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Mr. Malcolm Kay


Malcolm Kay

Mr. Malcolm Kay is an experienced leader in American and international education, leading schools that offer College Board programs, including the Advanced Placement examination and all International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Malcolm started his international career at the International School of Geneva, a founding IB school, and has contributed to and been involved in the delivery of IB programs for more than 35 years.

As the founding Superintendent of our sister school, Stamford American International School in Singapore, Malcolm oversaw the growth of the school to a prestigious IB World authorized school with more than 3,000 students from over 65 countries. He also oversaw the first graduating class at the school, sending them to 1st tier universities in the U.S. and around the world, including Jen Kit Ker, one of only 106 international students worldwide to receive an early acceptance from Northwestern University.

As Superintendent of ACS International Schools in London for 15 years, Malcolm oversaw the growth of the school, based on American and international K-12 education, to a prestigious three school system of more than 2,600 students, representing more than 60 nationalities, and sending graduates to highly reputable universities in the USA and around the world. Malcolm also led the development of a new school, ACS Egham International School from site acquisition to fully accredited New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and International Baccalaureate status.

As an experienced accreditation officer of international schools for NEASC and an accomplished public speaker and writer, Malcolm has established world-wide community service projects including the ACS International Schools Foundation Peace Prize and the ORBIS flying eye hospital internship program.

In addition to Malcolm's wealth of educational experience, he is a Master’s graduate of Bath University, well known for its expertise in the international education arena, a Bachelor’s graduate of Nottingham University and he also studied at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Malcolm is married to Nicky and together they have two grown sons. Both boys graduated from high school as IB Diploma Program students; Jonathan is a university graduate in Project Management and Construction and Tristan is a Master's graduate in Digital Forensics.


Ms. Karrie Dietz

Head of School

Ms. Karrie Dietz joins Stamford American School - Hong Kong after more than 20 years of teaching and school leadership experience in 5 countries. Most recently, Karrie served as the Lower Elementary School Principal at our sister campus, Stamford American International School in Singapore, where she oversaw the growth of the Elementary School division from 450 to 800 students. In this role, she was instrumental in implementing digital literacy programs and managing the development of language programs, including Stamford’s Mandarin/English Bilingual Program.

Her leadership and curriculum experience extends beyond that of her time in Singapore, as she was previously the Elementary School Principal of the Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she facilitated school-wide curriculum development across four International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. This included the use of standards and benchmarks and curriculum mapping software. Karrie was also the School-Wide Curriculum Coordinator and Elementary School Vice-Principal at the American International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Karrie is passionate about collaborating with others to empower children to reach their full potential and make a difference. In addition to being an experienced International Baccalaureate workshop leader, Karrie also serves on and leads Council of International Schools accreditation teams for schools in the Asia Pacific region. She is a South East Asia Primary Administrators’ Conference member and Singapore Primary Administrators’ Network steering committee member.

Karrie has a Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from St. Catherine University, both located in Minnesota. She also holds an International School Leadership Certificate from the Principals’ Training Center in America and an Executive Certificate of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.