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Biography

I joined the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship (EFE) department at Aston Business School in September 2018 as a Research fellow in Economics and am also a Research fellow at the Department of Economics and the Centre for the Study of Economics (CSAE) at the University of Oxford. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School. 

As of August 2022 as a Co-Investigator, my Principal Investigator (Dr. Natalie Carlson at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania) and I have launched a field experiment research and impact Business Training Support project to aid microenterprises in Zimbabwe and Zambia commencing piloting in Summer 2023 and roll-out in late 2023. The program involves three components of training that aim to aid microenterprises in idea generation, business start-up, and business improvement activities in a differentiated manner and responsible manner. Our partners in the project include local Zimbabwe based training partner the Royal Business Consult Trust (RBCT) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) of the United Nations. The project has secured £75K in funding so far. 

As programme director of the undergraduate course International Business and Management (IBAM), I have lead responsibility for the success, well-being and overall experience of students within the course, working closely with the Head of the Business School and others in the School Leadership Team, contributing to the wider leadership of the College and University to ensure that corporate and strategic aims are met. I ensure arrangements are in place for the planning and operation of all key processes required for effective course delivery and administration, including recruitment, admissions, timetabling and induction through collaboration with appropriate colleagues. Additionally, I actively contributed to developing a quality assurance process for learning and teaching to mitigate the pandemic challenges and beyond (develop good practice and help manage the department more efficiently), to foster a more productive team atmosphere and to mentor staff to ensure they have a supportive environment to excel and meet our students’ expectations in the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship department at ABS. 

My research interests span across various areas of Development Economics, Entrepreneurship, Institutions, Political Economy and Business Improvement. I am currently working on labor market interventions to help integration, assimilation and job finding for Syrian refugees in the Jordan.

Research Interests

Research interests span across various areas of Development Economics, Entrepreneurship, Gender and entrepreneurship, Institutions, Political Economy and Business Improvement

Qualifications

PhD in Economics, Aston University, UK (2018).

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert), Aston University, UK (2017).

MSc Economic Policy, University of Birmingham, UK (2012).

Bachelor of Business Administration, Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt (2007).

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Academy of Management

Member of the British Academy of Management

Member of the Centre for the Study of African Economics (CSAE, University of Oxford

Teaching Activity

Undergraduate - BS3347 Economics of Entrepreneurship.
Postgraduate dissertation supervision.

Research Projects/Collaborations

Currently working on labour market interventions to help integration, assimilation and job finding for Syrian refugees in the context of Jordan. 

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Department of Economics, University of Oxford Research Fellowship grant, 2018 - 2021.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Institutional Change and Entrepreneurship: The Impact of Incremental change, change due to Conflict, and Social Change captured by Migration

30 Sept 20131 Apr 2019

Award Date: 1 Apr 2019

External positions

Research Fellow, University of Oxford

1 Apr 2018 → …

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