Ignacio Gafo, IE Business School
Professor Gafo is the current Associate Dean at IE Business School for Global and Executive Programs. He is in charge of all the blended (online) MBA programs at IE Business School and deals with program design, content definition, pedagogies to be applied and student experience and satisfaction for these programs. Professor Gafo, ranked by the Economist as one of top 100 hundred professors in the World, has more than 10 years of experience teaching in online and blended programs and is considered an expert in online Education. IE Business School is considered one of the leading schools in the World in blended and online higher education. It has deployed online master programs since 2001 and its Global MBA programs has been ranked in the number 1 or 2 position in the last 5 years by the Financial Times Online MBA Ranking. Moroever, IE is considered one major innovator in online education thanks to initiatives such as its WOW Room (launched in 2017) and its virtual class, just presented in Barcelona in the Mobile World Congress.
Mark P. Fenton-O'Creevy, The Open University Business School
Mark currently has responsibility for all aspects of the Open University Business School’s international work and holds a personal chair in Organizational Behavior. Whilst at the Open University he has served as MBA Director, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning Design and as Acting Dean. He was closely involved in the Open University’s initial AACSB Accreditation in 2004 and in each reaccreditation since. From 2005 to 2010 he founded and a led a UK government funded centre for excellence in teaching and learning, which brought together four faculties of the Open University to support enhancement of their capabilities in designing and delivering vocationally relevant distance learning programmes. He has played an important role in developing teaching and learning practices in the field of distance education and his work in this field was recognised with the award in 2007 of a National Teaching Fellowship, and in 2010, when he was one of six people made a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. His current research spans two quite different areas: the role of emotions in financial decision-making and the barriers to cross-national transfer of management practices. He has published widely including in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies; Human Relations; Accounting Organisations and Society; Journal of Organizational Behavior and Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics . He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Management Education. He is currently working in collaboration with Etienne Wenger on a book on ‘Learning in Landscapes of Practice’ which draws on social learning theory to reimagine approaches to teaching and learning in higher education and professional learning. Mark earned his PhD from London Business School in 1996 (whilst serving as a member of the faculty). This followed a varied earlier career which included teaching, working as a chef, and training and working as a psychotherapist. The Open University was founded in 1969 as an exclusively distance learning university and has been at the forefront of developing distance learning and online learning since then. The Open University has consistently ranked among the top UK universities for student satisfaction with quality of learning, in the UK national student survey. The Open University Business School has around 30,000 students in more than 100 countries.