Professor Sameh Abadir

Egyptian, French, Canadian
Leadership and Negotiation


Sameh Abadir is a Professor of Leadership and Negotiation at IMD.

His major research, teaching and consulting interest is the organizational behavior, particularly in the areas of stress management, leadership strategy, negotiation skills and business ethics.

Prior to joining IMD, Professor Abadir was an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD where he taught international negotiations and global awareness as well as directed a variety of executive programs.

In addition to his academic experience, Sameh Abadir worked with SODEXO from 1988 to 2003, one of the world's largest multinational corporations. He also served in the Egyptian Special Forces between 1985 and 1988.

His corporate and military experience has given him a unique perspective in the classroom and has informed his leadership of behavioral change and ability to acquire results under stress. He also specializes in building team agility and MENA geopolitics.

Sameh Abadir holds a PhD in Economics from Paris I University (France) and an MBA from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po, France). Sameh teaches in French, English and Arabic.



Thurman, P. Abadir, S., Harkiolakis, N. Halkias, D. Leadership for Agile Transformation. Routledge/Taylor Francis, London, forthcoming in 2020. 

Halkias, D., Abadir, S., Thurman, P. & Harkiolakis, N., & . Female Digital Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies : Women Bringing Innovation to the Global Marketplace. Routledge/Taylor Francis, London, forthcoming in 2019. 

Harkiolakis, N., Halkias, D. Abadir, S. (2012). E-Negotiation: Social Networking and Cross-Cultural Business Transactions. Gower Publishers, London, 2012.


Abadir, S., Halkias, D., Prinia, D., Fragoudakis, M., & Akrivos, P. D. (2011). Egypt: Lessons from a Father's Culture and Life Values: A Female Entrepreneur Builds her own Family Firm in Egypt. Father-daughter Succession in Family Business: A Cross-cultural Perspective, 93.

Harkiolakis, N.,  Abadir, S., & Alserhan, B. A. (2016). United Arab Emirates: Female Immigrant Entrepreneurship at the Multicultural Crossroads of the Arab World. In Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs (pp. 115-124). Gower.


Halkias, D., Thurman, P., Abadir, S., Katsioloudes. M. and Harkiolakis, N. Daughters’ Intentions to Succeed their Fathers in the Family Business: Securing the Future of the Family Enterprise in the Developing Economies of Asia. Proceedings of Doriot 2008: Conference on Family Enterprise, Paris, France, May, 2008.

Halkias, D., Harkiolakis, N., Abadir, S., Thurman, P., Akrivos, D. and Caracatsanis, S. Characteristics and Business Profiles of Immigrant-Owned Small Firms: The Case of Albanian Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Greece. A research paper prepared for conference presentation at OBEC (Oxford Business and Economics Research Conference), Oxford, UK, June 2007.

Halkias, D., Harkiolakis, N. and Abadir, S. Complexity and Chaos Theory as Applied to Executive Coaching: A Cross-National Study Surveying Business Executives’ Perceptions in Greece, Lebanon and Egypt on Working with Coaches Using an “Edge of Chaos” Perspective. A research paper prepared for conference presentation at John Hopkins University, August, 2006.

Halkias, D., Jalajas, D., Bommer, M., Kontogeorgi, M., Harkiolakis, N. and Abadir, S. The Effect of Downsizing on the Behaviors and Motivations of Survivors: A Cross-Cultural Study. A research paper prepared for conference presentation at the International Congress for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Spetses, Greece, July 15, 2006.

Halkias, D., Stavrou-Costea, E., Swierszc, P., Abadir, S. and Akrivos, D. Daughters’ Intentions to Succeed Fathers in the Family Business: Securing the Future of the Family Enterprise in Greece. A research paper prepared for the Congress of the International Council of Psychologists, Kos, Greece, July 11, 2006.