Nariman Moustafa

Research Scholar, Brookings Institution and EdTech Hub

She is an Egyptian educator, researcher, policy advisor, and community organizer in the broader field of decolonial and social justice-based education. Moustafa has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of international education, social innovation, higher-education teaching, community art, and participatory policy processes, as well as in agile and adaptive leadership practices. She holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

When it comes to EdTech, Moustafa works as a senior researcher at EdTech Hub, a global consortium of evidence-based EdTech research for education policymakers, researching digital personalized learning and decolonizing EdTech. She is also a senior analyst at Open Development and Education, where she focuses on creating a community-of-practice of African researchers to unlock data for Africa and designing a policymaking and leadership EdTech fellowship for ministry-level officials across sub-Saharan Africa.

When it comes to the broader education field, Nariman is a Brookings Institution scholar with the Center for Universal Education, focused on producing policy research and dissemination that stems from grassroots insights and facilitating socially transformative processes with women, youth, and refugees. In Egypt, she serves as the president of the Board of Trustees for the Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS), a higher education liberal arts institute.

Previously, Moustafa founded several initiatives for re-envisioning justice-centered education, including Mesahat: Liberating Learning Spaces for Children (translated to “free spaces” from Arabic) and Tagawor for adults (“collaborative neighborhood learning”). With a belief in local action and transnational solidarity, she is a steering member of the Ecoversities Alliance, a 500+ global alliance of institutions reimagining higher education from a decolonial perspective. She also serves as a teaching assistant for community organizing and adaptive leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy School, in addition to being a post-growth fellow at the Post Growth Institute.