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
Dr. Asmaa Alfadala Director of Research and Content Development
Elyas Felfoul Director of Policy Development & Partnerships
Selma Talha-Jebril Manager, WISE Research
Shahanas Abdulsalam Business Services Coordinator
Rekha Zachariah Executive Assistant to the CEO
Aurelio Amaral Manager, Innovation for Quality & Access to Education
Niamh Whelan Associate, Innovation for Quality & Access to Education
Victoria Basma Head, Edtech
Bassim Hijazi Editor
Aisha Al Thani Head of Summit & Community Development
Maryam Al-Khalaf Research Associate
Shahd Dauleh Associate, Learning Ecosystems
Muneera Al Jaidah 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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Press Kit


GEF & WISE @Medellín – Press Kit

May 24, 2023

The 2023 WISE Awards Finalists Announced

April 17, 2023

The 2022 WISE Awards Winners Announced

Sep 15, 2022

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

December 7, 2021

Research Reports – WISE addresses World’s Critical Education Issues

November 27, 2021

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

November 21, 2021

2021 WISE Summit – “Generation Unmute”

November 16, 2021

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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