Berian Thomas has been working as a Primary and Design & Technology teacher in Almaty since 2008, having previously taught in the UK, USA and the Netherlands. He has travelled extensively in the former Soviet Union and in 2014 he completed a masters degree in Russian and Central Asian Studies from the University of Birmingham. He loves the many opportunities for adventure that the Almaty region provides: ski-touring, hiking, and worrying about eagles. Having been involved in school startups before, he is looking forward to the challenge of developing Design at KIS as the school enters an exciting new phase in its evolution.