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Dr. Lubna Rashid


Lubna defended her doctoral thesis in May 2020 with focus on entrepreneurship in fragile contexts. She particularly researched the (psychological) attributes of entrepreneurs operating in conflict zones and highly unstable environments, such as Syria, Nigeria and Pakistan, that would promote their success in the planning, set-up, growth and internationalization of their businesses. 

Lubna also researches the support systems for sustainable entrepreneurship in challenging environments such as entrepreneurship education and policy, and plans to move towards a research path that emphasizes the value of sustainable innovation in the face of grand societal challenges as well as the dark side (e.g. negative socioecological effects) of business activity. 

Lubna was born in Iraq and grew up between Baghdad and Amman. She initially completed her bachelor studies in biotechnology and genetic engineering in Jordan before ultimately moving to the USA, where she worked as a genetics researcher before obtaining her master's from the department of Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She then spent years working with several activist groups, consultancies and social entrepreneurs across the USA, Europe and the Arab world before settling in Berlin. 

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Chair of Entrepreneurship und Innovation Management

Straße des 17. Juni 135

10623 Berlin, Germany

Main building / Room H 7171


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  1. Rashid, L. (in press). An Eclectic Analysis of Entrepreneurship Motivation in Conflict and Refuge: The Syrian Context. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.
  2. Rashid, L., Alzafari, K., & Kratzer, J. (2020). Founder Personalities, Behaviors and New Venture Success in Sub Saharan Africa. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 151, 119766. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2019.119766
  3. Rashid, L. (2019). Entrepreneurship Education and Sustainable Development Goals: A literature Review and a Closer Look at Fragile States and Technology-Enabled Approaches. Sustainability, 11(19), 5343. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11195343
  4. Middermann, L. H., & Rashid, L. (2019). Cross-Country Differences in Entrepreneurial Internationalization Tendencies: Evidence from Germany and Pakistan. Administrative Sciences, 9(3), 54. https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci9030054
  5. Rashid, L. (2018). “Call Me a Business Owner, Not a Refugee!” Challenges of and Perspectives on Newcomer Entrepreneurship. Center for International Governance Innovation, World Refugee Council, Working Paper No.7.
  6. Reed, L. K., Lee, K., Zhang, Z., Rashid, L., Poe, A., Hsieh, B., Deighton, N., Glassbrook, N., Bodmer, R. & Gibson, G. (2014). Systems Genomics of Metabolic Phenotypes in Wild-Type Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics, 197(2), 781-793. https://doi.org/10.1534/genetics.114.163857 .

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