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Naeimah Alkhurafi

Adjunct PhD Student
Adjunct Lecturer, 2017
MBA in Business Management - College of Business, Kuwait University, 2014
BS in Architecture - College of Engineering & Petroleum, Kuwait University, 2011

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Naeimah began the PhD in Business Management at Bentley in 2015. She received her BS in Architecture from the College of Engineering and Petroleum in Kuwait University and taught there for two years while pursuing her MBA. Prior to teaching and pursuing her MBA, Naeimah was awarded a one year scholarship from KFAED upon graduation which gave her an opportunity to work in the UK for Building Design Partnership and a leading investment bank in the MENA region, NBK Capital.

Teaching Interests

Global strategy (GB410)

Research Interests

International entrepreneurship; Women entrepreneurship; Institutions and entrepreneurship; The impact of government policy on entrepreneurship; Social context and social networks; Spatial context and agglomeration; Cross-country comparison; Econometric methods


Book Chapters
Edelman, L. F, Brush, C, Alkhurafi, N. The labyrinth of women’s entrepreneurship. Time for Solutions: Addressing Gender Barriers in the Workplace. Greenleaf Publishing

Conference Presentations

Alkhurafi, N. (2018). "Government Intervention to Bolster Entrepreneurship: The Case of Start-Up Chile." Presented at the Babson College's Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Waterford, Ireland.

Edelman, L., Alkhurafi, N. (2017). "The Labyrinth of Women’s Entrepreneurship." Presented at the Bentley Research Colloquium (The Changing Nature of Work), Waltham, MA..

Alkhurafi, N. (2017). "An Empirical Examination of the Role of Institutions in Entrepreneurship." Presented at the CYRUS Institute of Knowledge Conference, MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA. .

Alkhurafi, N., Manolova, T., Edelman, L., Brush, C. (2016). "Signals of Quality in the Medical Sector." Presented at the Bentley Research Colloquium (Innovation and Entrepreneurship), Waltham, MA..