Core Team

Ali Ibrahim

Associate Professor at UAE University

Dr. Ali Ibrahim holds a Ph.D. in Administrative and Policy Studies in Education and an M.Ed. in International and Development Education—both from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Dr. Ibrahim co-directed the Institute for International Studies in Education, University of Pittsburgh for one year and was involved in development projects in a number of countries. He also worked for Carnegie Mellon University on research projects.

Before moving to the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Ibrahim taught in Colleges of Education in Egypt and Oman. While in Egypt, he was a consultant for Michigan State University and the USAID Egypt Education Reform Project on teacher education reform and decentralization of the education system. In the UAE, he co-founded the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES), a not-for-profit organization that enables academic, professional, and educational discourse from a comparative standpoint with a focus on the Arabian Gulf region.

Dr. Ibrahim is working as an associate professor at the United Arab Emirates University teaching and supervising students in the undergraduate, master and doctoral programs at the College of Education. He has been a researcher/analyst for two UNDP knowledge reports and a member of the central team and a co-author of the section on higher education in the Arab Index Report 2015 and 2016, a core team member for the Arab Reading Index 2016, and a co-author of the Knowledge Index of 2017. Dr. Ibrahim has many research publications in highly ranked, indexed journals. His research interests include school organizational culture, education policy studies, school leadership, education reform in the Middle East, and teacher professionalism in the Arab Gulf states.