Lula Dahir

Lula is a multidisciplinary professional with 6+ years of experience working at the intersection of education, climate change, and digital innovation in Europe and Africa. Her experience ranges from managing projects, designing, and conducting research and evaluations in areas of social inclusion, education, digital innovation, climate change for clients including FCDO, SIDA, World Bank, UN agencies, and Apple in Europe and Africa. In recent years, she has been working in the Edtech sector. Lula is passionate about closing the digital gap and reducing inequality through fair and equitable partnerships, accessible and evidence-based research, and inclusive and ethical technologies.  While she is a keen supporter of AI-driven solutions and the use of technology – her main concerns are data privacy, digital literacy, and digital inclusion.

Nariman Moustafa

Nariman is a Senior Analyst at Open Development and Education. She brings 10+ years of experience in the fields of international (basic and tertiary) education, social innovation, higher education teaching, as well as agile and adaptive management/leadership. Her skills include facilitation of social transformation processes, designing education programmes and learning experiences, catalyzing innovations, leading critical participatory processes & community organizing, policy analysis and research. She has worked on projects that range from consulting for governments on how to act better with limited resources to designing & facilitating experiential learning programs for world leaders around justice-based leadership approaches to creating global alliances and networks for re-imagining education. She is previously a founder and director of Mesahat: Liberating Learning Spaces (Cairo, Egypt), a network that envisions the creation of learning cities through the spread of inter-connected self-organized, social-justice based, and lifelong learning online and offline communal learning spaces using agile methods and embodied democratic practices. She currently voluntarily serves on the working groups that direct the Ecoversities Alliance, the latter comprises more than 150 higher education institutions around the globe that aim to reimagine higher education through reviving and reclaiming diverse knowledge ecologies using decolonial inquiry methods, with a focus on the global south.  Nariman completed her Master’s in Education Science from Harvard University where she also assists in teaching several courses on topics of adaptive leadership and community organizing.




Chris McBurnie

Chris is a Senior Analyst at Open Development & Education. Prior to joining the team, he spent approximately 18 months designing and implementing a number of school-based development projects in East Africa and India. In 2019, Chris graduated with an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge where he focused on how institutions influence the impact and uptake of education interventions. He speaks English and French.


Full list of publications available here.