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 Policy Development and Partnerships Officer
Farah Abel Policy Development Officer
Omar Zaki Senior Research Associate
Victoria Basma Policy Officer
Bassim Hijazi Digital Media and Podcasting Officer
Thana El-Sallabi Program Officer
Maryam Al-Khalaf Research Associate


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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WISE Global Education Barometer – Youth Perceptions on their Education and their Future (English)

January 24, 2020

WISE releases WISE@Paris’ survey (English)

February 21, 2019

WISE to host WISE@Paris Conference on February 20-21 (English)

January 10, 2019

WISE releases 2019 Summit’s dates (English)

February 4, 2019

Opening of WISE Awards 2019 Applications (English)

November 6, 2018

Opening of WISE Awards 2019 Applications (Arabic)

November 6, 2018

2018 WISE Awards’ Winners Announced (English)

July 17, 2018

WISE announces 2018-19 Accelerator’s Cohort (English)

July 10, 2018

WISE to host WISE@Accra on May 9th, in Ghana (English)

April 25, 2018

WISE reveals 2018’s Awards Finalists (English)

April 10, 2018

Patrick Awuah wins WISE Prize for Education 2017 (English)

December 04, 2017

8th WISE Summit to take place in Doha on November 15-16 (English)

October 25, 2017

New research assesses that government apprenticeship schemes are fragile (English)

October 12, 2017

WISE announces 2016’s WISE Awards Winners (English)

October 05, 2017

WISE announces 2017-18 Accelerator’s Cohort (English)

October 3, 2017

WISE announces 2017-18 Accelerator’s Cohort (Arabic)

October 3, 2017

WISE announces 2017’s Awards Winners (English)

September 26, 2017

WISE announces 2017-18 Learners Voice’s cohort (English)

August 29, 2017

WISE reveals 2017’s Awards finalists (English)

June 27, 2017

WISE announces new 2016-17 Learners’ Voice’s cohort (English)

September 15, 2016

Game-based Arabic lessons brought to Syrian refugees in Jordan (English)

June 20, 2016

Launch of First Global Index of Makers & Shakers in EdTech (English)

June 07, 2016

WISE organizes a global dialogue on education, peace and development in Tunis (English)

May 26, 2016

WISE reveals 2016 Awards Finalists (Arabic)

May 4, 2016

WISE reveals 2016 Awards Finalists (English)

May 4, 2016

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi wins 2015 WISE Prize (English)

November 04, 2015

WISE releases 2015 Education Survey results (English)

November 3, 2015

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to be joined by Michelle Obama at the 2015 WISE Summit

October 30, 2015

WISE 2015 Summit to be held in Doha, Qatar (English)

October 28, 2015

WISE reveals 5 new projects joining WISE Accelerator’s 2015-16 cohort (English)

October 2, 2015

WISE reveals 5 new projects joining WISE Accelerator’s 2015-16 cohort (Arabic)

October 2, 2015

WISE announces 2015-16 Learners Voice’s Cohort (English)

September 29, 2015

WISE announces 2015’s Awards Winners (English)

September 17, 2015

WISE opens applications for 2015’s Learners’ Voice program (English)

March 15, 2015

WISE invites nominations for the 2015 WISE Prize for Education (English)

February 10, 2015

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