Europe, Middle East, and Africa Annual Conference

26-29 October 2020

EMEA Annual Conference Agenda

Sessions will be recorded and made available on The AACSB Exchange to all EMEA attendees. To accommodate multiple time zones, some live sessions will be repeated. Conference sessions are subject to change. Please check back regularly for the latest schedule.

Monday, October 26, 2020

05:00 a.m.–05:10 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:00 a.m.–10:10 a.m.
Central European Time

05:00 p.m.–05:10 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Virtual Platform Exploration

Explore the Hopin platform to learn about navigating and networking opportunities.

05:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:00 a.m.–03:30 p.m.
Central European Time

05:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

05:15 a.m.–05:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Central European Time

05:15 p.m.–05:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Conference Welcome

Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International.

05:30 a.m.–06:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Central European Time

05:30 p.m.–06:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Keynote I: Embracing Agility

In this session panelists will discuss how the new ways of teaching, doing research, hiring. etc. are challenging schools to be more agile and innovative than ever before.

Sponsored by Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Speakers:
  • Sarah Vaughan, Associate Dean, Accreditations, ICN Business School
  • Paolo Boccardelli, Dean, Luiss Business School, LUISS Guido Carli University
  • Catherine Duggan, Dean, University of Cape Town
  • Viviane Naimy, Dean and Professor of Finance, Notre Dame University - Louaize

06:40 a.m.–07:20 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

11:40 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Central European Time

06:40 p.m.–07:20 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

BREAKOUTS: Interactive Discussions

Join facilitated, small group discussions on your topic of interest. More details coming soon!

07:25 a.m.–07:35 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:25 p.m.–12:35 p.m.
Central European Time

07:25 p.m.–07:35 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Chair Yoga

Take a break! Join us for gentle breathing and stretching exercises that can be done right at your desk. During a time when so many of us are seated in front of our computers for long periods of time, incorporate these adapted yoga poses and stretches for a much-needed pause and stress reducer. Accessible to all levels and ages; no equipment or change of clothes needed!

07:40 a.m.–08:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:40 p.m.–01:00 p.m.
Central European Time

07:40 p.m.–08:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

LIVE Interactive Exhibitor Networking and Break

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

08:00 a.m.–08:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

01:00 p.m.–01:30 p.m.
Central European Time

08:00 p.m.–08:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DESIGN YOUR TIME

This is your time! Rest and relax, or take advantage of networking opportunities:

Speed Networking - take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! 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.

1:1 Meeting Rooms – in addition to direct messaging, you can set up private one-on-one calls with audio and video with fellow conference attendees.

08:30 a.m.–09:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

01:30 p.m.–02:30 p.m.
Central European Time

08:30 p.m.–09:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(A1) Digital Innovations in Education in a Post-Covid World

The Covid crisis has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies in a wide range of sectors including education. Is the widespread use of remote teaching the start of a new revolution in education? Academic leaders are investing in their digital competencies and questioning all aspects of their learning and business models. The benefits of access and reach provided by technology are being leveraged to reach new markets and launch new programs. Lifelong learning is being made into a reality and not just remaining a slogan. New technological innovations such as Blockchain, AI and Virtual Reality are opening new frontiers for education. Are business schools and higher education institutions ready to push the norms and move benchmarks? Presenters will address the disruptive impact of digital technologies on higher education.

Speakers:
  • Asma Salman, Blockchain Developer & Associate Professor of Finance, American University in the Emirates
  • Soumitra Dutta, Professor of Operations, Technology and Information Management, Cornell University

(A2) Innovations That Inspire: Catalysts for Innovation

The demand for innovation that engages experts across disciplines and addresses the needs of both local and global communities has never been more apparent than in these unprecedented times. Representatives from schools highlighted by the 2020 Innovations That Inspire challenge will discuss their featured innovations supporting entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation.

Speakers:
  • Céline Davesne, Associate Dean Programmes, NEOMA Business School
  • Dan Galai, Professor, Finance and Banking, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

03:00 p.m.–04:30 p.m.
Central European Time

10:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Networking Community Meetings

European Regional Network Meeting
Representatives from AACSB-accredited and member institutions that are located in Europe

Middle East and North Africa Regional Network Meeting
Representatives from AACSB-accredited and member organizations that are located in the Middle East and North Africa will discuss: Agility in the MENA region, what is the role for Business Schools

Small Schools Network Affinity Group Meeting
Representatives from schools with typically 35 or fewer full-time faculty members

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

05:00 a.m.–05:20 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:00 a.m.–10:20 a.m.
Central European Time

05:00 p.m.–05:20 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Virtual Coffee Room

Network in an informal setting and share the latest book, podcast, or movie you enjoyed.

05:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:00 a.m.–03:00 p.m.
Central European Time

05:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

05:30 a.m.–06:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Central European Time

05:30 p.m.–06:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Accreditation Q&A: CIR Virtual Visits

In the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, AACSB has offered CIR schools with upcoming visits the option to conduct their visit virtually. If you fall into this category and are wondering how you can facilitate a smooth and productive virtual visit, this session is for you.

Speakers:
  • Christina Vonhoff, Head of Accreditation, University of Mannheim
  • Ihsan Zakri, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International

Accreditation Q&A: Initial

If you have an upcoming Initial Accreditation visit in the next two years, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the initial accreditation process, and we will discuss the psychology of a visit, managing a visit, and what to do when the unexpected happens.

Speakers:
  • Nitham M. Hindi, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Qatar University
  • Marine Condette, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International

06:40 a.m.–07:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

11:40 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Central European Time

06:40 p.m.–07:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

LIVE Interactive Exhibitor Networking and Break

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

07:00 a.m.–07:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:00 p.m.–12:15 p.m.
Central European Time

07:00 p.m.–07:15 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Data Direct: Faculty QualificationsSpeakers:
  • Jeanine Romano, Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis, AACSB International

07:15 a.m.–07:45 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.
Central European Time

07:15 p.m.–07:45 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DESIGN YOUR TIME

This is your time! Rest and relax, or take advantage of networking opportunities:

Speed Networking - take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! 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.

1:1 Meeting Rooms – in addition to direct messaging, you can set up private one-on-one calls with audio and video with fellow conference attendees.

07:45 a.m.–08:45 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:45 p.m.–01:45 p.m.
Central European Time

07:45 p.m.–08:45 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Networking Community Meeting

Online Learning Affinity Group Meeting
Faculty, Administrators, and Learning Technologists from any member institution

Diversity and Inclusion Affinity Group Meeting
AACSB Members with interest and responsibilities in advocating for diversity and inclusion in academia and schools of business around the world

09:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

02:00 p.m.–03:00 p.m.
Central European Time

09:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(B1) Business Schools Impacting Communities During Turbulent Times

How can business schools contribute to resilience, decision-making and various stakeholder communities at times of high uncertainty? How does this impact our research agenda, our case studies, our leadership, teaching and our interaction with local stakeholders? The pandemic has our societies facing extreme levels of uncertainty and anxiety while demands for timely decision-making are particularly high. While official data is collected on a continuous basis, it is often fragmented and analyzed quarters or even years after. Business professors’ expertise in managing, combining, and analyzing large amounts of data and leveraging this to support various community needs can provide a huge benefit to the communities served.

Speakers:
  • Timo Korkeamäki, Dean, Aalto University
  • Piet Naudé, Director, University of Stellenbosch Business School
  • Timothy S. Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, AACSB International

(B2) Collaborative Provision, Global Degree & Program Partnerships

For decades, business schools throughout EMEA have pursued student, professor and professional staff exchanges, dual and double degree programs, franchises, and other forms of collaborative provision. However there has been continual confusion around the possible implications for accreditations. The 2020 Business Accreditation Standards recognize these alliances very differently and the changes are dramatically supportive of our members connecting across the world and providing high quality programs to students. This session will take a closer look at the new AACSB standards and discuss a best practice approach for b-schools to achieve standards alignment and, in turn, apply the standards to deliver quality in multi-campus and multi-national programs.

Speakers:
  • Chris Ogbechie, Faculty, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University
  • Stephanie J. Morgan, Honorary Professor, The University of Aberdeen
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

05:00 a.m.–06:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Central European Time

05:00 p.m.–06:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Keynote II: Being Mindful in the Workplace

As higher education institutions and business school leaders bring innovative ways of learning and teaching to the changing environment, awareness of your own mental health takes on a new significance. Those individuals or organisations which adapt most successfully to emotionally challenging events recover faster and more sustainably, embracing change, with the ability to leverage opportunities for growth. This session will look at best practices and techniques to address the demands of your working life, both personally and for your teams. It will look specifically at Mindfulness as a technique to reduce stress and improve cognitive and emotional functioning, with enhanced performance and job satisfaction.

Speakers:
  • Stephanie Griffiths, Associate Director, Counselling and Mental Health Support, King's College London

05:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:00 a.m.–03:00 p.m.
Central European Time

05:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

06:05 a.m.–06:25 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

11:05 a.m.–11:25 a.m.
Central European Time

06:05 p.m.–06:25 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

LIVE Interactive Exhibitor Networking and Break

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

06:30 a.m.–07:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Central European Time

06:30 p.m.–07:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

AACSB Membership and Quality Assurance Information Session

Join this session to learn how you can optimally engage in the AACSB Business Education Alliance and what is newly available to you. Staff will also provide an introduction to the AACSB accreditation process.

Speakers:
  • Tara van der Hoorn, Director, Membership, AACSB International
  • Marine Condette, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International

07:30 a.m.–08:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:30 p.m.–01:00 p.m.
Central European Time

07:30 p.m.–08:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DESIGN YOUR TIME

This is your time! Rest and relax, or take advantage of networking opportunities:

Speed Networking - take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! 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.

1:1 Meeting Rooms – in addition to direct messaging, you can set up private one-on-one calls with audio and video with fellow conference attendees.

07:40 a.m.–07:55 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:40 p.m.–12:55 p.m.
Central European Time

07:40 p.m.–07:55 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DataDirect: Trends in Program Delivery and EnrollmentSpeakers:
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

08:00 a.m.–09:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

01:00 p.m.–02:00 p.m.
Central European Time

08:00 p.m.–09:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Networking Community Meetings

Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Meeting
Management educators committed to advancing sustainability, corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship and innovation, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

MBA for Working Professionals Affinity Group Meeting
Representatives from AACSB-accredited member organizations with working professional MBA program enrollment of significant size (generally, 35% + of total MBA enrollment)

09:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

02:15 p.m.–03:15 p.m.
Central European Time

09:15 p.m.–10:15 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(C1) Interdisciplinarity in B-Schools

Business schools’ missions generally focus on preparing students for realities such as interdisciplinarity. B-Schools strive to replicate this characteristic in academic offerings making them more market relevant. Interdisciplinarity takes many forms and can be implemented within the business school, breaking historical functional silos, or across schools infusing business acumen with technical knowledge. In this session, presenters will share two examples of interdisciplinary course design and delivery: (1) “Business 360”, a seminar-type course co-delivered by several academics with practitioners covering timely business topics; (2) a Master’s course in Marketing and User Experience, collaboratively developed by two school, Business and Science & Technology.

Speakers:
  • Ahmed M. Abdel-Meguid, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Administration, The American University in Cairo
  • Elvira Bolat, Director of Accreditation, Principal Academic, Bournemouth University

(C2) Corporate Engagement

What challenges exist for maintaining and developing relationships with industry? Will corporate engagement become ‘local’ as students are restricted in travelling internationally? Can we learn from the current experience of industry leaders in equipping students for the future?

Speakers:
  • Ivo M. Matser, Chief Executive Officer, ABIS-The Academy of Business in Society,

01:00 p.m.–02:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

06:00 p.m.–07:00 p.m.
Central European Time

01:00 a.m.–02:00 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Virtual Social Hour

Connect with fellow attendees in informal conversations.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

05:00 a.m.–05:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
Central European Time

05:00 p.m.–05:15 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Chair Yoga

Take a break! Join us for gentle breathing and stretching exercises that can be done right at your desk. During a time when so many of us are seated in front of our computers for long periods of time, incorporate these adapted yoga poses and stretches for a much-needed pause and stress reducer. Accessible to all levels and ages; no equipment or change of clothes needed!

05:00 a.m.–08:00 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:00 a.m.–01:00 p.m.
Central European Time

05:00 p.m.–08:00 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

05:30 a.m.–06:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Central European Time

05:30 p.m.–06:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Keynote III: Building Resilient Teaching Models After Covid-19

During this session, speakers will present best practices and insights on how to build resilient methods of teaching, to deliver high-quality student experiences and measurable learning outcomes across all learning modalities: in-person, online, or blended, designed to be adaptable to fluctuating conditions and disruptions, and aligned to teach the skills students need to be employable in a workplace post Covid-19.

Speakers:
  • Mike Damiano, Director, Coursera for Campus, EMEA, Coursera
  • Solveig Nicklos, Director of Leadership, Misk Academy
  • Rebecca Quintana, Learning Experience Design Lead, The University of Michigan

06:35 a.m.–06:55 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

11:35 a.m.–11:55 a.m.
Central European Time

06:35 p.m.–06:55 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

LIVE Interactive Exhibitor Networking

Visit our virtual exhibitor showcase to chat live with exhibitors as they showcase innovative solutions and the latest products and services in business education. These industry experts can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover groundbreaking ideas to bring back to your institution.

06:55 a.m.–07:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

11:55 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Central European Time

06:55 p.m.–07:15 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

DESIGN YOUR TIME

This is your time! Rest and relax, or take advantage of networking opportunities:

Speed Networking - take advantage of this opportunity to get to know fellow conference attendees! 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.

1:1 Meeting Rooms – in addition to direct messaging, you can set up private one-on-one calls with audio and video with fellow conference attendees.

07:15 a.m.–08:15 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:15 p.m.–01:15 p.m.
Central European Time

07:15 p.m.–08:15 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

(D1) The Impact of COVID-19 on Schools’ Operating Budgets

Globally, 60 percent of schools expect reduced student enrollment or intake to have a significant impact on their operating budget and financial strategies. How are business schools in EMEA operating with reduced budgets and what are the strategies for driving cost savings.

Speakers:
  • Alice Guilhon, Dean, SKEMA Business School

(D2) Impact of COVID-19 on Student Mobility

What will be the implications for international student mobility? International students enroll at universities not only for the learning experience, but for the social and cultural learning that immersion in a foreign country provides. Online learning only partially meets the expectations of these students. How will international student mobility change in the near future? How does pedagogy adapt to meet the needs of students?

Speakers:
  • Meltem Rijkers-Oktay, Senior Data & Analytics Consultant, Studyportals
  • Piet Van Hove, Head, International Relations Office, University of Antwerp

08:20 a.m.–08:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

01:20 p.m.–01:30 p.m.
Central European Time

08:20 p.m.–08:30 p.m.
Singapore Standard Time

Closing RemarksSpeakers:
  • Timothy S. Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, AACSB International