Gita Steiner-Khamsi
KIX EAP Principal Investigator
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Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi is the KIX EAP Hub Director/Principal Investigator. She was NORRAG’s Academic Director from 2017-2022, having greatly expanded NORRAG’s research capacities and outreach.

She was seconded by Columbia University, where she is a Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, to strengthen the field of comparative and international education at The Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She held a dual academic affiliation as a full professor, splitting her time between the two institutions. A past president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), she is actively engaged in the professionalization of international and comparative education. She published thirteen books and numerous journal articles in globalization studies, comparative policy studies (policy borrowing and lending), and international cooperation.

José Luís Canêlhas
KIX EAP Hub Manager
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José Luís Canêlhas joined NORRAG as KIX EAP Hub Manager in July 2020. José Luis has significant experience in management consulting and international development roles. José Luis worked in the financial services private sector before his career evolved to international consultancy at school and systems-level education planning and M&E roles in Africa and Southeast Asia. He also served on the Global Partnership for Education committee on Governance, Ethics, Risk and Finance. Prior to joining NORRAG, José Luis worked with Oxford Policy Management and co-authored a multi-country research – led by the University College London Institute of Education– on private education and its compliance with the right to education. José Luis holds an MA in Education Planning and Economics from the University College London Institute of Education.

Arushi Terway
Senior Technical Advisor
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Arushi Terway manages NORRAG’s work under the theme Private Sector Approaches in Education, including innovative financing, philanthropy and education, public-private partnerships, and private-sector engagement in the Right to Education movement. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Terway has examined innovative financing for education for the last ten years through an evidence-based approach. She conducts research on the conceptualisation and implementation of complex innovative financing mechanisms within the education sector that aim to bring equitable quality education to all. As the NORRAG Private Sector Approaches in education research lead, she has built a portfolio of knowledge products on innovative financing for education in achieving more and better financing for education in marginalised communities in developing countries. She has also co-edited the book on global trends in philanthropy in education, bringing out the experiences of a varied group of stakeholders in the global South. For over 16 years, she has worked on education policy, planning, and development at global organisations like the World Bank, GPE, USAID, SDC, IPNED, FHI360, OSF and R4D. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master in Education in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Marina Dreux Frotté
KIX EAP Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Lead
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Marina Dreux Frotté holds a MA in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a BA in International Relations from PUC-Rio. She has previously worked for Terre des Hommes Switzerland, the UNESCO International Bureau of Education and in education projects in Brazil and Peru. Marina Dreux Frotté holds extensive expertise in designing and managing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning frameworks, as well as in conducting research and applied policy research in the topics of innovative financing for education, inclusion and equity in education, globalization of education and curriculum reforms.

Julia Levin
KIX EAP Knowledge Lead (Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan)
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Diploma Psychologist Julia Levin is a researcher, lecturer, and practitioner working at the intersection of international educational assessment, teacher training, and conflict mediation. She is the lead for the TIMSS 2023 study’s subproject “Digitization at Elementary Schools in Germany” at the university of Hamburg, researching digitalization and the link to teaching quality and educational results.
Since 2012 she is involved in the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) East-West Dialogue program, working on a project with a focus on dissemination of mediation in Moldova, Transnistria, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan through research and development projects.
She previously worked for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Central Asia developing the first large-scale assessment study in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

As Knowledge Lead in the context of the Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) project, she supports the Asia, Europe, the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa (EAP) Hub. Working closely with partners from Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe she is active in efforts to enhance knowledge exchange and to promote evidence informed policy and practice.

Amy Crompton
KIX EAP Knowledge Lead (Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos PDR, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Vietnam)
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Amy Crompton is the KIX EAP Knowledge Lead for Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos PDR, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. She has diverse experience researching and developing culturally and contextually relevant solutions to advance educational outcomes for learners worldwide. Her experience working with global policymakers, donors, school leaders, teachers, and students ranges from program and curriculum development to capacity-building in research and education to engaging in high-level and institutional policy dialogue with a variety of organizations including the Institute for International Education, Save the Children, Tetra Tech ARD and the U.S. Department of State. She holds an Ed.D. in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Rasha Sharaf
KIX EAP Knowledge Lead (Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen)
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A Professor of international and comparative education and education administration at Helwan University in Egypt. She is the KIX EAP knowledge lead for Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, Sudan and Yemen as well as NORRAG Regional Editor for the Arabic special issues. She has experience with education sector analysis ESA and planning at a few countries in the Arab region in collaboration with UNESCO, OECD and The World Bank. Sharaf was formerly the vice president for students’ affairs of the Egyptian National E-Learning University and the Egyptian cultural attaché in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Allison Vas
Communications and Outreach Consultant
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Allison Vas recently graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a master’s degree in International Educational Development and a concentration in Policy and Planning. Prior to this she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Western Connecticut State University, participated in the Fulbright Program, and taught abroad in Estonia. Her research interests include education policy, teacher advocacy, student well-being, and multilingual education. She brings to the team additional expertise on communications and outreach, and data analysis and visualisation.

Paul Gerhard
Senior Lead Communications and Outreach Specialist
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Paul Gerhard holds an MA in Communications and Journalism from the University of Burgundy and has since developed his career as a communications expert in both Europe and Asia. Paul has extensive experience in ICT in education gained whilst working as a Digital Media Specialist for European Schoolnet in Brussels, as an ICT Specialist for the Qatar Foundation in Doha and as a web editor for the European Journalism Centre in Maastricht. Paul is in charge of the communication and outreach strategy for NORRAG and the KIX EAP project.

Veronika Mosolova
Research Assistant
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Veronika Mosolova is studying for an MA in Standardization, Social Regulation, and Sustainable Development at the University of Geneva.
Her research interests are inclusive education as well as education as a tool for poverty eradication and development. She has prior experience with both profit and non-profit sectors and is also engaged with several NGOs in Russia in the field of curative pedagogics and assistance to children with disabilities.

Anaka Harish
Research Assistant
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Anaka Harish Ganesh recently graduated from The Australian National University, Canberra with a Masters degree in Political Science (Advanced). Prior to this she secured her BA in Economics from the University of Mumbai. She has experience working as a data analyst research assistant for over a year in academia and policy. Anaka has always been passionate about spreading the power of education. She worked as a fundraiser for two years at an NGO in India that provides school equipment to children in orphanages and has also taught English speaking skills to Tibetan refugees.

Mariam Kerfai
Research Assistant Trainee
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Mariam Kerfai is a Master in Development Studies candidate at the Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID), specializing in Mobilities and Global Health. She has experience studying in Russia and France as well as working in Georgia where she was an English Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps. She has a broad array of interests, ranging from education quality to women empowerment and environmental sustainability. Her research interests are concentrated in the MENA region, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

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