Our Team

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

Capacity Development

  • Director of Programs

    Dr. Elisabeth Wilson

    Dr. Elisabeth Wilson, the Director of Programs at the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, is responsible for Foundation’s capacity development efforts for students and adults. Elisabeth has more than fifteen years of international education experience including conducting education research, program monitoring and evaluation, and teaching English language to speakers of other languages. She grew up in the United States, but has worked with a spectrum of international donors, travelled extensively, and lived abroad as both a researcher and instructor in several countries including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, Uganda, and elsewhere in East Africa. Much of Elisabeth’s research has looked into how cross-border university partnerships address needs at local, national, and global levels. She holds a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Michigan State University, both in the United States.

  • Student Programs Associate

    Rasha Mohsen

    Rasha Moshen grew up in Ras Al Khaimah. After completing her bachelor’s degree in English language and translation at Ittihad University, United Arab Emirates, in 2007, Rasha interned at George Mason University’s Ras Al Khaimah campus. When the American University of Ras Al Khaimah was established in 2009, Rasha became a member of the college’s original student enrollment team. Eventually, Rasha rose to the position of senior admissions officer and was responsible for graduate admissions and for managing scholarship programs for all students. Rasha also helped to establish policy at Ras Al Khaimah’s Academic Zone.

    Rasha brings her strong background in student affairs and scholarship coordination to support students as they prepare for university studies through the Al Qasimi Foundation’s College Preparation Program, Overseas Scholarship Programs, and other capacity development offerings.

  • Innovation Manager

    Hanadi Mohammed

    Hanadi Mohammed was born in Ras Al Khaimah and has always lived in the emirate. After graduating from Al Kheran Secondary School, Hanadi joined the Al Qasimi Foundation. In her current position, she is responsible for coordinating the Teacher Professional Development Program, the Foundation’s work at the Ras Al Khaimah Correctional Facility, and other student and adult capacity development programs. She spends a good deal of timeworking with school administrators and principals, Ministry of Education officials, and other stakeholders to promote the work of the Al Qasimi Foundation.

  • Student Programs Assistant

    Rafe'aa Al Dhoory

    Formerly an administrative intern with the Al Qasimi Foundation, Rafia Saeed Al Dhuhooriis now its Student Programs Assistant. Rafiaa, an Omani national, has lived in Ras Al Khaimah most of her life. She graduated from Khawla bint Al Azwar secondary school in Oman and hascompleted secretarial,computer, and language courses in the GCC and United Kingdom. Rafia supports the Foundation’s capacity development programs among other projects in the organization.

  • Instructor

    Tina Kennedy

    Tina Kennedy worked in business management for 28 years. Being CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) certified, Tina started to teach English upon moving to the United Arab Emirates several years ago. She first taught English to kindergarten children at Ras Al Khaimah Academy, then taught conversational and business English to Emiratis at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. She has taught IELTS (International English Language Testing System) preparation in schools and the local community.

    Currently, Tina is a core instructor in the Al Qasimi Foundation’s College Preparation Program. Her courses support students’ academic and personal development to successfully undertake university studies overseas or in the United Arab Emirates upon completion of secondary school.

  • Technical Education Instructor

    John Kennedy

    With 28 years of management experience in international business, John Kennedy leveraged his skills to begin his own business in the United Arab Emirates five years ago. As his company grows, John remains dedicated to serving the community in Ras Al Khaimahas a part-time instructor with the Al Qasimi Foundation’s youth program Hands on Learning. Through this initiative, John draws on his experience in the automobile, construction, electronics, and information technology industries to equip secondary school students with vocational and life skills. John challenges his students to work effectively in group settings while gaining abilities that will contribute to their academic and professional success.

  • Program Assistant

    Gehad Al Njar

    Gehad Al Njar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1983 from Damascus University, Syria. After graduation, Gehad was appointed as a translator in the Military Studies Centre – Department of Translation during his military service. In 1986, Gehad was certified as a sworn translator by the Syrian Ministry of Justice, and he also started his career as a teacher of English that same year. After five years of teaching in Syria in public schools and the Institute of teachers in his town, he moved to teaching in the United Arab Emirates.

    In 2010, Gehad started working as freelance teacher-assistant at the Al Qasimi Foundation. He became a program assistant, in which capacity he supports student and teacher programs, translation, and writing and editing, in late 2017.