Mahmoud Abdel Khalik


  • KY16 9RJ

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Profile Keywords

Firm internationalisation; base of the pyramid; informal lending; emerging markets




Dr Mahmoud Khalik holds an MA (Hons) in Classical Arabic and Business Studies (University of Edinburgh), an MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets (University of Edinburgh), and a PhD in International Business Management (University of Edinburgh). 


Dr Khalik joined The University of St Andrews in October 2014 with extensive experience in teaching International Business, International Marketing and Strategy to students at various levels. Prior to joining The University of St Andrews, Dr Khalik taught at The University of Edinburgh Business School for four years. During this time he was part of a team that designed a module titled 'Study Skills for Business', and the module was nominated for 'Best Module' in only its second year of running. Dr Khalik also implemented a successful 'Student Peer Learning System' for Undergraduate students.

Dr Khalik is currently the Director of the MLitt International Business Programme, Honours Advisor, and the Academic Misconduct Officer (AMO) for the Business School. Between 2018-2023, Dr Khalik was the Coordinator for the successful Masters Extra (MX) Programme at the Business School, which is designed for Postgraduate students. He has also been a Sub-honours at the university. In 2019, Dr Khalik was nominated for the award of 'Best Academic Mentor'.

Dr Khalik has industry experience in the fields of Advertising, Sales, and Consultancy in the UK and internationally.


Dr Khalik has been a guest Lecturer at many universities, including Hull University Business School, Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts and Universidad del Norte in Colombia. He has attended many conferences, including 'The Academy of Management', 'The Academy of International Business' and 'Colombia-Europe: Catedra Europa'. 

Current Teaching

Dr Khalik is currently a Module Coordinator and Lecturer for International Business modules (at Honours and Postgraduate level) at The University of St Andrews Business School.

Research Interests

Dr Khalik's research interests are on Firm Internationalisation (MNEs) and (SMEs) from Developed Countries and Emerging Markets. He is also interested in the Base of the Pyramid (BoP), researching and studying how to alleviate poverty in Emerging Markets in an ethical and responsible manner.   

Additional certificates 

Dr Khalik holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (UK-TEFL) certificate, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Teaching activity

  • MN3126 International Business
  • MN5001 Contemporary Global Issues in Management
  • MN5002 Contemporary Conceptual Issues in Management

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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