Course Team

Richard van de Lagemaat

Richard van de Lagemaat is the founder and director of InThinking an innovative educational consultancy service which provides quality training for teachers & students in IB schools. With nearly thirty years experience, Richard taught in international schools in the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Hong Kong; and he been actively involved in teacher training and curriculum development since 1988. He has run workshops and seminars for teachers and students in fifty countries and is a regular speaker at educational conferences. Richard has a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Warwick. His book Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma is published by Cambridge University Press and has sold more than 140,000 copies.

Karin Wakeham

Karin Wakeham has taught a wide range of social science subjects at both school and university level. She is currently attached to Linköping University in Sweden and she is the Events Manager of InThinking. Karin is the organisational brain behind the Think! course on which she also teaches.

Gary Hunt

A highly experienced and versatile educator, Gary currently teaches Philosophy, English and Theory of Knowledge at Tikkurilan Lukio, IB World School, Helsinki, Finland. Gary holds a Masters degree from the University of Sussex and he has served as a Theory of Knowlege examiner for the International Baccalaureate.

Joni Makivirta

Joni Makivirta is currently head of the Humanities department at the British International School of Bangkok, Thailand. Joni has expertise in History, Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy and Politics. He has a strong IB background and previously taught at schools in Norway and Finland.

Bill Roberts

A highly experienced TOK teacher & workshop leader, who is currently Deputy Chief Assessor for the Subject, Bill has an Engineering degree from Oxford University, a Masters degree in Guidance and Counselling, and a PhD in Education. During his 23 year teaching career, Bill taught Mathematics & TOK in Egypt and Tanzania. Bill currently combines a free-lance career with a lecturing position at the University of Newcastle.

Mónica Prieto Peris

Mónica currently holds the DP Coordinator position at SEK-International School-El Castillo, Spain where she is also TOK teacher. Mónica is a workshop leader for TOK and Language B and an examiner for Spanish B. She holds an M.A. and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been trained in current teaching and leadership methodologies such “Systems leadership”, “Harkness method” or “intelligent classroom” and “flipped learning”.

Chris Davies

Chris has recently retired from full-time work after teaching at UWC Atlantic College for over thirty years. A graduate of the Royal College of Music London, Chris worked in the UK and Europe as a freelance classical pianist from 1981 to 1988. In 1988 he joined the faculty at Atlantic College where in 2004 he was appointed Head of Faculty for Group 6 Arts and Electives. He has taught TOK at Atlantic College for more than 20 years.


Dinos Aristidou

Dinos Aristidou is a freelance artist / consultant / workshop leader based in the UK. Formerly head of Performing Arts at Vienna International School, he has worked extensively with the IBO in Diploma Theatre and the Middle Years Programme. A highly experienced IB workshop leader and school consultant, he has been actively involved in curriculum development in both areas. Dinos writes and directs, and is currently developing models of good arts practice for teachers, arts organisations and local education authorities in the UK as well as working as trainer for the new Diploma.

Simon Neenan

Simon Neenan is currently working at Atlantic College Outdoor Centre. The Centre is unique as an outdoor activity centre dedicated to community service and hosted by Atlantic College. Simon has extensive experience in the field of leadership training and outdoor activities.