American University of Beirut

Dr. Lama Moussawi


Dr. Lama Moussawi

Founding Member​

​ ​ Director, CIBL for Women
​ Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
​ ​Tenured Professor of Management Science


Dr. Moussawi is the Director of CIBL for Women and a Tenured Professor at the Suliman Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut, where she currently serves as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, pushing forward an interdisciplinary agenda of research and development in one of the most challenging times for AUB and Lebanon.

Dr. Moussawi's research focuses on applications of Operations Research and Management Science in various business areas and the application of data analytics to feminist research in areas that focus on promoting gender diversity and equity in the Middle East and North Africa region. Dr. Moussawi's research has attained national and international recognition and was repeatedly an invited speaker at international forums including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the US. Dr. Moussawi's expertise in Management Science and Data Analytics drives her focus on gender equality and inclusive systems across the region. Her career focus allows her to expand the programs at CIBL for Women into key emerging sectors in the region including STEM, healthcare, education, and banking, with the aim of developing a holistic roadmap for gender-inclusion and diversity in the region.

Dr. Moussawi is a co-founder of the Center of Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women where she is leading several research projects focusing on women's economic empowerment. Dr. Moussawi is actively involved in promoting and supporting women in the field of Data Science. She is the founder and Chair of the Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference at AUB, the largest such conference across the world bringing in hundreds of students, practitioners, and global experts to advance the role of women in data science and STEM fields. Dr. Moussawi also served as Founding Chair of the AUB Committee on the Lives and Careers of Women at AUB, carrying out university-wide research and proposing recommendations to improve women's careers and wellbeing at AUB. She is actively engaged in issues related to women in operations research at the Women in Operations Research and Management Science meetings at the annual international INFORMS meetings. ​​


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