American University of Beirut

Team Female Academic Role Model Empowerment, Equality and Sustainability

​​​​​AUB will take active participation with project implementation including preparation: and developing and contributing to research surveys and analysis, as they have substantial experience in tens of projects of relevance to this project. 

AUB will also take significant role in development and training and development for workshops, developing training list. Their expertise in this regard is extensive having worked with the Office of Regional External Programs at the American University of Beirut and the Executive Education Office at the school. AUB will also participate with project dissemination and exploitation in Lebanon, through holding seminars, meetings, conducting workshops, proposing new reform policies. AUB would be able to utilize its extensive network and reach to connect with audiences who would benefit this program or benefit from it.​​

AUB's Team Involved in the project​

Rida Elias​ joined the Olayan School of Business at AUB on September 1, 2014. She did her PhD in general management and strategy at Ivey Business School at Western University. She received her MBA from the American University of Beirut with full assistantship. She earned her BBA and graduated with honor from the University of Balamand. Her research interests are in the areas of CEO succession, sensemaking, and learning. Her current research focuses on executives' learning and more specifically on how the designation of executives as heirs apparent affects their learning. The overarching goal of her work is to help organizations and their boards improve their CEO succession practices. Her thesis was awarded the 2013 Robert Bertram Doctoral Research Award ($15,000), granted by the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research (CFGR), a foundation established by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in Canada. She also presented her work and chaired sessions at different conferences in the management field. Her commitment to improving research quality in her field won her the 2010 and 2012 Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer Award. Dr. Elias is an expert trainer on variety of topics of relevance to this project.

Charlotte Karam is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Associate Dean of Programs at the Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut. Her research focuses on the career ecosystems of women and other marginalized groups in developing economies, and how businesses can adopt responsible and development-oriented initiatives that better shape HR/HRD policies and practices. Animated by concerns about power, gender, and institutional logics in the Middle East and North Africa, much of her research also draws from and informs the overlapping conversations about public policy and responsible business behavior in the Arab world. Within a multilevel contextual framework which considers factors relating to the national business systems, institutional power, and the related multilevel sociocultural and sociopolitical dynamics, Charlotte strives to employ analytic tools and theories emerging from critical management studies and feminist epistemologies to centralize a more gendered analysis in her work. Recent publications appear in Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business & Society, International Journal of Management Reviews, Asia-Pacific Journal of Management, Career Development International, Women's Studies International Forum and others. Her research and activism have been supported by a number of grants. In 2015 Charlotte was awarded US State Department Federal Assistance Award for the initiation of the Knowledge is Power (KIP) Project. Charlotte is an executive board member of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality and the Academy of Management's Gender and Diversity in Organizations division. She is also a highly engaged member of various academic communities, and has recently been selected as an Area Editor --Human Resource Management and Development -- at the Journal of Business Ethics.

Yusuf Sidani is Professor of Leadership and Business Ethics at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut. He has teaching experience in business ethics, leadership, fraud prevention and control, and organizational behavioral courses in the undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA programs. He is an alumnus of AUB earning his undergraduate degree in 1985, and has a Ph.D. (1993) in organization behavior from the University of Mississippi, and an MBA (1987) from Indiana University. Dr. Sidani's research focuses on business and employee ethics, gender and diversity in organizations, and international human resource management with special interest in the Middle East region. His research appeared in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals such as Human Resource Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of World Business, and the International Journal of Human Resource management. He is an Associate Editor in the Journal of Business Ethics: A European Review, a member of the editorial board of several journals, and is a reviewer for various journals. Dr. Sidani was awarded the prestigious 2015 Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers.​

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