Ali Abbas Named Inagural DECIDE Director

Professor Ali Abbas has been named the inaugural director for the Decisions and Ethics Center for Interdisciplinary Decisions and Ethics (DECIDE) at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Ali E. Abbas is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Public Policy, a joint appointment between the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Price School of Public Policy.

 “I am honored and excited to be Director of DECIDE,” said Abbas. “We look forward to building a world-class center that tackles some of the most important decisions and ethics issues of our time.  We are assembling the best possible team to achieve our mission.”

The recipient of multiple awards from the National Science Foundation for his work, Dr. Abbas’ research focuses on decision analysis, risk analysis, multiattribute utility theory, and data-based decision making. He is widely published in books, journals, and conference publications, and has shared his expertise through television appearances, TEDx and other invited talks.

Dr. Abbas regularly teaches courses on decision analysis, and has taught numerous executive education courses at a variety of institutions, such as Stanford and the American University in Cairo.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Abbas is founder, president, and CEO of Ahoona Corp, a decision making social network that has several thousand users around the world. He is on the Advisory Boards of Hedgestreet Inc., a binary futures exchange, and Decision Education Foundation, a volunteer nonprofit organization that empowers youth to make better decisions about their lives. Dr. Abbas also has extensive consulting and management experience.