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Dr Steffen Sommer

Director General - Misk Schools, Saudi Arabia

Dr Steffen Sommer is an accomplished education leader with more than 25 years of experience in senior roles across Europe and the Middle East. He joined Misk Schools as Director General in August 2022, after serving as the Principal of Doha College for seven years. Prior to his time in the Middle East, Steffen led top international schools in The Hague, Paris, and Lausanne.

As a fluent speaker of six languages, Steffen also served as Head of Languages at Rugby School, one of the UK’s premier independent boarding schools. He was born in Germany and earned his first degree in Language and Linguistics from the University of Leipzig. Following his military service, Steffen worked with car maker Peugeot in France and pursued a PhD in Birmingham, UK, before discovering his passion for teaching.

In addition to his work at Misk Schools, Steffen is actively involved in education initiatives throughout the Middle East and beyond. He serves as a board member of Outstanding Schools of the Middle East, is a co-founder of the international division of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), Vice Chair of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), and a Fellow of High Performance Learning.