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

    Sahar ElAsad

    Sahar ElAsad joins the Al Qasimi Foundation after interning in the research department while she was a master’s student majoring in health policy research at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada.

    Sahar comes to the Foundation with strong clinical and psychological backgrounds. She graduated as a dentist from the University of Khartoum and holds a degree in behavioral psychology from Ryerson University. She also comes with experience in the non-governmental organization (NGO) sector, having worked with Oxfam Canada and Plan Canada.

    Sahar’s academic and research interests include improving health policies through evidence-based research and capacity building. She has contributed to research projects with the Foundation related to mental health and women’s health in the Gulf region. 

  • Research Projects Coordinator

    Brian Jae Won Chung

    Brian Chung joined the Al Qasimi Foundation as a Research Projects Coordinator after previously working for the Foundation as a research intern. His academic and research interests include public policy relating to social and institutional development, as well as education and cultural anthropology in the Middle East. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with concentrations in history and Middle Eastern studies from NYU Abu Dhabi.

    Before joining the Al Qasimi Foundation, Brian worked for the Legal Aid Society in New York City, where he conducted data-driven research on homeless rights projects and various civil class action suits. He also helped with research and capacity building initiatives at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and the Of Many Institute at New York University.