About WISE

WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. WISE has established itself as a global reference in new approaches to education. Through both the biennial Summit and a range of ongoing programs WISE is promoting innovation and building the future of education through collaboration.

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
Dr. Asmaa Alfadala Director of Research and Content Development
Dr. Ameena Hussain Director of Programs and Content
Elyas Felfoul Director of Policy Development & Partnerships
Dr. Ahmed Baghdady Manager, Research and Content Development
Audrey Giacomini Manager, Innovation for Quality and Access
Julia Kirby Manager, Research and Content Dissemination
Shahanas Abdulsalam Business Services Coordinator
Rekha Zachariah Executive Assistant to the CEO
Aurelio Amaral Head, Learning Ecosystems
Omar Zaki Senior Research Associate
Victoria Basma Policy Development Officer
Bassim Hijazi Digital Media and Podcasting Officer
Aisha Al Thani Head of Summit & Community Development
Maryam Al-Khalaf Research Associate
Shahd Dauleh Associate, Learning Ecosystems


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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The 2021 WISE Awards Finalists Announced

May 5, 2021

Qatar Foundation’ WISE Announces Special E-Book

September 21, 2020

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

January 24, 2020

WISE releases WISE@Paris’ survey

February 21, 2019

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