New Deans Seminar

2–4 March 2020 | Berlin, Germany


BournoisFrank-colorFrank Bournois, ESCP Europe

Professor Frank Bournois is Executive President & Dean (since 2014) of ESCP Europe, the pan-European business school. Also the Chairman (since 2017) of the Educational Programmes Committee of the French Grandes Ecoles Association gathering 234 schools of engineering and business schools. In 2019, Chir of the ‘Agrégation’ Committee for the recruitment of University Professors in Management in France.Academically: Graduated at the Business School of EM Lyon (France), MBA-Aston University (UK) and a PhD from University of Lyon III (France). He specialised in corporate governance and the study of how very large European firms identify, develop and manage their futureleaders. Was a full Professor of general management and cross cultural leadership at Paris2 University (1997-2014). Supervised more than 70 PhD students. At the Ministries of Industry and Higher Education, served as Chairman of the National Committee for the Evaluation and Accreditation of Business 2009-2013). Formerly: Dean Bournois developed consulting activities with major industries regarding the detection and training of their future leaders (Airbus, Bouygues, EDF, Safran,…). Comptroller of the French Armed Forces (reserve officer since 1998). He is the author or co-author of 20 books. Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, Officier de l’Ordre national du Mérite, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

ToniHiltonToni Hilton, University of Brighton

Toni Hilton is the Head of the Brighton Business School and Professor of Marketing. Her previous leadership roles range across three countries with different HE structures and include: Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, Scotland;  Dean of the Business and Management Faculty at Regent’s University, London; Acting Dean at Westminster Business School, London; Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer at Westminster Business School;  Head of Unitec Business School, Auckland, New Zealand; Head of Department at AUT University, Auckland and Head of the School of Marketing at Bristol Business School, UWE. Having lived in the UK, the United States, Canada and New Zealand, Toni brings an international perspective to every aspect of the academic agenda.  After gaining an honours degree in Law (LLB, Leicester University) she worked in business for ten years in both US and UK based ‘blue chip’ companies.  Her PhD, from Nottingham University, examined managerial strategies to encourage private client loyalty to UK law firms. Her two decades of higher education experience were gained predominately in large, city-based, modern universities with an emphasis on student experience and employability through practice-led education, industry engagement and applied research. As an academic researcher Toni has a particular interest in the marketing of services and Service-Dominant Logic. Her articles appear in the Journal of Marketing Management, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Customer Behaviour, The International Journal of the Legal Profession and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Nitham_HindiNitham Hindi, Qatar University, College of Business and Economics

Dr. Nitham M. Hindi joined Qatar University in 2005. Since then, he served as the head of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the College of Business and Economics. He is currently serving as Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Development. He has extensive administrative experience in the USA. He holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Jordan, and Master and doctorate degrees in Accounting from the University of Alabama and Mississippi State University, respectively. He is a Certified Management Accountant. Dr. Nitham Hindi is a productive researcher. His publications appeared in many international journals. Additionally, he is a member of editorial boards of many international journals. He has supervised a number of Master and Ph.D. theses. Dr. Nitham Hindi is very active in his service contributions and serves on many committees at the university and country levels.

Guest Speaker:

ThomasFroehlicherThomas Froehlicher, Rennes School of Business


Dr. Thomas Froehlicher took over the position of the Director General and Dean of Rennes School of Business on 1st January 2018. He has been, and continues to be, a member and chair of panels for the international accreditation of business schools (AACSB and EQUIS). Dr. Thomas Froehlicher has previously managed a number of other Business Schools. He has been the Director General and Dean of the Kedge Business School, HEC Liège, Belgium and ICN Business School, and General Delegate of ARTEM, Nancy. Having held the position of Professor of Management at Ecole Nationale des Mines de Nancy since 2001, he has extensive expertise in strategic management, social responsibility and managing innovation. He has also served as an administrator of the French “Conference des Grandes Ecoles” and was a member of the International Advisory Board of the Technological University of Compiègne, of “Wallonia European Creative District”, and of Birmingham City Business School.