Foster Impact, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

29–31 October 2018 | Paris, France

Europe, Middle East, and Africa Annual Conference

29–31 October 2018 | Paris, France

Plenary Speakers

Plenary I: The Impact of Company Digital Transformation on Business Education

BournoisFrank-colorFrank Bournois, ESCP Europe

Frank Bournois is the President and Dean of ESCP Europe over its six campuses. He is the Chairman of the Programmes Committee of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and Board Member of EFMD. He was previously a Full Chair Professor of General Management and Director of CIFFOP at the University of Paris, Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). Bournois is widely published in Comparative European Management and he is the author of books and many articles in French and English on human resources management. He has published 13 books, contributed to 20 chapters and written over 30 articles in refereed journals.


AlexandreTissotAlexandre Tissot, Netexplo

Alexandre Tissot, PhD is currently coach, consultant, psycho-analyst, teacher at CentraleSupelec and ESCP Europe Senior Fellow. He has an Eng’g MD and a PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris. Alexandre worked in transformations and organisation development during 8 years in global industries (Vallourec, Air Liquide), 6 years as Management and HR consultant and 4 years as Partner at Netexplo Observatory. He is currently working on its second PhD with Pr. Frank Bournois about talent and digital transformation. He is specialized in required talents and processes to ensure business transformations.


Plenary II: Institutional Rankings

Andrew Jack, Global Education Writer, Financial Times 

Andrew Jack is the FT’s global education editor, writing about education trends and editorial lead for its free schools access programme ( He was previously head of curated content, deputy features editor, pharmaceuticals correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and Paris correspondent. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception as well as numerous specialist reports. He is a trustee of, a non-profit media group covering science and technology for global development. He graduated in geography from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, was the Joseph Hodges Choate Memorial Fellow at Harvard University, a New York City urban fellow and a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.


Jane Shaw, Which MBA? Editor, The Economist 

Jane Shaw is the editor of The Economist's Which MBA? business-education coverage and its suite of rankings. These include full-time MBA, Executive MBA and Masters in Management programmes. She was previously a data journalist at The Economist and has written about topics ranging from demographics to health and education. In the past she has contributed to Economist books on data and economics.



MattSymondsMatt Symonds, Editorial Consultant, Times Higher Education / Wall Street Journal Business School Rankings

Matt Symonds has covered business education and rankings for Forbes, The Economist, Bloomberg, BBC, among many other global publications, and is co-founder and director of Fortuna Admissions. In 2017 he was the Editorial Consultant for the Times Higher Education / Wall Street Journal Business School Rankings that publishes in Q4 of 2018. Matt is the co-author of the international bestseller “Getting the MBA Admissions Edge,“ sponsored by Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, BCG, and Bain. As the S of QS, he founded the World MBA Tour in 1995, building an events business in over 45 countries. He has now partnered with John Byrne and Poets & Quants to organize the CentreCourt MBA Festival with the participation of Deans and Admissions Directors from the world’s top business schools.