Meet the Team

Professor Rose Luckin


Rose 3 copy.jpg

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

Director, Strategic Research


The resident EDUCATE Renaissance Woman, Anissa Moeini is a newly crowned doctor at the UCL Knowledge Lab and a seasoned tech entrepreneur, whose work identified the need to build research capacity in EdTech enterprises, sensitive to both the business rhythm of startups, and their pace of change.  The result of her doctoral research is the Evidence-informed Learning Technology Enterprise Framework (ELTE), a practical tool for EdTech companies and other non-academic stakeholders, to evaluate efficacy and build capacity for applied research.

Associate Professor

Mutlu Cukurova

Chief Research Advisor


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.  In addition to this, Mutlu works with UNESCO’s international expert group on ICT in Education. 

Dr Carmel Kent

Director, Data Science & AI

Carmel 2.jpg

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


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


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


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


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


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.

Dr Ali Chaudhry

AI & Data Science


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



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
Head of Partnerships


Laurie has over 20 years of experience in the education sector, most recently as Chief Content Officer for Learnit, a global conference and community focused on supporting meaningful conversations about change for its 70K+ education leader network.  She was previously Director of Pearson's programme of Global Thought Leadership, focusing on the future of education, skills and work, and how technology, including AI, can augment teaching and learning.  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.  A frequent speaker at education events around the world, Laurie is currently mentoring a cybersecurity education startup for the European Commission-supported IMPACT EdTech Accelerator programme.

Abayomi Akanji

AI & Data Science


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

Orli Weiser (4).jpg

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



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


and Media Lead

Dot shot[1].png

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’.

Arthur Fisher

Admin Officer & Researcher


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

Yarden TK picture.png

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.

Rowland Wells

Events & Publicity

Bees v2.jpg

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 writes and draws a space opera webcomic, sings and produces music, hunts down early 90s techno, eats cheese, and loves bumblebees. 


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