Ayman Ismail is the Assistant Professor of Management and Abdul Latif Jameel Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the American University in Cairo School of Business, where he leads the School’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (EIP) and Venture Lab. His areas of research and expertise focuses on entrepreneurship; venture capital and private equity in emerging markets; economic development in the Middle East; industrial strategy; international technology diffusion and knowledge transfer to developing countries; technology policy and innovation; energy and food security; and political economy of development.
Dr. Ismail is a former Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. He received his PhD in International Economic Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a bachelor degree in engineering and an MBA from the American University in Cairo, and a master degree in city planning and geographic information systems from MIT.
Dr. Ismail is a co-founder and Managing Partner in Enovio, a management & strategy consulting firm operating in the US and the Middle East. Prior to that, he was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office, based in New York for several years. He has advised senior management in leading Fortune 100 companies, fast-growing startups, government agencies, and non-profits on key organization, operations and technology issues. He has also consulted and conducted research for international organizations such as the World Bank, IFC and UNCTAD, as well as multiple US government agencies. Dr. Ismail has a broad multidisciplinary experience in economic development, business strategy, city planning and technology based on professional practice and academic research.
In 2012, Dr. Ismail was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a co-founder and member the Board of Directors of Nahdet El-Mahrousa, a leading non-governmental/non-profit organization incubating social entrepreneurs and social ventures targeting social, economic and cultural development in Egypt. He is also a member of Endeavor MentorCorps, advising entrepreneurs and their startup ventures in Egypt. Endeavor is a global non-profit supporting high-impact entrepreneurship as the leading force for sustainable economic development. He also sits on the Board of Directors/Advisors of three fast-growing startups in biotechnology, renewable energy and book retailing.