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Ratika Fernandes

Ratika Fernandes

Welcome to Mia Montessori Academy!

A Montessori student myself, I developed a lifelong love for learning and culture. I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science, International Relations and Business Administration - which resulted in an initial career as a Chartered Accountant with a Big Four professional services firm. I provided management consulting services to large, publicly-listed companies in Canada and the United Kingdom, most recently running a leadership development program for CFOs of multinational organisations.

After nearly 15 years in the corporate world, I realised that to make an impact with individuals, we need to start at the beginning rather than towards the end of their journey. This motivated me to shift my focus from the development of executives to the development of children. Having seen both sides of the spectrum, I truly believe a Montessori education is one that best equips children to be the future leaders that our world needs. It instills in them a fascination and appreciation of the world and one another, as well as the drive towards continued learning and improvement. Most importantly, it gives them confidence - in themselves and their abilities - and that quality alone is the catalyst for action.

I’m also passionate about building a better future for the next generation and so, when I’m not working on continuing to make Mia an exceptional school, I consult for NGOs focused on sustainability.