Lena Kurban

Assistant Professor of Management Sciences

School of Business

Department of Management and Marketing


Doctorate in Business Administration, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
MBA, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
B.A. in Business Administration, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Dr. Lena Kurban is a doctor in diversity & inclusion from Grenoble Ecole de Management, France. Her work emphasises gendered leadership and women careers. She is also the Founder of LaSoul, a personalized Belgian chocolate company based in UAE. Dr. Lena is a highly accomplished individual who has made significant contributions as a university teacher and entrepreneur. With a passion for education and business, Dr. Lena has excelled in both fields, leveraging her expertise to inspire students and create innovative ventures.

She has been an entrepreneur since 2008 who keeps a keen eye on opportunities. Her business experience spans management consultancy, recruitment, tourism, entrepreneurship and business consultancy. Also, she has taught business in several universities in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and currently is teaching in The American University in Dubai. She has published a number of articles in conferences, magazines and ranked business journals.

Dr. Lena is a big believer in the diversity at the workplace and being the mom of three boys, she believes in the great value that women add to their families and companies. She takes every opportunity to participate in diversity councils and women career related workshops.

Publications & Writings

  • Probing the relationship between Flexible Work Arrangements and female organizational leadership: A critical review (2019 Global IHRM Conference, Pennsylvania State University)
  • DBA Testimonials: COVID-19 (May 25, 2020, GEM's Newsletter)
  • Women's careers in the time of coronavirus (June 22, 2020, The Conversation)
  • Chimeras of escape and emancipation: Extreme Flexible Work and Gendered Workplace Imaginaries (December 8, 2021, AIBMENA Conference, Dubai, UAE)
  • Flexible work, gender, and unbounded flexibility at the work-life threshold (January 27, 2023, RGCS Symposium, Grenoble, France)
  • Toiling from the homespace, longing for the workspace: gendered imaginaries in an (in)flexible work scenario (April 26, 2023, Culture & Organization)


Research Interests
Diversity & Inclusion, Flexible Work, Gendered Careers, Women Leadership

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