Staffan has been living in Prague since 2006, when he relocated from Zurich (Switzerland) where the family lived for 6 years.
He has 40 years of professional experience, mainly in executive roles, marketing & sales and strategy & business planning in global industrial corporations, including various supervisory board assignments over the years.
Staffan and his wife, Charlotta, have 3 children, all of whom are ISP Alumni.
Susanna is passionate about early childhood education, shared and team leadership, learning environments and human development. Her education and work expertise have focused on the leadership and management of both public and private pedagogical communities. Throughout her career she has also managed various construction projects for different educational centres.
Susanna has been living in Prague with her family since 2016. She and her husband Alex have 2 children attending ISP.
Ivo has been a legal practitioner for over 25 years, 17 of which were at the Prague and Bratislava offices of White & Case. In 2014, he co-founded the law firm BADOKH.
Ivo and his wife Marketa have two children at ISP. Ivo is deeply interested in the functioning and success of ISP and all its students. His motivation for Board service is to make a meaningful contribution to the Board on behalf of the ISP Community, using his background and experience in working on the governance and business structures of numerous leading international and domestic corporations.
Nationality: Czech Republic
Martin was born in Prague but spent most of his early years in New York. He attended ISP from 1996 to 1998 and again from 2001 until 2004.
Going on to pursue studies in London, he returned to the Czech Republic in 2008 to join PricewaterhouseCoopers. Martin spent the past eight years as a management consultant, developing strategies for distressed businesses and advising lenders and debtors in restructuring processes throughout the CEE region.
In the interest of further supporting the school as an alumnus, he joined the Advancement Committee in 2014 and became an Honorary Trustee in 2016.
“The achievements of alumni are the most tangible measure of success of any academic institution. As much a school should want to see its graduates go on to succeed and represent it in the best possible light, so too are alumni inherently represented by their school and should hold it to high standards. As an alumnus of ISP, I am keen on seeing that the school maintains its high reputation by providing the best possible level of education, as well as fostering an ever more important multicultural environment.”
Dorota has been living with her family in Prague since 2015. She holds an MSc in Psychology and an MBA.
She has over 10 years of experience working with international schools in Europe and in Asia as a member of the board of trustees. She is passionate about helping ISP achieve its mission and vision as a leading international school.
Dorota and her husband Neil have four children, two of whom are students at ISP.
Nationality: United States of America
Larry has lived in Prague since 2018 and is a U.S. diplomat stationed to the Embassy. Previous international postings include Mexico and China. Prior to joining the State Department, Larry was a corporate lawyer for nine years, living in San Francisco and New York.
Larry and his wife have two children, both of whom attend ISP.
Larry is the representative of the U.S. Embassy on the Board of Trustees.
Nationality: United Kingdom
Ben has lived and worked in Prague since 1992. He is English and is Managing Director of Palmer Capital Investments – a real estate fund and asset management company.
Ben served on the Building and Grounds Committee from 2012 before becoming a Trustee in 2014. Ben believes the school provides an exceptional education and he is keen for it to further develop this program and to expand its facilities.
Ben and his wife, Renata, have two children enrolled at ISP.
Nationality: United Kingdom
Gary has been working in the Czech Republic since 2001 and is currently Deputy Chairman of EP Infrastructure and prior to that was Member of the Board and CFO of Kooperativa.
Gary and Clare have three children, George who graduated from ISP in 2007 and Lily and Joshua (twins) currently in Grade 6.
Gary has served also on the Finance Committee of ISP for many years and plays a role in ensuring the school will continue to finance and develop its facilities in the years ahead.
Nationality: United States of America
First term: Honorary Board Member - Previously served two terms as a Board Member
Peter Ridder has been living in Prague since 1997 and began serving on the ISP Board in 2006. On the board, his main area of focus has been finance; he has served as the Chair of the Finance Committee as well as other committees.
Peter has worked in finance for over 30 years, having served as an investment banker, financial advisor, a budget advisor, and private investor. His main goal for the school is to further develop ISP as an independent school. He has a daughter attending ISP.
Nationality: Italy/United States
Adele has lived in Prague since 2016 and is a lawyer with 20 years experience in International Affairs in Italy and USA.
She has over 10 years of experience in voluntary board positions and has a fundraising professional background in corporate and non-profit organizations.
Adele and her husband Giuseppe have two children at ISP.
Nationality: United Kingdom
Dave currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Central European Media Enterprises (CME) and has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2015. Dave has held senior executive positions mainly in Media and Communications organisations and possesses extensive experience in the areas of financial reporting and control, corporate finance and capital markets transactions.
Dave is originally from Liverpool in the United Kingdom and has lived in Prague since 2010 with his wife Pip, who is heavily involved in the activities of the School Community Association (SCA), and has four children at ISP.
Nationality: Czech Republic
Jan is Chairman of the Board of Wood & Co., a leading Central European investment bank that he co-founded. After serving on the School’s Development and Building & Grounds Committees, Jan became a Trustee in 2012.
Jan has two sons at ISP and it his belief that ISP is one of the best international schools in Europe. Given his sons will continue at ISP for many more years, Jan is strongly interested in the overall quality of education at ISP in terms of the curriculum and the future success of Alumni.
Purpose: The Advancement Committee’s ultimate purpose is the long-term success of the School through effective fundraising and communication. In collaboration with the Advancement staff, the Advancement Committee oversees the planning and execution of fundraising activities for the International School of Prague. These activities may include cultivation and stewardship of donors, face-to-face solicitation, various forms of communication, and events. In addition to the Responsibilities listed above, Advancement Committee members will therefore:
- Ensure that fund-raising goals are achieved through oversight of fund-raising activities;
- Help identify and cultivate prospective donors;
- Participate in face-to-face solicitations in support of the various campaigns;
- Recruit other Trustees to assist with solicitations;
- Develop fund-raising strategies in partnership with the Advancement staff;
- Encourage friends to attend/participate in the School’s special events/fundraisers;
- Serve as ambassadors for ISP in the community.
Purpose: The Building and Grounds Committee shall assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the School’s land, buildings, and equipment: ensuring the adequacy and condition of capital assets; developing and keeping current physical planning policies for land, buildings, and equipment; providing new structures, rehabilitating or removing older structures as dictated by general Board policies; controlling plant debt and assuring adequate levels of funding for plant maintenance; and such other matters as and Board of Trustees may from time to time determine.
Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Building and Grounds Committee shall include the following:
- Review physical plant and grounds operations, maintenance schedules and preventative maintenance programs.
- Review and recommend major capital items regarding buildings and grounds, as well as the replacement of depreciable property.
- Develop a master plan for the School campus.
- Advise the School on the selection of architects and general contractors regarding building projects.
Purpose: The Finance Committee shall assist the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to: reviewing and monitoring income and spending policy for the School and its entities consistent with the School’s long term goals; reviewing and monitoring the School’s budget, including program and management appropriations and capital spending; reviewing and monitoring investment and audit policy; and such other matters as and Board of Trustees may from time to time determine.
Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the Finance Committee shall include the following:
- Review and make recommendations to the Board with respect to long range financial planning and the yearly operational budget.
- Monitor the implementation of the budget.
- Make periodic reports to the Board on the School’s financial status.
- Educate the Board on nonprofit financial reporting and trends affecting the School’s finances.
- Review financial aspects of major proposed transactions.
- Recommend and monitor any corrective actions taken to bring the School and its entities into compliance with financial goals.
- Develop and recommend to the Board for approval policies that delineate how the School will invest its financial resources and what amount of return on investment the School will use in its yearly operating budget.
- Monitor the investment portfolio’s return, including setting investment objectives and recommending and meeting with a professional adviser.
- Periodically report to the Board on the Endowment’s performance.
- Ensure that appropriate governance policies and practices are designed and implemented to minimize financial risk.
- Periodically review and assess the adequacy of this Committee charter and make recommendations to the Trustees’ Committee of changes.
- Conduct an annual performance evaluation of the Committee and report its findings to the Board.
- Attend to such other matters as the Board of Trustees may from time to time determine.
- Maintain minutes of Committee meetings and report regularly to the Board.
Purpose: The purpose of the Governance Committee is to ensure that the board fulfills its legal, ethical, and functional responsibilities through adequate governance policy development, recruitment strategies, training programs, monitoring of board activities, and facilitating the board performance evaluation. The governance committee monitors the development and progress of the ISP Strategic Plan.
Responsibilities: The Governance Committee determines the composition of the board – identifying, recruiting, and proposing new trustees. The committee facilitates the board’s evaluation; provide tools for evaluating individual trustee performance; plans for trustee professional development through orientation, training, and ongoing education. The Governance Committee ensures all legal documents and by-laws of the organization are current and honored in board decisions. Ensure the strategic plan acts as a bridge between ISP’s mission and vision and its policies; the strategic plan sets forth what the school must accomplish in the next five years in order for the school to thrive and achieve its mission.