Board of Governors

The members of the Board of Governors are appointed by the Founders, and confirmed by the Board of Governors, based upon their personal qualities and ability to contribute to the work of the board.

 

The responsibilities of the Board are:

 

  • To set general policies;

  • To define the vision and general direction of the school, and

  • To ensure continuity in the vision of the school;

  • To attend to marketing concerns for the growth and long term development;

  • To officially represent at government and institutional levels;

  • To officially represent at meetings with the Baha’i Institutions;

  • To increase financial commitments on behalf of the school;

  • To preserve the permanent school site;

  • To give final approval for the Director’s mandate;

  • To monitor the development of policies.

 

Contact Email (Secretary): board@townshend.cz

Ramona Reyhani

 

Ramona Reyhani has been an intimate part of Townshend International School since its establishment in 1992. As one of the two founders, she created the philosophy and constitution of the school, and has intimate knowledge of all aspects of the institution, having served as interim school director, director of finances, campus and buildings supervisor. She has now for several years served as the full-time Residential Director, on a voluntary basis.

 

Mrs. Reyhani was born in Tehran, and has lived in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and Austria. In 1990 she and her family moved to Czechoslovakia, which soon thereafter, with the Velvet Revolution, became the Czech Republic.

 

Mrs. Reyhani is the author of the book, “Simply Noble: A step-by-step guide to cultivating the best in your child”. She has been a member of the board since the school’s founding in 1992.

Reza Reyhani

 

Reza Reyhani, is a co-founder of Townshend International School. With degrees in mechanical engineering and political science, and training in public relations and media, Mr. Reyhani brings to the board an entrepreneurial spirit, a broad vision, and a philanthropic heart, which have helped nurture Townshend since its birth. Born in Tehran, raised in Austria, and educated in Germany, he moved to the Czech Republic in 1990 after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Here he has established companies that have developed products for such global players as Audi, Sony, and BASF. His approach to business and capacity-building in the Czech Republic have helped his employees and partners become independent in their fields of expertise, launch products in western markets, and build relationships that have lasted decades.

 

Mr. Reyhani is also the co-founder of the social non-profit road show, “Dawnbreakers of Europe”, the producer of the documentary film, “The New Day”, and conceptual creator of the Meditation Park for the bicentennial celebrations of Czechoslovakia, which conveyed the principle of the oneness of religions, and which was viewed by 50,000 people including President Vaclav Havel.

 

He has served on the Board of Governors since the founding of the school in 1992.

Mark Gurney

 

Mr. Mark Gurney holds British and Jamaican nationalities and graduated from the International School of Geneva with an IB diploma in 1987. He has a Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Mr. Gurney has worked as an architect and real estate developer for 25 years in the Caribbean, Asia, Middle East and Europe. He specialises in large scale commercial real estate and is currently responsible for design and architecture at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, one of the world’s largest real estate development companies, based at their headquarters in Paris.

 

He has coordinated the TFP summer programme at Townshend since 2016.

Fiona Young

 

Fiona has more than 18 years of service in interpersonal and commercial mediation, coaching and consultancy on workplace ethics and conflict resolution, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the esteemed existing Board.

 

Since December 2020, Fiona has been working closely with the Board, reviewing our protocols and providing trainings on safeguarding to TIS staff, students and parents. Fiona’s addition to the Board is in line with our commitment to effective governance of the school and strengthening the position of TIS as a global leader in primary education.

 

Fiona is a UK qualified solicitor, has a Post Graduate Diploma on ADR from Queen Mary University of London and a Bachelor of Law from University of Liverpool.

Stefan Spiegel

 

Stefan has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in digital transformation and online marketing, and brings profound expertise to the Board of Governors.

 

Stefan's addition to the Board is in line with our engagement to solidify the school's digital backbone and strengthen its position as a global leader in education.

 

Stefan is a successful entrepreneur in the field of digital marketing, service design and online sales & CRM strategy. Stefan holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and International Relations from University of Tübingen.

Pejman Vargahi

 

Pejman has more than 20 years of experience in real estate, automotive, and primary education. Setting up his business at the age of 17, Pejman is a serial entrepreneur with a successful footprint in the UK and across Bulgaria. Pejman holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering.

Radjana Orlovskaya-Asadpoor 

 

With her professional career focused on human resource, talent acquisition, public relations and marketing, Radjana has been serving the school board since March 2020.

 

Currently she works in a global healthcare company, overseeing delivery of HR operations to 25000+ employees in the DACH region. With a passion for moral education and experience in building world class HR systems, her contribution to the school board is crucial in positioning the school as a primary leader in primary education. 

 

Radjana served at the Baha’i World Centre for several years working on recruitment and event management.

 

She is a class of '99 graduate of Townshend International School, and holds a BA in communications and mass media from State University of New York. Radjana serves currently as secretary of the Board.

 

 

Zuhal Werner

 

Zuhal's education and professional experience is in process engineering and climate change. She has been serving the school board since March 2020.

 

Living and working in Sudan, Dubai, China and Germany, and as a full-time parent of three, Zuhal brings a wealth of knowledge from leading international schools around the world to the Townshend board.

She graduated from Townshend in 1999, and holds a MSc in process and energy engineering from University of Kaiserslautern. Zuhal serves as Chairperson of the Board.