Nemat Alifbekov is currently the Course Director for the Primary Teacher Educators Development Programme at the Department of Community Relations (DCR) at IIS. In this role, he undertakes the conceptualisation and implementation of strategies for training and supporting primary-level teacher educators for the Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Boards across the world. In this context, he manages the IIS’ partnership with the Professional Development Qualification (PDQ) unit of University of Cambridge.

Nemat’s extended roles at the IIS include teaching on and contributing to DCR’s educational endeavours, including Continuing Education Programmes for primary-level teacher educators, delivering sessions on skills related to academic reading and writing, and guiding participants in their research assignments.

Prior to joining the IIS in 2014, Nemat has worked in various roles related to educational leadership and practice, including with the Aga Khan Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, as the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essays Coordinator (2010-2014), USAID’s Quality Learning Project as a Programme Specialist (2009-2010), the Ismaili Council for the UK (2006-2009) and Aga Khan Foundation Tajikistan (2000-2002).

While at the Aga Khan Academy, Nemat became an International Baccalaureate (IB) certified workshop leader in teacher training and school authorisation. He also taught Theory of Knowledge (ToK), History for IB Diploma and IGCSE, MYP Humanities and Comparative Religions.

His contributions to the Academy included infusion of ToK across the IB curriculum, curriculum and resource development for the MYP Humanities, teacher professional development, and creating a management information system (MIS) for school reporting.

Nemat is a graduate of the IIS’ Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities and has obtained his MA in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment from the Institute of Education, University College London. He also holds a Diploma with distinction in Tajik Philology specialising in humanities, literature and linguistics from Khorog State University, Tajikistan. Nemat is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education from King’s College London as well as a diploma course of Programme Leader Induction in Teaching and Learning from Cambridge PDQ.