Omar Sherif Elwakil is a Postdoctoral Associate and Digital Fellow at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management with a minor in Operations Management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining MIT, he was Lecturer at the University of Maryland, Visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University, Research Assistant at the Harvard Business School, and DHL Supply Chain Regional Program Manager.
Dr. Elwakil’s primary research interests are multinational direct investment strategy and the political environment, and global supply chain and transportation flows in the presence of external barriers and disruptions. His Ph.D. dissertation research involved the institutional environment for foreign direct investment, with an emphasis on the effects of political risk and political uncertainty on multinational firms’ decisions. Dr. Elwakil’s research has been published in the Journal of Business Logistics, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, and the Journal of Air Transport Management. His paper titled "Transborder Demand Leakage and the U.S. - Canadian Air Passenger Market" was featured by a number of media outlets, including The Economist and Reuters, and was utilized by the Canadian Competition Bureau in the review of the Air Canada and United Continental Holdings, Inc. joint venture agreement. Dr. Elwakil was also invited to present the paper to the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to support economic policy development.
Dr. Elwakil is a winner of the Top 15% Award for Outstanding Teaching at the University of Maryland and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Summer Research Grant. He is a member of INFORMS, POMS, CSCMP, DSI and the Academy of Management.