The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, in partnership with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, has developed a one-of-a-kind executive education program in El Gouna, Egypt.
As global organizations emerge from the pandemic to continued economic uncertainty, organizational stability and fiscal growth become more critical than ever. In the second offering of The Chicago Booth Executive Program in El Gouna, faculty and participants come together to address key challenges facing Egypt and the world during this time of economic, social, and environmental change.
This program provides Egyptian private and public sector executives with transformational skills to improve their leadership and advance their teams and organizations. This comprehensive management program utilizes The Chicago Approach™ to business—a multi-disciplined, collaborative approach to help participants define issues, ask better questions, and develop better solutions across the areas of leadership, strategy, decision-making, and finance. By attending, you'll combine Booth's data-driven frameworks with your real-world experience to deepen learnings. You'll learn from top faculty, guest speakers, and peers through interactive classroom sessions, group presentations, after-class events, and unique team projects. At the end of this 14-day experience, you'll be better equipped to accelerate innovation and make evidence-based decisions during times of uncertainty. Ultimately, you'll gain the tools to become a better leader for your organization and support Egypt's growth in the years ahead.
This experiential program provides a combination of benefits that no other senior executive program can claim. This is a comprehensive management program that incorporates world-class faculty with a blend of traditional and team-based learnings.
By attending this program, you will:
The 2023 session's guest speakers include keynote speaker Raghuram Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
This program is designed for senior-level executives in charge of creating value for their organizations.This program brings public and private sector leaders together; class size is around 50 executives split between public and private organizations. A variety of industries are represented.
The program is an excellent fit for executives who are responsible for enhancing their organizations by combating competition and market disruption, leading digital transformation and innovation, working with policy makers and government officials, evaluating new ventures, managing change or, improving the growth of the organization.
Recommended private sector titles include Head of Strategy, Head of Innovation, EVP, SVP, Managing Director, Senior Director, General Counsel, Executive Director, Division President, Country Manager, etc.
For public sector executives, titles may include Vice Minister, General Manager, Chief of Cabinet, Advisor to the Ministry, Assistant to the Minister, Dean of Faculties, Director, Undersecretary, and Deputy Minister.
Each applicant must be nominated by their employer in order to be considered for the program.
From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Kroszner was a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). He was involved in formulating policy on a wide range of issues, including responses to corporate governance scandals, government-sponsored enterprise reform, pension reform, terrorism risk insurance, tax reform, currency crisis management, sovereign debt restructuring, the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and international trade and development.
Since 1990, Dr. Kroszner has taught at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Dr. Kroszner was Director of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State. He served as editor of the Journal of Law & Economics and has been associate editor of a number of other academic and policy journals. He was a member of the board of directors at the National Association for Business Economics and the Financial Management Association.
Dr. Kroszner serves as the Chair of the Financial Research Advisory Committee of the Office of Financial Research of the U.S. Treasury. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Academic Advisory Council and of the board of advisors of the Paulson Institute. In addition, he is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is member of the board of trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a member of the board of directors of the Renaissance Society.
Dr. Kroszner has been a visiting scholar at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the IMF, the Stockholm School of Economics, the Stockholm University, the Free University of Berlin, Germany, the London School of Economics, and the American Enterprise Institute. He was the John M. Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School the Bertil Danielson Visiting Professor of Banking and Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics, and the SK Chaired Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
His research interests include regulation of financial institutions, international financial crises, the Great Depression, monetary economics, corporate governance, debt restructuring and bankruptcy, and political economy. His paper on managerial stock ownership (with Clifford Holderness and Dennis Sheehan) won the Brattle Prize for best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Finance. His book co-authored with Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller, Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank (MIT Press) appeared on the Washington Post’s Book World political best sellers list.
Dr. Kroszner is a frequent commentator in the international media. He provides advice to financial institutions, government organizations, and central banks throughout the world.
Dr. Kroszner received a Sc.B. (magna cum laude) in applied mathematics-economics (honors) from Brown University in 1984 and an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990), both in economics, from Harvard University.
Professor Misra's research has been published in the Econometrica, The Journal of Marketing Research, The Journal of Political Economy, Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, among others. He has served as the co-editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics and as area editor at Management Science, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, the International Journal of Research in Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research.
Misra is actively involved in partnering with firms in his research and has worked as an advisor to a number of companies such as Transunion, Oath, Verizon, Eli Lilly, Adventis, Mercer Consulting, Sprint, MGM, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox Corporation and Ziprecruiter with the aim of helping them design efficient, analytics-based, management systems that result in better decisions. He currently serves as an advisor to startups in the marketing technology, measurement and AI space. At Booth Professor Misra teaches courses on Algorithmic Marketing. These courses bring his practical and research expertise in the algorithmic marketing domain into the classroom. He is hopeful that these classes will get students ready for the next evolution of marketing that he believes is already underway.
Prior to joining Booth, Misra was Professor of Marketing at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Professor at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. In addition he has been visiting faculty at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
George Wu studies the psychology of decision making; goal-setting and motivation; and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. Additionally, he has received research funding as part of a 3-year, $3.6 million project entitled "Enhancing the Human Experience through Behavioral Science: New Paths to Purpose," to advance the behavioral science of purpose. Project research explores how people adopt, pursue, and fulfill their intentions to accomplish something that is meaningful to the self, and often is of consequence to the world beyond the self."
Wu's research has been published widely in a number of journals in economics, management science, and psychology, including Cognitive Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Management Science, Psychological Science, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 1997, Wu was on the faculty of Harvard Business School as an assistant and associate professor in the managerial economics area and then in the negotiation and decision making group. He also has worked as a lecturer at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, Wu worked as a decision analyst at Procter & Gamble.
Wu is a former department editor of Management Science and is on numerous editorial boards, including Decision Analysis, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and Theory and Decision. He earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in applied mathematics with a concentration in decision and control in 1985, a master's degree in applied mathematics in 1987, and a PhD in decision sciences in 1991, all from Harvard.
Outside of her work in corporate innovation, Lindsey is an active angel investor, board member, and advisor to founders of entrepreneurial ventures. Lindsey leverages her advisory and consulting work to develop current business content and cases for use in the classroom, in particular challenges relating to innovation execution in large organizations and early-stage hurdles when building a new entrepreneurial venture. As an advisory board member of the Alpha Network in Chicago, Lindsey has a passion for connecting entrepreneurs and helping them build their businesses.
Prior to founding Growth Studios, Lindsey spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company, where she was a founder of McKinsey's global innovation practice and co-developed McKinsey's Innovation Executive Education program. At McKinsey, Lindsey served Global Fortune 100 clients on innovation topics ranging from large-scale innovation transformations, to embedding capabilities in user-centered design and product development. Lindsey currently serves as a Senior External Advisor to McKinsey, focused on Product Development and Innovation. Prior to that, she was a professional child actor and competitive dancer.
Lindsey holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she graduated with highest distinction. Lindsey lives on the North Shore of Chicago with her husband and four young children. Lindsey looks forward to someday reviving her hobbies of biking, art making, and fabric crafting, however in the meantime center around drinking copious amounts of coffee and building Lego with her kids.
He works with Fortune 50 companies, family businesses and start-ups in the areas of innovation and strategy. He has worked with a broad array of companies including Abbott Labs, American Express, Danaher, Dover, ETS, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark, McDonalds, PepsiCo, State Farm and Yum! Brands.
Greg was an alderman in the City of West Chicago, serving on the infrastructure, public safety and development committees.
Greg has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to strategy, creating customers, and innovation. He earned a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in philosophy and an MDiv from Harvard University.
Acclaimed Leadership Coach, Author, and President and CEO of the Center for High Performance, Lucia Annunzio is known by her clients as the “CEO-Whisperer.” She has spent over 25 years observing, analyzing, and coaching CEO, C-Suite, and Board dynamics. She has discerned that an organization is only as great as the team that leads it and that there is a direct correlation between the way an organization performs and the way its leadership team functions.
Lucia’s work is based on CfHP’s proprietary global research on the factors that accelerate or inhibit profitable growth. It achieved critical acclaim and was presented at such prestigious venues as the World Economic Forum, The International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change at the University of Greenwich, and Vacature’s, “Talent Economy” launch event in Belgium.
Lucia is the author of Contagious Success (Portfolio, 2004), a dynamic, best-selling, management book that revealed the global standard for high performance. Contagious Success was voted Fast Company's Readers' Choice. Lucia also authored two additional prominent business books: Communicoding (Fine, 1990; Penguin USA, 1991) and Evolutionary Leadership (Simon & Schuster, 2001; Fireside, 2002). She is frequently quoted in the business press such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and CNBC.
Lucia is a former Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, where she is currently part of the Executive Education faculty and teaches the most popular program, High Performance Leadership. She has been a guest lecturer at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and Instituto De Empresa in Madrid. She also taught at General Electric’s Crotonville Corporate Training Center.
She is a long-standing member of the Economic Club of Chicago as well as the Chicago Club and the Astor Club. She has sat on various not-for-profit boards including the Joffrey Ballet and the Museum of Contemporary Art. She is currently devoting her philanthropy to National MS Society.
The curriculum blends traditional and experiential learning to illustrate the challenges and opportunities facing industries in today’s growing markets. While the program includes concepts and business cases from businesses around the world, the curriculum is specifically designed for the region.
Program Core Sessions
I wouldn’t call the Chicago Booth Executive Program just a program! It was a two-week journey for a truly beneficial learning experience. The uniqueness of the journey is not only in the provided material, but it is also about the people, both on the teaching and learning sides. I find it an epic opportunity to gather this public/private sector group of participants and get them to share experiences and lessons learned together. I am grateful to be part of this cohort, and I consider myself lucky to be in this group.
—Mary Safwat, Head of Fintech Enablement Office, Central Bank of Egypt
It is not just the experienced instructors or the rich materials and intellectual discussions that made this program unique. The diversity of backgrounds and the excellent carefully selected participants made the overall experience an incredible learning experience with a lot of values to take home.
—Haitham Hamza, Under Secretary of MOHESR, Ministry of Higher Education
It was amazing to have the opportunity to learn on campus in El Gouna from the University of Chicago Booth professors networking with Egypt’s future leaders from the public and private sectors. Sharing real-life experiences was magnificent. It was an experience that no one should miss.
—Mohamed El Khouly, Head of Trading, Misr Digital Innovation
The best thing I got out of the program is the partnerships that were built between the public and private sectors in Egypt at a time when they were much needed. Leadership, empathy, and data-driven analysis are the three main learnings I’m excited to bring back to my workplace, as they will help us cause and command the disruptions needed to create the Egypt we all long for. If I were to recommend the executive program of Chicago Booth to a colleague, I would simply say, “If you want to build your confidence and strength to make a disruptive and powerful impact, search for the Avengers of Disruption – the Chicago Booth Program – and make it your goal to be a part of their program!’”
—Alaa Abdel-Rahman. Associate Minister of Finance for International Relations, Ministry of Finance, Egypt
Very unique experience and truly one of a kind. The teaching staff is amazing, the content is extremely up-to-date, and the organization and the location make it a seamless and enjoyable experience! Most importantly, we built a network that will last a lifetime.—Mohamed El-Shazly, General Manager, Cilantro
In only two weeks, I have gained enormous knowledge and insight into practice and concepts that make a better and more effective leader. I am very enthusiastic about implementing this new knowledge in my workplace as much as possible. At this stage of my career, it was very nice to be back in the classroom and to reflect and learn about things that we do in our everyday business to optimize, perfect, and enhance how we manage and lead our organizations. The network of amazing and exceptionally talented executives and leaders from the private and public sectors I have gained from this program is priceless.
—Manal Abdel-Hamid, CEO, OSL Entertainment Projects
This program provided two important values; long-term insights into strategy planning, innovation and daily skills in the fields of decision making, negotiation and risk mitigation. Highly recommend.
—Sameh Elkaffas, Lecturer of Cardiology, Kaser AlAiny Cairo University
What I like most about this program is bringing together such a large group with different backgrounds. Trying the make the “decision making” link among the different topics was on the challenging side but definitely worthwhile. This program is a great opportunity to touch base on topics away from one’s field of expertise.
—Dalia Abou El Rouss, Corporate Banking Early Warning Signals Head, Commercial International Bank, Egypt
Learnings from fellow participants combined with world class academic instruction provided unique insights. Looking to take back new frameworks on identifying risks and growth opportunities with the team. Once in a lifetime opportunity.
—Amer El Salanekly, Investment Professional, Ezdehar Management
I liked getting to know and apply the University of Chicago approach. I am excited and inspired to take back what I learned about strategy, risk management and leadership. I hope to inspire our company to create higher value based on what I have learned.
—Samy Awad, General Manager, Abco United
I liked the public and private mix. I liked the subjects and materials. I am really excited about the innovation techniques as well as the high performance environment attributes. I would tell my colleagues: ‘It is a life experience.
—Emad Essam Abdel Malek, Country Manager Egypt. BASF Construction Chemicals Egypt SAE
The course is a door (mind) opener, highly recommend! ‘It is a life-changing course’ for my career.
—Ramez Sayegh, Director, Oracom Construction
The private/public sector mix was outstanding. Key learning: we should be stubborn on vision and flexible on details.
—Mohamed AbouShady, Head of Sales & PepsiCo Egypt Business, Pepsi Cola Egypt
This is an exceptional program that brings the best practices of management.
—Karim Elsabee, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Reliance Egypt
The Chicago Booth Executive Program is an application-based program and includes a formal admissions process. In order for your application to be considered complete, we require the following to be submitted through our online portal:
All application materials are required in order to be considered for the program. For more information about the application process and decision dates, please view our application FAQ document.
As of 2022-3: All participants must meet the following criteria in order to participate in the Chicago Booth Executive Program in El Gouna, Egypt:
El Gouna Campus
Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel St.
84513 El Gouna, Egypt
The 2023 application is closed. Please check back for 2024 dates.