Meet the Team

Professor Rose Luckin
Founder

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Cited as the ‘Dr. Who of AI’, Rose is Director of EDUCATE, co-founder of the IEAIED, and Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab. She was named as one of 20 most influential people in Education on the Seldon List 2017, and her research involves the design and evaluation of EdTech using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence.

Dr Anissa Moeini
Chief Impact Advisor

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Anissa is an EdTech entrepreneur, social scientist, and expert in the field of enterprise impact measurement.  With a background in media and telecoms, Anissa identified the need to build research capacity in enterprises that is both agile for their pace of change and adaptable to the rhythm of SMEs.  Through her doctoral research, she developed the Evidence-informed Learning Technology Enterprise (ELTE) Framework as a practical tool for companies and other non-academic stakeholders to support the evaluation of the efficacy of EdTech enterprises, and to build internal capacity to be evidence-informed. 

Associate Professor

Mutlu Cukurova

Chief Research Advisor

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Mutlu is an academic faculty member at University College London and has a particular interest in researching the potential of emerging Educational Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Learning Analytics to continuously evaluate and support human development.  Mutlu supervises PhD projects and teaches the MA in Education and Technology programme at the IOE.

Dr Carmel Kent

Director, Data Science & AI

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A computational social scientist with a research focus on Artificial Intelligence for education and learning analytics, Carmel is the Director of Data Science & AI for EDUCATE Ventures Research, and a Senior Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute of Education.  Owner of multiple patents and author of numerous publications in medtech, data integration, and semantic warehousing, Carmel did her PhD at the University of Haifa, Israel.

Dr Becky Sage

Director, Acceleration

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Dr Becky Sage, the Director of Acceleration, knows firsthand what it is to create a business in EdTech, having spent the last 6 years as the CEO of Interactive Scientific.  She has spent over 15 years working in science, technology, education and entrepreneurship, and holds a PhD in chemistry.  She is interested is in creating effective and sustainable businesses which can make an impact in the education space.  Becky is a 3 x British Adult Gymnastics Champion.

Ibrahim Bashir

Technical Projects Manager

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Ibrahim Bashir is a Software Developer currently working as a Data Engineer. Ibrahim is a Fulbright fellow and has a Masters in Computer Science from Louisiana State University. His work in the last 9 years has focused on the intersection of Big Data, Machine Learning and IoT. Once a passionate hobby roboticist, he hasn’t gone near one in years after 9 of the 12 machines he built from scratch for a swarm robotics project wouldn’t play nice and fried their circuit boards. 

Karine George

Chief Education Advisor

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An award-winning, future reimagining educationalist, Karine spent more than 20 years as headteacher in an 'Outstanding' Oftsed-rated school,  She is an active research practitioner and ties research, business and education together to transform leadership and pedagogy.  An advocate for technology's support of 21st century teaching and learning, she has reported on its use to the DfE, penned numerous articles on educational issues and was a contributing author for 'Sustainable School Transformation: an inside-out school-led approach'.

Professor Ben Du Boulay

Chief Research Advisor

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Ben is an Emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Engineering and Informatics at the University of Sussex, UK, and Visiting Professor at University College London.  He has two main research areas: the first is the Psychology of Programming where his main work has been in the area of novices learning programming and the development of tools to assist that process, and the second is the application of Artificial Intelligence in Education.  Here he is particularly interested in issues around modelling and developing students’ metacognition and motivation.

Dr Canan Blake

Principal Researcher

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Canan Blake is a veteran academic with experience in evaluating technology-enhanced learning in different environments, including computer-supported collaborative learning, mobile learning, and interactions in massive open online courses (MOOCs).  Her research has led to the development of frameworks for the interactions of learners in several technology-enhanced learning environments and evaluation methodologies.  She convened the Computers and Learning Research Group at the Open University (CALRG), and recently she has supervised EdTech Masters' students.

Ali Chaudhry
AI & Data Science

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An AI enthusiast who is always on the lookout to learn about the latest AI algorithms and the ‘magic’ behind them, Ali is a postgraduate researcher at UCL Knowledge Lab with a research focus on exploring transparency through frequentist and bayesian statistical techniques. He also explores and compares the learning trajectories of reinforcement learning agents in simulated environments with human learning in the real world.  A firm believer of education’s role in changing the world for the better, Ali runs a number of charity schools in Pakistan.

Dr Ekaterina Cooper

Researcher

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Ekaterina has a PhD in developmental psychology from Canterbury Christ Church University. Her research was focused on the socio-emotional aspect of learning in collaborative problem-solving situations.  For the last 10 years, she has been involved in various research projects examining child development and previously worked as a child psychologist in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She is the author of successfully implemented intervention ‘Learning to communicate effectively’ for adolescents aged 12 – 14 years, aimed at correction of emotional difficulties through the development of emotional intelligence.

Laurie Forcier
Chief of Staff and
Director of Partnerships

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Laurie Forcier’s interests lie in helping to change our education systems so they better surface and support the massive potential found within each learner. She has over 20 years of experience in the education sector, and is currently Chief of Staff and Director of Partnerships for EDUCATE Ventures, a research and development company created to help the EdTech ecosystem ethically research, design and apply ways for technologies to empower human intelligence. She was previously chief global content officer for Learnit, a 70K-strong education leaders' network focused on change, and director of Pearson's programme of global thought leadership, publishing on the future of education, skills and work, and how technology can augment learning and teaching. She has also been a senior advisor and aide to the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an evaluation and policy researcher at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC-based think tank. She is currently mentoring a cybersecurity education start up for the European Commission-supported IMPACT EdTech Accelerator programme.

Dr Varshita Sher
AI & Data Science

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Varshita received her PhD in Learning Analytics from Simon Fraser University.  Her research focused on analysing student learning behaviour within technology-enhanced learning environments, using machine learning and data science techniques.  Prior to this, she earned her Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Oxford and was awarded a Distinction for her dissertation in HCI and visual analytics. Passionate about applying state-of-the-art ML and DS technology to problems within the Ed-tech sector, she has published and presented several research papers in reputed journals and conferences.  She is a certified Data Carpentry Instructor with pan-global teaching experience, including Canada, South Africa and the U.K, and continues to conduct AI/ML workshops for early-career researchers in myriad sectors including health, finance, and education-technology.

Abayomi Akanji

AI & Data Science

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Abayomi is an EdTech researcher and a creative Software Developer.  He is a Queen Elizabeth Young Leader and has a Masters in Education and Technology from UCL.  When he was a teenager, he co-founded one of Nigeria's foremost e-testing platforms, PassNG - which has helped over 500K students to achieve success in their college-entrance exams.  Abayomi, who holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Computer Science (with First-class Honours), is a winner of the Future Award Africa Prize for Education.

Orli Weiser

AI & Data Science

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Orli is a doctoral candidate at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Computer Science from Bar-Ilan University and a M.A. with summa cum laude in Learning Technologies and Networks from The Open University of Israel.  Her primary research interests are Technological innovations in learning and teaching and Data Analytics Competencies.  Orli works as database administrator and volunteers in the "Ma'avarim" project, a supportive environment for research students.

Shantini Anthony

Researcher

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Shan started her career as an educator with the Ministry of Education, Singapore, teaching English Language and Social Studies to secondary school students.  She is passionate about youth and education and previously took a role in government policy and planning, before her recent move to EdTech.  Her first love is the classroom, and in her lessons she often experimented with the  integration of EdTech.  A strong believer in harnessing technology for quality education, she is an advocate for backing up the technological interventions with evidence. 

Dorothy Lepkowska

Communications

and Media Lead

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Dorothy Lepkowska has been working as an education correspondent for over 30 years, having amassed an in-depth knowledge of the UK schools system, and written about parenting and children’s health for several specialist publications.  She previously worked for the Daily Mirror and London Evening Standard, was the former comms lead and manager for CIEA and Asdan, and was co-author of 2019's ‘Meet the Parents: How Schools Can Work Effectively with Families to Support Children's Learning’.

Morgan Dee
AI & Data Science

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Morgan trained as a secondary school Physics teacher at the Institute of Education after completing her Masters in Astrophysics at The University of Manchester.  She then spent 10 years teaching in the UK, Nepal, Malawi, Hong Kong and Japan.  After discovering a love for Machine learning and AI, she started studying and is currently completing her MSc in Data Science with AI at The University of Exeter.  Morgan is particularly passionate about the ethical use of AI within education to maximise the potential of all learners.

Rowland Wells
Director, Research Communication (Non-Academic)

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A good story might write itself, but not without organisation. Running events, relationship managing your community, penning Tweets, SOPs, agendas, and coordinating projects is what Rowland does best, and he’s been doing it since 2003.  An occasional welfare officer, waterer and potter of office flora, AV technician, note-taker and EdTech crackerjack, Rowland also specialises in recruitment, quality management, pitch decks, graphic design, marcomms, and storytelling.  Outside EDUCATE he hunts down early 90s techno, sings and produces music, eats cheese, loves bumblebees, and is the artist and writer for an upcoming space opera webcomic. 

 

If he doesn't answer the phone he is likely sunbathing. 

Arthur Fisher

Admin Officer & Researcher

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The EDUCATE Administrative Officer and Researcher, Arthur has over 4 years’ experience in project coordination, startup management and diary prioritisation.  Proficient in a comprehensive suite of information governance systems and graphic design and video-editing software, he has a keen eye for specifics, and with an academic grounding in politics and history, demonstrates first-class client and stakeholder relationship management with his excellent communication skills. 

Yarden Toiber
Accelerator Programme Coordinator

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A medical student at Imperial, Yarden works in the newly relaunched EDUCATE Accelerator Programme, coordinating business and research support with the user experience, and managing the bustling alumni community.   Hoping to complement her experience in medical education, Yarden is researching how teaching and learning propagates in Higher Education, and how students might benefit from close study of this crucial domain.  She rows for the Imperial medic's team, and in her spare time, reads, and plays music.

Noa Sher
Researcher

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Noa’s career has progressed along the lines of both applied and academic research.  She has over ten years' experience of working with the public and third sectors in the social domain, mainly in the fields of social services and education, and has vast experience in multi-methods evaluative research.  Her current work includes guiding management in organisations within the social domain in programme-planning using logic models and in building measurement and evaluation strategies as well as designing outcomes-oriented case management systems.  Noa holds an MA in Social and Organisational Psychology and is working towards her PhD on network analysis of collaborative knowledge construction.