Senior Research Affiliate


Ali Ait Si Mhamed, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education in Kazakhstan and an Affiliated Professor and Researcher with the Institute of Education Sciences at the University Mohamed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) in Morocco. He received his PhD in Comparative and International Higher Education at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo, USA. His professional expertise includes Program Director, Research Chair, Quality Assurance Chair, and Accreditation Director. Ali Ait Si Mhamed has a list of publications in high indexed journals. His research record includes studies of higher education in the USA, North Africa, Baltic States, and Central Asia. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2011-2012 to Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Northern Europe.

Ali Ait Si Mhamed is an expert in both quantitative and qualitative design. His extensive high-indexed research publications reflect that expertise. In addition to his career as a scholar, he has also done consultancy work with the World Bank in Morocco (2006), Latvia (2011) and Tajikistan (2019). His dedication to quality work in research and design led him to be invited to collaborate in research activities and publications with Cambridge University (2019-2020), University of Pennsylvania (2017-2022), Arizona State University (2021-present) and the non-profit organization FHi360 (2022-present). Ali Ait Si Mhamed was awarded multiple small and big research grants during his career of 20 years in higher education as a principal investigator (PI) of his projects.