Rania Uwaydah Mardini received her BBA (with Distinction, 1996) and MBA (Finance, 1999) from the American University of Beirut. She passed the CPA Examination in 1999 – with all scores within the top 10 percentile – in California where she maintains an active CPA license to date. Soon after, she joined Ernst & Young (EY), Beirut office. She left EY In 2003 to join the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut (OSB) where she remains a full-time faculty member, a core course coordinator, and a core / special advisor. In 2010, she obtained her Lebanese CPA license. In February 2015, she became a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Rania is a board member of the Lebanese Transparency Association, the Lebanese chapter of Transparency International, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis, a refereed academic journal, and a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Undergraduate Student Academic Affairs Committee of the Olayan School of Business. She is also a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (voting) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, as well as the latter’s Training Committee. She has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) regional project on Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries (ACIAC). She has authored a case on corporate governance for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – member of the World Bank Group and co-authored three scholarly articles. Rania is also a co-author of the second Middle East edition of McGraw-Hill’s Managerial Accounting textbook and the acknowledged contributor to the previous one. Her teaching experience spans an array of subjects relating to the accounting profession and tasks pertaining to content development, delivery and assessment. Besides her academic teaching at the University, she has conducted several workshops, trainings, and conference presentations for: the UNDP, the Lebanese Association of Certified Public Accountants, OSB’s Office of Executive Education, and the Institute of Finance of the Lebanese Ministry of Finance, among others.