Spogmai Akseer is a research consultant working on the Time to Teach project with UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti. Spogmai has a PhD in Education and Comparative International Development Education (CIDE) from University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Her research focuses on education, armed conflict, and gender in fragile contexts. In 2013, Spogmai co-founded a project that examines the contradictory role of textbooks and learning materials in promoting peace and violence in countries affected by violence. Spogmai has also worked in Afghanistan as a Senior Manager with the University of Massachusetts, on a USAID-funded project to develop new graduate degree programs, as well as Registrar and professor at the American University of Afghanistan. In these roles, she worked closely with the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan, to develop a national quality assurance and accreditation framework, as well, a graduate education policy framework.