Despite the Corona lockdown in Zimbabwe, Joris and his family received a warm welcome from the HIS community upon arrival in August 2020. He and his wife Eva have three sons who started classes in EC2, Grade 2 and Grade 4. Previously they lived in Colombo, Sri Lanka where the oldest two boys attended an IB school. In Sri Lanka, Joris participated in the board of a small rural school that provided English and ICT for underprivileged children.

Joris has an MSc degree in Economics with a specialization in Business & ICT. Previously he worked for airlines in the Netherlands and Italy, where he worked in the fields of E-commerce, aircraft maintenance, and strategic network planning. This gave him the opportunity to experience working with different cultures. He learned that despite cultural differences, most of the time people share common goals. For the HIS community, that common goal is a very good IB school for our children, now and in the future.

Joris’ aim for his board service is to keep the school organization brisk and pass on a sustainable IB school with excellent quality education to future families that want to join HIS.