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Reima Shakeir

Reima Shakeir

Joined Stern 2019

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 3-100
New York, NY 10012



Reima Shakeir is an international scholar, published author, and a nonprofit executive at the Edmond de Rothschild foundation where she worked with a network of leaders for social change from minority communities in Europe and North America.

Following undergraduate work in English and Comparative Literature at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Reima earned an A.L.M in English from Harvard Extension School. She earned Dean’s Academic Achievement Award and Derek Bok Public Service Award from Harvard. She received her doctorate degree in Higher Education and Management from the University of Pennsylvania with double distinction. As part of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship, Dr. Shakeir also completed Executive Business Education from the University of Cambridge (UK), ESSEC Business School (France), and Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Dr. Shakeir teaches Organizational Communication and Business and Society courses at NYU’s Stern School of Business. She also teaches research methodologies as part of the CLO (Chief Learning Officer) executive doctorate program at the University of Pennsylvania. The program cultivates scholar-practitioners who know how to develop and implement evidence-based practices that support formal and informal human capital, leadership, and skills development through on-demand, just-in-time, and longer-term learning and development initiatives within organizations. Reima is also a Lecturer at Wharton.


Shakeir, R. (October 2020). “Pluralism in Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Evaluation: A Post-Colonial Learning Framework for Improving Girls’ Lives in India.” Dr. BMN College of Home Science Faculty Seminars, Mumbai, India.

Shakeir, R. (October, 2020). “Media & Communications in Action: Decolonizing Spaces.” Invited Lecture. London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom.

Shakeir, R. (May, 2019). “Critical intersectional inclusivity to decolonize research, theory & practice.” Storytelling Collective Meetings, St. George’s University, Grenada West Indies.

Shakeir, R. (July, 2019). “Arab American Women: Performing Femininity in the Public Space” at the Cultural Studies Association Conference, Tulane University.

Shakeir, R. (2018). The Others Are Coming: Immigrants and Media Representations. Windsor Castle. The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship. Windsor, United Kingdom.

Shakeir, R. (2017). The Impact of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on Business and Innovation. The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship. Windsor Castle, Windsor, United Kingdom.

Shakeir, R. (2016) Cross-Disciplinary Models: Looking at Business from a Social Science Lens. The Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship.Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Research Interests

  • Impact Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Economy
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Diversity in the Business World
  • Equity in Higher Education
  • Impact Investing
  • Women and Identity Performance in the Public Space
  • Minority Women’s Lived Experiences in the Corporate World
  • Gender Studies
  • Comparative Literature

Courses Taught

  • Business and Society
  • Organizational Communication

Academic Background

B.A., English and Comparative Literature
Ain Shams University

A.L.M., English
Harvard University Extension School

Ed.D., Higher Education and Management
University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

Shakeir, R., Odendaal, R. T., & Rosado-Viurques, A. T. (2021)
Decolonizing Educational Mindsets
In Pak, K. & Ravitch, S. M. (Eds.). Critical leadership praxis: educational & social change. NY, TCP

Shakeir, R. & Ravitch, S. M. (2020)
“On Writing Critical, Post-Colonial, Asset-Based Case Studies on Frontier Philanthropies of the Global South”
Invited Blog Post, Sage MethodSpace: March 25, 2020

Shakeir, R., Ravitch, S. M., & Rukh Rahman, G. (2020)
Frontier Philanthropies of the Global South: Case studies to move practice and policy. Empower Families for Innovative Philanthropy. Edmond de Rothschild Foundation. Geneva, Switzerland
8 case studies. Proposal under review, Harvard University Press: Global South frontier philanthropy

Shakeir, R. (2019)
“An Um Kulthumist Lens: An examination of Arab American Women and the Lived Experience of Higher Education and the Public Space”
Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania

Shakeir, R. (2018)
“The Art of Powerful Collaborations: Humanity Rise!” Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship Blog, New York

Shakeir, R.
“The Decolonial Imaginarium as a New Way Forward: Possibilities for Education.”
(forthcoming) Invited Blog Post, Sage MethodSpace: January 2022

Shakeir,R. and Ravitch, S.M.
Arab American Women, Identity, and Intersectionality. Rowman and Littlefield.
Forthcoming 2022