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Bhupesh Upadhyay joined ASIJ’s business office in 2017 as chief operating officer/chief financial officer. Prior to this he was director of operations and business at the American Embassy School in New Dehli. Bhupesh received his MBA in finance and marketing from Drexel University in Philadelphia and began his career working for businesses such as IMS Health, IBM Corporation and Oracle. His international school experience began as a student at IS Manila and he also worked as the human resources manager at the International School of Beijing. He is joined in Japan by his wife Sajala and their two children who attend ASIJ.

We asked


a few questions...

How does the work of the business office impact the ASIJ classroom and the experience of families attending ASIJ?

The business office facilitates tuition and other receivables and payments for families and staff. The team strives to provide timely and accurate support to families regarding payments. ASIJ teachers are also supported by the business office with supplier payments and vendor selection/management to ensure each classroom is equipped to the best of our ability to deliver quality instruction.

How does your experience at major multinational corporations, such as IMS Health, IBM and Oracle, inform your work as a school COO and CFO?

A focus on investing for the future, improving processes, and containing costs are all areas where I have been able to use my prior corporate experience in my role here at ASIJ. We are at a critical juncture, with looming decisions around people, programs, and facilities that will shape ASIJ for decades to come. I hope to use my corporate experience to support our journey.

As a Third Culture Kid (TCK) yourself, having attended the International School of Manila, what do you gain from an international school education?

My international school experience has been integral in helping shape my adulthood and has been my compass⁠—my "true north."  I feel very fortunate to have had the experiences I did. It feels natural to have lived in multiple countries exposed to so many different cultures and experiences. I hope my children appreciate what they are experiencing now when they are older and can reflect on this time in their lives.

We asked him more than a few Questions...