Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy



Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is currently Associate Professor of Management at the George Washington University's School of Business. He is the most recognized faculty in teaching that has been awarded best faculty for the past five years from 2010 to 2015 by George Washington University School of Business. He is also an award-winning author of his recent book on Small and Medium Enterprises and Information Technology. Dr. El Tarabishy is the only faculty in the GW School of Business that teaches in two nationally ranked programs (the GW Healthcare MBA program and the Entrepreneurship program).

Dr. El Tarabishy is also the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Businesses (ICSB), the oldest and largest non-profit organization across the globe devoted to advancing small business research and practices. ICSB is a coalition of more than a dozen national organizations across the globe and represented in over eighty countries.

Dr. El Tarabishy created and managed the Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference ( that is hosted at the George Washington University. The GW October Conference connects the latest and most cutting-edge of entrepreneurship research to the most pressing and important national and international policy to promote entrepreneurship and SMEs. The intersection of these two important topics makes the conference vital for global development.

Dr. El Tarabishy's previous work experience includes the World Bank in the Corporate Strategy Group. He helped develop and manage their technology strategy for the Development Marketplace Program. The program's mission was to identify and support creative cutting-edge solutions to the most pressing world social and economic concerns. To date, the Global Development Marketplace competition has disbursed over US $100 million in awards to 600 winning proposals.

Dr. El Tarabishy assisted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to develop new and more effective methods for doing business in Egypt. His program of promoting social development and business was adopted by the largest US delegation mission to Egypt in September 2012. The Chamber delegation comprised more than forty-seven companies represented by more than ninety senior leaders of the U.S. private sector. During the mission, Dr. El Tarabishy assisted in a critical phase of Egypt's transition, working with U.S. businesses to process the nature and scope of recent developments, an understanding of the new government's economic and policy priorities, and to demonstrate the continued commitment of the American business community to Egypt's economic recovery and long-term development.

Dr. Tarabishy recently published his new award-winning book entitled Information Technology for Small Business - Managing the Digital Enterprise through Springer publishing company. The book covers digital innovation and use of social media for small and medium businesses. He has presented his work at national and international conferences around the world.

Dr. El Tarabishy's current research is on lean start-ups and design thinking for SME development in pursuit of solving social problems.

Dr. El Tarabishy consults and conducts executive training for several national and international organizations, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).

Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • Political Advocacy and Leadership (WS 2015/16)