Sonia Ben Jaafar

Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar

Chief Executive Officer


Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar has been dedicated to educational development for over 20 years.
She has used her expertise in educational leadership and evaluation to cultivate
partnerships that promote high impact sustainable solutions to pressing education
challenges in the Middle East, Canada, Africa, and Asia.


Dr. Ben Jaafar currently serves as the CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for
Education where she manages one of the largest privately funded philanthropic education
initiatives in the Arab world. Prior to this role dedicated to promoting education for elevated
livelihoods for over 200,000 Arab youth, she was the Managing Director of EduEval
Consulting, where she cultivated partnerships with governments, international agencies,
not-for-profit organizations, and multinational corporations to promote evidence-based
decisions for a greater positive impact on education. Her work on major educational
development projects with organizations such as the American Institute of Research,
Ericsson, UNESCO, UNICEF, and War Child UK focused on SDG4. She holds a PhD in
Educational Leadership, and a MA in Curriculum Studies from the University of Toronto.
She is passionate about coupling her experience with her academic background to
promote knowledge sharing and education for good. But if you ask her, she will tell you “I
am a mom who is trying to make the world a better place.”