Ahmad Al-Hiari is a lecturer in leadership and management at De Montfort University, and a lecturer in corruption analysis at the University of Sussex. He currently co-chairs DMU's Staff Assembly since September 2022, where he works collaboratively with staff representatives and the University Leadership Team in developing cross-departmental cooperation across the university.
Ahmad started his career as a strategic planner in 2017 where he worked for the Greater Amman Municipality in Jordan. In 2019, Ahmad worked as a research assistant for the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC) during his PhD studies at the Faculty of Business and Law, and later undertook another researcher role at BAL in 2021. In 2022, Ahmad taught in Business and Management at DMU, and later that year, he joined the University of Sussex to teach on their professional MA program in Corruption and Governance. Ahmad currently teaches Leadership and HRM at the School of Leadership, Management and Marketing (LMM).
Ahmad's research work specializes in Jordanian public administration and government, evaluating processes of governance reform, namely decentralization, collaborative governance, corruption, and government stewardship. Set against the background of the complex socio-political challenges that shape institutional change, Ahmad is particularly interested in investigating the effectiveness of western governance models when tested in informal and socially-influenced political systems such as in the Middle-East.