Our Team

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


  • Visiting Scholar

    Marvin Erfurth

    Marvin Erfurth is an international and comparative education doctoral student at WWU Muenster, Germany whose research focuses on contemporary education reform, its increasing global interconnections, and the creation of ‘education hubs’ within countries as economically competitive and socially progressive zones. His dissertation surveys the policies and governance of education hubs in the UAE and Singapore.

    Before becoming a Visiting Scholar at the Al Qasimi Foundation, Marvin taught at universities in Europe, including the WWU Muenster, University of Oslo, and University of Kassel. He currently works as a Research Associate in International and Comparative Education at the University of Muenster’s Institute of Education.

  • Visiting Scholar

    Mira Mousa

    Mira Mousa is a PhD candidate in the Women’s and Reproductive Health Department at the University of Oxford whose research focuses on women’s health awareness and education. She is collaborating with Harvard University and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation to be part of a worldwide study to increase awareness of women’s health conditions among the public and medical professionals, provide support for patients and families, and promote education to girls and women to increase reproductive health literacy.

  • Visiting Scholar

    Uday Jumar

    Dr. Uday Kumar is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and a Senior Research Engineer at the RAK Research and Innovation Center, American University of Ras Al Khaimah. Dr. Uday holds a PhD in Energy Technology from KTH, Sweden with more than ten years of experience in interdisciplinary applied research for sustainable development of integrated systems for energy, water, and environmental sustainability.

    With the support of the Foundation, and in collaboration with the RAK Waste Management Agency, he is currently researching the challenges and opportunities for the sustainable transformation of Ras Al Khaimah into a ‘zero waste’ emirate. The project will develop resources that will further drive industrial activities in Ras Al Khaimah and the greater UAE toward sustainability.

  • Teacher Scholarship Recipient

    Hessa Al Shehhi

    Hessa Al Shehhi is currently studying for her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah with a scholarship from the Foundation’s Teacher Scholarship program. She graduated from Emirates University with a degree in English literature. She worked as a Public Relations executive in the Electronic Government Authority before becoming a teacher.

  • Visiting Scholar

    Sandeep Agrawal

    Dr. Sandeep Agrawal is an internationally recognized urban planning scholar and practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Currently, he is a Professor and the Inaugural Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Programs at the University of Alberta in Canada. His expertise lies in international development and planning and he has been a recipient of multiple international faculty fellowships and grants to conduct research works in Canada, India, Sri Lanka and China. He has experience working in a variety of capacities here in the UAE and has collaborated extensively with the American University of Sharjah.

    Dr. Agrawal received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois in 2001. He is currently researching the impacts of affordable housing policies and programs in Ras Al Khaimah. He is examining the location, effectiveness, urban impact, and policy alignment of housing programs in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE, while comparing and contrasting housing for Emirate households with that for expatriates to uncover possible lessons that can be learned.

  • Visiting Scholar

    Will Raynolds

    Will Raynolds is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he focuses on heritage conservation in environments in which the rate of change is uncommonly fast, or where the regulatory framework to support preservation is underdeveloped. He has worked on heritage projects throughout the MENA region, particularly in Libya, Egypt and Jordan.

    In Ras al Khaimah, his research involves the documentation of the extent and integrity of the historic felaj waterworks, the description of the prospects and challenges associated with preserving these features, and the identification of opportunities to better incorporate these vital waterworks into the historic narrative that RAK presents to its citizens and the broader world. He is the Heritage Conservation Program Director of the J.M. Kaplan Fund in New York, as well as the Libya Program Manager for the American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives. He holds an M.Sc. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Dartmouth College.

  • Visiting Scholar

    William Cook

    William Cook is a PhD student at York University in Toronto in the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program. His research generally focuses on language policy and he has special interest in investigating how local, unwritten language policy is articulated and experienced by people in their everyday lives. He often relies on ethnographic methods and narrative data in his research.

    With the support of the Al Qasimi Foundation in 2017-18, he is undertaking a project which explores the lived language policy experiences of people working and studying at a school in Ras Al Khaimah. The project also follows these people as they move through the city, attempting to better understand both the language choices they make and how different spaces in the city affect these choices.

  • Visiting Scholar

    Emily Winchip

    Emily Winchip is currently a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on the experiences of teachers with a specific focus on teachers in international and for-profit schools. She is interested in feminist, quantitative approaches to research and specializes in Rasch analysis.

    Emily has previously worked as an international educator, teaching music in Dubai, Kuwait, and in Oregon, USA. She received a Master of Education in Educational Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Illinois – Chicago in 2014 and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Illinois University in 2006. While with the Foundation, Emily will be investigating the business influences on teachers’ work in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Non-resident Researcher

    Elizabeth Bruce

    Elizabeth holds a BS with Honors in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Currently, she is pursuing an MEd in Globalization and Educational Change at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her research interests center on sub-Saharan Africa, specifically focusing on the areas of health research partnerships and academic publishing. Elizabeth has also been involved with work related to the migration and resettlement of Syrian refugees in Europe and is part of collaborative work examining the scientization of mass education worldwide. Elizabeth is providing background research support for a research project exploring global trends in boys educational attainment and retention.