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The INSEAD Abu Dhabi Socio-Economic Research Team conducts socio-economic research in areas of strategic importance for the realization of the socio-economic vision and development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.


Our research output meets the highest international standards of academic rigor. Our research team is proficient in English, Arabic, German, Spanish and Italian which gives us access primary data sources in these languages. At the same time, our research output is of significant practical relevance for decision makers in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Our findings are transferred from theory to practice through executive education programs and workshops that are specifically customized to the needs of decision makers.


We aim at becoming the number one research hub for socio-economic research in the country and a key promoter of a thriving research community in this field. All members of our multidisciplinary research team are based in the country and share a passion for Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

Core competencies and current research areas include

  • Private sector growth in MENA: entrepreneurship and industry emergence
  • Private equity in MENA and global financial integration
  • Market Based Social Entrepreneurship in MENA
  • Research ecosystems


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