Europe, Middle East, and Africa Annual Conference

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

EMEA Annual Conference Agenda

Sessions will be recorded and made available on The AACSB Exchange to all EMEA attendees. Conference sessions are subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest schedule.

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Monday, November 8, 2021

10:45–11:00
Central European Time

Conference Welcome

Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International and Tim Mescon, EVP and Chief Officer Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Speaker(s):
  • Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO, AACSB International
  • Timothy S. Mescon, EVP EMEA, AACSB International

11:00–12:00
Central European Time

Keynote I: What’s Your Ecosystem Strategy?

Sponsored by Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)In a world that is quickly changing, business schools feel the pressure to innovate their programs and offerings to stay relevant. Michael Jacobides, will share how business schools can create and design their own ecosystem through partnerships. Jacobides will share how digital ecosystems are transforming the future.

Speaker(s):
  • Michael G. Jacobides, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

12:00–12:30
Central European Time

Keynote I: Follow Up Discussion

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and continue the discussion around keynote I.

12:30–12:50
Central European Time

Kuwait University, College of Business Administration - Adapting Innovations Across Borders

Industry Session
With its consistent recognition, the Kuwait University College of Business Administration attracts and maintains a highly qualified and diverse faculty with an impressive portfolio of theoretical and applied research, as well as an outstanding teaching approach. CBA also actively encourages sustainable community service by offering students the required opportunities and in that regard, CBA’s Center of Excellence in Management, represents a powerful learning tool providing leadership to students, interdisciplinary research and consultation opportunities to all the faculties in Kuwait University, the local community, as well as across the globe. In that front, CBA will offer a variety of opportunities to promote interdisciplinary innovative methods in research and education.

Speaker(s):
  • Mohammad Zainal, Acting Dean of CBA, Kuwait University

12:50–13:35
Central European Time

Adapting for Disruptive, Diverse Careers

Discover what it means to be a modern renaissance learner, an adaptable specialist. We will discuss what means to continually learn and adapt with deep knowledge for non-linear careers.

Speaker(s):
  • Ellis Griffith, EEMA People Lead and Chief Diversity Officer, McKinsey & Company
  • Kostas Axarloglou, Dean, Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

Developing Relevant Curricula

Conceptualizing and developing new academic and executive education programmes requires an “outside-in” approach that is stakeholder informed. Nicola and Francois will reflect on how their schools engage with internal and external stakeholders in the development of new programmes. Nicola will be sharing insights from the development of a newly launched RSM MBA programme, and Francois will present the interaction between research, advisory and learning in the context of executive education, along with the testimonial of a practitioner from a large multinational company.

Speaker(s):
  • Nicola Kleyn, Dean Executive Education, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Francois Therin, Senior Advisor to the Dean and Director of Open Programmes, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University

13:35–13:55
Central European Time

LIVE Interactive Exhibitor Networking

Visit our exhibitor showcase to chat live with our conference exhibitors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.

14:00–14:45
Central European Time

Incorporating Indirect Measures into Your AoL System

The 2020 standards and move to virtual classes have both had immense impact on the AoL process for many schools. This session will share how to better incorporate indirect measures into an AoL system in a meaningful manner, as well as how to embrace digitization in the process. Examples from two different institutions will be shared during the session.

Speaker(s):
  • Rihab Khalifa, Professor, United Arab Emirates University
  • Frank Ulbrich, Head of the Bachelor's Programme in Business Administration, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Rethinking Business Education: Teaching and Learning Innovations from Covid

The past year sparked many innovations in the classroom. Presenters in this session will give insight to how business education has changed over the years and what that means for the future. Presenters will share how digital transformations, artificial intelligence, and machine learning will be crucial in the classroom and how they will improve outcomes for business graduates.

Speaker(s):
  • Hatem Masri, Dean, University of Bahrain

14:45–15:05
Central European Time

Hubro Education - Experiential Learning: Best Practices for Business Simulations in Online Courses

Industry Session
The past year has shown how challenging it is to deliver experiential learning online. Many leading universities made use of business simulations, which engage learners and help them develop crucial competencies like teamwork and decision-making. We’ll share best practices for how business simulations can improve learning outcomes in online courses.

Speaker(s):
  • Emil Oliver, Co-founder and CEO, Hubro Education AS

15:10–16:05
Central European Time

Networking Community Meetings

More details coming soon!

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

10:00–10:40
Central European Time

AACSB Membership and Quality Assurance Information Session

Join this session where AACSB staff takes you through the AACSB Accreditation process and will highlight new member initiatives and events.

Speaker(s):
  • Marine Condette, Senior Accreditation and Member Services Manager, AACSB International

10:40–11:00
Central European Time

LIVE Interactive Exhibitor Networking

Visit our exhibitor showcase to chat live with our conference exhibitors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.

11:00–11:45
Central European Time

Experiential Learning in a Virtual Setting

Presenters in this session will discuss how to create an international virtual learning environment and how to enhance the international learning experience when travel is not guaranteed. Presenters will share how cultural awareness be enhanced in the learner experience.

Speaker(s):
  • Benoit Arnaud, Dean of Programs, EDHEC Business School, Lille and Nice
  • Leila Guerra, Vice Dean, Education, Imperial College London

Promoting Mental Health in Higher Education: Lessons Learned Before and During the Pandemic

Presenters in this session will share how to maintain an engaging and supportive environment in the virtual setting. They will share best practices to ensuring that learners, staff, and faculty are receiving both the mental and emotional care needed to be successful.

Speaker(s):
  • Funda Kocaarslan, Course Advisor, The University of Hull
  • Florian Schulz, Head of Psychological Counseling Services, University of St. Gallen

11:45–12:15
Central European Time

Coffee Chat: The Impact of Brexit

Meet and greet your colleagues on video to discuss the impact on business schools since the UK has left the EU.

12:15–12:35
Central European Time

Dataiku - Making Data Valuable for Business Schools, Students, and Employers

Industry Session
Business school Deans recognized the value of embedding data skills in their curricula long ago to better prepare students for the working world. In the past, these skills could be enabled in just a few dominant software packages. Still, today’s data landscape is constantly shifting, so students will benefit more from practicing generally relevant skills. In this talk, Shaun will share stories of how your peers have used Dataiku to reduce the "busy work" element of teaching data skills and drive more value for students and those who will expect them to apply their skills in any context. He will then turn the lens on business schools themselves to ask how well they practice what they preach: are administrators and faculty using their data and,, training students to use data? While few have pushed this frontier, the value may be easier to reach than you previously believed.

Speaker(s):
  • Shaun McGirr, , Dataiku

12:40–13:40
Central European Time

Adaptable Strategies for the New Normal

Presenters will share best practices for developing, implementing, measuring, and pivoting strategy. They will highlight best practices to linking strategic planning to societal impact.

Speaker(s):
  • Elsabe Loots, Prof, University of Pretoria
  • Paolo Boccardelli, Dean, Luiss Business School, LUISS Guido Carli University

13:40–14:05
Central European Time

DataDirect Demo: Your Tool For All Your Data Driven Decisions

Join is for a brief overview of AACSB DataDirect Benchmarking tool where you can find your AACSB peers, discover the latest trends in enrollment, course delivery, salary and more!

Speaker(s):
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager of Data Analysis, AACSB International

14:05–14:50
Central European Time

Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity & Belonging in Europe, Middle East, and Africa Regions

When business schools unlock access, reduce barriers, and intentionally create strategies to engage disadvantaged or underrepresented populations, they create an environment of success and enhance excellence. Presenters in this session will share best practices for how institutions can commit to their efforts around diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging.

Speaker(s):
  • Gloria Agyemang, Head, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Abdelraheem M. Abualbasal, Faculty Member, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Societal Impact and Engagement

The session will demonstrate a diverse sample of academic and executive education programs, research endeavors, and community-based development activities that target the realization of sustainable and scalable societal impact in Africa. It will highlight the importance of engaging different stakeholders on and off-campus—including, but not limited to, business enterprises and civil society organizations—to address emerging and pressing societal needs. The session will also explore the thought process followed in the design, development, implementation, and assessment of these programs and activities to add value and remain current and relevant to the emerging needs of the African continent.

Speaker(s):
  • Catherine Duggan, UCT GSB Director, University of Cape Town
  • Sherif H. Kamel, Dean, The American University in Cairo

14:50–15:35
Central European Time

Institutional Rankings

A panel of speakers from the Financial Times, QS, and US News & World Report will share details about their business school ranking processes and answer your questions. Attendees in this session will learn the pros and cons of business school rankings, as well as gain insight to the differentiating factors of each of the rankings.

Speaker(s):
  • Andrew Jack, Education Editor, The Financial Times
  • Daniel Kahn, Senior Research Executive, Business Schools, QS Quacquarelli Symonds
  • Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News Academic Insights
  • Karen Spens, Rector, Hanken School of Economics

15:45–16:40
Central European Time

Networking Community Meetings

More details coming soon!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

10:00–10:30
Central European Time

Accreditation Q&ASpeaker(s):
  • Ihsan Zakri, Senior Accreditation and Member Services Manager, AACSB International
  • Marine Condette, Senior Accreditation and Member Services Manager, AACSB International

10:30–11:30
Central European Time

Keynote II: Speaking Truth to Power

Speaking truth to power is relational. Leadership development efforts often focus on the bravery and courage of speaking up, but not as much effort is focused on becoming aware of how our power may silence others, enhancing the way in which we listen and skillfully inviting others to speak. Megan Reitz, author of Speak Up: Say What Needs to Be Said and Hear What Needs to Be Heard, will explore the leaders’ role in encouraging employee voice including findings from her current research into employee activism.

Speaker(s):
  • Megan Reitz, Professor, Leadership and Dialogue, Hult International Business School

11:30–12:00
Central European Time

Keynote II Follow-up Discussion

Meet and greet your colleagues on video and continue the discussion around Keynote II.

12:00–13:00
Central European Time

Aligning Microcredentials with Degrees

Can institutions provide their students with more flexible offerings? Best practices in quality assurance for microcredentials, nano-programmes and stackable degrees.

Speaker(s):
  • Nick Barniville, Director, MBA Programs, ESMT European School of Management and Technology
  • Devendra Kodwani, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University
  • Lise Hammergren, Senior Vice President, BI Norwegian Business School

13:00–13:10
Central European Time

Speed Networking

Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.

13:10–13:55
Central European Time

Collective Entrepreneurial Action for the Greater Good

Presenters will discuss how to solve global problems through collaborations with businesses, NGOs, governments, and other colleges to make a difference.

Speaker(s):
  • Sébastien Tran, Dean, Ecole de Management Leonard de Vinci, Pôle Universitaire Léonard De Vinci in La Defense
  • Dima Jamali, Dean, University of Sharjah

13:55–14:05
Central European Time

Closing Remarks

Join us for closing thoughts from Tim Mescon, EVP and Chief Officer Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Speaker(s):
  • Timothy S. Mescon, EVP EMEA, AACSB International