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A seasoned operational strategist with more than 10 years of Middle East experience, Mr. William D. Hurt oversees all business operations and development for AUBH. Beginning his career with a respected management consultancy firm in the U.S., he executed projects for clients in a variety of sectors including education, defense, and pharmaceuticals. During this consultancy role, he focused on solving complex financial challenges in a variety of transactional and operational contexts, often focused on M&A, product development, and strategic procurement.

Prior to his role with AUBH, Mr. Hurt served as a founding team member and later as Managing Director of Middle East Operations for U.S.-based Laureate Education Inc., where he developed market entry strategies and built 11 higher education institutions through private-public partnerships from the ground up. A hands-on leader, he oversaw initial business model creation and operational design across all functions, helping to grow the business to employ more than 500 people dedicated to delivering high-quality educational outcomes.

Mr. Hurt holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and IT from the University of Virginia, United States. He was the proud recipient of the Schade family scholarship for Scholastic Merit during his studies, and spent a semester in the United Kingdom, gaining an international business perspective at the University of Bath School of Management.