Founding Dean and Professor, ISBE
Affiliate Faculty, Leadership in Healthcare Management, Harvard Medical School
Affiliate Faculty, Family Business Program, MIT Sloan School of Management
Adjunct Faculty, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK
Visiting Professor, Hult International Business School, USA
Visiting Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia
Visiting Professor, University of Sharjah, UAE
Ph.D., SKEMA Business School (AACSB Accredited), France
MBA, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
B.Sc., The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Strategy for Healthcare Delivery, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
Dr. Rizwan A. Sheikh is an internationally recognized corporate executive, author, professor, senior project manager, public speaker, and management consultant. He is an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) Instructor of PMI for the PM Training School. He has successfully led and delivered multimillion dollar projects globally, including strategy, business and digital transformations, Oracle ERP, PMO, learning and development, and change management. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Project Management. Dr. Sheikh is also a certified PMP and CSM. He is an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) Instructor of PMI.
Dr. Sheikh is a recipient of the Microsoft Award for “Innovative Vision and Dynamic Leadership”. He is the author of the book "Blue Shark Team-Building: Leading High-Performance Teams during a Crisis". A must read to cope with a national and global crisis such as Covid-19.
Dr. Sheikh is an Affiliate Faculty of Leadership and Team-Building, Change Management, Family Business, and Project Management at Harvard, MIT, University of Cambridge (UK), RMIT (Australia), and others.
He has spent over 25 years helping Fortune 500 companies and the public sector meet the challenges of business and digital transformations, corporate strategy, project and PMO management, portfolio management, culture change of business operations, and developing executive leadership programs.
Dr. Sheikh has held a number of leadership positions, including Chairman of the Board, CEO, President of PMI Chapter, Dean of Business Schools, and Senior Manager (Deloitte Consulting).
He specializes in business and digital transformations, global project management, change management, PMO, leadership development, team building, emotional intelligence, business school setup, and executive education. He has been acknowledged globally as an innovative and dynamic leader, strategic thinker, executive trainer, and business turn-around executive with a proven track record of driving and meeting strategic targets.
Dr. Sheikh’s key clients and employers have included:
Progressive Insurance Company
Pak Arab Refinery Company Ltd. (PARCO), UAE
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
While leading global organizations, executing business strategy, and managing multimillion dollar projects, Dr. Sheikh has worked with Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., U.K., UAE, China, and other countries.
Dr. Nelson Phillips
Professor of Strategy & Organization, Imperial College London Business School, UK
Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Nelson Phillips is the Abu Dhabi Chamber Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Associate Dean of External Relations at Imperial College Business School in London. Prior to joining Imperial, Professor Phillips was the Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School from 2002 to 2005 and was an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Organisation Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 1993 to 2002.
Professor Phillips teaches courses in strategy, organisational behaviour, innovation, and leadership on the MBA and M.Sc. programmes. In addition, he is active in executive education, having worked on program design and delivery for a wide range of clients including J&J, ASDA, the Royal Society, Telefonica, BT, Atkins, Shell, SABMiller, and Laing O’Rourke.
He has published numerous academic articles and book chapters including articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Organization Studies.
Professor Phillips has written four books: Discourse Analysis with Cynthia Hardy published in 2002, Power and Organizations with Stewart Clegg and David Courpasson published in 2006, and Technology and Organization with Graham Sewell and Dorothy Griffiths published in 2010. He is also co-editor of the new Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management with David Gann and Mark Dodgson. He is currently working on a new book on linguistic methods and is editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry.
Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, he was the Beckwith Professor of Management Studies at the Judge Institute of Management, the University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2005 and an Associate Professor in the Strategy and Organisation Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada from 1993 to 2002. Professor Phillips spent six months in 2000/2001, as the Edward Clarence Dyason Universitas 21 Fellow at Melbourne University in Melbourne, Australia and six months as a Visiting Professor at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Professor Phillips completed his Ph.D. in Organisational Analysis from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1995.
Dr. Shamayela Hanif
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry
Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists London
MBBS and Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) Pakistan
Dr. Shamayela Hanif is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Fatima Memorial Hospital, College of Medicine and Dentistry. She is also a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She is a graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College and has been awarded 16 gold and two silver medals for her academic achievements. She was also awarded for being the best graduate.
She did her post-graduation in Obstetrics and Gynecology from both the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists London and College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan. She also received the fellowship degree from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists for her services in the field of gynecology. Dr. Shamayela Hanif is also a qualified medical educationist. She is involved in teaching & training of both undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Fatima Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Shamayela Hanif has over 15 years of clinical experience in the field of obstetrics and gynecology with a special interest in high-risk obstetrics, infertility, laparoscopic gynecological surgeries, and young girls health (adolescent gynecology).
Dr Malik M.A. Khalfan
Co Director, Solid Consulting PTY LTD
Associate Professor, RMIT University
Visting Associate Producer, Khalifa University
Visiting Faculty, IMT Dubai
Dr Malik is an Associate Professor at RMIT University, Australia. He has more than 20 years of research, teaching, consultancy and construction industry experience by working in the UK, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and the UAE. He has expertise in the areas of Strategic Management, Leadership and Team Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), Design Thinking, Sustainable Development and Operations Management including Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Agile ways of working, and Knowledge Management. He acquired his postgraduate qualifications from Loughborough, UK; obtained PGCert from RMIT, Australia; and I&E certificate from Stanford, US. He has published more than 150 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.
Prof. Alek Grzeszczak
Lecturer in Finance, University of Cambridge (UK)
Adjunct Faculty, Ashridge Executive Education, Hult International Business School (UK)
MBA, Columbia Business School (USA)
Professor Alek Agrzeszczak is a finance faculty member at Judge Business School, Cambridge University and at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He also teaches finance and accounting at Hult International Business School across Hult’s London, Dubai, Shanghai, Boston and New York City campuses. He was the recipient of the 2017 & 2019 Professor of the Year Awards for the Global One - Year MBA and MIB programs at Hult.
For 15 years, Professor Alek had been working on behalf of Value Discovery Partners, a mid-size private equity investment fund focused on emerging markets, and particularly on South Eastern Europe. Alek headed the transaction execution team at VDP and as such had executed a number of acquisitions in the region, had conducted all exit preparations and disposals of VDP portfolio companies.
Prior to VDP, Alek was a VP in the Telecom Investment Banking group of Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank), where he worked for 5 years, first in the New York office and later in London. At SSB, he executed a number of advisory, M&A, equity and debt financing transactions for SSB’s American and European clients.
He is a graduate of Columbia Business School, where he received a joint MBA (finance) / MIA (international business) degree. He also holds a M.Sc. degree in Telecom and Electrical Engineering.
Prof. Andreas Eisingerich
Professor of Marketing
Program Director of the Full-Time MBA Program
Head of the Analytics, Marketing & Operations Department
Imperial College Business School London
Masters & PhD, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School
BSc., London School of Economics (UK)
Dr Andreas B. Eisingerich is Professor of Marketing at Imperial College Business School and Programme Director of the Full-Time MBA. He holds a BSc degree from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, where he also earned his master degree. Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, Dr Eisingerich managed the Center for Global Innovation at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles.
Dr Eisingerich is best known for his work on brand management, consumer engagement, and service innovation strategies. Current research projects are on the gamification of mHealth apps in the context of smoking cessation, reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products, and consumer relationships with brands in different business and industry contexts. Recently Dr Eisingerich published a book together with Professor C. Whan Park and Deborah J. MacInnis called Brand Admiration: Building a Business People Love (Wiley; 2016), exploring how brand admiration can be built, strengthened, and leveraged over time.
Dr Eisingerich’s research work has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Service Research, Harvard Business Review, European Journal of Marketing, MIT Sloan Management Review, Research Policy, California Management Review, Journal of Services Marketing, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He served on the editorial board of Ernst & Young’s Performance magazine. Dr Eisingerich co-developed a novel index of innovative firms published by the USC Marshall Center for Global Innovation and manages a Bill & Melinda Gates foundation sponsored global pre-marketing research project together with the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and the World Wildlife Fund. His work was translated into several languages worldwide, including Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Polish, and Japanese. Professor Eisingerich acts as a reviewer for the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Service Research, Research Policy, and Journal of Services Marketing, among others. He taught as visiting professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
Dr. Rodney Turner
Professor SKEMA Business School, France
Ph.D., Oxford University
Dr. Rodney Turner is Professor of Project Management at the SKEMA Business School, in Lille, France, where he is director of the Ph.D. in Strategy, Programme and Project Management. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, the Kemmy Business School, Limerick, and Drexel University, Philadelphia, and Visiting Professor at Henley Business School.
He was introduced to project management working in the process plant industry, working for ICI as a mechanical engineer and project manager in the petrochemical industry. He then worked for Coopers and Lybrand as a management consultant, working in shipbuilding, manufacturing, telecommunications, computing, finance, government, and other areas.
He is Vice President, Honorary Fellow and former chairman of the UK’s Association for Project Management, and former President and Chairman of the International Project Management Association.
From 1997 to 2005, he returned to the process plant industry as Foundation Operations Director of the Benelux Region of the European Construction Institute. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Dr. Turner is the author or editor of sixteen books, including The Handbook of Project-based Management, the best-selling book published by McGraw-Hill, and the Gower Handbook of Project Management. He is editor of The International Journal of Project Management. He lectures on project management worldwide.
Dr. Khalid Ahmad Khan
CEO, Expert Systems (Pvt) Ltd.
World Bank Consultant
Adjunct Faculty, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Ph.D., SKEMA Business School, France
M.Sc., Northwestern University, USA
B.Sc., King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), KSA
Certified Project Management Professioal (PMP)
Dr. Khalid Ahmad Khan holds a Ph.D. in Project Management and is PMP certified by PMI. He has over 25 years of experience in project management in a diverse range of projects both in the public and private sectors. In the last eight years, Dr. Khan has been involved in deploying modern project management in several public sector mega projects. This work includes planning, monitoring, evaluation and well as developing rules/regulations and standards for public governance.
Dr. Khan has been actively involved in the promotion of Project Management as a profession in Pakistan. He is a founding member and President of the PMI (USA) Lahore Chapter. He was a member of the project team for the PMI PMBOK Government Extension Third Edition. Dr. Khan has read papers and lectured on the need for the use of Earned Value Approach on Public Sector projects.
Some Key Clients:
Below are some key clients of Dr. Khan.
World Bank, USAID, GIZ – German Aid Agency, LUMS, ICI, NADRA, Government of Punjab
Dr. Tayyab Maqsood
Associate Professor, Associate Dean, and Head of Project Management
School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Australia
PhD, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Tayyab Maqsood has made a significant contribution to construction and project management disciplines at RMIT over last 14 years through his leadership roles, research and teaching which has seen these disciplines becoming one of the best locally and nationally. He is currently serving in the role of Associate Dean-Project Management. In this role he is leading the project management discipline in the School. Prior to this role, he served the School as Deputy Head of Learning and Teaching and provided strategic leadership and led highly capable academic teams (with 40+ academic staff) involved in the delivery and operation of six (6) programs (three undergrad programs and three postgrad programs).
He has authored/co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed publications and received several research grants. He has successfully supervised 12 Ph.D. students for their doctoral degrees. He lectures in both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in Construction and Project Management and has taught courses related to construction technology, project planning/control (MS Project and Primavera Planner P6), project risk management and honours research. He is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust), Project Management Institute (PMI) and Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
Dr. Tayyab's research areas are:
Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste minimisation in housing and commercial industries
Knowledge Management and Supply Chain Integration
Offsite Construction (housing and commercial)
Construction Procurement: Project Alliancing and Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)
Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
Disaster Reconstruction and Post-Disaster Project Management (PDPM)
Construction and Project Management issues in developing countries
Dr. Merwyn Strate
Professor, Hult International Business School
Ph.D., University of Nebraska (USA)
MBA, University of Nebraska (USA)
Dr. Merwyn Strate is an experienced leader in Higher Education. He was instrumental in building a multi-campus global business school while working with Hult International Business School. This includes building campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Shanghai and Dubai. Well versed in accreditation required in the USA as well as the UK, China and the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Strate was previously engaged in a system wide change initiative targeting Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. The Higher Colleges of Technology includes 17 campuses with over 24,000 students. As Program Chair for Business, he had budget and staffing responsibilities with on of the largest programs in the system with over 5,000 students and 240 faculty. Dr. Strate is currently working with the American School of Dubai on a major developmental project This project targets the establishment of innovative pathways in Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Trainer and Consultant
PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, DA Scrum Master
BSc. MECH. ENG. MS-IT, MBA-HR-MGT
Masood Said is a Mechanical Engineer with over 40 years of working experience in Project Management, Maintenance and executive management in Oil and Gas industry. He has worked in ExxonMobil, Arabian Gulf Oil Saudi Arabia, Descon Engineering UAE/Pakistan, Fuchs Petroleum Saudi Arabia, National Refinery Pakistan and Pakistan Railways.
Besides Pakistan, he has also worked in Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the USA. He has travelled to over 26 countries in connection with work assignments and has extensive experience of working with professionals from different countries and cultures.
Mr. Said has successfully led and completed major projects including Design and Construction (EPC) of a 100,000 metric Tons Lube Oil & Grease Blending/filling Plant in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, major Overhaul of Frame 5 GE Gas Turbines, turnaround/shutdown of oil, gas and petrochemical plants, and de-bottlenecking of processes plants. He was also the project leader for the implementation of ERP system in an oil and gas company and has setup a WAN/LAN/fiber networks connecting multiple locations spread over a vast country.
Masood is a keen learner and has multiple degrees including BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Master in IT, and MBA in HR Management. He has been a member of PMI since 2002 and member of PMI Dallas Chapter and PMI Lahore Pakistan Chapter. He has a number of PMI certifications including PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP. He is also a Discipline Agilest (DA) and a Scrum Master. He volunteers with PMI and the two chapters where he is member.
Masood is also a member of Toastmasters International since 2004 and has been awarded the Distinguished Toastmaster certification. He has setup number of Toastmaster Clubs in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Masood is a passionate trainer and has been conducting training sessions for PMP and other PMI certification courses since 2010 both in Dallas, TX and Lahore, Pakistan. Besides this he has conducted trainings on ISO-9001, ISO-14001 and other technical subjects in various organizations.
DR. TAGHREED M. AL-SARAJ
Ph.D. University of London (U.K.)
M.S.ED. University of Miami (USA)
Dr. Taghreed is a best-selling author, an international educational consultant, women leadership coach, and an international public speaker. Dr. Al-Saraj has extensive experience in researching including being a Post Doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley and Vice-Chair of Berkeley Post Doc Entrepreneurship Program, SHE has lived and worked in various settings around the world: Europe, North America, South Asia, and the Middle East. She has a vast experience with different educational systems around the world including USA, UK, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Japan. Her areas of expertise include research, teacher training, program analysis, problem-solving for different educational institutions around the world, and entrepreneurship. She is trilingual with strong communication skills and a multi-cultural team worker who is highly self-motivated.
Dr. Al-Saraj is proficient in aligning resource requirements to business objectives, restructuring deployments, managing budgets, finalizing matrix and developing procedure flowchart. She is also proficient in automating, customizing, modifying system module updates for generating various status reports. She has expertise in implementing various process improvement initiatives and streamlining processes aimed at minimizing transaction time and enhancing operational efficiency.
Dr. Al-Saraj is a renowned international author of the best-selling book, The Anxious Language Learner: A Saudi Woman’s Story. (2015). Some of her other major publications include:
• Al-Saraj, T. M. (forthcoming). Foreign Language Anxiety Revisited. Trends in Applied
Linguistics. Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
• Dewaele, J.-M., & Al-Saraj, T. M. (2015). Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety of Arab learners of English: The effect of personality, linguistic and socio-biographical variables.
SSLLT, 5(2), 205-228.
• Al-Saraj, T. M. (2015). Can You Learn a New Language without Being Anxious? Arab Woman Magazine.
• Al-Saraj, T. M. (2014). Revisiting the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (FLCAS): The anxiety of female English language learners in Saudi Arabia. L2 Journal, 6(1), 50-76.
• Al-Saraj, T. M. (2013). Foreign Language Anxiety in Female Arabs Studying English: Case Studies. Innovations in Language Learning. DOI: 10.1080/17501229.2013.837911
The International School of Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE USA) has been established with a vision to impart high-quality executive education to the corporate and public sector. ISBE USA focuses on executive training programs, including leadership, team-building during a crisis, project management, negotiation, and other management courses. Our faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees from the world’s top universities and business schools, including Harvard, MIT, Oxford, University of Cambridge, and others. Learning and development is one of the core competencies of ISBE USA. We offer executive training and leadership development programs to equip the corporate and public sector employees for the new normal in a post Covid-19 environment. Our training and development activities and pedagogy include interactive discussions, team exercises, simulations and real-life case studies from Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, and other top universities. ISBE USA offers executive training courses in a virtual live (via Zoom), on-site, hybrid, and blended learning model. We offer executive education programs in major cities around the world, including Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, New York, London, Paris, and Dubai.