Middle East and North Africa Conference

This conference will take place at ESCA Ecole de Management in Casablanca, Morocco.
March 2​ – 3​
Casablanca, Morocco
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Ronald Tuninga
VP and Managing Director, EMEA
AACSB International
Thami Ghorfi
ESCA Ecole de Management
Join this session to hear about the main challenges business schools are facing in the region – from student mobility, inequality, to geopolitics. Panelists will also discuss opportunities for schools – such as the impact of emerging technologies on education and making positive societal impact in the region.
Haifa Jamal Al-Lail
Effat College of Business, Effat University
Nida Bektas
Executive Director, Graduate School of Business
Koc University
Rana bint Isa bin Duaij Al Khalifa
Secretary-General of the Higher Education Council, Deputy of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Education Council
Higher Education Council
Thami Ghorfi
ESCA Ecole de Management
Join AACSB’s EVP and Global Chief Accreditation Officer Stephanie Bryant in collaboration with Ihsan Zakri, AACSB’s Regional Head for Middle East and Africa as they share a series of insights on accreditation outcomes from 2021-2022. Presenters will share what you need to know going forward, what is on the horizon for accreditation, and how innovations of the future will align with the standards. This keynote session will include an in-depth review of the recently released State of Accreditation report so that you understand your next steps as an institution and how to move forward in your quality journey.
Ihsan Zakri
Regional Head, Middle East and Africa
AACSB International
Stephanie Bryant
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Accreditation Officer
AACSB International
Panelists will share examples of business schools tackling climate crisis and discuss the importance of collaborating across sectors to make a positive impact.
Ghizlaine Nourlil
ESG & Sustainable Finance Expert and Executive Advisor
Ronald Tuninga
VP and Managing Director, EMEA
AACSB International
Sherif Kamel
Dean, School of Business
The American University - Cairo
AACSB accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized accreditation that an institution and its business programs can earn. In this session, AACSB partner McGraw Hill will showcase how their Connect platform aligns with the standards set out by AACSB and help institutions seeking AACSB accreditation.
Join us to understand what is expected when reporting your school’s societal impact (Standard 9), as well as lessons learned from schools who have completed a 2020 Business Accreditation Standards visit.
Barry O'Mahony
Dean. College of Business Administration
Abu Dhabi University
Danielle Khalife
Dean, Business School
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Join this session to explore the leadership competencies needed in business. Panelists will discuss the challenges that future business leaders will face and what business schools can do to ensure their students are prepared.
Ayesha Abdullah
VP Academic Affairs
Higher Colleges of Technology
Christine van den Toorn
Founder and Director
Baghdad Business School
Ismael Belkhayat
Business schools aspire to be the innovation ecosystems that business leaders rely on to realize new business ventures. Join this session for a conversation on the role of business schools in building an effective entrepreneurship ecosystem, which includes the development of start-ups that create jobs, as well as the incubation of new ideas, processes, and structures that allow for organizations to thrive, and offer solutions to societal challenges.
Bettina Lynda Bastian
Dean, College of Business
Royal University for Women
Georges Yahchouchi
American University of the Middle East
This informal Q&A session is an opportunity to bring questions related to your institution’s accreditation visit. Whether you are entering the initial accreditation process or have a continuous improvement review visit coming up, we invite you to join us. Presenters will discuss the psychology of a visit, including management of logistics, expectations, and what to do when the unexpected happens.
Nitham Hindi
Professor of Accounting
Qatar University
Stephanie Bryant
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Accreditation Officer
AACSB International
Faculty research should be timely, relevant, and actionable - but do universities truly incentivize and encourage such expectations? Join this session to engage with panelists and colleagues on how your school can create impactful research that is relevant and addresses critical social and industry challenges.
Fadi Kattan
Dean, Ibrahim Shukri Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration
Bethlehem University
Karim Seghir
Ajman University
This session will focus on the ways in which higher education institutions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region can address issues of diversity, inclusion, and sustainability. The session will share the latest trends and best practices, explore how they are being implemented within higher education institutions globally. We will also delve into the possible challenges that these institutions face in implementing sustainable practices, and provide insights on how to overcome them.
Gabriela Allmi
Director, Higher Education Europe
Harvard Business Publishing
Presenters will discuss how their AoL process met the AACSB accreditation requirements, and what enhancements were made to students’ learning and school’s curriculum or/and processes as a result.
Chourouq Haisni
Academic Coordinator
ESCA Ecole de Management
Laila Dahabiyeh
Assistant Dean
School of Business, The University of Jordan
Join this session to learn how business schools aspire for more inclusive education ecosystem.
Thami Ghorfi
ESCA Ecole de Management