Director of Entrepreneurship Programs
Ivy Schultz is the Director of entrepreneurship programs at Columbia’s School of Engineering, where she manages initiatives to foster entrepreneurship in Columbia engineers, linking them to the ecosystem of the university, the city, and beyond. This includes preparation for pitch presentations; venture competitions, grants, and other startup activities. She also serves as an instructor for the National Science Foundation I-Corps program through New York’s NYCRIN node. Ivy has actively consulted with startups and larger organizations since 2009, helping them communicate technical ideas and describe their brands to customers, partners, and investors. Ivy is also interested in technology policy and law as it relates to startups. She has a MA in Communications (Georgetown), focused on technology and international business.
Director of Outreach and Special Project
Emily Ford is the Director of Outreach and Special Projects at Columbia Engineering. She has a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, a Master of Education from Columbia Teachers College, a Master of Arts from Humboldt University of Berlin, and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. Emily brings over 15 years of experience developing, managing, and evaluating programs in urban and international education, and is also a co-founder of Sci-Inspire, a non-profit ed tech startup.
Entrepreneurship Outreach Coordinator
Dario Vasquez is the newest member of the entrepreneurship team at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University. He studied Environmental Studies and Sociology at Dickinson College and proceeded to intern for a Brooklyn-based startup for environmentally friendly cleaning products. Prior to this position, he worked as the Senior Coordinator for the Institute of International Education and managed million dollar grants for the Rockefeller Foundation and other small private donors.
John A. Howard Professor of Business, Chair of the Marketing Division
Kamel Jedidi is the John Howard Professor of Business and the Chair of the Marketing Division at Columbia Business School, New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Tunis and Master and Ph.D. degrees in Marketing and Statistics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jedidi has extensively published in leading marketing and statistical journals. He is a Founding Trustee of the Marketing Accountability Standards Board (MASB), a member of the Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers (Amman), a Senior Editor for Rutgers Business Review, and a member of the Academic Council of ENPC’s School of International Management.
Teaching assistant and Columbia MBA student
Fuad’s background is primarily in real estate consulting. He spent three years at Ernst & Young Dubai advising real estate developers across the Middle East and North Africa on various engagements, ranging from feasibility studies to valuations. Prior to joining Columbia Business School, Fuad co-led for six months the process of setting up a new retail venture for his father’s business in his home city, Amman. The entrepreneurial nature of this experience got him interested in building and helping grow early stage companies.
Ahmad El Mousa
Senior Program Officer at the Columbia Global Centers | Amman
Dr. Ahmad Al-Mousa is the Senior Program Officer at the Columbia Global Centers | Amman. Ahmad earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the American University of Cairo in 2000; his Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of London at the University of Westminster in 2001; his Master of Science in Business Information Technology also from University of Westminster in 2003; and his Ph.D. in Diversity and Knowledge Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2009.
Deputy-Director of Columbia Global Centers | Tunis
Youssef Cherif is Deputy-Director of Columbia Global Centers | Tunis. He is a member of Carnegie’s Civic Activism Network, and a Valdai Club expert. He was previously the Al-Maidan Libya Project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), and an expert affiliated to the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES). Youssef holds a Chevening Master of Arts in International Relations from the Dept. of War Studies of King’s College London, and a Fulbright Master of Arts in Classical Studies from Columbia University. He is North Africa’s political analyst for several international media outlets, including CNN, Al Jazeera English, BBC, France 24, Fanack and think-tanks such as DGAP and the Atlantic Council.