Our Team

Our Team | Al Qasim Foundation | Ras Al Khaimah | Diversity


  • Director of Research

    Dr. Soohyun Jeon

    Prior to joining the Al Qasimi Foundation and becoming its Research Director, Soohyun taught various courses in education, psychology, statistics, and research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at institutions in South Korea and Mongolia. In addition to her eight years of university teaching experience, she has worked as a research fellow in the department of medical education at Korea University and has served as chair of the department of English education at Mongolia International University.

    Soohyun received her BA and MA in education from Hanyang University, South Korea. She also holds an MA in educational measurement and statistics and a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Iowa in the United States. Her research interests are students’ academic motivation and psychological well-being as well as parents’ and teachers’ motivation styles and their influences on student outcomes. 

  • Research Fellow

    Susan Kippels

    Prior to joining the Al Qasimi Foundation, Susan conducted research for UNICEF, did advocacy work with an international NGO in Uganda, and managed a private sector business in Lebanon. With UNICEF, Susan researched non-formal education strategies as well as early learning in emergency contexts. Her background also includes professional development, recruiting, and tutoring experience in San Francisco, CA.

    As an American, Susan holds a dual bachelor’s degree (Economics and Arabic) from the University of Notre Dame as well as a master’s (International Education Policy) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also spent a year studying at the American University in Cairo and has taken Arabic courses at the American University of Beirut.

  • Research Associate

    David Dingus

    David is a German-American who grew up in the United States where he completed dual bachelor's degrees in Economics and German at Texas A&M University. He later completed a master's degree in Development Economics at the Georgia-Augusta University of Goettingen in Germany.

    David has taught English as a second language in South Korea and Saudi Arabia, and has also worked as an ECE teaching assistant in the United States. Prior to joining the Foundation, he worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Development Economics during his studies at the University of Goettingen. During this time, he also worked on a TVET project based in Shanghai with the German Development Organization (GIZ), and as a field researcher in rural India with the Centre for Modern India Studies.

    David's research experience and interests include education and public health, and how we can use research in these areas to develop evidenced-based policies to foster sustainable development.

  • Research Intern

    Samson Fashola

    Samson is from Lagos, Nigeria where he did his undergraduate studies in social work at the University of Lagos. His previous experiences include work related to educational research, governance, community engagement, and advocacy. He has worked as a Research Assistant on a joint Nigeria/USAID Project on accountability and local governance in basic education. Currently, Samson is an Erasmus Mundus Scholar in the second-year of his Education Policies for Global Development (GLOBED) master’s program, which is a rotational program between the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Oslo, and the University of Malta. Samson’s research interests include the reverse gender gap and education in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), which he is currently researching at the Foundation for his master’s thesis.