Board of Trustees

The American School of Dubai Board of Trustees is a group of dedicated volunteer members of the ASD community. The Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic oversight of the American School of Dubai. Their combined talents are focused on mission achievement and the fiscal sustainability of the school. The Trustees work closely and in conjunction with Superintendent, Dr. Brent Mutsch.

The American School of Dubai Board of Trustees

Left to right: Phil Garrison, Joe Lebrato, Rob Waller, Dave Barette, Anne Z. Jafery, Kent Cooper and John Lancia

Phil Garrison


Phil Garrison has 40+ years international business experience and has lived and worked in the UAE for over 21 years. During his early years, he held various positions with Caltex Petroleum and served as Managing Director of the Gulf Region in 1998. Since leaving Caltex he has focused on developing diverse businesses and projects, taking him to all countries in the GCC and other regions.

He is the Managing Director and owner of IDBC Consultancy DMCC Ltd., a services company that incubates and develops companies, markets and projects. Experience includes transport and oilfield camp services, regional fuel and pipeline projects, freight trucking operations and FMCG marketing. As a Certified Public Accountant, Phil focused on finance and accounting roles early in his career and has served as GM Regional Marketing, GM Regional Business Development, GM Manufacturing and Terminals, Director Finance and Commercial and Managing Director.

Phil has served on the American School of Dubai Board of Trustees since 2005 and as Chairman since 2011. In addition, he has served on the boards of a number of public organizations including the American Business Council (VP Finance, Exec VP and President) and private companies. He earned his BBA from the University of Oklahoma in 1975 and his MBA from Southern Methodist University in 1992. He is married to Jancy, and has two sons Nash, Braden. In his spare time he plays golf, coaches baseball and occasionally acts as auctioneer at charitable events.

Joe Lebrato

Mr. Joe Lebrato was appointed to the ASD Board of Trustees in June 2008. Mr. Lebrato is CEO of bCODE MEA Holdings, a technology company specializing in mobile payments. Mr. Lebrato has held various leadership positions with multinational companies in the U.S., France, and the Middle East. He was born in the United States and grew up in Michigan. He completed his undergraduate studies at Adrian College and his MBA at Bradford University. He has lived in Dubai for the past 15 years with his wife Sheila and their three children, Ellis, Max, and Sebastien. In his spare time, he serves on the board of the Dubai Little League. 06/08

Anne Z. Jafery

Anne Jafery joined the ASD Board of Trustees in June 2006. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Jafery has lived and worked in Dubai since 1989. She owns and runs several businesses and is the GCC trade representative for a number of U.S. state governments and trade organizations. Ms. Jafery is also the Chairman of the Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce and a board member of the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Ms. Jafery and her husband Jafer have two children, Reza and Lena, who are both ASD alumni.  03/13

Dave Barette

A native of Montreal, Dave has been with CAE In since 1985, soon after he graduated from McGill University with a BA in History. His career at CAE has focused primarily on sales, business development and management and is now Vice President, Middle Easy and India - Civil. Dave moved to Dubai in 2002 after being appointed as Managing Director of the start up Emirates-CAE Flight Training Joint Venture by then CAE CEO Derek Burney. He moved back to CAE in 2008 to spearhead new business and marketing efforts in the GCC and MENA regions.

Dave is the former Chairman of the Canadian Business Council, Dubai and is active in children's and men's ice hockey. He has also chaired the Dubai Terry Fox Run and pioneered the Canada Week events in Dubai over the last several years which have featured Canadian art, music and sports. Dave lives in Dubai with his wife Vivian and children Connor and Jasmine, who both attend ASD.

John Lancia

John Lancia is the Director of Government Affairs for GE in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, having moved to Dubai four years ago.  Before joining GE, Mr. Lancia spent eighteen years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, having served in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Malaysia, Haiti, Vietnam, the UAE and Turkey, as well as in Washington, DC.  He was born in the United States and is a native or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Maria and Vincent, who are currently attending ASD.  In his spare time he serves on the Board of Directors for the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates and is a coach for Dubai Little League. 05/11

Rob Waller

U.S. Consul General

Rob Waller began duty as the United States Consul General to Dubai in July 2012.  A member of the U.S. Foreign Service since 1998, he has served in a variety of postings in Washington, D.C. and overseas, including Baghdad and Paris. Mr. Waller grew up in Missouri. He holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University, a DPhil in Mediterranean Studies from King’s College, London and is a recipient of the State Department’s James Clement Dunn Award for Excellence in mid-career officers. Mr. Waller speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish. 3/13

Kent Cooper

Kent Cooper

Mr. Kent Cooper was appointed to the ASD Board of Trustees in September 2013. Mr. Cooper is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, and he oversees the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel Hotel Brands within the Middle East, Africa and India. Mr. Cooper completed his BS in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University. He has lived in Dubai for the past 13 years with his wife Barbara and their two children Maxwell and MacKenzie who both attend ASD. 9/13

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September 2013