Ammar Al-Hawaj was born in 1987 in Manama, Bahrain. He started his undergraduate education at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in late 2004. (However, due to political instability and the deteriorating security situation in Beirut, following the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rafik El-Hariri,) he opted to carry on his Bachelor’s degree at Ahlia University, Bahrain, where he received his degree in Banking & Finance. He later received his M.Sc. in International Business & Management, from the University of Manchester in 2010.

Ammar also garnered some valuable experience, in various departments during his time at Ithmaar Bank, from 2008 through 2013. He joined Ahlia University in 2013 as a fulltime lecturer after lecturing as an adjunct faculty member since late 2011.

Ammar recently (October, 2015) assumed the post of Director of International Relations at Ahlia University, and oversees exchange and study abroad programmes with partner universities across the globe.


Research Interest:

  1. Market Orientation & Customer Satisfaction
  2. Marketing in non-profit Organisations
  3. Branding & Brand Orientation
  4. International Business (Standardisation Vs. Adaptation)


Ammar has also taught a number of course across different levels (100-400) including, Fundamentals of Management, Principles of Marketing, and International Business.


Ammar has supervised a number of students in the past couple of years since joining as a full-time lecturer across a wide range of topics from Marketing in Non-profits to Management styles and Motivation.