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Samira Nikaein Towfighian

Education Analyst
Samira Nikaein Towfighian is an Education Analyst at the World Bank, where she works on education research studies and lending operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. She is the Early Childhood Education Focal Point for MENA, and leads a number of regional and country-level projects in the subsector. Prior to joining the World Bank, Samira worked on a range of education and development policy issues including early childhood development in Central Asia (UNICEF), refugee education in the Middle East (UNHCR), and skills development and gender education in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa (UNESCO). Samira has also led impact evaluation work, including a randomized controlled trial in Mexico. Samira holds a Master’s Degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University.