RISE is a collaborative enterprise with a global team of people drawn from many different organisations, sectors, and regions. The detailed research and data collection in the RISE focus countries is undertaken by our Country Research Teams (CRTs) in Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam. The RISE Intellectual Leadership Team (ILT) provides expertise in various aspects of education systems, development, measurement, and analysis to deliver thought leadership, research advice, and scholarly assessment of RISE research activities and outputs. Augmenting the RISE research are the RISE Fellows, a group of invited, non-resident, academic researchers working on RISE themes with additional country focus or methods. The RISE Directorate, with team members from Oxford Policy Management and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, lead, manage, and synthesise the research.


Featured Team Members
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Risa Nihayah

Researcher - Indonesia CRT

Risa Nihayah holds a master's degree in development studies from the International Institute of Social…

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Nadya Novitri

Programme Officer - Indonesia CRT

Nadya Novitri is responsible for office operations including administration, human resources, procurement,…

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Gabor Nyeki

Post-Doctoral Researcher - Nigeria CRT

Gabor Nyeki is a visiting research scholar at Princeton University. He holds a simultaneous appointment as an…

Moses Oketch

Moses Oketch

Researcher - Ethiopia CRT

Moses Oketch is a professor of international education policy and development at the University College…

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Dozie Okoye

Key Researcher - Nigeria CRT


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Chukwuka Onyekwena

Key Researcher - Nigeria

Chukwuka Onyekwena is the acting Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (…

Ken Opalo

Ken Opalo

Researcher - Tanzania CRT

Ken Opalo is an assistant professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University…

Shardul Oza

Shardul Oza

Senior Programme Manager - Tanzania CRT

Shardul Oza is a Washington DC-based Senior Programme Manager for the RISE Tanzania Country Research Team.…

Alula Pankhurst

Alula Pankhurst

Researcher - Ethiopia CRT

Alula Pankhurst is Ethiopia Country Director of Young Lives, an international study of childhood poverty. He…

Menno Pradhan

Menno Pradhan

Lead Researcher - Indonesia CRT

Menno Pradhan is a Professor in Project and Program Evaluation at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the…