Kamel is professor of management, dean of the School of Business at The American University in Cairo and president of the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce. He served as the university vice president for information management. Before joining AUC, he was director of the Regional IT Institute and managed the training department of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center.
Kamel is an Eisenhower Fellow and the Center for Global Enterprise Fellow. He is a non-executive board member of Raya Holdings for Financial Investments and Education for Employment. He is the co-chair of the board of stewards of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (USA); member of the AACSB MENA Advisory Council (the Netherlands), Egypt-U.S. Business Council and founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt. Previously, he was an independent non-executive board member of the Commercial International Bank; executive vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, member of the World Bank Knowledge Advisory Commission and chairman of the Chevening Association in Egypt. He was a non-executive board member of the Egyptian American Enterprise Fund, the Association of African Business Schools and the Friends of the Museum of Islamic Arts.
He lectured at Middlesex University, Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), Maastricht School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), American University, INSEAD, Carlton University, McMaster University and the University of Ottawa. He was a speaker at the Asia-Middle East Dialogue, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Telecommunications Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Development Programme, Internet Governance Forum, World Summit on the Information Society, AMIDEAST, Fulbright, Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Atlantic Council, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Middle East Institute, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Kamel won several organizational leadership awards including AACSB International Influential Leaders Challenge Honoree, USA (2018); London School of Economics and Political Science Outstanding Alumni Award, UK (2017); The American University in Cairo Distinguished Alumni Faculty Service Award (2014); UNDP National Human Resource Development Award (2014) and The American University in Cairo President’s Catalyst of Change Award for Citizenship and Service (2013). He was the British Council UK Alumni Awards Ambassador (2016).
His research and teaching interests include digital transformation, the shared economy, IT transfer to emerging economies, decision support systems and entrepreneurship. His work is broadly published in articles, chapters and cases in IS and management journals and books. He is the editor of three books. He serves on the editorial board of Case Focus: The Journal of Business and Management Teaching Cases in the Middle East and Africa, and he is the associate editor of the Journal of IT for Development and the Journal of Cases on Information Technology.
Kamel holds a PhD in information systems from London School of Economics and Political Science, an MBA, a BA in business administration and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture from The American University in Cairo.