Benjamin Smith has been appointed Director of Advancement at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS).

CDNIS is a private, not for profit, independent school in Hong Kong. One of the top schools in Asia and with 1800 students from 43 nationalities, they pride themselves on putting innovation at the core of their teaching and learning and producing truly global citizens. With a new Head, Dr. Jane Camblin, starting in post and an ambitious new strategy in place, they were looking for a Director of Advancement to implement a fundraising strategy, build up their development office and team, and build long-lasting relationships for the school.

Society conducted a broad, global search across the schools, higher-education, not-for-profit and arts and heritage sectors. We prioritised candidates with strategic, senior leadership experience, who had set up a development function from scratch and who had experience engaging with and fundraising from an international community.

Benjamin Smith was previously Director of Development at the Leysin American School in Switzerland, where he established and implemented their development programme. Prior to that he held senior advancement roles at the University of New Hampshire and New England College.

Ben commented,

"It's an exciting time to be joining the leadership team at CDNIS. CDNIS has created a forward looking strategic plan, hired a dynamic and highly respected Head of School in Dr. Jane Camblin, and has nurtured a high level of affinity with its community. I am looking forward to getting on campus and starting to build the Advancement program. Thanks to Conor and Shehrazade for bringing this opportunity to my attention and their personalized approach to the recruitment process."