Areen Shahbari, MBA

Lecturer, Simmons School of Business and Chief Executive Officer,
Areen Shahbari is a social entrepreneur, a business consultant, and a lecturer on entrepreneurship, strategic management, marketing, and effective communication at Harvard University Extension School and Simmons School of Business. Shahbari is also an instructor in the Harvard Division of Education Professional Development Programs, teaching marketing and entrepreneurship. She provides consulting services to local and international entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies, leads travel courses that focus on women's leadership and entrepreneurship, serves on business and entrepreneurship panels, and leads workshops and training on networking, negotiation, entrepreneurship, communicating across cultures, and persuasion. Shahbari has taught in the United States, Chile, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Turkey, and Mexico. She is also the chief executive officer of Cactus Int., a company that she founded in 2013 to promote women entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Prior to her teaching and entrepreneurial career, Shahbari worked in the media industry for ten years as a journalist, television programming director, and television host. She hosted six television shows and interviewed hundreds of professionals. Shahbari received the 2016 and 2017 Simmons School of Business Master's in Management excellence in teaching award. She is fluent in three languages, holds a BA in psychology and communication, and an MBA in entrepreneurship from Simmons School of Business, where she was a Fulbright scholar.


  • MBA Simmons School of Management