Dr. Hossein Askari Announces Retirement

photo - Hossein Askari
December 11, 2018

Hossein Askari, Iran Professor of International Business and International Relations, has announced his retirement from the George Washington University School of Business, effective January 2019.

Dr. Askari came to GW in 1982. He taught at both GWSB, where he served as chairman of the International Business Department and director of the Institute of Global Management and Research, and at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He will be granted joint emeritus status by the two GW schools upon his retirement.

“Dr. Askari has compiled a most impressive 35-year career at GW,” GWSB Dean Anuj Mehrotra said. “A world-renowned expert on Middle East economic development, international trade and finance, and energy and agricultural economics, Dr. Askari is frequently quoted in the news media, earning some excellent free publicity for GWSB over the years!

“An outstanding researcher and dedicated teacher, Dr. Askari will be missed,” Dean Mehrotra added. “On behalf of the entire GWSB community, I wish him all the best for a happy, healthy, rewarding and well-deserved retirement.”

Dr. Askari also served on the executive board of the International Monetary Fund, as a special advisor to the Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia and as a special diplomatic envoy between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait and Iran. He is the author of 29 books, more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and more than 200 opinion pieces for such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angles Times and Chicago Tribune, as well as many others.

Prior to coming to GW from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Askari taught at Wayne State University and Tufts University, and was an instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in economics.