Our wonderful staff

Sage Education Services was formed out of a desire to fill a gap in quality exam preparation and tutoring in Dubai. We are dedicated to providing students with a critical range of exam preparation courses as well as group and individual tutoring with a unique methodology in conjunction with talented and responsive trainers. Applying to universities in the US and surviving high school and college exams can be daunting, but they don’t have to be. Our sole aim is to help students achieve their dreams, and guide them through these often overwhelming processes.

Assaf Hamad Al Ali

Co-owner

Assaf is an Emirati national who owns over 82 companies from real estate to construction, education, and facility management among others. Assaf is passionate about education and has a strong desire to further the quality of education in the UAE and prepare students to study abroad. Apart from his passion for education, Assaf enjoys collecting vintage sports cars.

Ghali Jorio

Senior Admission Consultant

Ghali earned his A Levels high school degree at the African Leadership Academy, a Pan-African institution dedicated to developing the next generation of African leaders in South Africa. Then, he pursued his Bachelor's degree at Cornell University where he received his Bachelor of Science with a major in hotel administration at the SC Johnson College of Business and minors in Real Estate, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Ghali's global perspective expanded through participation in international experiences and programs held in Egypt, China, France, Singapore, and the United States. Notably, at the age of 14, he co-founded and led Aider Sans Limite, the first NGO in Morocco initiated by teenagers, and introduced impactful programs like the Moroccan Youth Social Entrepreneurs Camp. With his extensive experience as an admission consultant, Ghali has assisted students in gaining admission to some of the most prestigious universities globally, including Ivy League institutions, as well as top universities in Europe and Canada. Ghali's hobbies are traveling, hiking, going to the beach, and also enjoying cuisines from around the world.

Chafic Mekkaoui

Senior Admission Consultant

Chafic completed his high school here in Dubai with the IB Program from Emirates International School and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a major in Sociology and Law. After graduating, he began his career working with Student Counselling Services and has gone on to work as a corporate consultant since returning to Dubai. He's currently the verbal trainer for our SAT, UCAT, and GMAT along with specialties in AP and IB Humanities. From teaching to career coaching to scholarship selection, Chafic comprehensively understands the overall admissions process and recognizes the importance of storytelling in college applications. He utilizes his admissions, teaching and writing experience to help students fine-tune their writing, illuminate their personal brand and find their perfect college fit. Due to his vast experiences and knowledge Chafic’s students have been accepted by the top universities around the world including the Ivy league, Russell groups and the top U15 Canadian universities.

Subin Koshy

Head Quant Teacher

Having already earned a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India, Subin is now finishing his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India. He has worked as a teacher and mentor for the last eight years In Dubai and India, instructing students in the subjects of Calculus, Physics, and Electrical Engineering. He is excellent in dealing with prominent online education platforms as well, and he has prepared hundreds of students for regular worldwide examinations such as the IB, AP, IGCSE, GCSE, SAT, UCAT, A Level, AS, and other similar examinations. He’s working with children at all levels, from college to elementary school. Because he takes an interactive lively approach, students have been able to not only enhance their grades but also their enthusiasm in the material they are studying.

Wajeeha Sohail

Biology Teacher

Wajeeha holds a Master's in Biotechnology from India's Excellence College. She has worked with students from elementary school through high school for the past five years, both in Dubai and India. She has helped hundreds of students all around the globe get ready for standardized tests including the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, International General Certificate of Secondary Education, General Certificate of Secondary Education, A Level and AS Level. She serves as a teacher for the disciplines of Biology, Biotechnology, and Chemistry. Her pupils have reported increased interest in class and performance because of her dynamic and engaging teaching style.

Rabia Tahir

Chemistry Teacher

Rabia is experienced in teaching IB (MYP and DP), AP, A levels, SAT and BMAT. Holder of MPhil Chemistry (Certified by WES and Attested by Ministry of Education UAE), and BS(Hons.) Chemistry degree. Being a teacher at Raffles World Academy and many others reputed tutoring centers across the world previously, she has excellent command of Chemical analysis and Laboratory tests, experienced in conducting both individual and group support sessions based on student needs and assessed abilities. Examined and explained undergraduate and graduate-level course concepts, including organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and chemical separation. Prepared course material and lectures centered on AP, SAT II and BMAT, proficient in online learning platforms.

Noor Siddiqi

Business and Economics Teacher

Noor is specialized in teaching Business Studies and Economics at high school level across all major boards, be it IGCSE, A Levels, AP or the IB Diploma Program. Noor is a silver medalist graduate in International Business and is currently pursuing Teaching and learning diploma by UK's prestigious body OTHM. ‘To me teaching comes not as a job but as a purpose.’ she says. She has a great experience in preparing students for IGCSE and O level examinations across Business Studies and Economics subjects, raising grades by 30%. Some of her achievements in teaching include: 100% pass rate across IGCSE and A levels, Successful supervision of Internal Assessments at the IB diploma level. Delivering effective Zoom lessons, developing and incorporating engaging web-based support material to meet the needs of distance learners. Counselling students regarding learning barriers and offering support to improve academic well-being.

Daria Brekotkina

Admin & Student Coordinator

Daria is our Admin and Student Coordinator. She has studied Economics at the Belarus State University. She has been working in the hospitality industry internationally for the past nine years. Daria is fully dedicated and passionate to serve the clients and students to the best of her abilities. She has also worked within five-star hotels and restaurants. In her spare time, Daria is fond of visiting art exhibitions and opera.

Sheikh Talat Ali

Managing Partner

Talat undertook an intensive Masters of Business Administrations from the Highly reputable University of Bangalore, one of the top universities in India. Sheikh Talat has worked for multiple 500 fortune companies, which include Oracle, Colgate and HSBC. He was able to use both his educational and experiential learning to instill core values within SAGE Education Services. Sheikh Talat chose to manage a business in education as he is passionate about students being able to experience high quality learning and receive the necessary expertise to succeed within Dubai. He wishes to revive the education market from being purely business focused to learning centered.

Nigar Fatima

Sales Manager

Nigar brings her considerable experience across diverse roles in the industry to her profile as Sales Manager at Sage. Among her various responsibilities, she engages with institutions to help them understand their requirements and makes appropriate product recommendations from the wide suite of solutions SAGE offers. Based on the students' requirements, she ensures that they are matched with the right college, and that they have all the preparation that they need to go through the application process with confidence. Within the scope of her responsibilities, she also prepares sales strategies ensuring their efficient execution towards consistent business development.

Moazim Ahmad

Business Development Manager

Moazim has Master Degree in International Business and Business Strategy from Harvard Business School. With over 14 years of experience in consulting organisations on Digital Transformation and Digital Initiatives, he has worked across industries and regions with multinational organisations and developed successful business cases for customers and clients. He has been recognized as an exceptional leader to drive sales and business cases.

SARITA KUMAR

Verbal Trainer

Sarita Kumar has to her credentials, a Post Graduate degree in English Language and Literature, CICTL – the Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching & Learning and TESOL Certification, from the University of Manchester (ETON Institute of Languages, Dubai).

She specializes in English Language and Literature and has been teaching various courses including Literature, linguistics, creative writing and communication skills at University level and in various British schools in Dubai. Before moving to Kings’ School Al Barsha as the Examination Officer and Exam adviser, she has been working at Arab Unity School, Rashidiya. She gathered extensive teaching experience and attained massive leadership skills while working here as the Head of Department of English and Academic/Curriculum coordinator. She taught Advanced English Language and Linguistics to the Sixth Formers and English Literature to the GCSE cohort at Arab Unity School, Rashidiya for over 14 years. Her teaching also extends to providing guidance to students in preparing for IELTS, TOEFL SATs and various other Standardized tests. .

Sarita has a comprehensive grasp on her area of teaching. She demonstrates strong commitment to promoting academic excellence in students and she is capable of motivating them to achieve their goals. In her own words:

“I generally begin with the end in mind and think about what I want students to know or be able to do. Then I design the rest of my lessons using different teaching techniques such as direct instruction, student-centered small groups, one-to-one sessions and student-led teaching, so that my assessments and instruction will help me and students to reach that goal. I start with what I want my students to learn and works backwards from there.”

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