Dr. Asmaa Al Fadala is the Director of Research and Content Development at WISE. She is also a visiting fellow at Cambridge University. With over twenty years of experience in K-12 education, higher education and policy development, she has served as policy writer at the governmental level, professor, author of books on leadership reform and board member on educational organizations.
Dr. Al Fadala is leading a number of projects and initiatives, including the Empowering Leaders of Learning (ELL), which supports school leaders in navigating school improvement processes; the Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network (ALL-IN), an international network of school leadership experts and practitioners aimed at raising awareness of educational leadership policy globally through research and advocacy; and the WISE Innovation Hub Project, a K-12 education research initiative focused on learner and educator development in progressive school settings. Dr. Al Fadala’s research interests include leadership for learning, school improvement, entrepreneurship education, teacher professional development, educational reform, innovation in education and SDGs.
Dr Al Fadala holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil from Cambridge University in Educational Leadership and Policy. She has also served at the RAND-Qatar Policy institute as an associate policy analyst. She has served on the positions of program committee, teacher, school leader, and fellow in various institutes in Qatar. She is a widely published author in the field of educational leadership and policy. She is the author of Qatari School Leadership Portraits: Lessons Learned from Education for a New Era Reform (HBKU Press, 2019).
While carrying out her full-time position as Director of Research at WISE, Dr. Al Fadala has an advisory role in several organizations around the world, including Karanga, a global alliance for social – emotional learning and life skills, Hughes Hall Development Strategy Group at Cambridge University, Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation and Qatar Academy Sidra School. Along with that, she has been a committee member in Greater Share, a philanthropic investment model that works with high impact NGOs and private equity funds. She is also a jury member of the Riyada award in Oman. She is a board member at the Diplomatic Courier and a board member at University of Doha for Science and Technology. She also serves as a Member of the Comparative International Education Society and International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement.