I was born in Porbandar, Gujarat, India and am very proud of my birthplace, as it is also the birthplace of the great Mahatma Gandhi. I moved to the UK when I was just 4 years old and have lived there most of my life.
I completed Primary and Secondary school in Southampton before moving to London to study for a BSc in Sports Science. After completing my degree, I attended the University of Southampton to complete a PGCE in Education, allowing me to qualify as a PE Teacher.
One of my best jobs before I qualified as a teacher was as a camp counsellor for the College Settlement Camp in Horsham, Pennsylvania, USA. There, I spent 4 months teaching and looking after underprivileged youth from inner-city Philadelphia. I still hold this as one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences to date.
Immediately after qualifying as a teacher, I got my first job as a PE teacher at The Hurst Community College in Hampshire. I was promoted to Deputy Head of PE after 3 years and then promoted to Head of PE after a further 5 years, spending a total of 15 great years at that school.
I have been married to my wife Murshida for almost 10 years and we have been blessed with a son and a daughter (Samir and Seraya). They are all very excited, like me, to be moving to Doha and joining the Oryx International School family.
Obviously and stereotypically, my main interests revolve around sport. Cricket is my passion and my main sport, but I also love to play football, badminton, tennis and table tennis. I also love to ski in the winter and I have been very lucky to have skied in France, Andorra, Austria and the USA. I keenly follow the India and England cricket teams, but when it comes to football, there is only one club that is in my heart: Manchester United Football Club.
I love to travel and learn about new cultures and foods, so I am intrigued to see what Qatar has in store. When I have time and am on holiday, I love to read autobiographies because I love to learn about different people’s experiences throughout their lives. On the weekends, I love family days out, walks in the park and visits to the cinema.
My aim at Oryx International School is to help develop our pupils into global citizens using my experience and passion for sport. I want to help promote Oryx as one of the best schools in Doha by ensuring the best possible results for the first GCSE PE cohort to go through and to build on the success of the current sports teams. I hope to provide new enriching experiences for our pupils and lead the first Oryx ski trip as well as helping to organise sports tours abroad. Overall, I would love to inspire our pupils to develop a love for sport and exercise so they can be confident, ambitious and committed to a successful future.