Dr. Afiouni is an HR & Gender expert in the Middle East. She currently holds the positions of Tenured Associate Professor in HRM and the Convener of the Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship track at the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. She is also a founding partner and an affiliate researcher at the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) at AUB. She obtained her PhD in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University with the highest distinction and was the recipient of the Sharjah Prize for the best doctoral thesis in administrative sciences in the Arab world for the year 2005.
Fida's research focuses on the interplay of HRM, careers, and gender. Her publications have appeared in several outlets, the most recent being in Gender, Work, and Organization, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Resource Management Journal, Business Research Quarterly, Career Development International, and the International Journal of Human Resource Management. She is currently an Associate editor in the International Journal of Human Resource Management, and an editorial board member in CDI and HRMJ.
Fida serves as an ad- hoc consultant with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She is often invited as an expert speaker or facilitator in Executive Education programs and in regional and international workshops and webinars in English, French and Arabic on topics pertaining to inclusive HR systems, Gender balance, and women's economic empowerment.