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Ahlia University

Mr. Ammar Abdulla Yusuf Al Hawaj

Lecturer / Director of International Relations – College of Business & Finance – Management & Marketing Dept.

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  • Received his M.Sc. (International Business & Management) from the University of Manchester.
  • Has worked in various departments at Ithmaar Bank.
  • Oversees exchange and study abroad programmes with partner universities across the globe.
  • Supervises students in marketing and management papers.


Ammar Al-Hawaj was born in 1987 in Manama, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He pursued his undergraduate education at Ahlia University where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking & Finance in 2007. He later obtained a Master of Science degree in International Business & Management, from the University of Manchester in 2010.

Ammar is a marketing and communications professional, with management and strategic level experience, and a proven track record at delivering innovative and bespoke organisational solutions. Ammar played an instrumental role in establishing a full-fledged directorate (International Relations) at Ahlia University, where he now holds the post of Director. In his capacity as Director of International Relations, Ammar sits on both the Brunel University PhD (Without Residence) Joint Programme Board, and The George Washington University Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Off-Campus Programs Board at Ahlia University. Ammar possesses a solid working knowledge of a number of international education systems, through combining his extensive professional and academic experience. This knowledge of, and experience with, different international systems, from accreditation and QA frameworks, to NQF systems, has proven invaluable in fostering deeper relations and setting up new international partnerships from progression and articulation, to study abroad and exchange agreements. In the past 7 years, Ammar has held membership on a number of management and strategic level university standing committees, including the university internationalisation committee, strategic planning committee, accreditation and quality assurance committee, and the University Council. Ammar was also a member of the International Academic Advisory Committee, and chair for the track on internationalisation, for the QS MAPLE 2018: 8th Annual strategic summit for the advancement of university excellence in all its forms. Furthermore, Ammar was a presenter at the QS World Class 2018 Conference held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More recently, Ammar participated in the WTUN Congress 2020, where he presented on the benefits of joint programmes and PhDs within the context of cross-border (TNE) programmes jointly delivered with international partners.



Buallay, A., Al Hawaj, A. A., Hamdan, A. (2020), “Integrated reporting and performance: a cross-country comparison of GCC Islamic and conventional banks”, Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Hamdan, A.M., Khamis, R., Al Hawaj, A.A. and Barone, E. (2019), “The mediation role of public governance in the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic growth”, International Journal of Managerial Finance, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 316-333.

Teaching Areas

  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • International Business

Research Areas

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

Faculty Research

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Integrated reporting and performance: a cross-country comparison of GCC Islamic and conventional banks

Amina Buallay

The mediation role of public governance in the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic growth

Reem Khamis