunter De Bock
Gunter has been our school accountant since the school was founded in 1997. As our financial auditor, Gunter has always played an integral role in advising the school about financial matters. He has kindly accepted the role of Treasurer of our advisory board.
Ilse De Souter
Ilse founded the school in 1997 and stands for strong academic and family values. After 26 years in education and 21 leading our school, Ilse has decided that this is the right moment to establish an advisory board in order to look ahead to the next two decades and ensure continued innovation, expansion and development.
Patrick has been working hard behind the scenes working closely with our Senior Leadership Team. With his professional background in international organisations, the school has benefited greatly from his advice and coaching.
Sami's sons joined the school in 2015, having first attended AIS. Since joining Da Vinci, Sami’s wife, Kirsten, has also been actively involved in the PTA. Sami brings a wealth of experience within the world of business and entrepreneurship to the board and we are very pleased to have his unique perspectives.
Vikram's oldest daughter, Heer, joined the school in 1999. Since then, two of his daughters have successfully completed their studies at Da Vinci and have gone on to study at universities in the UK. His youngest daughter, Rushvi, has just started her A-levels, following the path to success that her sisters took before her. Being a parent at Da Vinci for nearly twenty years, Vikram has seen many changes over this time and has a good insight into the school’s core values, history and aspirations.
As the school’s headmaster, Ian is an ex officio member of the advisory board and has been at Da Vinci since 2007. Ian has a wealth of experience having worked in UK schools and International schools in Belgium and The Netherlands.
Two of Laetitia's sons previously attended the Lycée Français International Antwerp before moving to Da Vinci in 2016, and we were delighted to welcome her youngest son in 2017. Laetitia has been a driving force behind the introduction of our new French language programme which started this year.
Glenn is chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and is no stranger to the school or to the British curriculum. Both his sons successfully completed their education at Da Vinci before going on to Universities in the UK. Glenn’s wife, Lynne, has also played an integral role in the enrichment programmes at Da Vinci through her Drama activities. Glenn has accepted the role of Chairman of our advisory board.
Mohamed Zaidan and Eleni Karamichalis
Mohammed and Eleni are two of the school’s seven original students. 21 years later, Mohamed's three children and Eleni’s three boys are all now students at our school. Having first hand experience of being students and now parents at our school, both Mohammed and Eleni are staunch advocates of our school’s family ethos.
Nir has been our school lawyer for over 10 years now. Having studied and lived in England, he is also familiar with the UK educational system and as a lawyer, is familiar with the structure, philosophy and organisation of our school.