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Area of Management Welcomed Dr. Adel Guitouni

Trevor Bell

November 11, 2015

The Area of Management recently launched a new Academic Research Speaker Series, which welcomes leaders in management academia and research. Throughout these presentations, distinguished speakers detail their own research, current industry trends, and advice for the research publication process. Most recently, the Area of Management welcomed Dr. Adel Guitouni, associate professor of management sciences at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on Tuesday, Nov. 3. In addition to interacting with doctoral students, Dr. Guitouni gave an extensive talk about the responsibility of business schools and scholars to address world problems.

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View more photos of Dr. Guitouni's visit at the Rawls College's Flickr account.

About Dr. Adel Guitouni

Dr. Adel Guitouni is Associate Professor of management sciences, operations research and decision support systems in the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. Since 2011, on behalf of the business school, he has actively engaged in several educational activities that support the democratic transition and socio-economic development in the MENA region (i.e., Tunisia and Libya).

From November 2011 to March 2013, he acted as a special advisor to the Tunisian prime minister of the first elected government after the revolution. He has been involved with the Tunisian National Dialogue where he advised several parties and facilitated mediating between political foes to avoid civil violence and unrest. The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet received 2015 Nobel Peace Prize.

In May 2012, he enabled a memorandum of understanding signed between the Ministry of Administrative Reforms of the Republic of Tunisia and the University of Victoria. In June 2012, he organized coaching sessions for the Tunisian Government supported by the University of Victoria's Gustavson School of Business and New York University's Stern School of Business[1]. These sessions informed Tunisian leadership decisions and provided insights into leadership capacity building outcomes.

In 2013, he helped the Tunisian government receive a $2M grant from the G8 MENA transition fund to initiate a pilot project on executive leadership capacity building in the country. In 2014, he helped the Libyan government and the African Development Bank obtain a $5.5M grant to launch a similar leadership program for Libya.

Before joining the University of Victoria, Dr Guitouni held the position of defense scientist with the Defense R&D Canada for 14 years where he acted as Science and Technology Trust Leader, Special Advisor to Command, Senior Lead Scientist and Group Leader on various projects. He directed large scientific teams involved with strategic initiatives like Major Events Integrated Security Solution for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and G8/G20 summits and to Integrated Command and Control Operating Concept. He led technology demonstration projects such as the Joint Command Decision Support for the 21st Century, the Collaborative Operational Planning, and the Design of Robust and Effective Supply Network Engineering Tools (DRESNET). He also chaired several international collaboration scientific committees (e.g., TTCP, NATO).

In 2014, he established a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization in partnership with Tunisian higher education institutions dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship development and innovation in the Mediterranean region. He obtained a $2.5M donation to start AMIN project, which helps young Tunisian acquire e-commerce entrepreneurship training and start their own businesses.

On the research side, he has made several contributions to multiple criteria decision aid (MCDA), supply chain management, information systems, resource management, and cloud computing. His research interests included planning and scheduling, dynamic resource management, supply chain management, and decision support systems. More recently, he shifted his interests to entrepreneurship and leadership research through the development of "Leading the Way" and AMIN initiatives. Through his research, his goal is to help improve the decision-making process at the individual and corporate level. Through his entrepreneurship and leadership project work, he hopes to empower youth and leaders by giving them the tools to change their world.

Dr Guitouni held adjunct professor positions with Laval University, University of Sherbrook, Concordia University and other international higher education institutions. He has supervised numerous graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at various universities.

This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.