Leading private independent Islamic school, Unity Grammar College, is poised to embark on a fresh era of growth following the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Dr Sayd Farook.

Dr Farook brings a wealth of education and business experience to Unity Grammar, with advanced degrees (including a PhD) in Business, Law, Islamic Finance and Behavioural Economics from the University of Technology, Sydney.

In addition, he has previously fulfilled roles including Strategy and Innovation Advisor to the Executive Office of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Global Head of Islamic Capital Markets for Thomson Reuters (now Refinitiv).

According to Khalil Hafza, Chairman of Unity Grammar’s Board of Directors, Dr Farook stood out as a candidate during the recruitment process.

“Dr Farook’s vision for Unity Grammar very much aligns with our goal of becoming an international benchmark in Islamic education,” said Mr Hafza.

He further added,“We couldn’t be more pleased that he has agreed to lead the College and help us further increase our standing as a role model for values-based Islamic learning.”

Dr Farook commenced in the role on 11 July 2022, and has already hit the ground running as the college prepares to deliver a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) building for senior students, as well as a new junior school campus.

A representation of Unity Grammar College’s future STEAM building.

According to Dr Farook, it is an exciting time to be joining Unity Grammar College.

“I feel very fortunate to be joining Unity Grammar at a time when we are poised to grow and increase our educational offering to our learners,” said Dr Farook.

He further aded, “We have an amazing new STEAM building coming up in early 2023, as well as a purpose-built, state-of-the-art junior campus with space for 850 learners, both of which will enable us to deliver first-class, future-ready education.”

In his role, Dr Farook will also draw on his global experience for the benefit of Unity Grammar.

“My previous experience has shown me it is important that we don’t just benchmark against other Australian and Islamic schools, but that we look at who is delivering the best personalised learning outcomes around the globe,” he explained.

“Ultimately, my aim is to develop an ecosystem of learning experiences that allow Unity Grammar’s learners to self-select and acquire the tools and skills to become creators, innovators and pioneers in the fields of discovery, science, entrepreneurship and human development.”

Unity Grammar College students

“Faith-driven education will be essential to these outcomes,” adds Dr Farook.

“Our school is based on five values – namely our connection to our Creator; our mental and physical wellbeing; our relationships with those around us; our ability to learn for life; and our initiative, drive and tenacity.”

“By helping our learners to adopt these values, we believe they will be able to become the best versions of themselves in their service to Allah.”

“A mentality that is focused on service and responsibility will allow our learners to build character and leadership while achieving their dreams and aspirations,” Dr Farook concluded.