Rami Kalai, SABIS® Adma, Class of 2013
Read on about how SABIS® alumnus Rami Kalai is making a name for himself in the highly competitive field of financial technology with his FinTech startup QuanteriumTech!
Rami Kalai was a student at the International School of Choueifat – Damascus, a SABIS® school located in Syria, until 2012 when he moved to Lebanon with his family. Like many of the school’s displaced families, Rami’s parents wanted him to continue his education in a SABIS® school, so they eventually settled in Lebanon and enrolled Rami at the SABIS® International School in Adma as an 11th grader in the middle of the 2011-2012 academic year.
Despite the unforeseen move and disruption, Rami made a seamless transition to SABIS® Adma and distinguished himself as a strong student. He excelled on his external exams, receiving high scores on his SAT I exam and scoring 780/800 on his SAT II Math test, 790/800 on his SAT II Physics test, and a perfect score on his SAT II Chemistry test. His AP® results were also very impressive. He earned 5/5 on Calculus BC, Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C Mechanics, Chemistry, and a 4/5 on English Language and Composition.
“Moving from Syria to Lebanon was difficult and potentially disruptive to my education. However, the uniformity of the curriculum helped make the transition easier.”
Rami acknowledges the role SABIS® played in his life as a student in preparing him for university and beyond. He gives credit to the practice of frequent assessment in SABIS® schools, which taught him how to manage his time and stay up-to-date on his studies. The time Rami spent enrolled in SABIS® schools also helped him build additional skills that would serve him well in the future.
Throughout his school years, Rami was an active participant in SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®). At ISC-Damascus, he was the head of the SLO® Sports and Health Department in Grade 10, was a peer tutor, and participated in the school’s track & field team.
“My involvement in SLO® helped me build my managerial skills.”
After graduating from SABIS® Adma, Rami was awarded a full scholarship to the American University of Beirut where he studied for a year. He then attended Imperial College London where he pursued a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering with management. In his third year, he worked at JP Morgan for six months before returning to Imperial to complete his degree.
In 2018, Rami co-founded Quanterium Technologies @QuanteriumTech along with two former colleagues from JP Morgan. Quanterium Technologies is a London based, FinTech startup that aims to revolutionize the world of finance by building a fully regulated trading platform that incorporates elements of blockchain technology to help hedge funds, family businesses, and venture capital funds access the digital assets market more easily. “Quanterium aims to provide institutional clients easy access to the digital assets market through a hybrid trading platform, which blends centralized and decentralized technology,” explained Rami.
We wish Rami the best of luck! If you would like to connect with SABIS® alumni, such as Rami, who are living and working around the world, log on to saga.sabis.net today and get connected.