Omar El Nayal

Assistant Professor

Omar El Nayal is an assistant professor at Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics. He obtained his M.Phil. degree in Business Research and his M.Sc. degree in Hospitality Management from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University, The Netherlands. After completing his B.A in Finance at the American University in Cairo, he worked as a policy analyst at the Ministry of Finance of Egypt, and as business development manager of a tour operator based in Cairo. He completed his PhD trajectory in January 2019 at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship of RSM, working under the guidance of Prof. dr. Hans van Oosterhout and Dr. Marc van Essen. As part of his PhD training, he spent two months as a visiting scholar at the University of South Carolina and the University of Southern California. 

Omar’s general research interest centers around firms’ nonmarket strategies across different institutional contexts. He focuses in particular on the business-government interface, and the various ways in which firms attempt to influence politics with a view to advancing and securing their economic interests. He has expertise in event study methods, multi-level analysis, and panel data analysis. Besides research, Omar is passionate about teaching and strives to bring new and interactive teaching methods to the classroom.