The WISE Research Series

Ms Natasha Ridge

Position: Executive Director, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
Country: United Arab Emirates

Natasha Ridge is currently the Executive Director of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research. Prior to this, she was the Acting Director of Research at the Dubai School of Government. Natasha has a number of publications, including a book entitled Education and the Reverse Gender Divide in the Gulf States: Embracing the Global, Ignoring the Local. Her additional publications include chapters in the World Education Yearbook and in publications of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and UNESCO as well as working papers for the Dubai School of Government and the Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research.

Natasha holds a doctorate of education in international education policy from Columbia University, and a master’s in international and community development from Deakin University, Australia. She is also a founding board member and former president of the Gulf Comparative Education Society. Natasha’s latest research focuses on the role and impact of Arab father involvement, philanthropy and education, and access and equity in the Gulf education sector.