Mojtaba Salem

PhD Candidate

Mojtaba Salem is a PhD Candidate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou (Kühne Logistics University) and Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke (Kühne Logistics University) since December 2015. In his research, Mojtaba is interested in applying behavioral leadership theories in a humanitarian environment. More specifically, he seeks to examine the impact of humanitarian leaders on the performance of humanitarian development and relief aid operations.

Mojtaba completed his Bachelor program in Business Administration at the American University of Afghanistan where he graduated with highest honors (i.e., summa cum laude) and received outstanding student leader award. In 2013, he joined Kühne Logistics University (KLU) and completed the Master of Science Program in Management for which he received the KLU Best Student Award (Class of 2015). Highlighting the under-researched issues pertaining to intergroup relations between aid workers, his master thesis investigated the impact of leader boundary-spanning behaviors on leadership effectiveness in humanitarian organizations. Mojtaba has gained valuable experience during his research internship with Hamburgisches WeltWirtschaftsInstitut. In April 2015, he became a research assistant at the KLU. Mojtaba is also Head of Projects at Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA).


Tel: +49 40 328707-307
Fax: +49 40 328707-109


Professional Experience


Research Assistant at Kühne Logistics University


Research Assistant - Internship at Hamburgisches WeltWirtschaftsInstitut, Hamburg, Germany


Teaching Assistant at American University of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan


Since 2015

PhD  Candidate in Leadership at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, and Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg, Germany


Semester Abroad, Participation in Executive MBA at Özyeğin University, Istanbul, Turkey

2013 - 2015Master of Science in Management at Kühne Logistics University
2012Summer School at American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2009 - 2012Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at American University of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Salem, M., Besiou, M., Van Quaquebeke, N., & Meyer, L. (2018). Intergroup Leadership: How Leaders Can Enhance Efficiency and Effectiveness of Humanitarian Operations. Production and Operations Management Annual Conference, Houston, US, May 4th – 7th.
  • Salem, M., Besiou, M., Van Quaquebeke, N., Meyer, L. (2017). Leading local and expatriate humanitarian aid worker in the field: A case for intergroup leadership. Paper presented at POMS 28th Annual Conference, Seattle, USA, May 5th – 8th.