The Initiative for Academic Collaboration in the Middle East and North Africa (IACMENA)

The Initiative for Academic Collaboration in the Middle East and North Africa (IACMENA) aims to advance the fields of strategic management and entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) while promoting tolerance, collaboration and peacemaking. To date, very little strategy and entrepreneurship research has been conducted in and about the MENA region. The initiative aims to change this situation by holding academic workshops for the region’s advanced doctoral students and junior faculty. At these workshops junior scholars will be teamed up with prominent senior researchers who will supervise and help them develop research projects that result in refereed publications.

Initiative Leaders

picture of Rasmi Kokash
Rasmi Kokash

2017 Workshop at INSEAD

We are proud of the success at the second IACMENA workshop in April 2017 at the INSEAD campus in Fontainebleau, France.

Click below to learn about the workshop and resulting research projects!

Get Involved!

There are several ways to get involved with this effort, and we invite you to support our forthcoming workshops in any of the following ways:

  • Institutional sponsorship to host the workshops being planned for 2018
  • Reward sponsorship, between $2,000-$10,000, which will be in the form of seed money to launch the most promising research idea(s)
  • Limited grants to help offset the workshop participants’ travel expenses

All sponsorships will be widely publicized through various SMS channels, including its website and newsletter.

To learn more about sponsorship and involvement opportunities, please contact:

2015 Workshop at Cambridge University

For more information on the workshop at Cambridge University in 2015, please click here.

Initiative Success!

We're proud of the collaborative research teams that came about from the IACMENA Workshops at Cambridge University in 2015 and INSEAD in 2017. Some of the resulting research projects were presented at the 2016 SMS Annual Conference. We look forward to sharing more information about the Iniative and resulting research at the 37th SMS Annual Conference in Houston!