Ali Poorani

Associate Professor

Department: Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
Campus Address: 201 Raub Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6353


Dr. Ali A. Poorani is an Associate Professor, with expertise in Leadership and Entrepreneurship.  He is the Director of Hospitality Associates for Research & Training, (HART), offering variety of research and training programs for the hospitality industry, and coordinates the Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality (SSTH) Exchange Program.

Dr. Poorani has received his Ph.D. in Leadership and Human Behavior from USIU in San Diego, and his MBA from University of Central Oklahoma. He has published several scholarly articles and has received a best conference paper award. He is also bestowed the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Poorani has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 14 years.  He has conducted many workshops, focus groups, and training programs nationally and internationally.

His long-term engagement with ICHRIE include:  past board member of ICHRIE Finance Committee; Chair, ICHRIE Finance SIG; board member for the Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators (AHFME) and currently member ICHRIIE Strategic Planning Committee, ICHRIE Finance Committee; and Hospitality Industry Professionals- SIG.

Dr. Poorani is passionate and committed to serving community. He has served New Jersey Club Foundation; Philadelphia and Vicinity Club Foundation, and he also serves as a member of the President’s Diversity Commission and Strategic Planning at the University of Delaware. He is a recipient of various community service awards, such as the 2012 University of Delaware Excellence in Advising and Mentoring Award, 2009 Alfred Lerner College of Business Outstanding Service/Outreach Award,and the 2005 Champion of Club Education Award.

For information regarding Dr. Poorani's classes, visit UD WebCT.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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