Rania Labaki specializes in the interplay between family dynamics and family business decision-making. She has in-depth knowledge of governance design and strategic succession planning and extensive experience in the education and development of responsible owners. Rania is currently Associate Professor of Management and Director of the EDHEC Family Business Research Centre in France.
She is a family business fellow at Cornell University and the Family Firm Institute, head of the Academic Committee of The Family Business Network – France and member of the board of directors of IFERA.
Among her past appointments, Rania served as advisor and expert for leading international organizations including The Family Business Network International (FBN-i), on strategic activities related to education, research and entrepreneurship and the development of conferences programs and training for the Next Generation. She was also the director of the Financial and Wealth Management Master Program at the University of Bordeaux and of the Family Business GEMBA at EDHEC Business School (Singapore, UK and France).
A regular speaker on family business topics, Rania held presentations and speeches in nearly 50 countries across continents. Her research works and insights have been published in leading academic books and journals and featured in the international media and professional magazines such as Financial Times, Les Echos, Le Figaro, La Tercera, The Conversation, and Tharawat.
She is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to the family business field, including the prestigious Barbara Hollander Award in 2020.
Rania holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the University of Bordeaux in France and an MBA from the University of Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon. She also holds the Advanced Certificates of Family Business Advising and Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute and of Women Leadership Development from Oxford University.
She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.