Endowed Professorships

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.


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. 

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. 

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's 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.

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 loans, 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. 

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

Artur Obluski is the current Egyptian Chair in Coptic Heritage at AUC. Obluski received his PhD and masters from the University of Warsaw in Poland. He has worked as the director of the University of Warsaw's Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology Research Centre in Cairo since 2015 and the director of the Centre's excavation and site presentation project of the monastery at al-Ghazali in the Northern Province, of Sudan since 2012. He has also worked as a research associate at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute since 2012.

Lisa Anderson Endowed Professorship in Politics and Policy-Making: Established in 2015 to support a professor in the field of Politics and Policymaking.

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.

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 goodwill. 

Established in 1996 to be awarded to a professor in the Egyptology Department. Hourig Sourouzian is the current recipient of the William K. Simpson and Marilyn M. Simpson Professorship in Egyptology at AUC. Sourouzian received her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Sorbonne-Paris IV in France. She has extensively taught and conducted research on Egyptology and art history throughout Egypt, Armenia and Europe. 


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