Global Accreditation Conference

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Global Accreditation Conference

September 27–30, 2021

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I: The Impact of Microcredentials and Upskilling in Higher Education

Susan_FournierSusan Fournier, Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, Boston University 

Susan Fournier is Allen Questrom Professor and Dean of the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and Professor of Marketing. She is the School’s first woman dean and its first academic dean in over 40 years. Susan is in her 27th year as a marketing academic, 16 of these at Questrom. She held several leadership positions at the School including Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research and Director of the MBA and PhD Programs. Prior to Questrom, she served on the faculty at Harvard Business School and Dartmouth Tuck School. 

Leah_HoudeLeah Houde, Chief Learning Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Dr. Leah D. Houde drives development strategies and shapes learning culture as PwC U.S. Chief Learning Officer. As a seasoned executive development professional, she is passionate about cultivating new ideas to manage digital disruption and lead in today’s complex environment. 
Leah began her career as a founding member of Duke Corporate Education, a global custom executive development firm, consistently ranked number one in its field. Leah received her BS degree in Psychology and PhD in Organizational Behavior from Duke University. Her research focused on how individuals think about employment relationships. See “Motivating Employees in the Gig Economy.”

Arshad_SaiyedArshad Saiyed, Associate Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Digital Learning, Northeastern University

Arshad is an entrepreneur in higher education with 19 years of experience in strategic initiatives in online business and professional education. He provides strategic guidance and leads the execution of scaled digital learning initiatives at Northeastern. He manages the team for the newly formed Innovation unit, Experiential Digital Global Education (EDGE). Before joining Northeastern, he led the online programs at Gies College of Business at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was a key member of the team that conceptualized, created, and implemented the first-of-its-kind MOOC-based online MBA (iMBA).

Peter_van_der_HijdenPeter van der Hijden, Independent Higher Education Strategy Advisor 

Peter van der Hijden is an independent higher education strategy advisor. He acts as sparring partner, board member, workshop moderator and inspirational speaker for public authorities, non-governmental organisations, companies, media outlets, university- and professional networks. Former EC head of sector higher education policy, Peter played a central role in developing the Erasmus programme, the Bologna process, and the higher education modernisation agenda. He further contributed to the Horizon R&I framework programmes and to research staff development under the European Research Area (ERA). Peter studied law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, where he started his career as vice-registrar of the university council and policy officer for education and research. Recent assignments include positioning European University alliances (after an idea of President Macron - 8 successful bids supported in 2019/2020), senior expert for a 2030 EC vision study on universities,  the advisory board of Kiron Learning beyond limits (a Berlin based NGO serving new audiences with online studies) and promoting micro-credentials as a new and flexible learning option for all (advisor to EC and organisations worldwide).

Keynote II: Year One of the 2020 Standards: A Conversation with AACSB’s Global Chief Accreditation Officer, Dr. Stephanie Bryant

Stephanie Bryant PhotoStephanie M. Bryant, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer, AACSB International

Dr. Stephanie M. Bryant is the Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International.  She served as Dean of the College of Business at Missouri State University for 6-1/2 years and was previously the Director of the University of South Florida School of Accountancy.  She received her Ph.D. and B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Louisiana CPA (inactive).  Dr. Bryant specializes in accounting information systems, and previously worked for KPMG Peat Marwick.  Dr. Bryant has co-authored two accounting textbooks, and over 30 academic articles and has won nine teaching awards.  She served as the 2005-2006 national President of the American Accounting Association Information Systems Section.  She also served as the 2006-2009 International President of Beta Alpha Psi.

Geoff Perry PhotoGeoff Perry, EVP and Chief Officer Asia Pacific, AACSB International

Geoff Perry is executive vice president and chief officer of Asia Pacific. With initial degrees in the arts and the humanities, he subsequently undertook graduate study completing a PhD in economics with a focus on labor and international economics, utilizing his capabilities as an applied micro-econometrician. Arising from this is a significant portfolio of peer-reviewed journal articles, commissioned reports, and presentations. He has academic and private sector experience and has worked, consulted, and researched in his home country of New Zealand as well as more broadly in the Asia Pacific region. With senior management experience in the university sector, having served as business school dean, pro vice chancellor, and deputy vice chancellor at Auckland University of Technology—a 28,000 student, research-intensive university—he has strong strategic, financial, and people management capabilities. He has mentored, advised, and evaluated many higher education business schools across the Asia Pacific region and North America. Recently he co-chaired the Business Accreditation Task Force, which was mandated by the board of directors to work with the AACSB community to develop the 2020 business accreditation standards.