AUC draws on the rich experience of world-renowned scholars through a number of endowed professorships. Endowments are contributions from individuals or companies that are put into interest-generating trust funds to provide permanent funding for professorships. These lasting gifts diversify learning opportunities beyond the limits of the normal budget. Endowed professorships at AUC honor established scholars and researchers in fields ranging from engineering and international business to Egyptology and comparative religion. Endowed professors draw on a wealth of experience and expertise, and through teaching, public lectures and academic publications, provide AUC students and the community at large with new insights and a richer academic environment.
Lisa Anderson Endowed Professorship in Politics and Policy Making: Established in 2015 to support a professor in the field of Politics and Policy making.
Nabil Fahmy, founding dean of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, is the holder of the Lisa Anderson Endowed Professorship in Politics and Policy Making. Fahmy was foreign minister of Egypt from July 2013 to June 2014. Having assumed leadership of Egypt’s foreign policy during a critical phase of Egypt’s political transition, Fahmy steered the course of Egypt’s diplomacy during a time of immense challenge. During his tenure as minister, Fahmy formulated a strategy to reorient Egypt’s foreign policy, ensuring that Egypt had numerous foreign policy options both regionally and globally, while also restructuring the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to address the future challenges confronting Egypt’s foreign policy.
CIB Endowed Professorship in Banking: Established in 2013 to recruit a seasoned scholar or industry leader in banking from Egypt, the United States or elsewhere who can draw on a wealth of experience in researching methods for solutions of the problems of the banking sector. The CIB Endowed Professorship of Banking is designed to expose students to multiple perspectives on retail banking (including concepts of retail banking, types of accounts, mortgages, personal loads, debit/credit cards, etc.), challenging their thinking and encouraging new practices that result in superior business leadership.
Ahmed ElShahat, associate professor of finance in the Department of Management, is the first recipient of the CIB Professorship of Banking. ElShahat received his PhD from Florida International University, his MA from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Egypt and his BA from Alexandria University, Egypt. He also acquired the Certified Facility Manager certificate in 2002 from the Institute of Management Accounting.
Abraaj Group Professorship in Private Equity: Established in April 2012 to support the activities and research work of a professor in private equity. The appointed professor forms the nucleus of a private equity knowledge repository, introducing students to the foundation of private equity investment. The professorship position represents a cornerstone to the Master of Science in financial management. An endowment fund was also created as part of the professorship to further strengthen academic research activities in the field of private equity, venture capital and investment management.
Islam Azzam, associate professor of finance, is the current recipient of the Abraaj Group Professorship in Private Equity for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. Azzam is also the head of AUC's finance unit and the director of the Master of Science in finance in the management department of the AUC School of Business. He joined AUC as a full-time faculty member in 2005 teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in corporate and international finance, derivatives, investment and econometrics. He has also been a visiting professor in the U.S., South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Syria since he obtained his PhD in econometrics from the University of California, Irvine in 2003. Azzam is currently serving as a board member for Misr Insurance Holding Company, the Egyptian Resorts Company, and Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) of Beltone Financial Group. He is also a member of the Ministerial Committee for Restructuring Egypt Air Holding Company. Azzam served as the CEO of the Private Equity Company for SMEs for three years. He also worked as a financial advisor at the Ministry of Investment, Mortgage Finance Authority and Capital Market Authority. He has published in international journals on foreign direct investment, stock exchange demutualization, ownership structure and performance.
Egyptian Chair in Coptic Heritage: Established in 2002 to support a professor to teach courses and conduct research in the field of Coptic Studies. Funds also strengthen the university’s library holdings and fund specific research projects
Alastair Hamilton is the current recipient of the Egyptian Chair in Coptic Heritage for Fall 2016. Hamilton was educated at Eton and King's College Cambridge, where he read modern languages and received his PhD in divinity in 1982. In 1977, he was appointed to lecture in English literature at the University of Urbino, Italy. Having specialized in the study of the radical reformation and Western relations with the Arab world, he became the Dr C. Louise Thijssen-Schoute Professor of the History of Ideas at the University of Leiden in Holland in 1985. In 1987, he was appointed professor of the history of the radical reformation (Anabaptistica) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2003, he was awarded an S.T. Lee Fellowship, and in 2004, he was appointed the Arcadian Visiting Research Professor at the School of Advanced Study, London University, attached to the Warburg Institute.
Willard W. Brown International Business Leadership Professorship: Established in 2001 to support a professor who is a recognized authority in the field of international business, for one year. This professorship position aims to draw on a wealth of experience in researching methods for solutions to the problems of multinational business organizations, with particular emphasis on leadership in international trade, finance and marketing, and with a demonstrated understanding of the increasing importance of cross-cultural and international friendship and good will.
The position is currently held by Dina Sherif, associate professor of practice and director for Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Sherif holds a BA in political science and an MA in development studies, both acquired from AUC and was recently named one of Trust America’s top 100 thought leaders on responsible business practice in Europe and the Middle East. She is currently a fellow with the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC and is currently a recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship, Global Women’s Leadership Program.
William K. Simpson and Marilyn M. Simpson Professorship in Egyptology: Established in 1996 to be awarded to a professor in the Egyptology Department.
Dominique Valbelle is the holder of the William K. Simpson and Marilyn M. Simpson Professorship in Egyptology for Fall 2016. Valbelle was the director of the Institute of Egyptology of the University of Lille III from 1983 to 2001. She chaired the French Society of Egyptology from 1997 to 2009 and currently holds one of the vice presidencies. She is scientific director of the Franco-Egyptian Centre for the Study of the Temples of Karnak.
AGIP Professorship in Environmental Engineering: Established in 1994 to support a highly qualified scholar in environmental engineering.
The late Professor Medhat Haroun, who held the AGIP Professorship in Environmental Engineering for several years, was a world-renowned expert on earthquake engineering and was AUC’s dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE) from 2005 until 2010. Haroun was the first Egyptian provost at AUC, occupying this position from January 2011 to October 2012. As provost, he launched a new strategic academic plan for the University and signed a number of agreements with many national and international entities.
Abdul Latif Jameel Chair in Entrepreneurship: Established in 1993 to recruit a highly qualified professor of management, specializing in entrepreneurship. This chair is in honor of the late Sheikh Abdul Latif Jameel of Saudi Arabia, one of AUC’s most important benefactors. Leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship are the hallmarks of AUC’s School of Business, and this chair further reinforces the school's commitment to the development of entrepreneurs in Egypt and the region.
The position is held by Ayman Ismail, assistant professor and faculty adviser for the School of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (EIP) since 2011. Professor Ismail holds a PhD in international economic development from MIT in 2009, a Master in City Planning from MIT in 1999, an MBA from AUC in 1997 and a BSc in engineering from AUC in 1995.
BP Egypt Oil Professorship in Management Studies: Established in 1990 to honor established scholars and make it possible for AUC to recruit and retain outstanding professors.
The Amoco Chair of Management marked the establishment of the first endowed professorship in management at AUC. It was later renamed BP Egypt Oil Professorship in Management Studies following British Petroleum merge with Amoco in 1998. The position is currently held by Hamed Shamma, assistant professor of management. Shamma holds a PhD in marketing from The George Washington University in 2007, an MBA from AUC in 2002 and a BA in business administration from AUC in 1999.
Schlumberger Professorship in Engineering: Established in 1990 to support a high quality scholar in the field of engineering from Western academia and industry.
Professor Ahmed El-Banbi is the holder of the Schlumberger Professorship in Engineering for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. El-Banbi received his PhD in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. His dissertation focused on the analysis of tight gas well performance. He acquired his master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Cairo University. His thesis was titled "Pseudo-Steady State Models for Commingled Tight Gas Reservoirs". Professor El-Banbi has 24 years of international experience in highly technical roles, technical management, academic and industry teaching, and applied research. He has strong technical skills in petroleum engineering with an emphasis on reservoir engineering and reservoir simulation, complemented by a high level of education and exposure. El-Banbi authored and co-authored more than 65 papers, two book chapters and one U.S. patent.
AIG Professorship in Actuarial Science: Established in 2007 to support the salary of a professor in actuarial studies.