AISA Good Governance Programme

The aim of this institute is to understand the principles of effective school governance and develop capacity for international school leaders (Head of Schools, Board Chairs and Board Members) to guide the learning and work of their own boards.
  • Professional Learning Institutes
  • Head of School, Board Chairs, Board Members
  • Holiday Inn Two Rivers Mall, Off Limuru Road, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • US$ 150
  • 9:00 am (GMT+03:00) - 4:00 pm (GMT+03:00)
  • 7 September 2024 - 8 September 2024


The AISA Good Governance Programme is supported by the Office of Overseas Schools and based on the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) Good Governance Project.
An interactive programme starting with an onsite institute and then moving online to support the implementation of change at school. The goal is for participants to leave with a deeper understanding of the role of a board and board members and their responsibilities based on the three modes of governance (fiduciary, strategic and generative).

A school is an organization of learning, establishing a learning board will lead to greater engagement and deeper generative discussions with the result being strategic thinking that results in the implementation of the mission.

The objectives of our time together will be achieved through practical strategies for implementing the three modes of governance through examples, case studies and interactive learning opportunities to leverage the experience of the participants.  We will engage participants in developing their capacity in their role on the board.

During the programme, participants will explore:

  1. Governance Overview: roles, responsibilities and the 3 modes of governance
  2. Leading the Board: role and relationship of the board chair and head of school
  3. Optimizing Good Governance: systems and strategies for effective governance
  4. Governance Through the Strategic Lens: developing policy and strategic planning
  5. Generative Governance and Beyond: engaging and creating a learning board

The cost of this event is heavily subsidized by a grant from the Office of Overseas Schools.


  • All foreign visitors except for citizens of EAC Partner States need to apply for the Kenya Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before travelling to Kenya.
  • eTA applications for Kenya should be submitted at least 3 days before travel to ensure adequate time for authorisation. Travellers can submit their applications up to 3 months before travel.
  • The processing fee is US$ 30, payable online at the time of application.
  • A Yellow Fever Certificate is required when travelling to Kenya.
  • All travellers to Kenya are no longer required to show proof of vaccination status or provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival. If transiting or departing, you should be aware of entry requirements at your final destination.


Holiday Inn
Two Rivers Mall, off Limuru Rd, Nairobi, Kenya.
Cost per night: US $125
Booking: and cc
Time in minutes when driving from airport to hotel: 45 minutes via Nairobi Expressway
Cost of airport transfers if arranged through this hotel: US$ 35 One way (Standard Saloon Car)


  • Kristi Williams
    Governance Trainer

    Kristi Williams is a recognized leader in partnering with international schools to improve board governance practices and build stronger working relationships between School Heads, Board Chairs and Trustees.

    As a Good Governance Project trainer selected by the US State Department Office of Overseas Schools, Kristi is a specialist in helping educational leaders and their boards shape and optimize their governance structures, evolve governance strategies and practices for sustainability and unite all stakeholders behind a shared vision for the future of their institutions.

    Kristi has been working with leadership teams and international and independent Boards for many years with practical hands-on experience in the dynamics and intricacies of effective board governance, facilitated strategic planning and decision-making, evolving policies, and facilitating shifts in board composition to reflect DEIJ practices and community representation.

    Kristi is currently based in Ethiopia and travels extensively to partner with international schools supporting board governance, strategic planning, and communications across Africa and beyond.

  • Simon Gillespie
    International School of Uganda
    Head of School

    Simon Gillespie is the Head of School at the International School of Uganda (2019 – present).  Before Uganda, Simon was the Director at The American School of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Simon began teaching Elementary School in Canada and then moved to Dresden International School becoming the Primary School Principal facilitating the school to implement the IB Primary Years Program. Simon then moved to International School Manila for 9 years as the Elementary Principal and then Middle School Principal.  At ISM Simon worked as a member of a team involved in creating a school-wide curriculum framework aligning subject areas with transdisciplinary skills in a conceptual-based unit approach.

    Simon completed his doctoral dissertation on the topic of inclusion in International Schools and is a design team member of the Next Frontier Inclusion (NFI) organization focusing on the development of Inclusive International Schools. Simon has been a board member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), a trainer with the Principal’s Training Center (PTC) and was the recipient of the 2014 National Distinguished Principal Award representing the US State Department Office of Overseas Schools. Throughout his time as a leader in International Education, Simon has focused on school improvement and growth through strategic thinking and planning to ensure mission integrity.

    Simon has supported schools as an accreditation team leader with the Council of International Schools and Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges and conducted Learning Support audits with NFI.  Through a process of reflection and aspirational thinking, Simon has facilitated the development and implementation of strategic planning that inspires and supports a school’s growth and development. Simon has provided consultation to school leaders through mentorship and co-learning along with supporting the development of effective school governance.

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