Shaista E. Khilji is Professor of Human and Organizational Learning & International Affairs at the George Washington University (GW), and founding editor-in-chief of the South Asian Journal of Business Studies (Emerald Publications). She is also the Founding Director of GW’s Online and On-Campus Master’s program in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL). Since 2018, she has also served as a Faculty Senator and member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Over her career, she has served on many committees, including Chair of the University Urban Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the DEI Senate Subcommittee.
Prof. Khilji has well-established expertise in leadership, talent development, cross-cultural management, organizational change, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She has spent her entire academic career examining how societies/ countries are increasingly faced with pressures to globalize and how they transition. Her book entitled Globalization, Change and Learning in South Asia, highlighting paradoxes and complexities of development, was published in October 2013. Her most recent work focuses upon making sense of inequalities within organizations, macro talent management (a field of study that she helped establish), and humanizing leadership education. For the past decade, she has conducted several projects and advised many of her graduate students to conduct research and develop programs related to enhancing leadership/ empowerment and facilitating change globally. Between 2013 and 2017, Prof. Khilji served as the Co-PI of a US$ 1 million project (funded by the US Dept. of State) that focused upon women’s empowerment in Pakistan by building academic partnerships and creating people-to-people ties. Further, she led efforts within GW to develop the next generation of USNA leaders through a Master’s degree in Leadership Education and Human Development (LEAD). She has also worked with the United States Coast Guards to train their officers in leadership through a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL).
Prof. Khilji has authored more than 130 papers, published many scholarly articles in tier-1 academic journals, edited book chapters, and presented internationally at conferences. She has won many awards, including the Best Reviewer and Outstanding Service awards from the prestigious Academy of Management, Best Paper Award from the Academy of International Business, GW’s Service Excellence Award for hosting the Clinton Global Initiative University (in the collaborative category), and VALOR Award for cross-disciplinary work at GW. In 2007, GW nominated Prof. Khilji as a “Rising Star in Academia Under 40 Years of Age” for a Washingtonian magazine award.
Prof. Khilji has taught and trained a diverse audience in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Russia, the United States, Canada, Morocco, India, and Pakistan. She has served as a consultant to many public and private sector organizations, including working on President Obama’s initiative to develop a transparent culture in the federal government, leadership development of the World Bank Family Network volunteers., and developing DEI initiatives within higher education.
Based on her research and teaching, Prof Khilji (along with her students) launched The Humanizing Initiative in Jan 2020, which seeks to humanize organizations and leadership and cultivate humanistic leadership.
Prof. Khilji blogs at https://medium.com/@shaistakhilji