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Economics professor Karim Seghir has been appointed dean of the business school at the American University in Cairo (AUC), in Egypt. Most recently Prof Seghir was associate dean for undergraduate studies at the business school.

In spite of the issues facing the university as a result of the post-Arab Spring challenges in Egypt, the business school at AUC has been accredited by both the European and US accreditation bodies - Equis and AACSB - in recent years and the school has built itself a reputation for teaching executive programmes and entrepreneurship, particularly in the technology sector.

Strengthening the position of the school on the global map will be at the top of his agenda, says Prof Seghir. “I look forward to working with all constituents to nurture AUC School of Business’ intellectual environment [and] enhance the quality of research output.”

Born in France and raised in Tunisia, Prof Seghir has taught widely in Europe and the Middle East. Having received his PhD in Mathematical Economics and Finance from University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2002, he went on to work at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Portugal, for two years before joining The American University of Beirut. He has also been a visiting professor at two south American business schools, at the University of Chile and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He joined AUC in 2006.

Prof Seghir succeeds Sherif Kamel, who stepped down in May this year.

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