Aparna Prasad

Managing Director, A-List Middle East

Aparna has spent over fifteen years at the intersection of business, education and public policy, working at organizations dedicated to raising student achievement in public schools throughout the United States of America. Her experience spans across communications and marketing; business development and operations; strategic planning and organizational development; and training and staff development. Aparna began her career at Edison Schools, Inc., a private provider of education services to public school systems in over twenty states across the United States. She served as Director of Special Projects at the New York City Department of Education where she managed programs aimed at “re-branding achievement” to transform the ways in which both students and adults internalize the value of education. She was Chief of Staff to the CEO of New Leaders for New Schools, a national non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting a bold new generation of urban school leaders, and Research Administrator at Harvard University’s Education Innovation Laboratory which conducted rigorous independent analyses of school improvement programs in major public school districts. In Dubai, Aparna has served as an independent consultant to both international companies and local organizations seeking to establish a presence in the UAE/MENA education space. Aparna owns and operates the Dubai-based Middle East office of A-List Education. She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles. Aparna currently resides in Dubai with her husband and two children, and is actively involved as a parent volunteer in her children’s school and in organizing community events in Dubai.