Alain Daou is an Assistant Professor in entrepreneurship at the Olayan School of Business (OSB) at the American University of Beirut. Before joining academia, Alain worked for 10 years with several organizations as project manager, country manager, in house advisor and consultant in Canada, Central America, Middle East and Africa.
Upon completing his PhD at Laval University in Canada (2014), he moved to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium to complete a post-doctoral research project on social entrepreneurship. Since joining OSB in 2016, Alain received several grants to work on projects related to transformational entrepreneurship in Iraq; social entrepreneurship in Lebanon; circular economy in the Lebanese wine industry; and women angel investors in Lebanon among others.
Through his research, teaching and community engagement, Alain tries to understand how certain types of enterprises such as social enterprises, not-for-profit and small and medium businesses innovate, scale up and have a positive social, environmental and economic impact on stakeholders and society as a whole.