Founded in 1968, the IBO currently serves 1341 schools in 112 countries. Through comprehensive and balanced curricula coupled with challenging assessments, the IBO aims to assist schools in their endeavour to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside.

Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship, with the aim that IB students may become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs.

In her role as chief examiner, Dr Jiwa will act as a consultant providing impartial, academic judgement in the field of Islamic History for the Organization’s diploma programme. Of the many responsibilities she will undertake, the most important is the role of providing leadership and guidance for the entire examining team as well as participating in the preparation of both the assessment tools and content of the examinations themselves. Prior to her recent appointment, Dr Jiwa had served as assistant chief examiner in the History of the Muslim world since March 1998.