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Emad Rahim  

Award-Winning Author, Distinguished Entrepreneur, Endowed Professor, Fulbright Scholar, TEDx Speaker and Forbes Contributor

Veteran academic leader and business consultant, Dr. Emad Rahim is an award-winning author, educator, entrepreneur, MLE Harvard Fellow, Fulbright Scholar and TEDx Speaker, and serving as the Kotouc Endowed Chair and Professor at Bellevue University, Cornell Consultant, and Partner at Ztudium and IntelligentHQ.

He founded the Project Management Center of Excellence at Bellevue University and Venture Connect at Morrisville State College, and was appointed as the Distinguished Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Oklahoma State University and Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University and Syracuse University.

A former University Dean for the College of Business at Colorado Technical University, he helped led the school through ACBSP accreditation and achieved SHRM alignment, MBA rankings from CEO Magazine and listings in the Financial Times, and awarded additional accreditation from GAC-PMI. Rahim also Co-founded and served as the Chief Learning Officer at Global i365 LLC., Co-founded and served as President of the Human Service Association of Central New York, Co-founded the CNY Inclusion Conference and served as Associate Partner of Innovative Development Inc of CNY.

His genocide story was turned into the short documentary Against The Odds, included in The Digital Archive of Cambodia Holocaust Survivors and was adapted into the Syracuse Stage Theatre production titled Tales from the Salt City, which is an extension of the acclaimed Undesirable Elements series written by celebrated playwright and Presidential National Medals of Arts Award recipient, Ping Chong. He was recently invited to participate in the award-winning documentary series On The Spot, and will be working with celebrated filmmakers Eszter Cseke and András S. Takács.

Rahim was recognized by the United Nations as an Empact100 Honoree, received a Congressional Award for Civic Engagement, Riata Entrepreneur Teaching Excellence Award from Oklahoma State University, Teaching Innovation Award from Bellevue University and named Certified Manager of the Year by ICPM at James Madison University and 40 Under-Forty Business Leader by Whitman School of Management and the CNY Business Journal. He was also a finalist for The John Robert Gregg Award, CEC Educator of the Year Award, and the LGS Syracuse Distinguished Community Leader Award.

Despite barely graduating from high school, Rahim has earned several influential academic accolades, including advanced post-doctoral credentials from Harvard University, Tulane University, and the University of Maryland/UC. He was awarded a Post-Doctorate Diploma from Freeman School of Business and deemed Academically Quality (AQ) from AACSB in marketing and management. He received a Doctorate of Management and two graduate degrees in business from Colorado Technical University, and completed his undergraduate education at SUNY Empire State College.

Former Fellow at The Saylor Foundation, Beyster Institute, MLE at Harvard Graduate School of Education, MFP Booth School of Business, The Refractive Thinker and Intellectbase International Consortium, and distinguished membership at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Coleman Foundation (awarded grants), served on the Board of Directors Contact Community Services, Good Life Youth Foundation, Syracuse First, Alliance of Community Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) and the South Side Innovation Center.


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