Business Department 

The Department of Business provides students with theories and concepts related to international, world-class business practices. The department seeks to graduate students who will be competitive in domestic and international firms, and who can successfully continue their studies at the post-graduate level. 

The objectives, curriculum, and teaching methodologies of the department are designed to provide students with 1) a solid foundation in appropriate areas of knowledge at the level of international best practices; 2) an in-depth introduction in one discipline (accounting, finance, marketing or management); 3) an understanding of professionalism and its practices; 4) excellent presentation and business writing skills; 5) outstanding critical thinking skills; and 6) an understanding of business ethics in the international community. 

The Department of Business provides students with the following degree options: Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in accounting, finance, marketing and operations management. 

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The Department of Business provides students with the following degree options:
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Operations Management.


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Business Department Faculty
  • Dr. Arni Arnthorsson, Associate Professor and Chair of Business Department

    Dr. Arni Arnthorsson
    Associate Professor and Chair of Business Department
    Department of Business

    Ph.D. Marketing Minor – Psychology, University of South Carolina
    B.S, Marketing and Management Science, University of South Carolina 

    Specializations:  Consumer Behavior, Pricing, Innovation, Advertising, Teaching and Classroom Management, Diversity.


  • Dr. Boris Abbey, Associate Professor

    Dr. Boris Abbey, PhD, JD, MBA
    Associate Professor of Finance 
    Department of Business

    PhD, Business Administration – Finance Concentration, Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA,  
    JD, Business Law Concentration, Cum Laude, Campbell University School of Law Buies Creek, NC   
    MBA. Summa Cum Laude, University of North Carolina - Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
    BS,  Business Admin. Summa Cum Laude, University of North Carolina - Fayetteville State University

    Specializations: Financial Accounting, Health Care Law and Policy, Health Care Finance, Venture Capital, Private Equity, International Pharmaceutical Management and Distribution, Management, Stock Markets, Financial Management, Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Dr. Anubhav Tiwari, Associate Professor Business, Management

    Dr. Anubhav Tiwari
    Associate Professor of Business
    Department of Business

    PhD, Business Administration (Management), M.J.P Rohilkhand University, India
    MBA (Management), I.G.N.O.U. University, India
    B.S Electrical Engineering Jamia Millia Islamia University, India


  • Prof. Colleen Foster, Assistant Professor

    Colleen Foster
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Business

    Masters in International Management and Marketing, Thunderbird Global School of Management, USA
    BA, (Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa), University of Minnesota, USA

    Certificates / Professional Credentials:
    Google Analytics Certification, American Marketing Association, USA
    B2B Social Media Certification, MIMA, Mn. Interactive Marketing Association, and AMA, USA
    Sustainability/Environmental Professional (SFP) Credentials, University of Minnesota/IFMA, USA

    Specializations: International Marketing Management, Brand Strategy Development, Market Insights, Survey Design, Data Collection/Analysis, Strategic Planning, Strategic Communications, Applied Statistics for Market Research, DFSS (Design for Six Sigma), and Japanese.

  • Dr. Omar Joya , Assistant Professor of Economics

    Dr. Omar Joya
    Assistant Professor of Economics
    Department of Business

    Ph.D., University of Bordeaux, France
    M.Sc., University of Bordeaux, France
    M.Sc., B.Sc., University of Strasbourg, France

    Specializations: Macroeconomics; Development Economics; Applied Econometrics; Public Finance; Political Economy.

  • Alois K. Weidinger, Assistant Professor of Accounting
    Alois K. Weidinger
    Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance
    Department of Business
    Certified Public Accountant, Oregon and Washington, USA
    DBA candidate, ABD (estimated completion 2019/20), EBS, Heriot-Watt University, UK
    MS, Taxation (MST), University of Central Florida, USA
    JD, German and EU Law, Freie Universitaet, Germany
    Certificates/ Professional Credentials
    Post Graduate Certificate in Business Research Methods, EBS, Heriot-Watt University, UK.
  • Dr. Maher Itani, Assistant Professor of Operations Management

    Phd. in Transportation and Logistics, North Dakota State University, USA; MBA in Management, Lebanese American university, Lebanon; B.S in Mathematics, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


    Comes to AUAF after 15 years as Senior Logistics Officer at United Nations for Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) in Lebanon. Has taught concurrently at the the Amerian University of Beirut and American Lebanese University. Has a dozen peer-reviewed publications and articles in the general field of supply chain management. Has distinquised honors and professional associations.

  • Dr. Kate O'Neill, Associate Professor of Business Department.

    Ph.D. Leadership & Change — Antioch University
    M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies — University of Alaska
    B.A. Spanish — Indiana University

    From 2016-2019, Dr O'Neill was an Associate Professor of Strategic Leadership and Director of the Masters of Strategic Leadership program at Mount Mercy University (USA). Previously (2001–2016), she was an undergraduate and graduate faculty member with the College of Business at Zayed University (United Arab Emirates) as well as a graduate faculty member in the College of Communication and Media. Dr O'Neill also directed the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) and Master of Management in International Business (MMIB) programs at Zayed University. Dr O’Neill has been an educator and education advisor with the Japanese Ministry of Education (MONBUSHO), the University of Alaska, and the United States Peace Corps.

    Dr O’Neill is also a government and industry consultant. She creates innovative solutions for complex environments on issues related to leadership, changes management, organization development, communication, employee engagement, and cross-cultural/inter-cultural workplace relations and team development.

    Dr O’Neill teaches Management, Leadership, Cross-cultural Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategic HRM, Strategy, Change Management, Strategic Thinking & Decision-making, and Internal Communication.

    She has worked in Japan, Qatar, Guatemala, Argentina, the United States, Jamaica, and the Central Pacific nation of Kiribati.

  • Department Adjunct Faculty
  • Joseph Mehrabi, Adjunct Instructor

    Joseph Mehrabi

    Adjunct Instructor of Finance
    MS, Finance, Vanderbilt University, USA
    BS, Finance (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), George Mason University, USA

    Professional Credentials: Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)

    Specializations: Private Equity/Venture Capital, Corporate Finance, International Finance, Banking, Real Estate Finance


  • Ahmad Reshad Popal, Adjunct Instructor

    Ahmad Reshad Popal
    Adjunct Instructor of Business
    Department of Business

    Education: Masters, Master of Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey

    Specialization: Accounting 


  • Lutfi Rahimi, Adjunct Instructor

    Lutfi Rahimi 
    Adjunct Instructor of Economics, 
    Department of Business

    MSc in Economics, University of Exeter, UK
    BSc in Economics, University of Essex, UK 

    Specializations: Behavioural Economics, Development Economics, Experimental Economics, Taxation

  • Abdul Raheem Saboori, Adjunct Instructor

    Abdul Raheem Saboori
    Adjunct Instructor of Business
    Department of Business

    Education: Master of Business Administration (Global Banking and Finance), University of Birmingham, UK

    Specialization: Corporate and Public Finance; Banking


  • Kumar Ghosh, Adjunct Instructor

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