Our Team

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


  • 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 Assistant

    Max Eckert

    Max joined the Foundation as a Research Assistant after studying Social Research and Public Policy at New York University Abu Dhabi. During his undergraduate studies, he spent semesters in Washington, D.C., and Accra, Ghana, and conducted research on refugee integration in his home country of Germany. Max’s fieldwork with refugees at vocational school formed his interest in the intersection of education with migration, socioeconomics, and policy evaluation. Max previously interned with the Research and Evaluation team at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where he investigated the effects of arts integration on underserved students and schools. During his time in the UAE, Max co-organized the 2018 Gulf Comparative Education Symposium and developed his interest in bolstering the use of evidence to tackle inequality.

  • 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.