Dean of The School of Business and International Relations
Institute For American Universities
Aboubakr is the Dean of the School of Business and International Relations at the Institute for American Universities (IAU College). He is the co-editor of the Moroccan news website lakome.com. He began his career in finance, co-founding Morocco’s first independent investment bank in 1993. After two years advising international emerging market funds with holdings in North Africa, Upline Securities became the first Moroccan-based bank ever selected to manage a privatization project in Morocco. In 1996, Aboubakr joined the Executive Secretariat of the Middle East and North Africa Economic Summit as a financial and economic adviser. This organization was set up by the sponsors of the Middle East peace process to foster economic cooperation in the region. From 1997 to 2007, Jamai was the publisher and editor of the leading Moroccan newsweekly, Le Journal hebdomadaire. In 2008, he was a visiting Scholar at the University of San Diego where he taught courses on International Journalism, Political Islam, and Politics in the Middle East. His articles were published in The New York Times, Time Magazine, El Pais, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique. Akoubakr Jamai won the first Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University’s “Tully Center Free Speech Award.” In December 2010, he won the Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). M. Jamai has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for 2005. He was a Yale World Fellow in 2004 at Yale University. He was a Nieman Fellow in 2007 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and a Mason Fellow in 2008 in Harvard University. He was a Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Bosch Foundation in 2013. M. Jamai holds a Master of Business Administration from Oxford University’s Said Business School and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.