- Founders -

Christopher Batchelder

President & Co-Founder


Anna Batchelder

CEO & Co-Founder


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What we do...


Bon Education is a learning and development company with headquarters in the United Arab Emirates. We spend our time creating and implementing learning and development workshops, programs, events and retreats for companies, governments, small businesses, community organizations and nonprofits.


We were founded in 2008 to work on human development projects in the UAE. Since then we have expanded and have worked on learning initiatives in China, Bahrain, Lebanon, Oman, Puerto Rico, the UAE, the USA, Qatar and more.


What we believe...


Our work is based on the following assumptions:


1. Organizations are abundant with talent.

2. Every individual is naturally creative and resourceful.

3. Continuous learning is the heartbeat of organizational creativity, productivity, happiness and growth.

4. Every business or community has the potential to help make the world a better place.

5. When we harness our collective learning and potential, anything is possible.


Core Team


We are a team of educators, coaches and learning facilitators around the globe.


Anna Batchelder (Co-Founder & Chief Education Officer)

Learning and development practitioner, Anna is passionate about using experiential education and technology to promote meaningful learning, cross-cultural understanding and great ideas. She has led education product development, professional development and online community initiatives for organizations across the Middle East, North America and Asia. Anna is an education advisor to the Shelter Dubai and the Archive Dubai and regularly writes and presents on topics at the intersection of learning and technology.


She holds an MA in international and comparative education from Columbia University Teachers College and a BA in economics from the College of William and Mary, with additional studies at Oxford University and the Coaches Training Institute. Anna is a former English teacher.



Christopher Batchelder (Co-Founder, President & Chief Instigator)

Christopher holds a certification in co-active coaching from The Coaches Training Institute. He is a member of the International Coaches Federation and the Institute for Professional Coaching affiliated with the Harvard Medical School. He studied Classics at Northwestern University.  His latest projects include work in the Ras al Khaimah prison, work with public school leaders, community education programs in Dubai as well as corporate learning and development restructuring projects.


Christopher leads workshops, develops educational programming and consults on educational and learning strategy for organizations. He has worked across the Middle East, Asia and North America.


Michelle Hollett (Curriculum Development Manager & Bon Education Journalism Fellow)

With backgrounds in journalism and international education, Michelle enjoys pulling from both fields and working at their intersection to encourage learning opportunities and inter-cultural connections. In addition to reporting for a newspaper, Michelle has worked in a university study abroad office and co-led conflict resolution teacher trainings in Colombia with the organization Somos CaPAZes. She's also been a part of various international organizations, including UNESCO and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies.


Michelle holds a BA dual degree in Journalism and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Ryan Hollett (Research & Curriculum Development)

Ryan’s journey to the field of education has been fed by a love of learning and a natural curiosity for just about everything. He designed his own Bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire, while spending much of his time with the UNH Dance Company as an aerialist/trapeze artist. Ryan enjoys playing at the intersection of disciplinary fields, and facilitating interdisciplinary learning.


In addition to a Bachelors of Science in Human Health & Wellness, Ryan is currently finishing a MALS from the University of New Hampshire, with a focus on Interdisciplinary Education.


Noha Mahdi (Program Operations)

Noha is passionate about education and learning at all levels. A lifelong learner with a background in sciences, she enjoys cultivating experiential, interdisciplinary and holistic learning experiences while making use of neuroscience research. She believes in the cultural, community-based nature of learning and deeply enjoys contributing to the expansion of the human mind. Noha has worked in educational spaces in North America and the Middle East, and was most recently the director of Tech Quest, a science and technology camp in Abu Dhabi.


Noha holds a Master of Education in Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from McGill University, as well as a graduate diploma in Clinical Research from McGill.


We'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us with any comments, suggestions or enquiries.



Dubai, UAE

P.O. Box 935007



UAE: +971 4 442 1685

UAE: +971 50 554 7997

UAE: +971 50 467 8837

USA: +001 703 879 6526








Hours | Tues-Sat 10:00-6:00, Sunday 12:00-4:00, Closed Mondays