Chicago Booth Executive Program in El Gouna, Egypt 

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.

This experiential program will help leaders use The Chicago Approach to overcome market disruption and increase collaboration across industries. The program is custom-designed for the region addressing business challenges in the market today—all taught by world-renowned Chicago Booth faculty.

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:

  • Improve management, decision-making and leadership in times of digital, economic and social disruption
  • Discover how to use data to enhance strategic decision-making in an increasingly complex and evolving digital environment
  • Develop tactical innovation tools that will help leverage outside perspectives for insights and new ideas
  • Acquire the analytical frameworks to increase ROI and improve your decision-making process based on customer insights
  • Learn how to anticipate disruptive market changes and act with strategic agility
  • Discover what financial lessons can be drawn from recent crises to better prepare for future economic risks and operational challenges
  • Learn best practices in behavioral science, negotiation techniques and develop frameworks for making sound decisions
  • Identify, replicate, and nurture high-performance behaviors and work groups throughout the organization

There are multiple formats for learning—online, experiential, and classroom.

Participants will experience not only high-impact learning, but also social activities over the course of the program. They will have the opportunity to expand their professional network, join group dinners and receptions, and connect with each other even after the program ends.


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:

  1. Required application questions
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. CV/Resume

All application materials are required in order to be considered for the program. For more information about the application process, please view our application FAQ document.

This program is designed for senior-level executives in charge of creating value for their organizations. 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 Profile:

  • 12 years plus work experience
  • English language proficiency
  • Senior business executives (responsible for leading and/or managing a large team)
  • Individuals identified as high-performers within their organization
  • P&L owners, responsible for strategic direction of department and/or business unit, managing line of business or multiple lines of business, country manager, regional head (MENA)
  • Employees nominated by superiors

Recommended titles include Head of Strategy, Head of Innovation, EVP, SVP, Managing Director, Senior Director, General Counsel, Executive Director, Division President, Country Manager, etc. Each applicant must be nominated by their employer in order to be considered for the program.

If you are an Egyptian government executive, information is available here.

Randall S. Kroszner

Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics

Randall S. Kroszner is Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics. Dr. Kroszner served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009. He chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. In these capacities, he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure, including rules related to home mortgages and credit cards. He represented the Federal Reserve Board on the Financial Stability Forum (now called the Financial Stability Board), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and the Central Bank Governors of the American Continent and was a director of NeighborWorks America. Dr. Kroszner chaired the working party of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), composed of deputy central bank governors and finance ministers, on Policies for the Promotion of Better International Payments Equilibrium. As a member of the Fed Board, he was also a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee.

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.

Sanjog Misra

Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing

Sanjog Misra is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research focuses on the use of machine learning, deep learning and structural econometric methods to study consumer and firm decisions. In particular, his research involves building data-driven models aimed at understanding how consumers make choices and investigating firm decisions pertaining to pricing, targeting and salesforce management issues. More broadly, Professor Misra is interested in the development of scalable algorithms, calibrated on large-scale data, and the implementation of such algorithms in real world decision environments.

Professor Misra currently serves as Co-Editor of Quantitative Marketing and Economics and as Associate Editor at Management Science and the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. He has also served as an Associate Editor at Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics, the International Journal of Research in Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Research. Professor Misra is actively involved in partnering with firms in his research and has worked on various projects with companies such as Oath, Verizon, Eli Lilly, Adventis, Mercer Consulting, Sprint, MGM, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox Corporation, Ziprecruiter and Lucent Technologies with the aim of helping them design efficient, analytics-based, management systems that result in better decisions. He currently serves as an advisor to several 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

John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science

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.

Lindsey Lyman

Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Lindsey Lyman is the founder of Growth Studios, an innovation consultancy that helps companies build profitable new businesses. Through her work as an executive innovation coach, Lindsey helps executives become stronger innovation leaders. Through her work as a practitioner, Lindsey helps organizations build innovation capabilities. She consults with leading design firms, consulting firms, large and small companies, and entrepreneurs to identify unique growth opportunities and to build commercially viable new products, services, and business models. Lindsey also helps large corporate clients establish viable innovation structures and organizational designs.

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.

Lindsey leverages her advisory and consulting work to develop current business content and cases for use in the classroom. Outside of corporate work, Lindsey serves as an advisor to many founders of entrepreneurial ventures and is a recreational angel investor. Lindsey also serves as a board member of the Advocate Aurora Health Whole Person Health Committee.

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 3 young children. Lindsey looks forward to someday reviving her hobbies of biking and fabric crafting, however in the meantime center around drinking coffee and building Lego with her kids.

Gregory D. Bunch

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Greg Bunch draws on a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, manager, consultant, alderman, and teacher. He is the founder of Masterplan International Corporation, a strategy consulting firm. He was also a partner at Brandtrust, a brand strategy consultancy. Greg co-founded a healthcare software start-up in the Bay Area. He has served on corporate boards for financial services, healthcare, retail, franchising and marketing firms.

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.

Susan Lucia Annunzio

President and CEO, The Center for High Performance

Susan Lucia Annunzio is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for High Performance (CfHP). She is a strategic advisor to CEOs of leading global companies on strategy attainment and business transformation. Susan partners with senior executives to increase their ability to simplify complex strategic decisions through enhanced collaboration and creativity. She is a globally recognized speaker and thought leader on shaping and maintaining high-performance business environments. She has a strong track record helping leaders maximize returns on strategic, financial and human-capital investments.

Previously, Susan ran the research-based high performance consulting subsidiary of Hudson Highland Group, Inc., a leading international professional staffing and talent management solutions firm.

Under her direction, Hudson Highland completed the most comprehensive global study of knowledge workers ever conducted regarding the factors that accelerate or stifle high performance. Susan has presented on this study 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 2004 “Talent Economy” launch event in Belgium.

Susan has been an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business. She has been a guest lecturer at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France, Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Instituto Empressa in Madrid. She also has taught at General Electric’s Crotonville Corporate Training Center.

She is the author of Contagious Success (Portfolio, 2004), a dynamic management book that revealed a global standard for high performance. Contagious Success was voted Fast Company’s Readers’ Choice selection in January 2005. Additionally, Susan authored two more prominent business books: Communicoding (Fine, 1990; Penguin USA, 1991) and Evolutionary Leadership (Simon & Schuster, 2001; Fireside, 2002).

She has been a guest on numerous local and national television and radio news programs and has been quoted extensively in the business press, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, BBC, USA Today and Bloomberg.

Susan is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group. She also works with the Metropolitan YWCA of Chicago and The United Way.


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

  • Strategic Risk Management and Financial Fragility
  • Fintech and the Future of Financial Services
  • Innovation Leadership
  • Executing Breakthrough and Disruptive Innovation
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Negotiations and Decision Making
  • Marketing Analytics for Growth
  • Artificial Intelligence and New Analytical Methods
  • Strategic Thinking in a V.U.C.A World (*Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous)
  • High-Performance Leadership
  • Experiential learning, or simply known as learning by doing, is woven throughout the program. In the serene setting of El Gouna, executives will have the opportunity to experience the outdoors, collaborate together on teams, and engage in activities that bring concepts to life outside of the classroom.
  • The program includes keynotes from distinguished practitioners speaking on current business issues. The practitioner-led topics augment the academic classroom learning experience.
  • Participants will learn from each other, from practitioners, and from faculty. To reinforce the learning, participants will work on a group project, which will include a presentation at the end of the program. In addition, there will be group work and activities throughout the program aimed to increase collaboration and decision-making in a team environment.

“The level of comprehensiveness of the program that not only tailored to educate but to leave us with a blueprint to follow while offering valuable insights into leadership, decision making, and other essential skills executive level employees require.”
—Haitham Moneim, Investor Relations Director, Egypt Kuwait Holding

“The program did an excellent job of bringing people from diverse backgrounds and industries together (both public and private). The networking and key lessons learnt in risk, business strategies, and negotiations were valuable, and will definitely help me better shape how I work and develop my department.”
—Marwan Amin, Head of International Political Analysis, Commercial International Bank, Egypt

“A very wide spectrum of relevant topics, fresh ideas and eye opening perspectives, e.g. my learning on negotiations or the new techniques I learned in advanced analytics, which I can’t wait to apply at work. I recommend any rising leadership executives to join this program to be well-prepared for the general management role.”
—Seif Sameh Shazly, Investment Manager, Transcendium

“This learning experience will affect massively my decision making process and my negotiations skills, especially in this era where Egypt is facing different challenges domestically and globally. Furthermore, the diversification even enriched the learning process.”

"Working in the public sector, I believe the program guided me to embrace some critical skills that are always used in the private sector and much needed in the public sector to be more efficient and effective."

"I have had the opportunity to engage with a group of brilliant minds (participants), world class instructors, and cutting-edge content."

"I would rather say, the program refreshed and sharpened my critical thinking skills, gave me takeaway “toolkit” of mind shifting/skills to face daily challenges, specially that my background is banking and business management."

"As an engineer, the program opened my eyes to serious financial concepts and behavioral economic theories that will be super beneficial for me in the future."

2023 Program Dates and Fee

Dates: March 4 – March 17, 2023

Application deadline: October 27, 2022

Fee: $14,000 USD


El Gouna Campus
Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel St.
84513 El Gouna, Egypt

COVID-19 Requirements

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:

1. Proof of fully vaccinated status: defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after one dose of a single-dose vaccine. Only vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.


2. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test

Participants must also comply with CDC travel guidelines and El Gouna travel guidelines. It is each participant's responsibility to understand and adhere to travel requirements from their location.