Columbia Team

Columbia Team

Ivy Schultz

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.


Columbia Team

Emily Ford

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.

Columbia Team

Dario Vasquez

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.

Columbia Team

Kamel Jedidi

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.

Columbia Global Centers

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.

Columbia Global Centers

Youssef Cherif

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.

Organizing Committee

OST team
Organizing Commitee

Houda Ghozzi

OSt Program manager and Assistant Professor IHEC Carthage

Dr. Houda Ghozzi holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from University Paris Dauphine. She held several teaching positions in Tunisia (IHEC Carthage, MSB) and in France (Paris IX Dauphine, Marne la Vallée). Her research and teaching focus on business strategy, business models with a focus on social entrepreneurship, support structures as well as the scaling-up models for social ventures. She intervenes as a trainer and coach in several entrepreneurship programs including the Hult Program and Enactus. She was the coordinator for the Dicamp Master Program specialized in Innovation Management and is actually the program director of the Open Start-up Competition Tunisia (OST). Houda is also committed to civil society work in financial inclusion as board member of the Tunisian Authority of Microfinance Control (ACM).

Organizing Committee

Fatma Naboultane Mehiri

Communication Specialist

Fatma Naboultane Mehiri is communication specialist. She holds a master’s degree in Management of Organizations from IAE Toulouse. She worked as a brand manager and marketing director in Tunisian groups.

Organizing Committee

Rafla Hefaiedh Ayed

Assitant Professor, ESSEC Tunis

Rafla Hefaiedh is doctor in management and actually an assistant Professor in Management and the Director of Training and External Relationship at the ESSEC Tunis, where she’s in charge of the relationship with students, companies, universities and all external partners. She’s also a co-founder and co-responsable of Research Master in Management. Rafla is a membre of research laboratories in France (Larequoi, UVSQ) and Tunisia (Ecstra, IHEC).

Organizing Committee

Sihem Larif Oueslati

Assistant Professor, ESSEC Tunis

Sihem Larif is an assistant professor of Management at ESSEC, Tunis. She holds a Ph.D. in Management and a master’s degree in accounting, decision making and control from Paris-Dauphine University, France. She worked at Portfolio department at IFC (world Bank Group, washington DC). She gave classes in Paris-Dauphine University. She also worked in Consulting with Deloitte and Touch (Tunisia), on the implementation of ERP project in Air France (Paris).

Fondation BIAT

Fondation BIAT Team
Fondation BIAT

Malek Ellouze

Fondation BIAT

Hela Chikhaoui

Project manager, Fondation BIAT

Hela Chikhaoui is a project Manager at Fondation BIAT. She holds an engineering degree from ENIT Tunis.

Fondation BIAT

Hela Hana Garnaoui

Director of Communication, Fondation BIAT

Hela Hana Garnaoui is the director of communication at Fondation BIAT. Hela worked for 15 years in the banking sector and in 2015, she chose to leave the world of finance to embark on associative work and communication.  Manager and strategist, she does not just pass messages, she designs them by determining the image of the company that must be put forward.

Fondation BIAT

Sihem Chakroun

Project Manager, Fondation BIAT

Sihem Chakroun is a project manager at Fondation BIAT.  She had her Project creation master degree in 2015 and  was the top of her class for two years. She worked as a project manager in an event company where she improved her communication and management skills.

Fondation BIAT

Salma Baghdadi

Community and outreach manager, Fondation BIAT

Salma Baghdadi is a community and outreach manager at Fondation BIAT. Salma develops, enhances and promotes communities throughout Biat Foundation programs. She is also in charge of building strong ties with the Foundation ecosystem in its inclusive partnership strategy.

Vital Supporters
IHEC Student

Dhia Ferchichi

MSB Student

Sara Snoussi

IHEC Student

Achref Mattar


Walid Ayadi

Noomen Lahimer

Amel Saffar

Ramla Gheith

Wafa Belkahla

Mohamed Ben Abdallah

Sana Ben Thabet

Bochra Aouadi

Anis Allagui

Ihsen Saad

Hasna Maamar

Kirmene Marzouki

Wajdi Ben Rejeb

Souad Annabi Hajjam

Selma Zone

Naouel Abdelmoula



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