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Ahmed Abdelbary, PhD - Assistant Professor
Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising & Hospitality
Ahmed Abdelbary holds a doctoral degree in hospitality management from Iowa State University and a CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator) degree from American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. He received his master’s degree in business administration from St. Ambrose University in Iowa and his Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Al-Azhar University in Egypt.
Dr. Abdelbary has worked in the lodging industry since 1987, employed by such establishments as the Marriott and Al-Waha Hotels in Jeddah and Mecca, and the Elgans Hotel in Turkey. While working at the Elgans Hotel, Antalya, Turkey he helped to increase the average yearly occupancy from 87 percent to 92 percent by securing a new market with Egypt and other gulf countries. He also worked as assistant front office manager in Intercontinental Manhattan, New York, while he attended the City University of New York.
While he was completing his Master’s degree, Dr. Abdelbary owned his own restaurant, the Red Tomato, in the Quad Cities. The restaurant served Middle Eastern and Italian cuisine and was open for breakfast and lunch.
Dr. Abdelbary's primary research interests lie in the use of technology in the hospitality industry as well as the relationship between culture and ethics and leadership. His focus is to help his students learn how to use technology and make them aware of research methodology.
Dr. Abdelbary's article “Factors Influencing Adoption of Biometrics by Employees in Egyptian Five-Star Hotels” was presented at the 2nd Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing & Management Conference in Corfu, Greece, and published under ISBN: 978-960-257-193-3. Dr. Abdelbary has been a member of ICHRIE since 2007.