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Visiting Fellow

Asmaa is the Director of Research at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE).  With over twenty years of experience in K-12 education, higher education and policy development, she has served as policy writer at governmental level, professor, author of books on leadership reform and board member on educational organizations.

As Director of Research, Asmaa is leading a number of projects, including the Empowering Leaders of Learning, which supports school leaders in navigating school improvement processes; the Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network (ALL-IN), a global network of school leadership experts and practitioners aimed at raising awareness of educational leadership policy through research and advocacy; and the Innovation Hub Project, a K-12 education research initiative focused on learner and educator development in progressive school settings. Asmaa’s research interests include leadership for learning, teacher professional development, educational reform, innovation in education and SDGs.

Asmaa holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil from Cambridge University in Educational Leadership and Policy. She has also served at the RAND-Qatar Policy institute as an associate policy analyst. She has served on the positions of program committee, teacher, school leader, and fellow in various institutes in Qatar. She is a widely published author in the field of educational leadership and policy. She is the author of Qatari School Leadership Portraits: Lessons Learned from Education for a New Era Reform (HBKU Press, 2019).
Asmaa holds an advisory role in several organizations, including Karanga, a global alliance for social – emotional learning and life skills, Hughes Hall Development Strategy Group at Cambridge University, and Qatar Academy Sidra School. Along with that, she has been a committee member in Greater Share, a philanthropic investment model that works with high impact NGOs and private equity funds.  She is a board member at University of Doha for Science and Technology.