CEO: Dr Alan McIlhenny started his career as a high school mathematics teacher in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This was followed by six years as Head of Mathematics in a college in the Seychelles (Indian Ocean) and then four years as a professor of mathematics education in Tribhuvan University, Nepal. This time in the Seychelles and Nepal brought awareness to Dr McIlhenny that traditional schooling does not effectively meet the needs of all children in developing countries. With Nepali colleagues, he co-authored a book on the teaching of large classes and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Surrey in UK researching alternative approaches to schooling with particular reference to the problems facing educators in developing countries.
Dr McIlhenny was the Principal and Founder of the Kathmandu International Study Centre, a unique high school in Nepal catering for the needs of young people from many nationalities. After eleven years of service in Nepal, he returned to Northern Ireland and became the Director of Tearfund for Ireland. Tearfund is the largest UK and Ireland evangelical relief and development agency. His time with Tearfund gave Dr McIlhenny hands-on experience of work with street children and AIDS orphans in a number of countries around the world. This combination of development and educational experience has uniquely prepared him to lead OSWW. Dr McIlhenny has been consulted on education/development problems in Nepal, India, Seychelles, Pakistan, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Thailand, Brazil and Bolivia.
Southern Africa Director: Dorian Slingers worked for the City of Cape Town: Sport andRecreation. He was involved in growing the city’s Community Participation program: Greening the City. He was later appointed Senior Recreation Officer for The Greater Germiston Council, Johannesburg. One of his main tasks was to provide recreational and intervention programs for disadvantage communities. He co-wrote two hand books for the National Department: Sport and Recreation. Dorian is registered with the South African Council of Educators (S.A.C.E). He was an educator at an Independent Christian School in Pietermaritzburg and was part of the school’s management team, headed up the Primary School and coordinated the OSWW program teaching street children. He then moved back to his home city of Cape Town and became the Area Manager there for Open Schools Worldwide. In January 2011 he took up the role of Southern Africa Director.