Administration

Dr. Karim Seghir has an extensive and geographically diverse professional experience. Born in France and raised in Tunisia, Dr. Seghir earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1997 from the University of Tunis. He then earned a Master of Science in Mathematical Methods in Economics and Finance and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Economics and Finance from University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in 1998 and 2002, respectively.

Dr. Seghir served as a post-doc researcher at Universidade NOVA in Lisbon from September 2002 to September 2004. He has also served as a visiting professor at Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and at Universidad de Chile in 2010. Dr. Seghir served as assistant professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut from September 2004 to September 2006. He was then appointed as assistant professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr. Seghir was appointed as associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration of the AUC School of Business in June 2011 and then dean in July 2014. As associate dean for undergraduate studies, Dr. Seghir has managed AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditations among other things. As dean, Dr. Seghir has ensured the AACSB and EQUIS re-accreditations of the AUC School of Business, introduced academic and executive education initiatives that touched on strategic areas such as entrepreneurship, family business, international business in the MENA region, retail banking and GoGlobal executive education program. Under the deanship of Dr. Seghir, the School of Business has partnered with the Commercial International Bank (CIB) to launch the "AUC Venture Lab FinTech Accelerator," whose first cycle has started in December 2016. Dean Seghir has also played a pivotal role in enabling the AUC School of Business to bridge the gap between academia and community by engaging strategic stakeholders. During his tenure as Dean, Dr. Seghir significantly increased external funds and research grants and enhanced the quality and the volume of research at the school. 

Dr. Seghir has served as a panelist in various regional and international events including AACSB, EFMD, PRME, Economic Research Forum and the World Bank. He also served as Peer Review Team member for AACSB and EQUIS accreditation visits in the Arab region and beyond. In January 2017, Dr. Seghir has  been appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Business Review (HBR) Arabia.

Dr. 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 served as referee for leading academic journals such as Economic Theory and Journal of Mathematical Economics.

Dr. Seghir taught microeconomics, mathematical economics, financial economics, decision under uncertainty and game theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Seghir is passionate about sports, especially squash and soccer; music; poetry and psychology.

Dr. Abdulhaq Basheer Hassan was appointed Vice Chancellor for Advancement & Communication at Ajman University in October 2016. With his training in reputed institutions in the U.K. and experience of working in different milieu, he provides leadership of a consistently high standard across the University. Dr. Hassan works closely with community leaders to enhance the branding & positioning of the university’s image.

Dr. Hassan previously served as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Community Services, Director of Community Service Department and dean of Student Affairs. He led major events at the University including Commencements, Conferences, Global Days, Orientation days, etc. He assisted in maintaining an effective relationship with corporates, friends, companies, and government authorities that are important for AU’s mission & vision.

Dr. Hassan made significant contributions to the social welfare of AU students. He plans events that enhance the recruitment of new students, increases the success of students and helps them reach out the wider to local communities. Through these endeavors, students gain valuable leadership and management skills related to successful communication, team work and time management.