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Ms Deena Newaz

Ms Deena Newaz

Graduate Student, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge


Deena is an MPhil Candidate in Education and International Development at the University of Cambridge where her research focuses on the progression of social and emotional skills among young people in refugee contexts. Prior to her graduate studies, Deena managed the Learners’ Voice and WISE Emerging Leaders program at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). In her role, she co-designed and delivered content for youth skills development programs and mentored young social innovators working in the refugee education sector in Europe and MENA. Deena also served as co-curator of global education forums organized by WISE such as WISE@NY, and the 2019 Curiosity Conference in the United States which engaged 500 high-level stakeholders to shape the future of education. Deena was also a fellow on the WISE Learners’ Voice program and designed an inquiry-based teacher-training program for teachers in rural areas of Haiti in 2014-15. She is the co-author of a speculative fiction book exploring the impact of new technologies on learning outcomes for students faced with adversity. Deena holds a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with double honors in Culture and Politics.

Research Interests

My current research is focusing on measuring social and emotional learning in refugee settings through a mixed-methods approach to first understand the validity of SEL in conflict settings and its progression among young refugees.