On behalf of the Board of Directors of Bandung Independent School (BIS), we are pleased to announce that Doruk Gurkan, a dedicated and insightful educator with 23 years of professional educational experience earned both in private Turkish and international schools, has accepted the offer to assume the position as the Head of School effective at the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year.
Doruk began his professional career as an English Language and Literature Teacher in Turkey in 1999 and currently serves as Head of High School at the Shanghai United International School, China. In the interim progression of his career, Doruk has served in a variety of leadership roles including International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Coordinator, School Vice-Principal & Middle and Senior School Principal (Shanghai Singapore International School, Shanghai), Head of English Department (Sezin School) and General Manager of his family business (Ganos Winery, Tekirdag). He has in-depth knowledge of the IB Programme as well as the Cambridge International Examinations and how to blend local programmes with international ones.
Doruk Gurkan is a Turkish national and is fluent in English, Turkish, and Portuguese. He has lived in Brazil, U.K., U.S.A., and China. He is aware of the Bandung Independent School’s strengths and will continue to develop and grow them over the next years. For Mr. Gurkan, everyone is destined to leave a mark in this world and lead a meaningful life. As educators, it is our duty to inspire, motivate, and support students in innovative learning as a lifelong adventure. He will be moving to Bandung in the summer of 2023 with his wife and is very excited to become part of the BIS family. Their daughter will be graduating from IBDP and starting her university life in the Netherlands.
Mr. Gurkan is also experienced in managing strategic administrative activities, including financial planning and management, overseeing developments in the school’s expansion projects, catering for growth and policy development and implementation to promote a school of innovation and openness.
Doruk holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Culture and Literature from Istanbul University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
BIS and Search Associates would like to thank each of the candidates who expressed interest in the Head of School position, and to everyone who assisted and supported the search process to its successful outcome.