Hatim Eltayeb


Sudan | Dean of the Academy

Hatim was among the first faculty members of African Leadership Academy. From 2009-2012, he taught primarily in the African Studies department. He also Chaired the Seminal Readings Committee, shaping the curriculum for a unique Socratic course at the heart of the Academy. As a Hallmaster in the student residence, he gained an appreciation of the unique learning opportunities in a boarding school environment. In 2011, he was named ALA “Teacher of the Year”.

Hatim returned to Cairo, Egypt, in 2012 where he spent his formative years. With two partner educators, he founded Symposium, a school services and consulting company. Symposium’s flagship product, sympoSAT, grew to serve hundreds of students at 15 leading independent schools in Cairo. Today, Symposium continues to develop BrightBoard: a locally-focused teacher-recruitment portal. Most recently, Hatim served as President at Top Choice Admissions, where he led the development of the MENA region’s first 100% proprietary university admissions readiness curriculum. He left his executive position at Top Choice Admissions in 2016 to return to the Academy.

As Dean of the Academy, Hatim will lead teachers and students in our flagship two year program, and shape a campus community and teams with innovation that leverages its exceptional cultural diversity.

Hatim is a 2009 graduate of Harvard University, where he completed a B.A. in Government with a secondary concentration in Political and Moral Philosophy. During his time at Harvard, he was an organizing member of several Model United Nations conferences and performed regularly with the Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble.