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In Memoriam: Dr. Ahmad Jarrah
The George Washington University School of Business community was saddened to learn of the passing of Ahmad Jarrah, associate professor of decision sciences, who died this weekend. Dr. Jarrah had been a member of the GWSB faculty since August 2008.
“Ahmad was a big part of our department and the school of business community,” Dr. Murat Tarimcilar, chairperson of the Department of Decision Sciences, said. “He had a significant impact on our way of life with his gentle and spiritual soul — a true professional admired and appreciated by his colleagues and students alike. He was a model human being. We will miss him greatly.”
Before starting his career in higher education, Dr. Jarrah spent 14 years in the consulting industry designing, developing and managing the deployment of advanced decision support systems for air and ground logistics and transportation. His areas of expertise included large-scale optimization, logistics and transportation analytics, and supply chain analytics. He brought this relevant experience to the classroom with great dedication to his students.
Dr. Jarrah received a bachelor’s in engineering from American University of Beirut and a master’s in engineering from Texas A&M University. He earned a Ph.D. in management science from the University of Texas.
“Ahmad was a terrific asset to the entire GWSB community. His loss will be deeply felt by current and former students and his colleagues,” Dean Anuj Mehrotra said. “We are thinking of his family and sending our best wishes to them in their time of grief."
Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas Relaunching as a Virtual Event in October 2020
The first-ever Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas has been rescheduled to take place October 12-16, 2020 as a virtual networking event, organized by the Organization of American States and the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The historic gathering, which was postponed from its March 2020 date due to COVID-19, will give indigenous, business and government leaders a platform to explore the ways in which tourism can drive economic recovery and sustainable development. Participants will meet for five days via Zoom webinar to exchange experiences, share knowledge, re-trace ancient trade networks and re-establish connections.
Prior to the pandemic, tourism was a way for Indigenous communities to generate income, alleviate poverty, increase access to healthcare and education, and conserve cultural and natural resources. In light of the devastating economic and social impact COVID-19 continues to have on Indigenous communities, the Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas will serve as an opportunity to examine how tourism can support the economic and social well-being of Indigenous people — both now and in the future.
The five-day forum will feature virtual destination tours, keynotes, workshops and roundtable talks centered on recovery and sustainable development, with an impressive lineup of speakers and moderators discussing pressing present-day issues such as “How Can Tourism Drive Economic Recovery Post-COVID-19,” “How Can Indigenous Communities Create Partnerships and Access Financing,” and “Protection of Intellectual and Cultural Property.”
“The pandemic has exacerbated the many social and economic inequalities that exist for Indigenous people throughout the Americas, but being self-reliant and resourceful in the face of viruses and other threats is by no means a new experience for these communities,” says Seleni Matus, director of the GW International Institute of Tourism Studies. “Especially given the demand for nature and wellness travel, indigenous communities have an opportunity to include tourism in their recovery plans.”
The Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas is supported by advisors such as AIANTA, Conservation International, National Parks Service, USAID and World Indigenous Tourism Alliance. The event is sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality, Intrepid Travel, Destinations International and Square.
As a global leader in tourism education and research, the International Institute of Tourism Studies has been guiding businesses, communities, governments and nonprofits toward sustainability for more than thirty years. 
Getting to Know Your Colleague...
Name: Gil Appel
Title: Assistant Professor of Marketing
How long have you been at GWSB? I just joined a month ago, starting this August 1st
Job duties (adapted from my GWSB page): I joined GWSB as a research professor in marketing. In my research I address important behavioral questions that relate to disparity, social processes, social norms, consumers’ choice heuristics and biases in digital markets.
What do you like to do on weekends? Since we just moved here from California, we love exploring the beautiful parks near our house, and spending some quality time at home on the weekends. Sadly, due to COVID, we didn’t get the chance to meet too many new people, but hopefully the pandemic will be over soon, and we will get the opportunity to meet the neighbors.  
Family: I have a wonderful wife and four amazing kids.
A favorite book: The Lord of the Rings
A favorite movie: The Princess Bride
A favorite musical performer, song or album: With Spotify deciding what I get to hear every day, I am not sure who they are. My daughter recently introduced me to the K-Pop band Stray Kids, and we went to see them in L.A. They are great performers.
Something my co-workers might not know about me: I am a certified bartender (though I took the course loooooong ago).
GTB Fall 2020 Schedule
George Talks Business returns next week, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 12:30-1:00 p.m. ET, when Dean Anuj Mehrotra welcomes guest Ellen M. Zane (CCAS '73), CEO Emeritus of Tufts Medical Center. Please visit the GTB page to register for the live stream on the GWSB Facebook page or YouTube channel and for information on the guests scheduled for Fall 2020.
Sept. 23 – Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Board Chair and President, Charles Schwab Foundation
Sept. 30 – Sandeep Dadlani, Chief Digital Officer, Mars, Inc.
Oct. 5 – Afsaneh M. Beschloss, Founder and CEO, RockCreek
Oct. 8 – Baroness Joanna Shields, CEO, BenevolentAI
Oct. 14 – A. Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics
Oct. 22 – Larysa Kautz, Interim President & CEO, Melwood
Oct. 28 – Eric Hylton, Commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Internal Revenue Service
Nov. 5 – Sam Priyadarshi, Principal and Global Head of Portfolio Risk and Derivatives, Vanguard
Nov. 18 – Nate Morris, Founder and CEO, Rubicon
Dec. 2 – Stephanie von Friedeburg, Chief Operating Officer, IFC

Denit Trust Challenges in Corporate Governance panel presentationThe Ultimate Challenge: What Makes a Corporate Board Effective and What Does Not,” presented by the Business and Law program and GWSB’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Financial Literacy Seminar, Franco Peracchi of Georgetown University will present his paper, “Are People Aware of Their Cognitive Decline? Misperception and Financial Decision Making,” Thursday, Sept. 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. Click here for more information and to register. The Financial Literacy Seminar Series is a joint presentation by the Federal Reserve Board and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center.
Danny Leipziger, professor of international business and managing director of The Growth Dialogue, published a letter to the editor in The Korea Herald, “Korea's increasing fiscal deficit financeable.”
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