About WISE

WISE is a dynamic platform that promotes innovation in education through a diverse portfolio of initiatives in policy engagement, research, leadership, and practitioner programs.

The thrust for constant innovation has long prevailed in sectors such as technology and healthcare, but education has generally lacked this approach in both policymaking and in the classroom. Moreover education is key to addressing the toughest challenges facing communities around the world today – poverty, conflict, inequality, unemployment, environmental sustainability and future challenges. But there is a widening gap between the education systems currently in place and those required to meet the needs of future generations.

WISE is a response to the necessity of revitalizing education and providing a global platform for the development of new ideas and solutions. Since 2009, WISE has evolved into a thriving global, multi-sectoral community, which continues to generate fruitful dialogue and productive partnerships. The WISE community is a network of education stakeholders - from students to decision-makers - from about 200 countries who share ideas and collaborate to seek creative solutions to solve challenges facing education.

Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation, under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser established WISE in 2009.
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Our team

Stavros N. Yiannouka CEO
Elyas Felfoul Director, Programs
Shahïn Ammane Director, Advocacy
Aurelio Amaral Manager, Programs
Shahd Dauleh Head, Programs
Niamh Whelan Associate, Programs
Federico Bartalucci Associate, Programs
Muneera Al Jaidah Associate, Programs
Selma Talha-Jebril Manager, Research
Reem Al-Sulaiti Manager, Research
Maryam Al-Khalaf Associate, Research
Warda ELKhalifa Associate, Research
Aisha Al Thani Manager, Advocacy
Bassim Hijazi Community Engagement Lead, Advocacy
Rekha Zachariah Executive Assistant to the CEO
Shahanas Abdulsalam Business Services Coordinator


Diverse international corporate sponsors of WISE recognize that education is among the most effective long-term investments a nation can make in its economic and social development. The WISE sponsorship program allows the private sector to contribute to education and to help prepare the next generation of leaders for new challenges.


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Press Kit


2023 WISE Prize for Education – Safeena Husain, Founder and Board Member of Educate Girls

28 Nov 2023

Qatar Foundation’s WISE Seeks to Revolutionize Education in the AI Age

10 Oct 2023

2023 WISE Awards Winners Drive Global Educational Progress

4 Sep 2023

GEF & WISE @Medellín – Press Kit

24 May 2023

The 2023 WISE Awards Finalists Announced

17 April 2023

The 2022 WISE Awards Winners Announced

15 Sep 2022

2021 WISE Prize for Education – Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach For All

7 Dec 2021

Research Reports – WISE addresses World’s Critical Education Issues

27 Nov 2021

WISE’s Doha Learning Days Inspire Experiential Learning in “Generation Unmute”

21 Nov 2021

2021 WISE Summit – “Generation Unmute”

16 Nov 2021

The 2021 WISE Awards Finalists Announced

5 May 2021

Qatar Foundation’ WISE Announces Special E-Book

21 Sep 2020

WISE Global Education Barometer – Youth Perceptions on their Education and their Future

24 Jan 2020

WISE releases WISE@Paris’ survey

21 Feb 2019

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