Let’s Lead Boldly: Elevating the Value of Business Schools

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In April 2023, AACSB launched its Let’s Lead Boldly campaign, which advocates for the value business schools deliver to their stakeholders—students, business, and society—while recognizing opportunities for business schools to innovate further in an increasingly complex environment. This webinar will feature a multistakeholder panel of business school leaders, students, and business professionals who will share their insights on the key ways business schools deliver market value, where business education can continue to evolve to meet dynamic workforce needs, and new opportunities for bold leadership and partnerships to help solve societal challenges.


Lily Bi, president and CEO of AACSB International, June 2023Lily Bi, President and CEO, AACSB International

Lily Bi brings over 30 years of experience in strategy setting, global growth and development, internal audit, and technology innovation. Bi has held executive positions in multiple industries, corporations, and nonprofit associations across the United States, Japan, Singapore, and China, including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Internal Audit Foundation, and Kirin Holding Company. At the IIA, she led the global standards setting, provided strategic direction for global certifications, and oversaw global research and academic programs. Working with IIA affiliates in over 100 countries and territories, Bi was responsible for the growth of 26 million USD in revenue in various IIA areas. She received a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and is a Certified Internal Auditor. She is multilingual, with fluency in English, Japanese, and Chinese.

Simon_HaywardSimon Hayward, Accenture

Simon is Professor of Leadership Practice at Alliance Manchester Business School and Managing Director at Accenture. He is the author of ‘Connected Leadership’ (2016) and ‘The Agile Leader’ (2018 and 2021). At Accenture he established and led the global Leadership and Culture practice for 2 years and previously built Cirrus, a leadership strategy firm which was acquired by Accenture in 2021. Simon serves on the Business Practices Council of the AACSB and is involved with a UK charity focused on youth development. He is married to Clare and the proud father of three boys. He enjoys tennis, sailing and writing in his free time.


Sherif KamelSherif Kamel, Dean, School of Business, The American University in Cairo and Vice Chair-Chair Elect, AACSB International

Kamel is a professor of management and dean of the School of Business at The American University in Cairo. Previously, he served as the university vice president for information management. Before joining the university, he was the director of the Regional Information Technology Institute and managed the training department of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Center. He is a member of the Egypt-U.S. Business Council and a founding member of the Internet Society of Egypt. He served as the president of the board of governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt and co-chaired the board of stewards of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative. His research interests include digital transformation, IT transfer to emerging economies, decision support systems, and entrepreneurship. He is the author of a book titled “Leading Change in Challenging Times: Lessons of Disruption and Innovation from Egypt – Thoughts, Observations, and Reflections” and the NileView article series. Kamel is an Eisenhower Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in information systems from the London School of Economics; an MBA; an M.A. in Islamic Art and Architecture; and a B.A. in business administration from The American University in Cairo.


Sophia Razzaq, Medtronic

Sophia Razzaq is an experienced Technical Product Manager at Medtronic, specializing in Data Science and Sensing Systems. She earned her BS in Management Information Systems from UC Irvine and recently received her MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She started her career in an accelerated IT Leadership Development Program at a biotechnology company, eventually leading her to Technical Product Management and pursuing an MBA to develop complementary skills. At Medtronic, she leads cross-functional teams, bridging the gap between technical expertise and product strategy. Beyond her role, Sophia enjoys tennis, pottery, and piano. She continues to engage with the education community as a Course Assistant for MBA classes. Sophia's mission is to improve patient outcomes and transform the landscape of diabetes management through advanced analytics and technological advancements. Her drive lies in blending healthcare and innovation to create a lasting impact.

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This webinar is sponsored by Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign