Tarek Ghani is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Washington University's Olin Business School. He is also a Nonresident Fellow of the Brookings Institution's Global Economy and Development Program and a Senior Economic Adviser at the International Crisis Group. Tarek has published in the American Economic Review, AEJ: Microeconomics, Foreign Affairs and Harvard Business Review.
Tarek is an associate of Princeton's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project and an affiliate of LSE's International Growth Centre. From 2020-2021, Tarek was Chief Economist and Future of Conflict Program Director at the International Crisis Group. From 2015-2016, he was the ESOC Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs. From 2006-2009, he oversaw conflict prevention grants at the Humanity United foundation. He has also worked with the Center for Global Development, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States Institute of Peace and the World Bank.
At Olin, Tarek has taught MBA-level courses on strategy and business, government & society and Ph.D. seminars on organizational economics, non-market strategy and global strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in Business & Public Policy from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
Tarek's academic research examines how market and institutional frictions affect firm strategy in emerging economies. His research has been supported by the Alexander Soros Foundation, Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty, Innovations for Poverty Action, International Growth Centre, J-PAL, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, USAID, Weiss Family Fund in Development Economics and the World Bank.