Our Team

Gita Steiner-Khamsi
Academic Director
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Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi joined NORRAG as the Director in February 2017, with the aim of expanding NORRAG’s research capacities and outreach.

She has been seconded by Columbia University, where she is a Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, to strengthen the field of international education at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is holding 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 several books and journal articles in globalization studies, comparative policy studies (policy borrowing and lending), and development work. She is series editor of the World Yearbook of Education (Routledge) and International Perspectives on Education Reform (Teachers College Press). Her applied policy work is in the areas of strategic planning, evaluation, school reform and teacher policy in developing countries with a special focus on Central Asia and Mongolia.

Moira V. Faul
Executive Director
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Dr Moira V. Faul joined NORRAG as Executive Director in April 2020. She previously worked as Deputy Director of the Public-Private Partnership Center at the University of Geneva, and was also Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in 2019. Originally from Zimbabwe, Moira brings substantial expertise in education and international cooperation, as well as in organizational development and management in the private and voluntary sectors in China, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a teaching qualification from the University of Oxford. Previously, she held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and successfully led a UK Research Councils-funded programme on knowledge exchange between research and policy at the University of Cambridge. Before embarking on her PhD, Moira was a senior manager in private sector adult education in Spain and China, then Head of Education and Youth Policy (UK) at Oxfam GB.

She has published widely on education and international cooperation. In addition, she has produced many important studies for international organizations, including the Global Partnership for Education, the UK government, UNESCO, UNHCR, and ActionAid.

Arushi Terway
Senior Lead Research Associate
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Arushi Terway holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard. She brings 12 years of professional experience working in developing countries (India, Rwanda, South Sudan) and doing analytical work on education sector reform and youth education. Her previous work includes USAID funded education policy research and program implementation, serving as co-evaluator in the assessment of SDC’s Performance in Basic Education, conducting background research on innovative finance and global aid architecture for the Learning Generation Report and more recently on education planning and finance for the Global Partnership for Education.

As Senior Lead Research Associate, Arushi Terway will direct NORRAG’s portfolio on Private Sector Engagement in Education which includes innovative financing, philanthropy and education, public-private partnerships, and private sector support for the Right to Education movement, with a focus on good giving and socially responsible private sector engagement in education.

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.

Anna Numa Hopkins
Policy Engagement Lead
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Anna Numa Hopkins is an engagement expert and researcher focused on the intersections between research, policy and practice. Her professional experience spans collaborative and multi-disciplinary working, policy research, and research practice and method in the social sciences. Anna has published reports and academic papers on how research is made and used for/in policy contexts, and has worked with practitioners, researchers and funders to facilitate knowledge production and policy engagement. Anna has an MA in Social Research and is a PhD student at the University of Warwick, where she is studying knowledge equity and anti-racism in UK education research. As Policy Engagement Lead, Anna is responsible for running and developing NORRAG’s Policy Dialogues.

Amy Crompton
KIX EAP Knowledge Lead (Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos PDR, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste)
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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.

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.

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.

Marina Dreux Frotté
Programme coordinator
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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.

Alexandra Draxler
Senior Advisor
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Alexandra Draxler is an education specialist. She spent many years at UNESCO and continues to work as an independent consultant for public and private entities. She was the Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Delors Commission (1993-1996). She has written about technologies in education, public-private partnerships, and education policies and strategies for development. She is a member of several professional associations and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development.

Michel Carton
Senior Advisor
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Michel Carton holds a PhD in Education from Geneva University, where he worked at the Psychology and Education Faculty up to 2002. He completed his academic career at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva, of which he was director from 2005 to 2007 before being appointed vice-director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies until his retirement in 2010. His research and field related studies focus in particular on international technical and vocational skills development policies in Western and Southern Africa, as well as in South and South-East Asia. He has been involved with NORRAG since the early 1990s.

Anouk Pasquier Di Dio
Publications and events coordinator
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Anouk Pasquier Di Dio holds a Bachelor degree in Political Economy from the University of Geneva as well as Diploma in Graphic Design from Design et Formations. Over her career Anouk has developed her skills in programme and event coordination, communications and graphic design, for both national and multi-national organizations. Anouk also has extensive experience of working in international Geneva having undertaken roles at the Green Cross International and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is currently responsible for NORRAG’s administrative management ensuring that everything is running in a smooth and efficient manner and also works on the production and layout of some of our publications. But as she only works part-time for NORRAG she also undertakes work as a freelance graphic designer.

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.

Nelly Burrin
Senior Administrator
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Nelly joined NORRAG in January 2022 as senior administrator. She holds an engineering degree from the Institute of Technology in Lausanne, and a certification in project management IPMA. She has 12 years experience working in various private and public companies, contributing to improving the internal organisation and processes, making operational activities as efficient as possible.

Ji Liu
Senior Research Associate
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Ji Liu is professor of Comparative Education and Economics of Education at the Tin Ka Ping School of Education, Shaanxi Normal University. His research interests situate at the intersection of teachers, learners, skills, and the economy; his research has been published on academic journals such as Oxford Review of Education, COMPARE, China Economics of Education Review, Comparative Education Review (Beijing), Global Education (Shanghai), etc., and featured in book series such as Oxford Studies in Comparative Education (Symposium Books, 2015) and Education, Equity, Economy (Springer-Nature, 2018). He brings with him professional expertise working as consultant on the core team producing the World Bank Group’s first flagship publication on education World Development Report 2018, and on education development projects for UNICEF, Asian Development Bank, and Education Development Trust. He co-authored the biography Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Statesman, Reformer (San Francisco: Long River Press, 2016), and co-edited the special volume of Economics of Education in China (New York: Columbia University, 2017). He also writes for World Bank Blogs, China Education Daily, The Observer, and Caixin News. He earned his PhD degree in Comparative Education and Economics at Columbia University, New York, and holds adjunct academic appointment as Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, where he teaches a graduate-level research methodology course.

Lara Patil
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Lara Patil joined NORRAG as an advisor in July 2018. Her aim is to expand NORRAG’s research and capacity in the area of technology and educational development. Lara spent 10 years as an Education Strategist for Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group. In this role she was responsible for the strategic design, development, implementation and reporting of education policy and research initiatives. She represented Intel in multi-stakeholder partnerships for education. She also served as coordinator of the Private Sector and Foundations Constituency and member of the Country Grants and Performance Committee for the Global Partnership for Education. Lara holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in southern France with her husband and their three beautiful children.

Georgia Thorne
Graduate Research Assistant
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Georgia Thorne is a student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) pursing her MA in Development Studies. Prior to this, she studied her BA degree in Human Geography and French at Lancaster University (UK). Georgia has volunteer experience in Kenya, facilitating sessions on IT and employability skills to local youths. Her main research interests lie in the fields of education, urbanisation and global inequalities.

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.

Samaya Mansour
Graduate Research Assistant
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Samaya Mansour is an education researcher and consultant with experience across the education sector. She worked on several large-scale projects focusing on education reform and school improvement, education policy, teacher training, and well-being, and youth development in the MENA region. Samaya is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Samaya has a BA in Education and a post-graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership from the American University of Beirut and a Master of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and School Improvement from the University of Cambridge. She works as a Graduate Research Assistant on the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) project in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Hub.

Veronika Mosolova
Research trainee (KIX EAP Team)
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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.

Madison Coakley
Communications Intern
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Madison is a student of Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of Geneva with a background in International Relations, Linguistics, and Sociocultural Anthropology. With experience working in education across Asia, Europe, and North America, she is excited to join NORRAG as the Communications Intern. Her research interests are concentrated in South Asia (Nepal, India) in multilingual education, MTB-MLE, linguistic anthropology, and the role of digital technologies in education.

NORRAG backstopping for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

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Vivien Stringer
Communication Assistant
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Vivien Stringer is a first year Masters student studying International Affairs at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She specializes in Global Security and Global Health with a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific. Previously, she has worked in Alaska, at a school in Cambodia, at the Swiss Embassy in New Zealand, for a think tank in Zurich, and at ITU in Geneva. Vivien is very passionate about education and communication. In her new role she will be supporting NORRAG as a Communications Assistant for the backstopping mandate with SDC.

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