Board of Directors
Patsy Doerr is the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion for Thomson Reuters. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s corporate social responsibility, diversity & inclusion and sustainability functions. Patsy has over 20 years of experience in talent, learning, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, employee recognition and customer engagement mainly in investment banking. She has held a number of global leadership roles at JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, in New York, London and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Patsy was responsible for talent and learning, employee recognition, alumni relations and the global centers of excellence development effort at Credit Suisse in Asia Pacific. She was awarded with the Tri-State Diversity Council – Most Powerful & Influential Woman award and the Promoting Workforce Diversity & Gender Equality award for the Banking, Financial and Insurance industry sector by City State Reports. Patsy sits on the Board of Trustees for Marymount School for Girls, where she is also the President of the Alumni Association. She is also a member of the YMCA Leadership Committee, the 30% Club Steering Committee, the Business Advisory Board for PFLAG and a member of the Steering Committee for All in Together. Patsy has a BS in Biology from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and a Master of Science in Adult Learning and Organizational Development from Fordham University in New York. Patsy is an avid runner, focusing on half marathons and marathons all over the world, including Cambodia, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, New York City, and most recently, London. She has two children, her son Nicholas and her daughter, Ella, and lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Dr. Vladimir Kuskovski is the Head of School, International School of Basel in Switzerland. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Education in Minsk Institute for Foreign Languages, and Belarus Graduate studies took him to Manchester University in the UK as part of a graduate exchange program. After moving to the USA, Vladimir Kuskovski worked as a teacher and administrator in both public and independent school taking an active part in developing IB program. He received his K-12 principal licensure from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vladimir was the Assistant Headmaster of Leysin American School, Switzerland, where he later became a Headmaster. At the same time he completed his doctoral program in Educational Leadership with concentration in K-12 Administration. After seven successful years in Switzerland Vladimir assumed the post of the Headmaster of the International School of Hamburg, and was Head of School at Oberoi International School until June 2015. Vladimir is also an adjunct professor and continues to teach in the Masters international administration program at the Endicott College and supervisors doctoral students at Grand Canyon University. He is an active promoter of international education in general, and the IB program in particular, as a vehicle to developing international mindedness in our young through quality education. Vladimir often speaks to new schools aspiring to adopt IB programs as well as audiences around the world on international education and cross-cultural communication. He is fluent in his native Russian, English, German and Polish and has working knowledge of other languages.
Ami Modi is on the Board of Trustees of the Nirav Modi Foundation. The foundation endeavors to empower youth and families from underprivileged communities to become self-sustainable. Ami was instrumental in setting up their flagship scholarship program, the “Nirav Modi Scholarship for Excellence” that now supports over 250 students annually and still growing. She actively helps manage the program, which assists exceptional high school and college students from disadvantaged backgrounds, most of whom are aspiring doctors and engineers. Ami personally counsels and mentors many of the students and has ensured the Foundation retains the focus on development of life skills in addition to providing financial and educational support. Further, Ami also has set up and runs two play schools for underprivileged children in Mumbai that follow a Montessori-based curriculum. In 2009, Ami founded a clinic to provide free health care when learning upon a district in rural Rajasthan which had little to no access to primary health care. The clinic has grown to service over 8000 people every year and Ami continues to fund and run the project.
Rekha Puri is the Founder of LINEglobal. Inspired by her dad’s incredible personal journey, LINEglobal is a serendipitous culmination of Rekha’s focus on the cross-cultural competencies, empathy and understanding needed to live in our global society. Rekha holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the JJ School of Art, Bombay University; a professional Montessori teaching certificate; and a Masters degree from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She participated in the Think Tank on Global Education 2015 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rekha was awarded a fellowship for aspiring school heads by NAIS National Association of Independent Schools. Rekha is currently the Director of Admissions and Enrollment at The School at Columbia University, a Kindergarten-Grade 8 independent school, known for its innovative curriculum and extraordinary diversity. Growing up in India and Malaysia, and now living in New York City for the past twenty plus years, Rekha claims to be an Indian, a New Yorker and a “global soul” as defined by Pico Iyer, one of her favorite authors. @RekhaPuriNYC
Dominic A.A. Randolph became the sixth Head of The Riverdale Country School in July 2007, the school’s centennial year. Riverdale is a Pre-K-Grade 12 independent school in New York City of 1130 students. Previously, he served in the capacity of Assistant Head Master at The Lawrenceville School and has worked in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in schools in Europe and the Middle East. After being educated in both the United Kingdom and this country, Dominic graduated from Harvard College (B.A., English and American Language and Literature, 1985) and received his Masters in Education (1995) from Harvard University. Dominic’s work has focused on curriculum development, understanding the implications of cognitive and technological advancements for learning spaces, character development and positive psychology, interdisciplinary studies and design thinking. He is interested in how we can successfully create innovative and dynamic environments for students while preserving positive academic traditions. He serves on the boards of The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, The Character Lab, and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City. @daar17
Dr. Varinder Singh completed his undergraduate education at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received his Medical Doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Singh trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center, both in New York City. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Singh has an active international practice with global referrals and has been featured on CBS and ABC News for his expertise in innovative techniques for treating cardiac and vascular disease. A committed physician educator, he has served as a course director at the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference, the largest interventional cardiovascular conference in the world. Dr. Singh has been invited faculty at meetings and Grand Rounds, both nationally and internationally. Currently, Dr. Singh serves as the Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital and is a Professor of Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. In his position at Lenox Hill, he is committed to the continuum of progressive care through its distinguished, multidisciplinary team of cardiologists. Dr. Singh is dedicated to improving the program as part of the infrastructure revitalization of Lenox Hill Hospital and to provide an exceptional patient care experience.
Erin Trowbridge is the Director of Global Communications for the Earth Institute at Columbia University and for the Millennium Villages Project. She also serves as Proffesor Jeffrey Sachs’ spokesperson for his work at the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals. Prior to joining the Earth Institute in 2006, Erin was the Director of Communications for the United Nations Millennium Project, a global initiative led by Jeffrey Sachs to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. From 2000-2004, Erin worked with UN agencies—including UNICEF and UNDP—to develop global campaigns centered around the Millennium Development Goals. She began work at UNDP just months prior to the Millennium Summit and in the 13 years since, has worked on the MDGs, born of that historic meeting, in dozens of countries around the world. Prior to her UN career, Erin was a journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and other publications. She is a contributing author to two books, The New Killing Fields and All of US. Erin holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a MS from Columbia University.