Sherif Ebrahim, Ph.D., MHA, FACHE

Professor, Strategy & Innovation and Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Education


Office 542 Goldring Woldenberg Hall
Phone 504.865.5622


Professor Ebrahim brings more than 28 years of high-profile executive and professional experience to his work at Tulane. Among other accomplishments, he is a board-certified health care executive, the president and CEO of Strategic Management Group, and a managing partner of SMG Capital. Throughout his career, he has owned 22 businesses, and he draws on his experience in corporate strategy and healthcare to inform his work.

Dr. Ebrahim appreciates working at Tulane, where the confluence of faculty, students, alumni, and the NOLA environment is large enough to encompass diverse backgrounds and experiences, yet small enough to feel like a community.


Professor Ebrahim teaches Corporate and Cooperative Strategy, Global Leadership - European Union, Health Care Strategy, Managing Innovation, Managerial Perspectives, and Practice of Management III: Strategic Consulting.

In his classes, he values the importance of applying both practical and theoretical experience – bringing theory to life and showing its impact on organizations.


Presidential Recognition

Professor Ebrahim’s influence has earned national attention. He was honored at the White House in 2012 for his contributions as an entrepreneurial mentor and for business training in the community, and he has received healthcare policy appointments from two U.S. Presidents.

Leadership in the Field

Professor Ebrahim has a long history of contributing his leadership to prominent organizations. He currently serves on the committees of several investment funds and
on the faculty of The Catholic University
of America. He has also served on several Health Care Policy Task Forces and Committees and advised many CEOs, governing boards, entrepreneurs, and organizations on developing successful strategies to achieve sustainable growth.

Service to Tulane

While his contributions extend across many organizations, Professor Ebrahim invests a significant amount of time in leadership at Freeman, including serving as faculty advisor to the Tulane National Business Model Competition, Tulane Entrepreneur Association, and Freeman Consulting Group.


"The Impact of Forced Innovation on Its Intended Outcomes," (S. Ebrahim)

White Paper, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Presented to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. (2012)

"The Golden Rules of Goal Setting,” Strategic Management Group, All Rights Reserved, (2012).

“Goal Setting Mistakes,” Strategic Management Group, All Rights Reserved. (2012).

“Cooperative Strategies for Effective Stock Transactions,” Strategic Management Group, All Rights Reserved, (2012).

Education & Affiliations

Watson Graduate School of Management, Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University, Ph.D. in Business Administration, Strategy

Tulane University, Master of Health Care Administration

Selected Affiliations:

United States Association Small Business and Entrepreneurship

National Science Foundation

Changemaker Institute

East Jefferson General Hospital Board of Governors

Tulane University Business Studies Public Advisory Board

New Orleans BioInnovation Center Commercialization Team

Gulf Coast Innovation Association, Base Realignment Impact Committee

South Coast Angel Fund


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