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The Federation of British International Schools in Asia


The FOBISIA Bursars & Business Managers' Conference has been hosted by Member Schools most years since the inaugural event at British International School Ho Chi Minh City in 2009.  The aim of the conference is to bring bursars and business managers together from across the region to share best practice, common challenges and continuous improvement in a positive spirit of collaboration, around a given theme. 

DATES  2 – 3 May 2024
LOCATION  Bangkok, Thailand

This conference is a valuable opportunity for key professionals like yourselves to connect, share insights, and engage in professional development. To ensure that the conference aligns with your interests and needs, we invite you to register your interest using the form. Your input will help us tailor the conference program to better suit your requirements.  Please reserve these dates and free up your time to make the most of this valuable experience.

Stay tuned for more details, including the conference agenda, speakers, and registration information. We look forward to welcoming you and your team to this event. 




THEME  Working Through a Pandemic
DATES  28 May 2021
LOCATION  A virtual Conference

This virtual eConference was hosted by The British School Jakarta and was attended by 64 attendees from 43 schools. Keynote speaker David Woodgate, CEO of Independent Schools Bursars' Association presented on the UK Independent Education Sector: Evolving Issues on Lessons for Bursars.

HELD ON   10 September - 12 March 2019
LOCATION  British School Jakarta

The British School Jakarta was proud to host the 11th Annual Bursars’ and Business Managers’ Conference for 2018/19. The theme of the event this year was “In quality we trust”, an important topic resulting in productive dialogue throughout the entire programme. Delegates representing 21 British International Schools from nine countries across Asia came together to share best practice, common challenges and continuous improvement in a positive spirit of collaboration. The first evening conference dinner showcased traditional Indonesian cuisine at “Plataran Darmawangsa” and was attended by Mr James Bryson, Chair of the Board of Governors who, in his welcome to the delegates, invited all participants to consider how the perception of quality impacts how we conduct our business. Delegates were treated to a colourful cultural dance performance by staff in BSJ’s World Theatre to open the conference proceedings before the real work began!

True to the theme, “Quality” continued to be the focus of discussion throughout the programme with Mr David Butcher, Principal of BSJ delivering the opening presentation “The Unique Selling Point for BSJ” discussing how BSJ is future proofing a quality education through a range of innovative programs and systems such as its entrepreneurial platform “BSJ Ideas” to promote continuous improvement through idea creation; and partnering with MIT (USA) delivering compassionate learning systems.  Mr Paul Martindale, Quality and Performance Improvement Director at BSJ focused on  "Establishing Quality Frameworks" and discussed the schools’ work towards gaining ISO 21001 EOMS certification and how this complements, compares and contrasts to CIS accreditation, of which many of the delegate schools’ participate. 

Conference co-hosts Ms Kerrie Weippert-Rowe, Business and Operations Director at BSJ and Mr Martin Brillantes, CFO at BSJ facilitated group work at a fast and furious pace aka “functional speed dating” which saw all delegates rotate through eight business function-specific topics and share their schools’ challenges and best practice examples.  One of the key benefits of the FOBISIA conference is that delegates learn about other schools and can take away ideas and contacts which they can draw on  and refer to in the future. For a change of pace and scenery, the conference proceedings moved to Ciloto - Puncak, experiencing another side to Indonesia amongst the mountains, tree plantations and cooler temperatures. The long bus drive gave more opportunity for networking and connecting over shared business interests. 

For some downtime, and continuing opportunity to showcase the diversity of  “Wonderful Indonesia”, delegates were treated to a traditional interactive musical performance using “Angklung” at the Gala Dinner and an exclusive “Behind the Scenes” tour of Indonesia’s famous Taman Safari and Conservation Park in Bogor on the final day. Fresh with new ideas,  strengthened working relationships and keepsake batik shirts, delegates were bid “sampai jumpa lagi”.  


HELD ON   28 September - 31 March 2018
LOCATION  British Vietnamese International School Hanoi

The FOBISIA Business Managers’ Conference 2018 was hosted by British Vietnamese International School (BVIS Hanoi), Vietnam from 28th to 31st March 2018.

The first day of conference at school was a productive day with a presentation of Ms. Duong Nguyen and Mr. JK Tan (Regional Business Director and Regional Finance Director, SEA Nord Anglia Education) about “How can a Bursar “add value” to the Principal” and another presentation by Mr. Mark Sayer, principal of BVIS, named “Any benefits to Cognitive Bias?”. More than 30 delegates from 28 schools were very interested in the topics and had lively discussion on them.

After that, delegates had time to share their best practices and also similar issues at their own schools. Some useful consultations from Speakers and best practice sharing between FOBISIA schools shed the light for delegates to solve their issues or improve their current practices. It was a valuable time to learn from each other.

The most memorable time was the next two days when delegates joined a voyage on cruise together around Halong Bay, a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam. Networking time on cruise with a lot of funny games brought us closer and had more understanding about our friends. It’s time to relax with beautiful scenes and happy time. Leaving cruise, we said goodbye and looking forward to opportunities to meet each other at the next BURSAR/ BUSINESS MANAGERS’ CONFERENCE.  see photos

HELD ON   26 - 28 October 2016
LOCATION  International School Brunei

Read more THE FOBISIAN Issue 23 Term 2 February 2017

THEME   Good Soil for the Growing Trees
HELD ON   18 September - 20 November 2015
LOCATION  Kinabalu International School

Read more: THE FOBISIAN Issue 22, Term 1 April 2016

HELD ON  12 - 14 September 2013
LOCATION  Tanglin Trust School

The FOBISIA Business Managers’ Conference 2013 was hosted by Tanglin Trust School, Singapore in September 2013.

A welcome dinner for the delegates was held on the evening of Thursday 12 September at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, where our CEO, Mr Peter Derby-Crook, welcomed the delegates from the various FOBISIA schools around the region.

All the delegates attended a one and a half day conference at Tanglin Trust School over the next two days. This year’s programme included a presentation by DP Architects, a leading Singapore architectural firm, on “Sustainable Design Stories”. They shared with us how sustainable green features were incorporated into school buildings and landscape. In addition, International SOS, a leading medical & security assistance company, on "Travel Safe" shared how risk mitigation were incorporated into school trips and outdoor education. The delegates were then divided into groups for a tour of the school. The later part of the conference included a sharing session on best practices and topics which the delegates had put up earlier for discussion and this continued into another half day morning meeting at the conference hotel.


HELD ON  20 - 22 September 2012
LOCATION  Dulwich College Suzhou
Read more: THE FOBISSEAN Issue 11, Term 1 December  2012

HELD IN  22 - 24 September 2011
LOCATION  Taipei European School
keynotes: Freddie Hoeglund, Steve Parker, Mike Humphrey and Rob McIntyre
Read more: THE FOBISSEAN Issue 9, Term 2 April 2011

HELD IN  24 - 26 September 2010
LOCATION  Kellett School Hong Kong
Read more: THE FOBISSEAN Issue 5, Term 1 December 2010

HELD IN  18 - 20 September 2009
LOCATION  British International School Ho Chi Minh Cty
Read more: THE FOBISSEAN Issue 2, Term 1 December 2009


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