News & Highlights

  • January 2019
  • MBA Student Perspectives

MBA Perspectives: Doha Tantawy shares her experience at HBS

Doha Tantawy of Cairo, Egypt shares her journey at HBS. She discusses her experience learning through the case method and highlights the diversity on campus. Doha says, "You're exposed to every single model of what an accomplished person can be. It's a lifetime chance to reformat who you aspire to be. You come out with a better version of yourself."
  • December 2018

Professor Sunil Gupta meets with business leaders and alumni in Istanbul

On December 3, 2018, Harvard Business Review Turkey hosted Sunil Gupta, Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration and the Chair of the General Management Program, for an exclusive keynote event in Istanbul. The event began with opening remarks, delivered by Murat Özyeğin (HBS MBA 2013) Executive Board Member of Fiba Holding, and Professor Gupta gave a talk on his new book Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business. The speeches were followed by a panel discussion featuring Ömer Aras (Chairman of QNB Finansbank), Cansen Başaran Symes (Chair of the Board of Directors of Allianz Turkey), Colman Deegan (CEO of Vodafone Turkey), and Mehmet Başer (Partner at McKinsey Turkey). Reflecting on the event, Professor Gupta shared, “It was a real pleasure to share the ideas from my book Driving Digital Strategy to 100 senior leaders in Istanbul. The level of engagement and energy of the audience was amazing and I want to thank HBR Turkey for organizing such a wonderful and exciting event.”
  • November 2019
  • MBA Admissions

Admissions Information Sessions in Dubai, Riyadh and Istanbul

In October and November 2019, the MENA Research Center hosted MBA Admissions events for prospective students in Dubai, Riyadh and Istanbul. Most of the attendees were young professionals and students in the region and many expressed particular interest in joint degree programs and the 2+2 Program, in addition to the MBA program. The first-round interviews for the Class of 2021 were conducted in Dubai from October 31 – November 2, 2018. A special interviewee event was held in Dubai and aimed to provide a platform for interviewees to interact with alumni and learn more about the two-year MBA experience. The decisions for the first-round of MBA interviews were released on December 11, 2018. The MENA Research Center team continues to support the MBA Admissions department in the region.
  • MAY 2018

Careem: Riding the First Unicorn in the Middle East

Doubling in size every two months, ride-hailing service Careem was experiencing growing pains operationally and culturally. In this podcast, Shikhar Ghosh discusses how the founders struggled to keep its 4 million customers satisfied in the Middle East.

New Research on the Region

  • 2019
  • Book

Disciples of the State?: Religion and State-Building in the Former Ottoman World

As the Ottoman Empire crumbled, the Middle East and Balkans became the site of contestation and cooperation between the traditional forces of religion and the emergent machine of the sovereign state. Yet such strategic interaction rarely yielded a decisive victory for either the secular state or for religion. By tracing how state-builders engaged religious institutions, elites, and attachments, this book problematizes the divergent religion-state power configurations that have developed. There are two central arguments. First, states carved out more sovereign space in places like Greece and Turkey, where religious elites were integral to early centralizing reform processes. Second, region-wide structural constraints on the types of linkages that states were able to build with religion have generated long-term repercussions. Fatefully, both state policies that seek to facilitate equality through the recognition of religious difference and state policies that seek to eradicate such difference have contributed to failures of liberal democratic consolidation.

  • March 2019
  • Case

DayTwo: Going to Market with Gut Microbiome

By: Ayelet Israeli and David Lane

DayTwo is a young Israeli startup that utilizes research on the gut microbiome and machine learning algorithms to deliver personalized nutritional recommendations to its users in order to minimize blood sugar (glycemic) spikes after meals. After a first year of trial rollout in Israel, CEO Lihi Segal and her team are devising a go-to-market plan for DayTwo. The team is considering several target markets ranging from people with diabetes to professional athletes, as well as several distribution strategies including selling direct to consumers or through partnerships with health-care professionals or insurance companies. These decisions affect DayTwo's costs, pricing, positioning, distribution channels, marketing efforts, and product development.

  • February 2019
  • Teaching Material

KITEA: Democratizing Furniture in Morocco (PowerPoint supplement)

This PowerPoint accompanies the KITEA cases and the associated teaching note. The KITEA series of cases (A-F) details how the Moroccan furniture company KITEA prepared for the entry of IKEA into the Moroccan market and describes the outcome of that entry.

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