Omar Assem Sheikh

Doctoral Candidate

Nationality: American

Highest Academic Degree: Executive Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Business Unit Management

Institution / University: HEC Paris

Professional Career

Omar is the Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of different family-owned Holding Groups that are built on portfolios of various subsidiaries in a range of diverse business sectors. His experience spans across several industries such as Consultancy Services, Education, F&B, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Technology Solutions, and Trading & Contracting. He leads the Groups’ day to day operations and is also involved in new business development. Omar started his career within the Education Sector and is heavily involved in developing and expanding the group’s educational institutions and initiatives.

Omar holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and also pursued his Executive Masters in Business Administration at HEC Paris. His motivation is driven by the desire to pursue a DBA in an effort to continuously develop his knowledge and expertise in the fields of academia and business.

Research Interest

While pursuing his Executive Masters in Business Administration at HEC Paris, Omar’s research and thesis dissertation explored the perceptions of technology implementation in Higher Education, as well as its implications. His interest and passion lie at the intersection of Business, Technology and Education.

Research Specialty

The exploration of entrepreneurial education and the underlying factors that lead to entrepreneurial intent within the Middle East.

Statement of Motivation for a DBA

My desire is to expand my knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and to increase my expertise in the fields of academia and business. Being heavily involved in the private education sector allowed me to be part of the academic environment which has given me a motive to further invest in myself to create an output that will benefit not only the realm of academia and research, but also with the educational models I am directly involved with. I would like to pursue this topic and attempt to create a model that could be useful to institutions, governments, and policy-makers alike. The exploration of the links between entrepreneurial education and intent could allow for the creation of a model that can be used in educational institutions for the promotion of entrepreneurial career motives.

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