EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER
Andrew Short has been co-opted to the NZMEBC Executive as a replacement for the retiring Terry Bates. Andrew is the General Manager International Business Development for Cognition Education based in Auckland. He returned to New Zealand to re-join Cognition after living and working in the Middle East for the past 11 years.
During this period overseas, Andrew held several senior educational and commercial positions with both Cognition Education (NZ) and GEMS Education (based in Dubai). Andrew has resided in Doha, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Riyadh and Saudi Arabia. For the past four years, he has been based in Dubai where he has held a Regional Director role with the responsibility of 28 counties across the MENA region.
Andrew is an educational specialist with over 20 years of experience in school leadership and management, organisational improvement, policy development and delivery, system transformation in both the public and private education sectors. He has strong leadership, analytical and stakeholder engagement skills as well as the ability to develop and lead large scale educational change programmes. Andrew has built a reputation in delivering strong educational outcomes with an accompanying financial performance that encourages investors and attracts growth in developing markets. He is a strategic thinker who has worked with private equity and governments to open opportunities to provide access to quality educational provision.
Andrew has been an active member of several New Zealand and Middle East business networks, ANZBIQ, Saudi Arabia Business Council and more recently trying to establish a registered New Zealand/Middle East business Council in Dubai.