Education Practice

Our absolute commitment to successful delivery and quality client and candidate care is why the majority of our business is from long-standing clients or by direct referral.

For further information on our recent track record and capabilities in your particular geographic or industry area, or to arrange a discussion about your organization’s partnership needs, please contact our team by phone on +971 (0)4 279 6300.

Education is widely recognized to be an absolutely critical field impacting the future and sustainability of emerging (and pre-emerging) markets. Governments and stakeholders across the GCC and broader Middle East and Africa regions therefore regard education as one of the most important developmental challenges of our era. Reforms to the availability, delivery, quality and regulation of education are being sought to ensure successful preparation of citizens and residents alike to perform necessary functions within diversifying local economies and to develop the skill sets required to compete on a global scale.

That is why the Education Practice is a core tenet of the Moorland Gray business, highly aligned with our commitment to the region’s human capital development. Moorland Gray’s sector strengths extend across the full functional spectrum on positions that range from faculty to administrative and nationalization-based to international/global, and that fall within industry areas spanning K12, higher education and professional education/training.

The Moorland Gray Education Practice provides nuanced industry insights, stellar worldwide networks, unrivaled regional scale and extensive executive search experience. This is translated into best-in-class retained search solutions and resulting long-term partnerships with leading organizations within the Middle East region, in which we are based, as well as the frontier, emerging and developed global markets to which our network presence extends across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The Moorland Gray Education Practice specializes in senior faculty and administrative appointments, as well as board-level searches, across focus areas including:

  • Early Education
  • K12
  • Higher Education
  • Professional Education and Training
  • Educational Authorities & Regulators

The Moorland Gray search process is uniquely transparent, communicative and customizable to each client’s needs. Our Education segment Partners and Practice Heads lead each search mandate, consulting with clients in depth to understand stakeholder and organizational requirements, and ideals for the hire, and then using research-backed market intelligence and carefully honed subject matter expertise to translate that understanding into the most suitable strategy for each search.

The Moorland Gray Education Practice leadership remains actively engaged throughout the entire search process, serving as primary points of contact and holding absolute accountability for search delivery at every step of the journey – from assignment acquisition through to shortlisting, candidate screening, offer management, on-boarding and beyond. Our Education Practice is also backed by an in-house research team composed of Associates and supporting Analysts who are detail-oriented, industry-focused and who help enable our unrivaled ability to deliver successfully on complex, challenging searches that require large magnitude or multi-faceted outreach.

The scale and expertise of our seasoned team ensures high-quality, targeted search execution and allows for the compilation of in-depth industry analysis and detailed continuous reporting that provides full visibility of the talent landscape as well as of our candidate engagement progress, nuanced screenings and comparative criteria-based assessments. Our proprietary process ensures client satisfaction across the full assignment lifecycle.

Moorland Gray has become the trusted long-term search partner of choice for a multitude of consumer-oriented entities that appreciate our confidentiality and discretion as much as our value-added services that have provided compensation insights, supported gender diversity and nationalization campaigns, and enabled clients to build their own pools of global talent for future requirements.


With executive search success in the Education industry segment since 2007, Moorland Gray has completed local and global assignments across the full spectrum of functions for clients throughout our sub-sector specializations.

Our extensive track record of success includes the following sample of recent placements:

  • Academic Dean – University
  • Executive Director, Vocational Education – Educational Government Body
  • Director of Assessment – Major International Education Institution
  • Dean of Business – University
  • Executive Director, Education – Free Zone Cluster
  • Director of Postgraduate Research – University
  • Head of Research and Development – Educational Government Body
  • Dean of Accounting and Finance – University
  • Chief Legal Counsel – Educational Government Body
  • Facilities Management Director – Investment Company
  • Executive Director, Biotechnology – Free Zone Cluster
  • General Counsel – University
  • Head of PR and Communications – Educational Government Body
  • Director of MBA Programs – Major International Education Institution
  • Director of Student Admissions – University
  • Director of Policy and Research – Educational Government Body