Dr. Nizar Becheikh
Dr. Nizar Becheikh is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management at the School of Business of the American University in Cairo (AUC, Egypt). He served as Interim Dean of the School in 2017, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research from 2013-2018. He also served as Director of the EMBA, the MBA, and the CEMS/MIM programs. He earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a MBA in International Management from Laval University (Canada). During his time in Canada, he worked closely, as part of research and consulting projects, with managers and policy makers from Canadian SMEs, public organizations, and governmental agencies intended to foster innovation and regional economic development in Canada. He published his research in top-tier refereed academic journals and prestigious conferences, and in the form of professional reports and best practices guides. Dr. Becheikh has coached entrepreneurs in different phases of development of their business ideas. He also contributed to different workshops and seminars meant for promoting entrepreneurship in Egypt and the MENA Region. Dr. Becheikh teaches Strategy, Innovation Management, and Entrepreneurship at the undergraduate and the (Executive) MBA programs. His current research interests focus on political economy in the Arab region, innovation paths and best practices in developing countries, and managing growth and innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in Arab countries.