Mirka Martel
Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning

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Mirka Martel, Ph.D
Project Director, IFP Alumni Tracking Study 
Department Head / Research, Evaluation & Learning, IIE 

Mirka Martel is IIE’s Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning (REL) and has been with IIE since 2012. Mirka is the Project Director of the IFP Alumni Tracking Study, an unprecedented study measuring the impact of international scholarship on emerging social justice leaders from marginalized communities. Mirka was brought onto the study in the final years of IFP’s existence and worked closely with the Ford Foundation and IFP’s Secretariat to plan the technical approach to the 10-year study. Mirka oversees key research in international and comparative education through her own scholarly work and that of the REL Unit at IIE. Her oversight of key resources in the international education community, such as Open Doors® and Project Atlas®, continue to advance the field and provide strategic insight into the future of international education. Mirka has more than 15 years of experience managing research and evaluation projects on international education, leadership, and development. She recently published a chapter on measuring impact in International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change (2018). 

Mirka is originally from Czech Republic and holds a Doctorate in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mirka is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Bridget Barry
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist | Research, Evaluation & Learning, IIE

Bridget Barry is a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at IIE, and has been with the organization for four years. On the IFP Alumni Tracking Study, she oversees quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, and coordination of the writing of publications related to the IFP Alumni Tracking Study. She is also the primary point of contact for IFP alumni engagement. Through her work at IIE, she has improved program documentation, monitoring, and policy implementation across the region for the Foreign Fulbright Western Hemisphere (Americas) Team, including directly supporting program administration in Brazil, Chile, and Peru. She also recently completed an impact evaluation of the Tinker Foundation’s Field Research Grant Program and co-authored Knowledge Horizons: Learning from Four Decades of Funding Field Research in Latin America (2019). Prior to her position at IIE, Bridget worked for six years in international development, directly overseeing poverty eradication programming in Mexico, Peru, Bangladesh and India with The Hunger Project.

Bridget is originally from the United States and holds an MSc in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and conversational in Portuguese.

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Selma Talha Jebril
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist | Research, Evaluation & Learning, IIE

Selma Talha Jebril is Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at IIE and oversees quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, and coordination of the writing of publications related to the IFP Alumni Tracking Study. Selma also serves at the Business Development Specialist for the Research, Evaluation and Learning Team, promoting and advocating for the REL Unit’s business development growth in the areas of international higher education scholarships and fellowships, and leadership programming. Prior to joining IIE, Selma was based in Washington, D.C., where she worked with Chemonics International and Search for Common Ground on projects implemented in the Middle East and North Africa.

Selma is originally from Morocco and holds a master’s degree in sustainable development, international policy and management from SIT Graduate Institute and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Trade from Université de Cergy-Pontoise (France). She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

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Sinan Zeino
Research Graphics & Web Content Editor | Research, Evaluation & Learning, IIE

Sinan Zeino is a Research Graphics and Web Content Editor with the REL Unit and has been with IIE since 2018. In his role on the IFP Alumni Tracking Study, he creates graphics and visualizations and maintains the IIE website to inform and communicate information to internal and external audiences about the study. In addition, he has supported grants administration and reporting on the IFP Alumni Awards. He also supports the team regarding graphic design and layout of key IFP publications. In addition to IFP, Sinan also supports other projects in the REL Unit, including Open Doors® and Project Atlas®. Sinan has more than seven years of experience working with different organizations in both the United States and Syria.

Sinan is originally from Syria and received his master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is fluent in English and Arabic.

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Nora Nemeth
Research & Evaluation Officer | Research, Evaluation & Learning, IIE

Nora Nemeth is Research & Evaluation Officer at IIE and supports the REL Unit from IIE’s office in Budapest, Hungary. In the IFP Alumni Tracking Study, Nora supports the team in quantitative and qualitative analysis, IFP alumni database updates, social media, and IFP Alumni Awards. Beyond IFP, she supports a variety of research and evaluation activities for Open Doors®the National Science Foundation Track III Research, and others. Previously, she contributed to IIE’s evaluation for the International Development Research Centre IDRC’s: Contributions to Building Emerging Research for Development Leaders. Nora has over 10 years of experience in international education. She joined IIE Europe in 2009 to work on EducationUSA. She also has experience in outreach and selection for scholarship programs administered by IIE. Nora studied in the United States for almost 10 years.

Nora is originally from Hungary and received her master's degree in international relations from the University of Pécs (in Hungary), and a bachelor's degree in economics from Budapest Business School (in Hungary). She is fluent in English, Hungarian, and French.