Ahmed Khalid Ashour

PhD Topic

The Role of Palestinian Diaspora in Germany towards Supporting Internationalize Their Peers SME’s In Palestine

  • The research will highlight the role of competing diaspora companies in supporting SME sales in internationalization. This includes a focus on the strategy of internationalization, the role of social capital, and networks in the progression of internationalization, and the role of government authorities in the internationalization of SMEs.



  • 1986 Born in Kuwait
  • 2004 - 2009 Bachelor of Building Engineering, College of Science and Technology, Gaza, Palestine
  • 2015 - 2017 Master of Business Administration (Small Enterprise Promotion & Training), University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Since 2018 PhD Student at the International SEPT Program, University of Leipzig, Germany


Professional Experience

  • Leipzig University (May. 2019 - Now) Research Associate - Leipzig, Germany
  • Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2018.) Investment Consultant - Europe
  • CONOSCOPE GmbH (Aug., 2017 - Sept. 2018) Business Development Coach - Leipzig, Germany
  • Small Enterprise Centre (SEC) (July, 2011- Sep., 2014) Business Development Specialist - Gaza, Palestine


Awards and Recognitions

  • Winner of best business plan in MELES summer school in Aveiro University in Portugal and the best business presentation among 6 different universities in Europe
  • Active member in Global Shapers Community within in Gaza hub since Jan. 2015 www.weforum.org/people/ahmed-ashour
  • 2015 - 2017 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship for MBA in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Promotion and Training, Leipzig University
  • Certified licensed trainer from CEFE training methodology. www.cefe.net
  • Co-founder of E-launch for business services (business accelerator) in 2013 in Gaza, Palestine.
  • Helped clients of Small Enterprise Center in creating 380 additional employments between 2011 and 2014 by providing training, coaching and advising sessions
  • Member of the Student Union Council in the College of science & Technology, 2007- 2008


 Key Qualifications

  • Entrepreneurship Management
  • Investment Consultant
  • Business Coaching and Training
  • Business Plan Development


Research Works

  • Developing Marketing Strategy for Arab Immigrant SME's in Germany. Sept. 2017, unpublished student thesis, Leipzig University, Germany
  • Opportunities And Challenges Of Integrating Developing Countries SME's In Global Value Chain, Feb. 2016, Leipzig University, Germany


Ahmed Khalid Ashour

International SEPT Program
Leipzig University
Ritterstr. 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Tel:   +49-(0)341-9739763
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