Board of Directors


Envisioning the Future at AIU

The mission of the Board of Directors at American International University is to uphold the university's commitment to academic excellence, global perspective, and community engagement. They strive to guide the institution in fostering an environment that encourages innovation, learning, and the development of global leaders.

Ms. Jacqueline Shaw

Chair, Board of Directors

Drawing from over 20 years of experience in the education industry in the region, Ms. Shaw leads the Board of Directors of American International University and directs all executive leadership teams. Having founded the American Baccalaureate School in Kuwait, and operating the Oxford Learning Centre franchise in various locations across the GCC, Ms. Shaw drives the vision for AIU to be a regional hub for academic excellence.

Ms. Shaw obtained her MBA from Arizona State University, her MIM from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and has a BBA from the University of Washington.

Dr. Fayza Al-Kharafi

Chairperson, Board of Trustees and Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry


Mrs. Areej Al-Ghanim

Member of Board of Trustees


Mr. Bader Al-Sayer

Managing Director of Musaed AlSayer & Partners


Mr. Nael Al-Awadhi

Member of Board of Trustees

Dr. Khalid Al-Sebeih



Dr. Nouria Al-Awadi

Professor of Chemistry at Kuwait University

Mr. Vivek Nair

Group Chief Financial Officer




The university's Board of Directors concentrates on using resources efficiently to provide top-quality education, preparing students for a globalized world. They emphasize ethical standards and sustainability, aiming to positively impact society through AIU's activities.