Stephen P. Zelnak Jr Chair
As an expert in IT innovations and strategic applications, Alavi has authored more than 70 published papers and has served on the editorial boards of several prestigious academic journals. She is a thought leader on technology-mediated learning and an experienced educator who has extensive experience in developing leadership curriculum.
Dr. Alavi is a frequent speaker at national and international forums and conferences and has taught in executive programs at some of the world’s most prestigious business schools. She has consulted with organizations including AT&T, KPMG, IBM, Marriott Corporation, Sodexo, the American College of Physicians, the Aspen Institute, the General Accounting Office, International Association for Management Education, and the World Bank. Her international work experience includes teaching graduate and executive development programs in Europe, North Africa, and Asia.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she served as interim dean and vice dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where she held the John & Lucy Cook Chair in Information Strategy. During her tenure, Alavi was a guiding force behind the development of Goizueta Business School’s Modular Executive MBA format and the architect of the school-wide student leadership development program.
Alavi was awarded the distinguished Marvin Bower Faculty Fellowship at Harvard Business School and received the prestigious Association of Information Systems Fellows Award; an award elected by a committee of peers with recipients’ charged to be role models and inspirational to colleagues and students within the discipline.
The Governor of the State of Georgia appointed Alavi to two terms as a board member of the Georgia Technology Authority, and she is currently a member of the following boards/committees: the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; the Strategic Advisory Board of Valor Ventures; and the Carter Center Board of Councilors.