Europe, Middle East, and Africa Annual Conference

November 8–10, 2021 | Building Better Outcomes | Virtual

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I: Embracing Agility

Session Moderator: 

Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan, Associate Dean, Accreditations, ICN Business School

Sarah Vaughan is Associate Dean Accreditations at ICN Business School, France. She has almost thirty years’ experience at senior management level across portfolios of program design, faculty, internationalization, strategic planning and has lead initial and maintenance accreditation processes for national and international bodies (AACSB, EFMD). Sarah currently is an AACSB mentor for schools in Europe, Middle East and Canada and is a peer-reviewer for French and European accreditation bodies. She currently chairs AACSB Associate Deans Affinity. Vaughan is a graduate of the University of Leicester (UK) and holds a master’s degree from the University of Poitiers (France).


Session Panelists:

Paolo_BoccardelliPaolo Boccardelli, Dean, Luiss Business School, LUISS Guido Carli University

Paolo Boccardelli is the Dean and Director of the Research Centre for Business Transformation at Luiss Business School and Professor of Management and Corporate Strategy at Luiss University in Rome. He is the CEO at Amsterdam Fashion Academy. Paolo is an expert on development and implementation of quality standards in planning and implementation of organisational changes, leadership and organisation in higher education, university adaptation and change, international and comparative higher education, globalisation of higher education systems, knowledge management and creative industries. During his tenure as dean, Luiss Business School has achieved the EQUIS and AMBA accreditations and is going through AACSB.

Catherine_DugganCatherine Duggan, Dean, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Catherine Duggan is Director (Dean) of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB). Before joining the UCT GSB she was Professor of Management and Political Economy and Vice Dean for Strategy and Research at the African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB) in Rwanda. Prior to that she was a professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) for nearly a decade. Dr. Duggan has worked in Africa for more than twenty years and has experience in nearly two dozen African countries. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and received a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Brown University.

Viviane_NaimyViviane Naimy, Dean and Professor of Finance, Notre Dame University - Louaize

Viviane Y. Naimy is Professor of Finance and the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. She was the Chair of the Finance and Accounting department, the Director of the Admissions office, and the Director of the Office of Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation. She has published a large number of articles in the fields of risk management and financial modeling. Naimy worked for several banks and provided extensive training to executive directors of financial institutions in Europe and the Arab countries and is still serving as financial consultant.


Keynote II: Being Mindful in the Workplace

Stephanie_GriffithsStephanie Griffiths, Associate Director, Student Support & Wellbeing Services, King's College London

Stephanie Griffiths has been working at King’s College London for over thirty years and is currently Associate Director for Counselling and Mental Health Support, within the Student and Education Directorate. She leads a large team of Counselling Psychologists, Psychodynamic Psychotherapists/Counsellors, Group Analysts, Mental Health Advisors and a Consultant Psychiatrist. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, as well as being Chair Elect of the European Association of International Education (EAIE) Guidance and Counselling Expert Community. She is particularly interested in intercultural counselling and has delivered training programmes at the EAIE Academy for the past three years, focusing on globalisation from the institutional perspective, along with resilience training. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, she has addressed the unique stressors encountered by managers, equipping them with tools to facilitate a more resilient and mindful leadership approach.

Keynote III: Building Resilient Teaching Models After Covid-19

Session Moderator: 

Bhavin_BhagaliaBhavin Bhagalia, EMEA Partnerships Director, Coursera

Bhavin joined Coursera in June 2020 in the Coursera for Campus team and is responsible for developing Further & Higher Education and Business School relationships across EMEA. Prior to joining Coursera, Bhavin spent 3 years as an Education Industry lead at Microsoft for Higher and Further Education helping to drive innovation utilising Microsoft technologies, and 9 years at Gartner working with UK Universities. With his background in Edtech Bhavin is passionate about leveraging technological innovation to drive teaching and learning forward.

Session Panelists:

Solveig_NicklosSolveig Nicklos, Director of Leadership, Misk Academy

Solveig Nicklos is passionate about people and evolving the paradigm of culture and learning focusing on technology, future skills, data, alignment and strategies that make an impact.  She is currently the Managing Director of X.0 (X Point O) Consulting.  Working with government, semi-government, and private organizations on the most critical issues facing organizations today. Most recently Solveig was Advisor to the Chairmans’ Office of the Department of Government Support in Abu Dhabi and Dean of the Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG) following her role with Columbia University in New York, USA, where she developed and launched new post-graduate masters programs.  

Rebecca_QuintanaRebecca Quintana, Learning Experience Design Lead, University of Michigan

In her role of Learning Experience Design Lead at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Center of Academic Innovation, Dr. Rebecca Quintana uses a learner-centered approach to design and develop online learning experiences for diverse audiences of global learners. Partnering with faculty across the University, Quintana is involved in course strategy and design for a wide range of courses across U-M’s online portfolio. Central to this work is a commitment to design approaches that value both diversity and inclusiveness, which is based on the foundational principle of equitable use. Quintana is committed to developing and implementing processes to ensure that online courses developed by faculty and staff at U-M are designed with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind.