​​​​Darwazah Center for Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship​ Suliman S. Olayan School of Business

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The OSB “Samih Darwaz​ah Center for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship” was made possible through a generous gift from the Darwazah Family; a pioneering group in the pharmaceutical industry on a global scale. The Darwazah Center for the study of innovation and entrepreneurship was inaugurated on January 14, 2011​ in OSB's Maamari Auditorium. 

The center aims to document and enhance innovative practices in the business community. It seeks to generate reliable information to​ guide evidence-based decision-making in this key sector that holds strategic importance in a knowledge economy. Its scope includes research, field studies, benchmarking, seminars and workshops as well as conferences all focused on the pivotal domain of organizational renewal and wealth creation through creative enterprise. “Innovate or die” is a serious risk facing businesses today and the new center hopes to become a major asset and a strategic resource for facing this challenge. 


Samih Darwazah, founder and chairman of Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2005, was employed at Eli Lilly from 1964 to 1976 before establishing HikmaPharmaceuticals in Jordan in 1977. 

Between 1995 and 1996 he served as minister of energy and mineral resources in Jordan. He also founded the Jordan Trade Association and was a member of the Advisory Economic Council to His Majesty King Hussein of Jordan. A Fulbright scholar, Darwazah holds a master's degree in industrial pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Missouri which he obtained in 1964, and a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the American University of Beirut in 1954. 

Darwazah was elected Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 by Ernst and Young. In 2009, Darwazah was elected chairman of Capital Bank of Jordan and he also served as a Member of the Senate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Darwazah was granted an honorary doctorate from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in May 2010.


Achieving and sustaining globally recognized thought leadership in the areas of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship with a focus on the Middle East Region.


Attaining and regularly enhancing a foremost position of global stature in the Middle East Region as a leading source of research-based know-how on Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship covering multiple countries and sectors. We are committed to making a decisive regional impact in terms of teaching, research, and practice-driven service in both areas.  ​

  • ​​​Distinct innovative practices of regional startups 
  • Research and case development
  • Research of local and regional distinctive practices 
  • Teaching Case Development 
  • Pioneering the inclusion of innovative management as part of the MBA Core Ciriculum 
  • Ecosystem development 
  • Industry collaboration and Ideation 
  • Darwazah Student Innovation Contest 
  • Promotion of the Women Entrepreneurship Program​