Dr. Asma Siddiki is the Interim Dean of the College and also serves as the Vice-Dean of Student Affairs. She has been involved in the education and higher education sectors in the region for the past twenty years. She most notably held leadership roles at corporate and academic institutions, in particular working with universities in their early stages of development focusing extensively on student services, institutional effectiveness, curriculum development, organizational development, and global institutional partnerships. She is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and mentor.
Before MBSC, Dr. Siddiki was a Higher Education Management Consultant as well as the Founder and CEO of Oxbridge Learning Limited (previously knows as Alpha1Education), an education company specialized in developing and delivering educational programs for youth, such as its flagship programme, Oxbridge Summers, a summer school hosted at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK for secondary school students. Earlier, Dr. Siddiki was Director, Global Higher Education at Huron Consulting Group based in Dubai; Associate Dean for Development and Director of Degree Programs at the Dubai School of Government (in association with Harvard Kennedy School). She also served at Effat University (then College) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as Vice Dean, leading the Offices of Academic Affairs as well as Student Affairs. Dr. Siddiki was a Senior Fulbright Scholar during the summer of 2005 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, focusing on Civic Engagement as it relates to the student experience. She began her career as a teacher of a school (K-12), and afterwards, as Tutor at the University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor at King Abdul Aziz University and at Effat University.
Dr. Siddiki is the Founder of a non-profit, Simply Heuristic, serves on the Saudi-British Society Committee and the International Relations Committee (IRC) at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, amongst other initiatives for cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, was selected for the Vital Voices VV Grow Fellowship for female entrepreneurs (2014), and has been recognized for her professional achievements and contributions to society by the World Economic Forum, as a Young Global Leader (Class of 2014).
Dr. Asma Siddiki was educated in England, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. She received her Doctoral degree (DPhil) as well as her Master’s (MSt) from the University of Oxford, and her Bachelor’s (BA) from King Abdul Aziz University.
Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business & Entrepreneurship is a new private, higher education institution for both men and women. It has been established through an International partnership between Emaar The Economic City, Babson Global (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Babson College, USA), Lockheed Martin under the umbrella of the Economic Offset Program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the MISK foundation.
MBSC features Babson College’s unique approach to entrepreneurial education which does not rely on passively listening to classroom lectures but focuses on hands-on experiential learning that is practical and pragmatic. The curriculum uses a set of signature experiential courses that will require students to apply their learning to real world problems or start new social or business ventures. This type of project based learning will be supplemented by a network of mentors and advisors. Development of individuals will continue outside class through an intentionally created set of co-curricular experiences that will reinforce and build the entrepreneurial leadership skills of students. MBSC has a culture that reflects the best of academic traditions in all world class institutions of higher learning whose hallmarks include respect for diverse viewpoints, professionalism, integrity, and a constant commitment to excellence both in and out of the classroom.