Our Team

Chanwoong Baek
Academic Director
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Chanwoong Baek joined NORRAG as the Academic Director in September 2022. He is an Assistant Professor in the International Relations/Political Science Department, with a courtesy appointment in the Anthropology and Sociology Department at the Geneva Graduate Institute.

He holds a PhD in comparative and international education with a specialization in sociology from Columbia University and a MA in international comparative education from Stanford University. Prior to joining NORRAG, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Globalization, Comparative Education, and Policy Research at the University of Oslo. He also brings applied policy experience in international education policy research, development, and coordination in the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. His areas of expertise include global governance in education, comparative policy studies, and sociology of quantification. His research critically assesses the claims made about “evidence-based” policymaking from a comparative and international perspective, employing both quantitative and qualitative methods. In particular, he examines the current ecosystem of initiatives, networks, and knowledge platforms and seeks ways to address the disconnection between knowledge production and utilization, global supply and local demand, and the Global North and the Global South

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.

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.

Hugh McLean
Senior Adviser
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Hugh McLean is currently based in Almaty, Kazakhstan and is working on a book on the role of film and decolonizing education. Hugh has worked in education all his professional life as an activist, teacher, and funder of education. He established and directed a global education program for the Open Society Foundations from 2006-2020, which was dedicated to strengthening democratic participation in education, furthering the right to education, and building social accountability to defend education as a public good.

Gita Steiner-Khamsi
KIX EAP Principal Investigator
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Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi was NORRAG’s Academic Director from 2017-2022, and 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.

Anna Numa Hopkins
Theme Lead: Data and Evidence
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Anna Numa Hopkins is NORRAG’s Policy Engagement Lead. She manages our policy dialogue work worldwide so that our stakeholders can access under-represented knowledge relevant to their work. Anna is an engagement expert and researcher focused on the intersections between research, policy, practice and advocacy. Her professional experience spans collaborative and multi-disciplinary working, knowledge mobilisation, methodology in the social sciences, and supporting knowledge equity. Anna has published reports and papers on how research is made for and used in policy and practice contexts, and has worked with organisations, practitioners, researchers and funders to facilitate knowledge production and knowledge sharing. She is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at University of Warwick where she studies ‘race’, anti-racism and the politics of knowledge in higher 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.

Arushi Terway
Theme Lead: Private Sector Approaches
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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.

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.

Maren Elfert
NORRAG Blog Editor
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Maren Elfert is Senior Lecturer in International Education at King’s College London. She holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia. Before pursuing an academic career, she worked for over a decade as communications and programme specialist at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Her areas of research are global governance of education and the influence of international organizations on educational ideas and policies, and she has published on the history of international organizations in relation to education, education for development, literacy, and adult education and lifelong learning policy. Maren is very committed to editorial work and is involved in several academic journals, most importantly as submissions editor of the International Review of Education and member of the editorial board of Comparative Education.

Marina Dreux Frotté
NORRAG and KIX EAP Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Lead & Innovative Financing for Education Research Associate
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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.

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.

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.

Raül Presseguer
Senior Administrator
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Raül Presseguer brings to NORRAG his extensive experience in ICT projects in the private sector. Raül worked as a Head of Administration and deputy director in an Agency of the Catalan Government for ten years. In the last six years, he worked for and collaborated with several NGOs in Barcelona and Geneva including SinergiaCRM, RIDH, Human Right 2 Water and the CyberPeace Institute. Raül holds a BS in Software Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, a Master’s Degree in Marketing, strategies and Communication from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Master’s Degrees in Political Analysis and in Conflict Resolution from the Open University of Catalonia.

Lara Patil
Advisor
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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.

Ivana Zacarias
'Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant
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Ivana Zacarias holds a PhD in Education and Society from Universitat de Barcelona, an EdM in International Educational Policy from Harvard University and a fellowship from Vanderbilt University. She has authored and co-authored many articles and books on topics such as school leadership, pedagogy and democratization of higher education, educational assessment and evaluation, and teacher professional development among others, focusing in Latin America. She worked many years as researcher and professor at National University of San Martin in Argentina (2009-2017) and was Director of Learning Assessment in that country (2016-2018). In recent years she worked for SUMMA (Chile) and at present she combines her work at NORRAG with her role as Director of Learning & Development for Latin America at COGx (USA).

Felicitas Acosta
NORRAG Network Regional Coordinator: Latin America and the Caribbean
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Felicitas Acosta is a full-time researcher at Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina where she teaches Comparative Education, History of education and Educational Foundations. She is also a Professor at Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Her research interests focus on the expansion of schooling from a transnational and historical perspective including international educational reforms, secondary education expansion and, more recently, standardized assessments and innovative finance in education. She has served as a research consultant for international organizations such as ECLAC, IIEP, OEI/EUROsoCIAL, UNESCO and UNICEF. In 2019 she was awarded the Margaret Sutherland Prize in Comparative Education by the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE). Since 2021 she serves as member of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) Executive Committee. At present, she is NORRAG NSI’s Spanish editor.

Marina Avelar
NORRAG Network Regional Coordinator: Latin America and the Caribbean
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Marina Avelar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Her research is focused on the growing engagement of new actors in education and new forms of governance, which she explores in intersection with the digitalization of education and globalization. She completed her PhD at the University College London – Institute of Education, with a research visiting period at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain. She has published journal papers and book chapters and is the author of the book “Disrupting education policy: how new philanthropy works to change education” (2020). As a research consultant, she has worked on topics related to human rights and the right to education with international organisations such as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Privatisation in Education and Human Rights Consortium (PEHRC), and the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education.

Bart Sebastiaan Gabriel
NORRAG Network Regional Coordinator: North America and Europe
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Bart Sebastiaan Gabriel is a doctoral researcher at The Graduate Institute (IHEID) in International Relations. His dissertation research is concerned with the organizational relationalities of scholarly International Relations, aimed at interrogating the construction of disciplinary identity and its often-exclusionary political commitments. From the vantage point of the classroom, the dissertation deconstructs the canon of IR and deploys a decolonial framework to offer means of resisting the discipline’s political and historical baggage. Working with and on the politics of higher education, Bart is passionate about the university’s potentiality as an institution of positive change. Besides International Relations Theory, his research interests include the Sociology of Knowledge, Bibliometrics, Social Network Analysis, digital participatory politics, and the World Politics/Popular Culture Continuum.

Previously having supported several NORRAG projects, Bart has joined NORRAG as a Network Regional Coordinator for the North America and Europe regions in September 2022. In this role, Bart offers support to members as they navigate the newly launched Social Systems Map, a robust technology allowing members to map their existing connections, as well as find new connections based on common interests, geographic regions or thematic expertise. Bart will also facilitate outreach and remain a primary point of contact in the regional development of the NORRAG Network.

Edem Dorothy Ossai
NORRAG Network Regional Coordinator: Africa
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Edem Dorothy Ossai is a lawyer and development practitioner with over 15 years working at the intersections of child rights, education and gender issues in Nigeria and Africa. She is the founder and current director of MAYEIN, a nonprofit based in Nigeria working to advance children and youth development through equity in education, entrepreneurship development, and civic pathways—ensuring that girls are not left behind. An inaugural Obama Foundation scholar, in 2018, Edem initiated Girls without Borders, a school-based program that teaches adolescent girls about their rights and how to exercise their agency. With a keen passion for strengthening evidence based policy and systems for education equity and gender responsiveness, Edem has published several resources and blogs including a policy brief on gender responsive education in emergencies in Nigeria. In 2021 she was appointed as an Echidna Global Scholar at the Centre for Universal Education (CUE), in Brookings Institution, Washington DC. She also served as the country consultant for the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards (MS) Update Process in Nigeria in 2022 and has provided several consultations for the Women’s Gender and Development Directorate of the African Union (AU) Commission, in Addis Ababa. Edem holds a master’s degree in International Development and Policy from the University of Chicago. She also obtained her first master’s degree in Cultural and Media Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. A recipient of several awards for her work in education and gender equality, in 2016, Edem was appointed a Mandela Washington Fellow by the U.S. State Department. She also received an African American Institute Pitch Fest Prize at the State of Education in Africa Conference, Nigeria in 2015, and a Commonwealth Women in Leadership Prize (conferred at the Tenth Women Affairs Ministers’ Meeting) in Bangladesh (2013).

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.

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.

Georgia Thorne
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.

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.

Anne-Lise Hadzopoulos
Event Assistant Trainee
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Anne-Lise Hadzopoulos is a master’s student at the Graduate Institute in development studies with a focus on environment and sustainability. She has a BA in politics and Italian from the University of Bristol (UK). While she worked for an international trade data provider, she trained government agents on trade statistical methodology. Her research interests include the intersection of education and sustainability, equal access to information as well as adult capacity building.

Amelle Himmi
Publications Assistant Trainee
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Amelle Himmi is a student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) pursuing her MA in Development Studies. She specialises in Environment, Resources and Sustainability as well as Global Health. Prior to this, she studied her BA degree in Political Sciences at the European School of Political and Social Sciences (Lille, France). Amelle has volunteer experience in Turkey, working for the Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA) and in Morocco as an English teacher.

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.

Chiara Meloni
Communication and Research Trainee
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Chiara Meloni is a student at the Graduate Institute pursuing a master in Development Studies with a specialization in Mobilities and Migrations. Prior to this, she obtained a BSc in International Relations from Leiden University (the Netherlands). Her main research interests include gender equality, demography and education.

Ahoua Linda Yasmine Sarr
Knowledge Equity Trainee
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Ahoua Linda Yasmine Sarr is a master’s student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies pursuing her degree in development studies. Before this, she studied her BA in political science at the International University of Grand-Bassam in Ivory Coast. Her experience living, working, and schooling in Ivory Coast and Switzerland contributed to the internationally diverse individual able to adapt to a multicultural environment that she is. As a development actor, she has a strong interest in topics related to education, global inequalities as well as agricultural development.

NORRAG backstopping for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Fabienne Lagier
Backstopping Team Lead
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Fabienne holds over 20 years of experience in education programmes and governance; policy dialogue and research; management of teams and large-scale projects; building productive relations with national governments and donors in Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Mathilde Jacquin El Bajji
Education Programme Officer
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Mathilde Jacquin El Bajji holds a Master’s Degree in Social Development from La Sorbonne Paris 1, Institute of Economic and Social Development Studies. She also graduated with a degree in Management Science from EM Lyon Business School in France. Mathilde has previously worked for the Education Above All Foundation, for Qatar Foundation for Education and Research, and for international consulting firms. At present, she supports NORRAG’s backstopping mandate to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Mathilde holds extensive experience in project evaluation, project monitoring and partnership development in the field of international aid and education, more specifically in the topics of equity, inclusion, and quality. Originally from France, she spent most of her professional life abroad, in Morocco, Qatar and now Switzerland.

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