Ayman El Tarabishy

Executive Director of International Council of Small Business (ICSB); Teaching Professor in Management
Funger Hall
2201 G Street NW
Suite 312
Washington, DC 20052
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Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is currently a Teaching Professor of Management at the George Washington University’s School of Business. He is an award winning author and teacher, just been recently awarded the Most Outstanding faculty voted by students five years consecutive – 2015 - 2010. Dr. Tarabishy is the only faculty in the GW School of Business that teaches in two nationally ranked programs. He developed the first Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Creativity courses offered to MBA and undergraduate students throughout the school of business.

Dr. El Tarabishy is the originator of the United Nations International Day for Micro-, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs Day) that will always be celebrated on June 27th. MSMEs Day recognizes the important of entrepreneurs and small businesses worldwide.

Dr. El Tarabishy is also the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (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 (GWOctober.org) 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 previous work experience included 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 of 2012. The Chamber delegation comprised of 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 demonstrate the continued commitment of the American business community to Egypt’s economic recovery and long-term development.

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

Dr. El Tarabishy current research is on Lean Startups 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).

Professional Associations

  • Academy of Management
  • Member, Organizational Behavior Division
  • Member, Organization Development and Change Division
  • Member, Entrepreneurship Division
  • International Leadership Association

Professional Specialties

  • Designing and Conducting Organizational Research Focused on Leadership and Entrepreneurship
  • Design and Implementation of Leadership Development Programs
  • Designing and Facilitating Executive Team Development Sessions
  • Assisting Executives and Managers in the Design and Implementation of Major Cultural Change Efforts in Organizations


Among Dr. El Tarabishy’s clients have been the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the National Federation of Small Business (NFIB), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the United States Association for Small Business (USASBE).

  • Leadership
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ph.D., The George Washington University
  • M.B.A., The George Washington University


  • “The Intersection of Humane Entrepreneurship and the New Sustainable Goals” 2016 Entrepreneurship and SME World Conference, Seoul, South Korea. www.humaneentrepreneurship.org
  • El Tarabishy, A. (2012). Information Technology for Small Business, Managing the Digital Enterprise. Springer, Boston, MA.

Book Chapters:

  • Renko, M. El Tarabishy, A. (2011). Entrepreneurial Leadership in Family Firms. Understand Family Business: Neglected topics, new approaches and theories. Springer, Boston, MA.
  • Landoli, L. Parente, R. El Tarabishy, A. (2011). TechnoModel Creative Destruction in the Italian High Fashion Industry. Cases in European Entrepreneurship edited by Thomas M. Cooney. European Entrepreneurship Case Study Resource Centre. Brussels.
  • Monsen, E., Urbig, D. Renko, M. El Tarabishy, A. E. & Schoedt, L. (2010). Explaining Entrepreneurial Intent and Behavior: Moderating Effects of Efficacy and Control Beliefs. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 30. Wellesley, MA: Babson College
  • El Tarabishy, A. (2009). Social Media for Teaching Leadership. Software and internet based materials to accompany. Peter G. Northouse, Leadership: Theory and practice. (5th ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Solomon, G., Duffy, S and Tarabishy, A. 2005. The State of Entrepreneurship Education in the United States: A Nationwide Survey and Analysis. In Keystones of Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Malden Mass: Blackwell Publishing.


  • Renko Maija, El Tarabishy Ayman, Carsrud Alan L. & Brännback Malin, Understanding and measuring entrepreneurial leadership style, Journal of Small Business Management, 2015 Jan.
  • Sashkin, M., El-Tarabishy, A., & Harvey, M. (2009, January/February). Stogdill 60 years later: The role of character in leadership effectiveness. The Member Connector,12-14.
  • El-Tarabishy, A., & Sashkin, M.(2008). Social entrepreneurship at the macro-level: Three lessons for success. Innovations: Technology/Governance/Globalization, 3(3), 56-64.
  • El Tarabishy, A., Solomon, G., and Sashkin, M. (2005). The entrepreneurial leader’s impact on organizational performance in dynamic markets. The Journal of Private Equity, 8(4), 20-30.
  • Fernald, L., Solomon, G ., and El Tarabishy, A. (2005). A New Paradigm: Entrepreneurial leadership. Southern Business Review, 30 (2), 1-10.
  • Solomon, G., Duffy, S. and El Tarabishy, A. (2002). The State of Entrepreneurship Education in the United States: A Nationwide Survey and Analysis. International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education 1(1): 00-00.

Interview with Dr. El Tarabishy About the Role of Leadership in Today's Dynamic Markets

Interview with Dr. El Tarabishy About the New Cognitive Worker and How it Relates to a Modern Organization

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy (GWU): Social Impact Investing in the Tourism Sector