Malak Zaalouk is professor of practice and the director of the Middle East Institute of Higher Education. Malak has previously served as UNICEF Regional Senior Education Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She led the founding of Egyptian community schools and has promoted girls’ education and quality education reform and has been a noted global leader on issues of human rights and gender equity. She has published widely on issues of development in both English and Arabic. Malak holds a diploma in educational planning from the International Institute of Educational Planning IIEP in Paris, a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Hull, an MA in sociology from the American University in Cairo, and a BA in political science from The American University in Cairo. Her research interests include political economy of reform and social change, gender, education and development, empowerment, participation and development, liberation education, comparative education, quality education, community participation and education, transitions from school to life.