The TDAS Roundtable session goal is to contribute to the development of conceptual frameworks, teaching methods, technology solutions, and curricular materials that can support and promote learning and understanding of Decision Sciences in multiple fields. This year, we will be joined by many speakers from all over the world as they collectively bring you up-to-date knowledge and experience coupled with lots of thought-provoking opinions and ideas to be shared.

The title of this year’s Roundtable is “Combining local impact and global relevance to make impactful decisions“.  It will focus on Business education in the Arab region sits at the crossroad between regional impact and global relevance.

A group of four experts will share their experiences about how business schools have adapted their operating models and initiatives to make a lasting impact in the Arab region and to address chronic socioeconomic issues such as unemployment, healthcare, poverty and inclusiveness. The moderator is Dr. Karim Seghir, Dean of the School of Business at the American University in Cairo.

KarimKarim Seghir has an extensive and geographically diverse professional experience. Born in France and raised in Tunisia, Seghir earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1997 from the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. He earned a Master of Science in Mathematical Methods in Economics and Finance and a PhD in Mathematical Economics and Finance from University of Paris 1 Sorbonne in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He served as a Visiting Professor at Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and at Universidad de Chile in 2010. He also served as a visiting researcher at Universidade NOVA in Lisbon from September 2002 to September 2004. Prior to joining AUC, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut from September 2004 to September 2006. Prior to being dean, Seghir served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration at the AUC School of Business from June 2011 to June 2014. Seghir was invited as a panelist in various regional and international events including AACSB, EFMD, PRME, Economic Research Forum and the World Bank. Seghir’s research interests include mathematical economics, general equilibrium theory, financial markets, credit markets and default. He has published in top tier journals in Economics such as Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Theory and Journal of Mathematical Economics. He also serves as referee for leading academic journals such as Economic Theory and Journal of Mathematical Economics. He is a member of The Econometric Society and The Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory. Seghir taught microeconomics, mathematical economics, financial economics, decision under uncertainty and game theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Seghir is passionate about sports, especially squash and soccer; music; poetry and psychology.