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Photo of Emad Rahim
Photo of Emad Rahim

Dr. Emad Rahim is an award-winning author, educator, entrepreneur, Fulbright Specialist and TEDx Speaker. His story was turned into the short documentary “Against the Odds,” a 2016 Bronze Award Winner at the F.A.M.E.’US International Film Festival and adapted into a Syracuse Stage theater 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 has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, IntelligentHQ, World Class Magazine, The Post Standard, VICE, Rutgers’ The Humanist and CEO Magazine, and interviewed on the BBC, NPR, StoryCorps, PBS and multiple podcast shows. He authored Resilience: From Killing Fields to Boardroom and co-authored The Inclusive Leader: An Applied Approach to Diversity, Change, and Management and Foundations of Social Responsibility and Its Application to Change.

Dr. Rahim has earned advanced post-doctoral credentials from Harvard University, Tulane University, and the University of Maryland/UC. He has a Doctorate of Management and two graduate degrees in business from Colorado Tech, and completed his undergraduate education at SUNY Empire State College. In 2018, Dr. Rahim was awarded an honorary degree from SUNY Onondaga Community College (OCC), was the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Alumni Award issued by the American Association of Community Colleges (only 5 selected across the country), and was honored with the John H. Mulroy Founder’s Award by OCC’s Board of Trustees, and received the 2016 Award of Distinction from Southwest University. He was recognized by the United Nations Foundation as an Empact100 Honoree, given a Congressional Award for Civic Engagement, won the Entrepreneur Teaching Excellence Award from Oklahoma State University, Presidential Teaching Innovation Award from Bellevue University, and 40 Under FORTY Business Leader by Whitman School of Management and CNY Business Journal, and Certified Manager of the Year by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers of James Madison University.

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