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Willard W. Brown International Business Leadership Seminar Series

A platform for renowned international business thought leaders to share a wealth of technical knowledge, business acumen, market, and/or scholarly expertise with the AUC community and the local business community at large.

Webinar Series

The Willard W. Brown International Business Leadership webinar series is a post-COVID 19 version of the Willard W. Brown International Business Leadership seminar series which serves as a platform for renowned international business thought leaders to share a wealth of knowledge, business acumen, market, and/or scholarly expertise with the global academic and business community.

James Harmon

Up and Doing: A Life of Investing in a Better World

Speaker

James Harmon
Chairman, Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund
Co-chair of the board of directors of the World Resources Institute

Moderator

Sherif Kamel
Dean, AUC School of Business

Date: November 16, 2021

Tawfik Jelassi

Exploitation vs. Exploration - Balancing the Short Term and Long Term Strategies

Speaker

Tawfik Jelassi, PhD

Professor of Strategy and Technology Management, IMD Business School
Former Minister of Higher Education
Scientific Research and Information, Communication Technologies, Transition-to-Democracy Government of Tunisia

Moderator

Nizar Becheikh
Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management, AUC School of Business

Date: June 15, 2021

Grace Najjar

Th Future of Project Management

Speaker

Grace Najjar
Managing Director, Middle East North Africa, Project Management Institute.

Moderator

Sherwat Elwan
Associate Professor of Operations Management, Director of MBA Programs, AUC School of Business

Date: April 6, 2021

Subir Lall

Rethinking Macroeconomics in the Digital Age

Speaker

Subir Lall
Deputy Director, Middle East, and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund

Moderator

Samer Atallah
Associate Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, AUC School of Business

Date: January 26, 2021

Jonathan Liebenau

Financial Technologies Pose Problems for Incumbents But Also for Regulators and Policy Makers

Speaker

Jonathan Liebenau
Associate Professor (Reader) of Technology Management, London School of Economics 

Moderator

Dina Abdel Fattah
Assistant Professor of Economics, AUC School of Business

Date: December 22, 2020

Tim Cullen

Why Good People Often Make Bad Business Decisions?

Speaker

Tim Cullen
Former Chief Spokesman, World Bank
Founder, Oxford Negotiations Programme
Associate Fellow, Said Business School, Oxford University

Moderator

Hamed Shamma 
Associate Professor of Marketing
Business Partner; Endowed Chair, AUC School of Business

Date: November 24, 2020

Ossama Hassanein

Innovations with Human Impact: How AI is Transforming Our Lives

In partnership with AUC Venture Lab

Speaker

Ossama Hassanein
Chairman, Rising Tide Recipient of the Drucker Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Moderator

Ayman Ismail
Associate Professor and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship Director, AUC Venture Lab AUC School of Business

Date: October 20, 2020

Loudres Casanova and Anne Miroux

How Chinese Multinationals Are Conquering the World

Speakers

Loudres Casanova
Gail and Rob Canizares Director, Emerging Markets Institute, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University

Anne Miroux
Faculty Fellow, Emerging Markets Institute, Johnson School of Management, Cornell University

Moderator

Hakim Meshreki
Assistant Professor of Marketing, AUC School of Business

Date: September 22, 2020

Soumitra Dutta

Technology and Innovation Competitiveness for a post-COVID World

How will the acceleration of digitalization and innovation look like in the post-COVID world? 

Speaker

Soumitra Dutta
Professor and Former Founding Dean SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University
Chair, Board of Directors, Global Business School Network (GBSN) 
President, Portulans Institute

Moderator

Sherif Kamel
Professor of Management and
Dean, AUC School of Business
President, AmCham Egypt

Date: June 30, 2020

Johan Roos Webinar

Getting Ready for Change

What should leaders think of to cultivate readiness for an unexpected change in organizations? 

Speaker

Johan Roos
Chief Academic Officer and Professor, HULT International Business School

Moderator

Ahmed Abdel Meguid
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration, AUC School of Business

Date: June 15, 2020

Previous Seminar Series

Lecturer: Dipak C. Jain
Date: October 2, 2018
Location: Room 1054 Abdul Latid Jameel Hall, AUC New Cairo

​An MBA debate titled The Enduring Value  of Management Education by Dipak C. Jain, president (European), professor of marketing, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

Former dean, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University 
Former dean, INSEAD, and SAB Member

The debate was moderated by Sherwat Elwan, associate professor of operations management and director of MBA programs, AUC School of Business.​


Lecturer: Gavin Serkin
Date: September 19, 2018
Location: Dean's Conference Room

A public lecture by Gavin Serkin, partner, managing editor, Frontier Funds Media and Intelligence, Exotix Capital, Author: Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow

Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow: Insights on Frontier and Emerging Markets Investments

Moderated by Nashwa Saleh, assistant visiting professor of finance, managing partner, and founder, BAST consulting.


Lecturer: Stewart Langdon
Date: September 19, 2018
Location: Dean's Conference Room

A public lecture by Stewart Langdon, partner, LeapFrog Investments, the United Kingdom named “$1 Billion Impact Investing: Cases from Africa and Asia”.

Moderated by Ayman Ismail, Abdul Latif Jameel chair of entrepreneurship, AUC Venture Lab, director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, director

Hosted by AUC Venture Lab and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Lecturer: Carlos Winograd
Date: September 17, 2018
Location: Dean's Conference Room

Roundtable discussion in partnership with Embassy of the Argentine Republic featuring Carlos Winograd, research fellow and professor, Paris School of Economics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, associate professor, University of Paris-Evry, France. Research fellow, EPEE, University of Paris-Evry, France.


Lecturer: Carlos Winograd
Date: September 16, 2018
Location: Room 1054, Abdul Latif Jameel Hall, AUC New Cairo

Public lecture by Carlos Winograd, research fellow, and professor, Paris School of Economics and former secretary of state for competition, Deregulation and Consumer Affairs, Government of Argentina (1999-2002).

This lecture was moderated by Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D).