Management Team

Ali Irfan


Ali is credited with setting up the first Kipinä school in the UAE and establishing and operating a successful proof of concept. With an MBA from Yale and an undergraduate degree from Wharton, Ali has 20 years of experience in senior management positions for globally renowned Telecommunications-Media-Technology firms. He has previously worked as a strategy consultant in the US market focusing on the operational enhancement of fortune 500 companies.

Ben Romdhane


Ben is the most senior staff member for the MENA and Africa.

He has nearly a decade of leadership experience at Mercedes Benz including earning their highest c level- operational management rating. In edition to this, he has a Masters in Business and an Engineering degree. He speaks fluent English, French, Arabic and German.

Ben focuses on helping our franchisees to get their schools open on schedule.

Jeannine Laubner


Jeannine is a fourth generation teacher, and mother of two Kipinä-educated kids. Hailing from San Francisco, USA, she is a successful leader in education with over 18 years experience. She holds a Masters degree in Teaching, a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development certification. Jeannine is currently working on constantly enhancing and developing teaching tools for the Kipinä Enhanced Finland Curriculum. She is the author of “Millennials Guide To Early Childhood Education.”

Kieran Galvin


Kieran is the originator of the Kipinä concept and brand. Kipinä was developed because of his experience in education management, licensing and packaging. An entrepreneurial leader, builder and proven manager – Kieran has more than 25 years of business experience in the UK, Australia, and the Middle East, occupying C-level and board level roles for 15 years.

Kieran is the engine behind Kipinä’s global expansion through Franchise partners.