Sherif Kamel

Sherif Kamel

Professor of management information systems and former founding dean of the School of Business at the American University in Cairo (currently on sabbatical).

Kamel led a major repositioning of the school by adopting a multi-tier thematic approach that included entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and responsible business. During his tenure, he initiated the process for EQUIS, AMBA and ACCET accreditations and got the school reaccredited by AACSB in 2011. The school became ACCET accredited in 2011; AMBA and EQUIS accredited in 2014 joining only 70 business school in the world that are triple-crowned. In addition, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) ranked among the top 1% in the region; the MBA program ranked top by Forbes ME in 2012; executive education open enrolment ranked 68th by the FT in 2014 and the school ranked 46th and recognized as one of the most influential 100 business schools in the world by Eduniversal in 2013. He introduced the EMBA program, a master of science in finance, a BBA in management of information and communication technology and a minor in entrepreneurship. Moreover, he helped establish multiple development funds for research, faculty, staff and students; the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation investing in Egypt’s young promising entrepreneurs through supporting startups, business plan competitions, bootcamps, and mentorship becoming the country’s leading educational partner in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. He also helped establish the university’s Venture Lab becoming Egypt’s primary university-based incubator; and the school offers one of the most comprehensive and diversified executive education portfolio of programs in the Middle East-Africa region with over 4,000 executives and middle managers trained annually. In addition, fund raising efforts managed to yield two endowed chairs in banking and private equity with a total value of 3 million US$ and over 1.5 million US$ in scholarships and sponsorship funds.

Kamel has a long experience as an academic leader investing in human capital, building and managing executive development institutions addressing management, governance, entrepreneurial, and leadership issues. He was associate dean for executive education (2008-2009) where he led the establishment of the International Executive Education Institute; he was director of the Management Center (2002-2008) turning it into a multi-million US dollars revenue operation and was director of the Institute of Management Development (2002-2006). Before joining AUC, he was director of the Regional IT Institute (1992-2001), a UNDP-funded project turned into a sustainable professional development institute; and helped establish and manage the training department of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center (1989-1992). Kamel is an advocate of diversity, empowerment, and inclusion and using a bottom-up leadership approach.

Kamel holds a PhD in Information Systems from London School of Economics and Political Science (1994), an MBA (1990) and a BA in Business Administration (1987) and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture (2013) from the American University in Cairo. His research and teaching interests include management of information technology, information technology transfer to developing nations, electronic business and decision support systems. His work is broadly published in IS and management journals. He is the editor of three books; E-Strategies for Technological Diffusion and Adoption: National ICT Approaches for Socioeconomic Development (2010), Electronic Business in Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities (2005) and Managing Globally with Information Technology (2003). He serves on the editorial and advisory board of a number of IS journals and he is the associate editor of the Journal of IT for Development and the Journal of Cases on Information Technology.

Kamel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2005). He is the executive VP of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (2012-present) and board member of the Egyptian American Enterprise Fund (2012-present) and RISE Egypt (2013-present). He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Canada (2014-present); Egypt-US Business Council (2013-present); World Bank Knowledge Advisory Commission (2012-present) and the Advisory Group of IDM-UK (2012-present). He is a member of the board of trustees of the National Management Institute (2013-present) and founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt (2011). He was Chairman of the Chevening Association in Egypt (2004-2009); board member of the Association of African Business Schools (2011-2014) and Junior Achievement-Injaz Egypt (2010-2014); member of the board of trustees of Sadat Academy for Management Sciences (2007-2011) and the Information Technology Institute (2005-2011); member of the Eisenhower Fellowships Alumni Advisory Council (2008-2011); member of the board of the Friends of the Museum of Islamic Arts (2004-2011) and VP for communications and member of the Executive Council of the Information Resources Management Association-IRMA (2002-2007). He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Association of Information Systems and the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs.

He consults to government organizations and corporations addressing organizational transformation, executive development, management and IT strategy. He was a guest lecturer and taught degree and non-degree programs for Middlesex University, Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), Maastricht School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Carlton University and McMaster University.

He won the American University in Cairo School of Business, Economics and Communication Excellence in Research Award (2005); AUC President’s Catalyst of Change Award for Citizenship and Service (2013), United Nations Development Programme National Human Resource Development Award (2014) and AUC Distinguished Alumni Faculty Service Award (2014).


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