Deans Conference

Register today to be part of the conversation on taking a new direction for business education.
February 20​ – 22​
Barcelona, Spain
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"Networking, Coffee, and Conversations" This networking session designed for Metropolitan Business School leaders encourages conversations, networking, and connections over coffee. Our time together will highlight the latest topics impacting our institutions, leadership, and AACSB accreditation. Join us--all attendee's welcome!
Raj Devasagayam
Dean, Monmouth University
Monmouth University
Simon Sheather
University of Kentucky
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"Hot Topics for Life as a New Dean" The learning curve is steep as a new dean. In this session, we will combine small group networking and big topic conversations as we explore some of the most challenging situations for new deans. Topics include managing and leveraging your advisory boards, finding work-life balance as a dean, the challenges of fundraising and alumni relations, and making the most of small school resources. Join us--all attendee's welcome!
David Taylor
Sacred Heart University
Grace McCarthy
Dean of Business
University of Wollongong
Jennifer Percival
Bowling Green State University
Khaled Hassanein
McMaster University
Stephane Brutus
University of Ottawa
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"Coffee and Conversation" Please grab a cup of your favorite hot or iced beverage and join the Entrepreneurship and Innovations Affinity Group Steering Committee members for an open discussion and networking. This meeting is designed to be driven by attendee input. Non-affinity group members are welcome.
Malin Brännback
Dean, Professor
Abo Akademi University
Sherif H. Kamel
Vice Chair-Chair Elect of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean, School of Business
The American University - Cairo
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Leveraging generative AI in online learning In this session, we will host facilitated discussions on generative AI and it’s challenges and potential impact on online learning.
Sergio Klecker
Academic Relationships Manager
Harvard Business Publishing
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"Building Your College Brand" n a time when enrollments are declining, competition is increasing, and universities are publicly challenged to prove their value, it is essential that small colleges articulate their unique brand proposition. This session will engage participants in a conversation about the essential components of a strong college brand how we can best articulate our value propositions. Join us--All attendees welcome!
Shanan Gwaltney Gibson
David B. O'Maley College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Future-Proofing Business Education: Integrating Generative AI and Emerging Technologies In the DTAG panel session, we aim to explore the integration of generative AI and other emerging technologies in business curricula and pedagogy. While the technical potential is great, organizational questions such as how to partner with industry, how to engage faculty members, and how to maneuver post-pandemic work environments. We will delve into how new technologies can create personalized, adaptive, and engaging learning environments, and prepare industry-ready graduates skilled in innovation and problem-solving.
Alejandro Lago
Professor of Information Systems and Head of the Department of Operations, Information and Technology
IESE Business School
Jian Guan
Interim Dean
University of Louisville
Michael zur Muehlen
Director, Center for Process Innovation
Stevens Institute of Technology
Marc Torrens Arnal
Department Chair
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Hot Topics in Responsible Management Education “Join RME in this informal discussion session, driven by audience attendance; please bring your hot topics and questions about Responsible Management Education and discuss best practices and challenges with your peers.”
Grace McCarthy
Dean of Business
University of Wollongong
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"Delivering Societal Impact, An International Perspective" This session will bring together an international panel of three deans from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, who will share perspectives on how their business schools are preparing such leaders and delivering societal impact. They will share best practices in developing a cohesive approach to societal impact through engagement of stakeholders and metrics. All attendees welcome!
Helena Ramalhinho
Vice-Rector for Internationalization
Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Navaneetham Subramaniam
Amrita School of Business (Coimbatore), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Susan Fournier
Member of AACSB Board of Directors, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean
Boston University
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Barcelona has rich and diverse history, with something to offer everyone. Join us to learn more about this special city’s culture—from its art and architecture to its food and music.
Mateu Hernandez Maluquer
Visit Barcelona
According to a recent Washington Post report, the current accountant shortage threatens capitalism's future. Moreover, accounting enrollments are declining. In this session, we will discuss how to leverage the power of STEM in Accounting to attract international accountants given the 3-year OPT. As a case study, Miles Education recruited 400+ experienced Indian accountants across 14 schools for MS Accounting (STEM) in 2023-24.
David Jordan
Interim Dean, School of Business
Clark University
Sulin Ba
Dean, Driehaus College of Business
DePaul University
Varun Jain
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Miles Education Futurense Inc
Join us for a conference welcome message from Lily Bi, President and CEO of AACSB International. Hear the latest on AACSB’s strategic plan and direction.
Lily Bi
President and CEO
AACSB International
In this session, we will focus on what it means, and what it takes, to be leaders of learning. Building on his research on leadership and learning, Dr. Petriglieri will help us reflect on the images of leadership at the core of our research and curricula. He will argue that our obsession with mechanical tools obscures the importance of the humanistic roots of leadership – in emotions and relations. He will also provide some practical, research-based suggestions to craft learning strategies that can make us broader leaders and help us develop better leaders.
Gianpiero Petriglieri
Expert on Leadership and Learning in the Workplace and Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
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Relax and enjoy the company of your colleagues as the conference gets underway.
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Knauss School of Business
With the upcoming enrollment cliff, business schools need to consider strategic moves to ensure their long-term financial sustainability. Shifting international student markets, enrollment fluctuations, decline in government funding, decreases in donor contributions and many other factors are top of mind—take advantage of sitting in a room with hundreds of deans to exchange best practices for building strategic alliances to grow your school and generate more revenue.
Lailani Laynesa Alcantara
Member of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean and Managing Director, Center for Inclusive Leadership
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Mariëlle G. Heijltjes
Dean, School of Business and Economics
Maastricht University
AACSB standards expect schools to prepare learners for meaningful professional, societal, and personal lives. To do this, we need to give students practice in the real-world challenges of societal impact management. Students must understand that it isn’t about one-off initiatives. It’s about thousands of decisions—large and small—that create responsible business cultures. This session will illustrate how Marketplace’s Conscious Capitalism simulation helps students learn the ins and outs of doing good while doing well. The simulation exemplifies the teachings of Triple Bottom Line, Conscious Capitalism, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Along the way, students achieve many small wins that ignite joy, engagement, and creativity (Progress Principle).
Bindu Agrawal
Founder of Art of Learning
Marketplace Simulations
Ernest Cadotte
Author of Marketplace Simulations
Marketplace Simulations
As a leader of the business school, how do you communicate during a crisis and balance between condoning or contributing to the situation? In this session, we will discuss what crisis communication policy and procedure should include, look at case examples around public statements, and explore balanced public communications as well as non-statementing.
Danielle Khalife-Fraiha
Dean, School of Business
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Lee Miles
Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management and Deputy Dean
Bournemouth University
This session will feature the reflections of former deans on their professional life after deanship. Speakers will share their experiences of moving from deanship into other professional roles, as well as preparing their team (and themselves) for this change to ensure a smooth transition for the institution.
Enase Okonedo
Vice-Chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University
Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University
Jean-Philippe Ammeux
Foundation Ambassador
IESEG School of Management
Pratima Amol Sheorey
Founder and Director eVyaas Learning Pvt Ltd and Co-Chair, TiE Pune
TiE University
We are witnessing an increase in the volume and insistence of the voices of our business school stakeholders around how, as institutions, we are addressing the vast terrain of economic, societal and environmental challenges we are facing. In order to address them operationally, they must first be addressed strategically. This session will provide schools that are in the early stages of embedding sustainability with perspectives and tools for moving forward. For schools that are further advanced, this session offers an opportunity to reflect on strengths and potential areas for improvement.
Julie Perrin-Halot
Associate Dean/Director Quality, Accreditations, Sustainability
Grenoble Ecole de Management
What skills and strengths are on top of your wish list to create a diversified team that will help you succeed? Do these attributes complement your own strengths and weaknesses? Join this session to better understand how to overcome the barriers you are facing and motivate those around you to collectively meet goals.
Maryam Omari
Executive Dean and Professor
Edith Cowan University
Rama Yelkur
Dean and Professor of Marketing
Texas Woman's University
Immerse yourself in the simulation designed to train tomorrow’s business leaders to manage their societal impact. This workshop is led by a diverse group of students who have played and learned in Marketplace’s Conscious Capitalism simulation. Sharing from their experience, they'll show you how the game equips students to run a profitable, cross-functional business while managing the firm’s impact on community health, the environment, employee morale, customer safety, and more. Drawing upon the principles of Conscious Capitalism, the simulation teaches how business decisions affect society, how to manage the societal impact of a growing business, and how to lead while balancing competing needs throughout the firm.
Alice Kyalo
Daystar University
Aurélien Bruere
EMLYON Business School
Eléonore Tastet
EMLYON Business School
Julian Serrano
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Enjoy a brief siesta! This is your time to catch up on emails, take a meeting, indulge in a nap, or simply step outside to enjoy the beautiful Barcelona!
There are many steps and opportunities for delivering a positive student experience. How can new approaches enable us to do now what we weren’t able to before? From recruiting and admissions to alumni relations, hear best practices for enhancing different aspects of the student experience.
Jean-Paul Arnaout
Dean of the College of Business Administration
Gulf University for Science and Technology
Qiao Liu
Dean, Guanghua School of Management
Peking University
How are schools overcoming inclusion and access challenges? Join us to hear examples of how schools are working to increase access for underprivileged students.
Lisa Ordóñez
Member of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean, Rady School of Management
University of California, San Diego
María Clemencia Sierra Peñas
Universidad del Norte
AACSB will demo a new way of accessing data. We will show all modules of the Analytics Hub, a new competitive analysis tool, including Program Search, Enrollment Trends, Salary Search and Financial Benchmarking.
Nicholas Igneri
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Product Officer
AACSB International
This session will showcase unique ways business schools are creating value for stakeholders. From knowledge creation to deployment of learning to equitable access, join representatives of this year’s Innovations That Inspire selections to discuss new ideas for elevating your business school.
Andrew Beer
Executive Dean
University of South Australia
Delphine Manceau
Member of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean & Director General
NEOMA Business School
Sanjay Putrevu
Dean of Business and Graduate School
Bentley University
Sherif H. Kamel
Vice Chair-Chair Elect of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean, School of Business
The American University - Cairo
Micro-credentials have been gaining substantial interest from students and employers alike. Join us for a panel discussion on how schools around the world are assessing the value of different kinds of micro-credentials, and how they are bringing them to life for their learner populations.
Andy Poole
University Partnerships
Angus W. Laing
Executive Dean
Heriot-Watt University
Jenny Darroch
Farmer School of Business, Miami University
This session will be designed for those planning for a Continuous Improvement Review visit. Experienced Peer Review Team members will discuss visit preparation and planning, visit execution, and what to do when the unexpected happens.
Lauren Maradei
Senior Accreditation Manager
AACSB International
Sylvia Maxfield
Providence College
If you have an upcoming Initial Accreditation visit or are considering accreditation, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the initial accreditation process as we discuss what is expected and how to thoroughly prepare.
Joyce A. Strawser
Member of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean, Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University
Suzanne Mintz
Vice President of Accreditation
AACSB International
Enjoy and debrief from the day in the company of your colleagues.
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From magazine covers to journal articles to news headlines, AI is at the center of many debates and business schools are part of the conversation. How will AI affect your job, faculty, staff, and students? This session will explore the implications of traditional and generative AI on organizations, their leaders, and the future.
Ana Freire
Vice-Dean of Social Impact and Academic Innovation
Barcelona School of Management, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
David De Cremer
Dunton Family Dean of D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Northeastern University
Javier Martinez
Head of Customer Engineering
Google Cloud Spain and Portugal
Sherif H. Kamel
Vice Chair-Chair Elect of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean, School of Business
The American University - Cairo
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AACSB’s Director of Thought Leadership, Hanna McLeod will open the session with some key findings from the recent AACSB Deans Survey.

Session facilitators will then engage attendees in discussions focusing on top challenges faced by deans, and providing insights and recommendations for overcoming these obstacles.
Ian O. Williamson
Member of AACSB Board of Directors, Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business
University of California, Irvine
Jikyeong Kang
President and Dean
Asian Institute of Management
This session will share case studies based on IDEO’s approach around strategy, innovation, and human centric design to solve complex problems. Luis Zunzunegui will demonstrate the importance of innovation in your day-to-day, by finding the right insights, focusing on the opportunities, and the execution through experiments through real-life examples that build confidence with internal and external stakeholders.
Luis Zunzunegui
Adjunct Professor, Master in Customer Experience and Innovation, IDEO Alumni
IE Business School
Lily Bi
President and CEO
AACSB International