Professor Safwan M. Masri is Vice President for Global Centers at Columbia University. In this role, he oversees a network of eight centers around the world (Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago) which engage faculty and students in collaborative reasearch and education programs that deepen and broaden their global understanding and contibute to local, regional, and global development.
Professor Masri has been a member of the faculty of the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division of Columbia Business School since 1988 and was appointed Vice Dean in 1993, a position he held for thirteen years. Professor Masri has been Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East since its founding in 2009. He was Visiting Professor at INSEAD in 1990 and 1991, and has also held teaching positions at Stanford University and Santa Clara University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1982; his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering also from Purdue in 1984; and his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University in 1988. He was honored with the Singhvi Professor of the Year for Scholarship in the Classroom Award in 1990, the Robert W. Lear Service Award in 1998, and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in a Core Course in 2000. He has also been honored with the 2003 American Service Award from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Professor Masri is Founding Chairman Emeritus of King’s Academy and of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy, Trustee of International College, Trustee of the National Children’s Museum in Jordan, Director of Endeavor Jordan, Director of the Luxury Education Foundation, and member of the advisory boards of the School of Business and the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo. He has also served as Advisor to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, and as director of the Arab Bankers Association of North America, Aramex, and the Nuqul Group.
Professor Masri's current area of interest and study is global education with an emphasis on education reform in the Middle East. His area of academic expertise is in operations management, with a focus on supply chain management. He has consulted and written on change management and operational efficiency in the banking and financial services industry, and has counted among his clients: Merrill Lynch, Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust, and JP Morgan.