AUC School of Business Endowed Chairs and Professorships
professorships are among the most significant contributions to a higher
education institution. Such generous gifts to learning date back to ancient
times, and serve to provide organizations with the resources to recruit
established faculty members capable of diffusing both practical and theoretical
dimensions in their teaching.
professorships are among AUC’s most effective tools to sustain the University’s
portfolio of tenured faculty members and to support them fully in their professional
growth. Not only are they an honor for a current professor but supporting these
positions also helps the University attract, and retain, academic leaders.
professorships at AUC School of Business commenced in 1989. The school
currently holds five such chairs.
British Petroleum Chair of Management (1989)
The Amoco Chair of
Management marked the establishment of the first endowed professorship at AUC. It was later renamed BP Chair of Management following British
Petroleum merger with Amoco in 1998.
The position is currently
held by Hamed Shamma, associate professor and BP Amoco Chair
of Management. Professor Shamma holds a PhD in marketing from The George Washington
University in 2007, an MBA from AUC in 2002 and a BA in business administration from AUC in 1999.
Previous BP Chairs
of Management include:
Abdul Latif Jameel Chair of Entrepreneurship (1993)
This chair is in
honor of the late Sheikh Abdul Latif Jameel of Saudi Arabia, one of AUC’s most
important benefactors. Leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship are the hallmarks of AUC’s School of Business,
and this chair further reinforces the school's commitment to the development of
entrepreneurs in Egypt and the region.
The position is held by Ayman Ismail
, assistant professor, Abdul Latif Jameel Chair of Entrepreneurship, and faculty adviser
for the School of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program since
2011. Professor Ismail holds a PhD in international economic development from MIT in
2009, a master's in city planning from MIT in 1999, an MBA from AUC in 1997 and a
BSc in engineering from AUC in 1995.
Willard W. Brown Chair of International
Business Leadership (2001)
The chair aims to draw on a wealth of experience in researching methods for solution of the problems of multinational business organizations, with particular emphasis on leadership in international trade, finance and marketing, and with a demonstrated understanding of the increasing importance of cross cultural and international friendship and good will. Previous Willard
W. Brown Chairs of International Business Leadership include:
- 2009 -2010 Maha ElShinnawy
- 2010-2011 Ossama Hassanein
- 2011-2014 Kevin B. O'Connell
- 2014-2015 Khaled Ismail
- 2015-2017 Dina Sherif
Abraaj Group Chair of Private Equity (2012)
The chair forms
the nucleus of a private equity knowledge repository introducing students to
the foundation of private equity investment. It also represents a cornerstone
to the Masters of Science in financial management, launched in Fall 2012. As part of the professorship an endowment
fund was also created to further strengthen academic research activities in the
field of private equity, venture capital and investment management.
The position is
currently held by Islam Azzam, associate professor
and Abraaj group chair of private equity.
Group Chairs of Management include:
- 2012-2013 Eskandar
- 2013-2015 Charllaos Mertzanis
CIB Chair of Banking (2013)
The professorship, which commenced in Fall 2014, exposes students to multiple perspectives on retail banking (including concepts of retail banking, types of accounts, mortgages, personal loads, debit/credit cards, etc.), challenging their thinking and encouraging new practices that result in superior business leadership.
The position is currently held by Ahmed Elshahat, associate professor of management. Elshahat holds a PhD from Florida International University in 2008, an MBA from Arab Academy for Science and Technology in 2004 and a BA in accounting from Alexandria University in 1999.