Guest Speakers: Fall 2020

(All lectures are followed by Question/Answer sessions)


  • Cognitive Analytics Course: ITM 880J: (October 21st 6:00-7:00 pm)

Hisham Hamadeh, PhD, MBA is currently Vice President, Global Head of Data Sciences at Genmab, a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and commercialization of medicines to serve cancer patients. He has extensive experience in bioinformatics, computational biology, and data science across the drug development and commercialization process. Hisham received his PhD from the University of California in Irvine, his post-doctoral training at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Hisham is an advisor to multiple US Federal Agencies including the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has given over 55 invited lectures and has published over 45 peer reviewed reports. 

Dr. Hisham Hamade will lecture about artificial intelligence, data/computational analytics, machine learning and the future of AI in the healthcare industry, giving recent examples from his own experience and workplace. 

  • Neuromarketing: MKT 488 - Cognitive Analytics: ITM 880J & EMBA Neuromarketing MKT 781 (October 24th 12:00- 1:00 pm) 

Rafal Ohme (PhD) is a professor of psychology, expert in emotions, communication and brain research. He held a Fulbright scholar at Kellogg School of Management, at Stanford University he conducted research on unconscious emotions. Awarded by the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, an honorary member of Executive Club. A finalist of Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 program organized by EY. He teaches in Poland at University of Social Sciences and Humanities and is a visiting professor at Renmin University of China and Stellenbosch University in Cape Town. He is also the founder of NEUROHM, a research & advisory company that develops new consumer research methods for HR, sales, marketing & PR. He has written more than 150 articles and chapters and published in top scientific journals and author of several books. 

Professor Rafal Ohme present three unique neuro case studies:

1. George Clooney - conquers and divides Nespresso fans. 

2. Neuro helps to better navigate territorial marketing in China. 

3. Hershey’s kiss produces subconscious micro-expressions which turn off the brain.

  • Cognitive Analytics: ITM 880J Wednesday (November 4th  5:00- 6:30 pm)

Mark Esposito, PhD, is recognized internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the changes and opportunities that technology will bring to a variety of industries. He co-founded Nexus FrontierTech, a firm dedicated to the productions of AI solutions. He was inducted in 2016 in the radar of Thinkers50 as one of the 30 most prominent rising business thinkers in the world. He is a global expert of the World Economic Forum and advisor to national governments. He is the co-author of the best sellers “Understanding How the Future Unfolds: Using DRIVE to Harness the Power of Today’s Megatrends” and The AI Republic. In his career, he has worked for some of the world’s leading institutions such as Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, Hult International Business School and IE Business School. His third executive program at Harvard will be launched in 2021 on “Fintech and Blockchain”. In his career he has written hundreds of op-eds and professional publications, over 150 peer review articles, several book chapters, over 40 case studies and 11 books, including two bestsellers. 

Artificial intelligence will radically change our lives—just not in the ways you might think. You’ve been made to believe that AI will take your job. The truth is AI will deeply change the nature of work itself and lead to the creation of jobs that don’t exist yet. Sensational media reports speculate about the “rise of the machines” but fail to see that there’s no real intelligence in AI. It is not an all-seeing master, but rather a functional tool that must combine with the intelligence we possess to be effective. With The AI Republic, Mark Esposito, and his co-authors and co-founders of Nexus Frontier Tech have not written a book for coders, but for everyone curious about a future shaped by AI. They demystify this life-changing technology and explain how we can build a shared space where humans and intelligent automation work together, whether you’re a business executive who wants to implement it, a government leader responsible for policy creation, or a parent who wants to prepare your children to grow up with AI as a companion. 

Call for Papers

Pacific Asia Journal of the Association for Information Systems 

PAJAIS has been indexed by EBSCO, ProQuest and DBLP databases and selected to the Web of Sciences Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) issued by Thomson Reuters Corporation; it is also recorded by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List (Ranked B), and the UK-based Association of Business Schools Journal Quality List.

Theme: “Artificial Intelligence-based digital transformation for sustainable societies: the prevailing effect of COVID-19 crises” 

At the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and with the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, digital transformation (DT) is considered one of the main drivers of socioeconomic development that might generate important improvements in both the social and economic conditions related to individuals, businesses or the whole economy. Technological evolutions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution became part of everyone’s lifestyle, from the use of the cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobility, and the Internet of Things. These technologies are already showing promise in digital transformation to help contain and cope with the challenges magnified by the pandemic.

In this special issue, we invite researchers to contribute to artificial intelligence-based digital transformation research that leads to better information systems for the future”. This special issue aims at finding answers to questions like: How can you make societies ‘better’ rather than just ‘more efficient’ or ‘more productive’? How DT will impact employment? With millions of jobs on the cusp of the 5th industrial revolution, how income will be impacted? How DT will impact the socioeconomic development? How DT will foster the development of new organizational concepts? What are the social obstacles of DT and what are the solutions? The objective of this special issue is to collect, process, examine and circulate diverse issues related to the above questions affected by artificial intelligence-based digital transformation.

Accepted manuscripts will go through a rigorous two cycles review process. The initial screening will assess the correctness, originality, significance, quality of presentation, and relevance of the submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts requiring major revisions will be re-assessed strictly according to the publication deadlines. Authors are kindly instructed to follow the Guide for Authors and submission guidelines for the journal at the journal’s website and submissions must be going through the online submission system:

Further inquiries about the special issue can be directed to Dr. Abbas Tarhini (Guest Editor) email: or Dr. Antoine Harfouche (Guest Editor) email:  

Guest editors

Assistant Professor Abbas Tarhini, Lebanese American University, Lebanon, 

Associate Professor Antoine Harfouche, University Paris Nanterre, France, 

Professor Marco De Marco, Università Internazionale Telematica, Rome, 

Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission of papers to the Special Issue:  From Oct 20, 2020, to Feb 28, 2021
  • Authors advised regarding paper acceptance for review:  May 15, 2021
  • The first round of reviews completed and authors advised regarding review outcomes:  Jul 30, 2021
  • Deadline for revised papers:  Aug 30, 2021
  • The second round of reviews completed and authors advised regarding review outcomes:  Sep 30, 2021
  • Deadline for revised papers:  Oct 30, 2021
  • Final editorial decision on papers accepted for the Special Issue:  Nov 10, 2021
  • Special Issue papers submitted to PAJAIS for publications:  Dec 28, 2021


Research Assistantships

Research Assistantship (RA) positions are now available for a selected number of new graduate students.

RA recipients will have their tuition fees fully waived in addition to receiving a stipend ($500/month, 12 months/year) and are expected to be fully dedicated to Research besides their coursework requirements. Recipients are identified based on their exceptional academic track-record and their potential to conduct high-level research. They will be working closely with faculty members on research throughout the academic year, including summer.

Applications for Fall 2019 are made concurrently with the Graduate Assistantship (GA) applications. Interested students should declare their interest in the RA position when submitting their program-specific GA application. RA awards will be announced by the concerned schools at the beginning of the fall semester in parallel with GA announcements.

RA awards are available in the following programs:

MS in Human Resources Management Graduate Assistantship Results


ID #

Graduate Assistantship % hours
 201807068  100  20  160
 201001357  100  20  160
 201807080  50  10  80
 200801900  25  5  40
 201403569  75  15  120
 201806812  100  20  160
 201807029  100  20  160
 201400891  75  15  120
 201305243  75  15  120
 201502098  75  15  120
 201206142  50  10  80
 201504354  50  10  80


MBA Graduate Assistantship Spring 2021

MBA students who wish to benefit from Graduate Assistantship during Spring 2021 should refer to: 

Beirut Campus:

Ms. Fida Haidar

Adnan Kassar School of Business Building, Beirut campus
14th floor-Cooperative Learning Center
Room 1401

Byblos Campus:

Ms. Georgina Elias

Frem Building, 4th floor, office no. 401-E

Submission of Applications for Spring 2021 starts Tuesday, December 1, 2020 till Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The documents needed for the completion of the GA application are:

  • Official transcript for non-LAU students and unofficial transcript for LAU Students. 

  1. If you have completed less than 15 credits in the MBA program, you need to submit two transcripts - undergraduate and graduate. 

  2. If you have completed 15 credits or more in the MBA program, an unofficial transcript of your graduate courses will suffice.

  • A work certificate from NSSF  or افادة خدمة للمضمونين أوافادة غير مضمون لغير المشمولين بالضمان من الصندوق الوطني للضمان الاجتماعي  .  This certificate has to be RECENT (less than a month old) and can easily be obtained from NSSF divisions all over Lebanon as per this link.

  •  To download the application, click on the following link: MBA GA Application


Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) Scholarship Program, Fall 2019

The Lebanese American University (LAU) is pleased to launch the Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) Scholarship Program funded by the U.S. Department of State U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

The program offers students from the Middle East and North Africa region a unique scholarship opportunity to pursue quality higher education and earn a master’s degree in one of the following fields:

  • M.A. in Applied Economics
  • M.A. in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
  • M.A. in International Affairs
  • M.A. in Migration Studies

Kindly check this page for more information about the program, what it offers, and how to apply.

LAU Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct has been updated. 
You are urged to read it and be in compliance.