Timothy S. Mescon, AACSB International
Timothy S. Mescon is executive vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for AACSB International. He is president emeritus of Columbus State University (Georgia) where he served from 2008-2014. Previously, he served as dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Mescon gained extensive experience as an AACSB peer review team member, chair, and committee member for 25 years before joining AACSB. He is the author of more than 200 articles and case studies, and he has co-authored four books, his latest "Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development" 2nd edition (Routledge/M.E. Sharpe). Mescon received his PhD from the Terry College at The University of Georgia, MBA from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University and BA from Tulane University.
Ihsan Zakri, AACSB International
Ihsan Zakri is manager, Accreditation and Member Services at AACSB International. At AACSB he works with both the Executive vice president/Chief Officer Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Chief Accreditation officer to develop and implement integrated accreditation and member service and engagement initiatives in the EMEA region. He serves as a staff liaison for over 160 schools in EMEA region. Ihsan has an international background in higher education, program and Institutional accreditation and course and program development. He gained extensive experience in accreditation and EU funded projects before joining AACSB. Ihsan has earned a Master’s degree in Social Sciences with a concentration on the Middle East from Lund University, Sweden.
Bonus Session: The Perceived Benefits of Accreditation and Students’ Academic Performance: Case of Private Business School in Saudi Arabia
Dr. Kafaji is the director of quality assurance and accreditation at the College of Business, Alfaisal University, Riyadh. He graduated from the UK with accumulated 25 years of academic, consultancy, and business management experience. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kafaji is actively engaged in specialized research that resulted in over 50 publications. The main area of his interest incudes project management, risk management, and technology governance. In addition to AACSB, Dr. Kafaji is certified and member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).