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Middle East and North Africa Advisory Council (MENAAC)

Purpose

The purpose of the Middle East and North Africa Advisory Council (MENAAC) is to: (1) advise the AACSB Board and staff on key issues and challenges related to business education in the Middle East and North Africa and AACSB’s activities and engagement in the MENA context; (2) assist AACSB staff in the identification and planning of AACSB programming, member services, etc. for business schools in the MENA Region; and (3) recommend candidates for AACSB governance roles.

Structure

The MENAAC is comprised of a Chair, Vice Chair and ten members to be appointed by the Vice Chair-Chair Elect of the AACSB Board of Directors (who shall preside as Board Chair during the year for which the appointments are made). Of the twelve members, at least three will be deans (or chief officers) representing AACSB accredited institutions located in the Middle East or North Africa, at least three may be deans (or chief officers) representing MENA institutions that, at the time of appointment, are formally accepted into the AACSB initial accreditation process, at least two may be deans (or chief officers) representing MENA institutions that, at the time of appointment, are AACSB members not involved with accreditation and at least four may be top management executives of companies located in the Middle East and North Africa. Normally, MENAAC members will serve three-year terms; however, initial appointments will be made to establish staggered terms as follows: three accredited institution representatives (one with a one-year term, one with a two-year term, and one with a three-year term); three from in-process institutions (one with a one-year term, one with a two-year term, and one with a three-year term), one from member institutions (with a one-year term) and two from top management executives (one with a one-year term and one with a two-year term). Vice Chair will be elected by the MENAAC once appointments are complete. From the original MENAAC members, the AACSB Board Chair will appoint a MENAAC Chair who represents an AACSB accredited institution and is appointed to an initial three-year term. The MENAAC Chair will serve a one-year term as Chair and may be reappointed as Chair for a second year, subject to the approval of the Vice Chair-Chair Elect of the AACSB Board of Directors.

Chair

Mohammed Alzahrani, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Members

Shafig Al-Haddad, Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Thami Ghorfi, ESCA Ecole de Management
Sherif Kamel, The American University in Cairo
Miguel Lobo, INSEAD
Leila Triki, Mediterranean School of Business

Staff Liaison

Tara Jongma (tara.jongma@aacsb.edu)
Timothy Mescon (tim.mescon@aacsb.edu)