Middle East and North Africa Advisory Council


The purpose of the Middle East and North Africa Advisory Council (MENAAC) is to: (1) advise the AACSB Board of Directors and staff on key issues and challenges, and assist in setting priorities related to business education and AACSB’s activities and engagement in the MENA context; (2) enhance AACSB’s ability to understand and serve the quality improvement needs of business schools in the Middle East and North Africa; (3) provide guidance to the Board of Directors and staff in designing and implementing a strategic plan for AACSB’s mission in the region, and in creating metrics to evaluate progress; (4) assist the staff in the identification and planning of AACSB programming and new service development to meet the needs of MENA business schools; and (5) recommend candidates for AACSB governance roles thereby increasing the representation and engagement of schools from the MENA region.

MENAAC’s work will be driven by the five opportunities of a Collective Vision for Business Education:

  • Catalysts for innovation: Powering business creation and economic development through entrepreneurship and management innovation.
  • Co-creators of knowledge: Convening and partnering at the intersection of academe and practice to reveal new insights.
  • Hubs of lifelong learning: Connecting expertise and experiences to create opportunities across career life cycles.
  • Leaders on leadership: Discovering new insights into effective leadership and creating environments that train and nurture leaders.
  • Enablers of global prosperity: Driving positive impact and encouraging students to use management skills for the greater good.

Council members are invited to bring their perspectives, expertise and insights to discussions as the Council seeks to improve business education worldwide and to engage with the AACSB network in matters of mutual interest for mutual advantage.


No later than May 1, the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect (who shall preside as Board Chair during the year for which the appointments are made), or his or her designated representative, invites suggestions for the members of MENAAC for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. Members of the Board of Directors, current MENAAC members, and AACSB staff are encouraged to submit names of possible candidates. Recommendations are due to the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect within 14 days of the request.

The Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect, in consultation with the current MENAAC Chair and the AACSB staff liaison, as appropriate, appoints the members of the MENAAC no later than June 1 with council members taking office July 1.

MENAAC is composed of a Chair, and eleven members appointed by the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect. Of the twelve members, at least five are deans or those holding similar roles representing AACSB accredited Organizations located in the Middle East or North Africa. The remainder may be deans or those holding senior leadership roles representing Middle Eastern or North African institutions that, at the time of appointment, are either member Organizations, member Organizations formally accepted into the AACSB initial accreditation process, or representatives from business organizations or business practice. The MENAAC may, on occasion, include members from outside the region who possess expertise on, or have experience in, the MENA region.

Each MENAAC member serves a one-year term and may be reappointed, subject to the approval of the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect and current MENAAC Chair. MENAAC members may not serve more than a total of three consecutive years on the Council, although the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect may extend terms as deemed necessary to fulfill the charge of the Council. Service as the MENAAC Chair may extend the total service beyond three years while occupying the Chair position.

The Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect appoints an MENAAC Chair who represents an AACSB accredited Organization. The MENAAC Chair serves a one-year term and may be reappointed as Chair for a second year, by the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect.

The composition of MENAAC reflects AACSB’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The MENAAC Chair and the MENAAC staff liaison ensures that MENAAC membership includes diversity in gender, country representation, job functions/roles, etc. as represented within Middle Eastern and North African business schools and the communities they serve.


Ayesha Abdullah, Higher Colleges of Technology
Abdelraheem M. Abualbasal, Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Olivier Aptel, International University of Rabat
Mohamed Yousif Hasan Baniyas, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
Ghaleb A. El Refae, Al Ain University
Adam Fadlalla, Qatar University
Assaad Farah, American University in Dubai
Ulku Gurler, Bilkent University
Haifa R. Jamalallail, Effat College of Business, Effat University
Vicky Lester, The Case Centre
Leila Triki, Mediterranean School of Business
Mohammad Zainal, Kuwait University

Staff Liaisons

Timothy Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief EMEA Officer, AACSB International
Ihsan Zakri, Manager Accreditation and Member Services, AACSB International