Europe, Middle East, and Africa Annual Conference

16–18 October 2017 │Saint Julian's, Malta │#AACSBemea

Europe, Middle East and Africa Annual Conference

Save the Date | 29–31 October 2018 | Paris, France

Plenary Speakers

Plenary I: Business schools in the “post-global” World: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream

IñiguezSantiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, President, IE University

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño is the President of IE University, Past Chair of AACSB Board of Directors and a recognized influencer in global higher education. Iniguez has played a leading role in business education over the past two decades and actively contributes in different forums and networks to foster innovation and development at universities. He was portrayed by the Financial Times as “one of the most significant figures in promoting European business schools internationally”. Iñiguez serves on the boards of Renmin University Business School (China), CENTRUM (Universidad Católica, Perú), Antai Business School (Jiao Tong University, China), Mazars University (France) the Russian Presidential Academy-RANEPA (Russia) and FGV-EASP Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil). He is also the Vice-Chairman of Financial Times/IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance, a leading provider of custom education programs for companies worldwide. His two most recent books, “The Learning Curve: How Business Schools Are Reinventing Education” (2011) and “Cosmopolitan Managers: Executive Education That Works” (2016), published by Palgrave Macmillan, focus on the transformations of management and the role of business educators. Iñiguez is a regular speaker at international conferences. He is one of the 500 Global LinkedIn Influencers, and frequently contributes in different journals and media on higher education and executive development. Iñiguez is Professor of Strategic Management. He holds a Degree in Law, a Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy and Jurisprudence (Complutense University, Spain) and an MBA from IE Business School. He was a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford, UK.

Plenary II: The Research Landscape in Business Education

Dan LeClairDan LeClair, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, AACSB International

Dan LeClair’s work is focused on strategy and innovation in business education and at AACSB International. He provides leadership and support for AACSB’s professional development, encompassing more than 100 conferences and seminars around the globe. LeClair also leads AACSB’s efforts to advocate for and build awareness about business education and accreditation. He was the principal architect of AACSB’s data and research services and spearheaded AACSB’s development as an industry thought leader. He is an internationally recognized expert, author, and presenter on business education. Prior to his position at AACSB, LeClair was an academic economist and administrator. Follow Dan on Twitter @AACSBdan.

Wilfred MijnhardtWilfred F. Mijnhardt, Policy Director, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam School of Management

Wilfred Mijnhardt brings 25 years of experience in research management and institutional advancement. As Executive Director Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), Wilfred has been a pioneer in academic development & the impact support organization within the institute. In his current role as Policy Director at RSM, his institutional development energy is focused on the fundamental shift from a research driven organization towards an impact driven strategy within Rotterdam School of Management and the Erasmus University research community.

Plenary III: Building Solid Partnerships in a Global Scale

Nada_BiazNada Biaz, General director of Groupe ISCAE

Nada Biaz is currently the General Director of Groupe ISCAE, first business school in Morocco, created in 1971 by the King Hassan II, under the authority of the Ministry of Industry, Investment, Commerce and Digital Economy. She graduated in 1991 from ISCAE in Finance. She then undertook her postgraduate studies at the University Hassan II and got her Doctorate in 1994 in Marketing. She started her teaching career at ISCAE while she was doing her post-graduate research. Nada Biaz has also launched her own business in education, has been teaching marketing and combined both academic and top management positions in the private and the public sector. She will share her experience as the head of a developing country well established business school that developed win-win partnerships with world-class business schools all over the world. She would like to emphasis on the added value of North-South collaboration for both parties, combining the field experience of the local schools and the experience of international renowned ones.

Hanane_El_KouariHanane EL Kouari, Head, Africa and Middle East network, IESEG School of Management

Hanane El Kouari is the head of Africa and middle east Network at IESEG school of management (Lille- Paris) since January 2012. She has been involved in building, developing and reinforcing IESEG’s African network with a specific expertise in double degree programs, strategic partnerships and recruitment. She brings a strong background in intercultural communication and project management. Her previous role was with HSBC Global Asset Management and her key interests are project and change management, education design, quality insurance and gender equality. Hanane holds a Bachelor in translation (French-English-Arabic-Spanish) and a Master’s in Intercultural communication and management from ISIT (Université Catholique de Paris).