Meet one of our professors – and also new Head of the International MBA program – Professor Chalom Schirman. What follows is a brief biography of his background and career.
Professor Chalom Schirman studied Econometrics and Government & Diplomacy at The Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), graduated from Harvard University (USA) in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies, and obtained his MBA at HEC Montreal and ENPC (Paris). He also is a certified trainer of the Harvard’s Program on Negotiation (PON).
Previously, Prof. Schirman had worked as Auditor of the state budget in the State Comptroller Office (Mevaker Hamedina) in Jerusalem. He also spent 18 years as a career diplomat in the Israeli Foreign Service. He served as Head of the Economic Section at the Embassy in Paris and later as Consul General of Israel in Eastern Canada (Montreal). After leaving the foreign ministry, he became an International Consultant in two firms he founded in Paris.
Schirman’s involvement in academia spans a wide range. Since 1997, he has been an Associate Professor in the world network of the ENPC Graduate School of Management, teaching International Business Negotiations and Geopolitics for Business in 12 MBA programs, including institutions in Argentina, China, Poland, France, Japan, India, Morocco, the UK and Israel. In 2000 he created at Tongji University in Shanghai the first international MBA program, SIMBA (Shanghai International MBA), which he headed until 2010. In 2012-2015 he lived in Shanghai, heading the Corporate Education Program of the School of Economics and Management of Tongji University. In his recent return to Israel after a long international academic career, Prof. Schirman joins the University of Haifa as the Head the International MBA program in the Faculty of Management, Department of Business Administration.
Additionally, Professor Schirman co-authored a book titled “The Strategy of Negotiation” (published in Beijing). He also published several case studies.