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. 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

10:00–10:10
Central European 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

10:00–15:30
Central European Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

05:15 a.m.–05:40 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:15–10:40
Central European Time

Conference Welcome

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

05:45 a.m.–06:10 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

10:45–11:10
Central European Time

BREAKOUTS: Interactive Discussions

Join facilitated, small group discussions around AACSB 2020 Business Accreditation Standards related to faculty qualifications and assurance of learning.

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

11:15–12:15
Central European Time

Keynote I: Embracing Agility

In this session panelists (deans from Europe, Middle East, and Africa) will share their experiences of turning crisis into an opportunity. They will offer strategies and practical solutions on how to build more resilient, agile and innovative institutions.

Sponsored by Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

Speaker(s):
  • Sarah Vaughan, Associate Dean, Quality & 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

07:30 a.m.–07:50 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:30–12:50
Central European 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.

07:55 a.m.–08:05 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

12:55–13:05
Central European 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!

08:05 a.m.–08:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

13:05–13:30
Central European 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

13:30–14:30
Central European 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.

Speaker(s):
  • Asma Salman, Associate Professor, American University in the Emirates
  • Soumitra Dutta, Professor of Management and Former Founding Dean, Cornell University

(A2) Innovations That Inspire: Catalysts for Innovation

Representatives from schools highlighted by the 2020 Innovations That Inspire challenge will discuss their featured innovations supporting entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation. This session is all about innovative ways of having students from various backgrounds working together to foster entrepreneurial spirit as well as innovation. Two different presentations with 2 different focuses: 1) With Entrepreneurs Across Borders, we will go through hands-on experience of entrepreneurship thanks to the creation of an international network of incubators of Business Schools that will enable to globalize students’ international experience and 2) The BioDesign at the HU is an excellent example of creating interdisciplinary teams of students/entrepreneurs: MBA's, engineering and MDs to innovate in the field of medical instrumentation.

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

09:40 a.m.–09:55 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

14:40–14:55
Central European Time

DataDirect: Finding Your School Peers

Join us for a brief and focused overview of how to use DataDirect to help you identify your peer and aspirant schools.

Speaker(s):
  • Joshua D. Barillas, Manager, Data Analysis, AACSB International

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

15:00–16:30
Central European 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

More Information

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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

10:00–11:00
Central European 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.

Speaker(s):
  • 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.

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

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

10:00–15:00
Central European Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

06:10 a.m.–06:30 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

11:10–11:30
Central European Time

Virtual Coffee Room

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

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

11:40–12:00
Central European 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

12:00–12:15
Central European Time

Data Direct: Faculty Qualifications

Join us for a brief and focused overview of available resources and data including ethnicity data, budget to faculty FTE trends, faculty qualifications as well as a step-by-step to pull existing quick reports on faculty.

Speaker(s):
  • Jeanine Romano, Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis, AACSB International

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

12:15–12:45
Central European 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

12:45–13:45
Central European Time

Networking Community Meetings

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

More Information

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

14:00–15:00
Central European 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.

Speaker(s):
  • 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.

Speaker(s):
  • Chris Ogbechie, Faculty, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University
  • Stephanie J. Morgan, Interim Accreditation Lead, The University of Aberdeen
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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

10:00–11:00
Central European 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.

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

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

10:00–15:00
Central European Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

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

11:05–11:25
Central European 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

11:30–12:30
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):
  • Tara van der Hoorn, Director, Membership, AACSB International
  • Marine Condette, Manager, Accreditation Services, AACSB International
  • Richard J. Magennis, Manager, Membership - EMEA Region, AACSB International

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

12:30–13:00
Central European 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

12:40–12:55
Central European Time

DataDirect: Trends in Program Delivery and Enrollment

Join us for a brief and focused overview of how to use DataDirect to track trends in program delivery including how programs are delivered (e.g. face-to-face, online, hybrid, etc), student ethnicity ( for US schools) and nationality enrollment, and degrees conferred.

Speaker(s):
  • R. Colin Nelson, Senior Manager, Business Education Research and Data Services, AACSB International

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

13:00–14:00
Central European 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)

Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected women more than men across many industries. In an academic setting, it has increased their workload, decreased their research productivity and hampered their work/life balance as household demands have disproportionately fallen on them. Join us for a conversation and exchange on strategies we can employ as women leaders in business education to help us gain more balance, joy and perspective during a pandemic.

More Information

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

14:15–15:15
Central European 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.

Speaker(s):
  • 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 with students change if students are restricted in traveling internationally.? Can we learn from the current experience of industry leaders in equipping students for the future?

Speaker(s):
  • George Njenga, Dean, DVC Research, Strathmore University
  • Irina Bakhtina, Vice President, Sustainable Business, Unilever
  • Ivo M. Matser, Chief Executive Officer, ABIS-The Academy of Business in Society,
  • Julius Stoerrle, President, Junior Enterprises Europe

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

15:30–16:30
Central European Time

Virtual Social Hour with a Mixologist

For the first 30 minutes we’ll learn from an expert mixologist how to become the master of your own home bar, followed by small group breakouts for networking and casual conversation with colleagues. We’ll learn bar tools (and substitutions!), key skills and a bit of mixology history as we then move on to how to master a few cocktails (with and without alcohol). We will provide ingredients ahead of time so you can follow along during this live demonstration.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

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

10:00–10:30
Central European 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.

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

10:00–13:00
Central European Time

Exhibitor Showcase Open

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

10:30–11:30
Central European Time

Keynote III: Building Resilient Teaching Models After Covid-19

During this session, speakers will present best practices and actionable insights on how to enact resilient models of teaching, to deliver high-quality student experiences across all learning modalities: in-person, online, or blended. Speakers will share examples of programs that are designed to be adaptable to fluctuating conditions and disruptions and engineered to teach skills students need to be employable in a workplace post Covid-19.

Speaker(s):
  • Solveig Nicklos, Director of Leadership, Misk Academy
  • Rebecca Quintana, Learning Experience Design Lead, The University of Michigan
  • Bhavin Bhagalia, EMEA Partnerships Director, Coursera

06:45 a.m.–06:55 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time

11:45–11:55
Central European 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!

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

11:55–12:15
Central European 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

12:15–13:15
Central European 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.

Speaker(s):
  • Henry Kiptum K. Yatich, Dean - School of Business & Economics, Mount Kenya University
  • Hala Khayr Yaacoub, Acting Dean, University of Balamand

(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?

Speaker(s):
  • 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

13:20–13:30
Central European Time

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