Travis has B.S. in Business Administration and a MBA with a concentration in Information Management and Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University. He was most recently a Business and Technology teacher and Business Department chair at Union County Career and Technology Center in Union, SC, and has been teaching computing and business courses as an adjunct professor at USC-Union and Spartanburg Community College since 2008.
Born in Egypt, Dr. El Shazly attended school in Cairo and received both a B.A and an M.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo. After moving to Columbia, SC she earned a Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in Economics with a minor in International Business.
Dr. El Shazly teaches courses in Economics, International Business, International Negotiation, Money and Banking and International Finance at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She serves as a faculty member at Columbia College and as a visiting professor at a number of institutions such as: Lethbridge University in Alberta, Canada, Huron University in London, American University in D.C. and the University of South Carolina.
Dr. El Shazly's research interests are in the areas of International finance and trade.
Most recently, Hadia Ghandour has been involved in Angel investing with several Angel groups in Columbia, across the United States and overseas including Capital Angels, WOMENA, Pipeline Angels and 37 Angels. She also serves as a mentor and/or judge for several entrepreneurship competitions and incubators including the USC incubator and MIT Arab Entrepreneurship Forum. Prior to that Hadia founded and ran several non-profit groups raising awareness on culture, human rights and civil rights in the Middle East.
Her background is in project management and IT consulting. Having worked on hardware/software efficiency for Digital Equipment Corp, building large systems for several multinational firms in manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, government and banking, having worked on the development and implementation of the Information Engineering Methodology while at Texas Instruments.
Hadia has an MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business, USC and a BSc honors in Chemistry with Computer Science from Southampton University (UK).
She teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Global Business Interprise, Principles of Marketing and Global Marketing.
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Susan has two sons and enjoys traveling with her family in Africa and Europe.