Europe, Middle East, and Africa Annual Conference

26-29 October 2020

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I: Embracing Agility

Paolo Boccardelli, Dean, Luiss Business School, LUISS Guido Carli University

Catherine_DugganCatherine Duggan, Dean, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Catherine Duggan is Director (Dean) of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (GSB). Before joining the UCT GSB she was Professor of Management and Political Economy and Vice Dean for Strategy and Research at the African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB) in Rwanda. Prior to that she was a professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) for nearly a decade. She has also taught in MBA and executive education programs at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School (SBS) and for INSEAD. Dr. Duggan has won numerous awards. At HBS she was the first woman in the school’s history to win the Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Required Curriculum two years in a row. Also at HBS she received the Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named the Berol Corporation Fellow.  Dr. Duggan has worked in Africa for more than twenty years and has experience in nearly two dozen African countries. She is the author of a number of case studies on African firms and countries, including cases on South Africa, Nigeria, DRC, Zimbabwe, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, and others. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she was the G.J. Lieberman Fellow for the Social Sciences and received a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Brown University.

Viviane_NaimyViviane Naimy, Dean and Professor of Finance, Notre Dame University - Louaize

Viviane Y. Naimy is Professor of Finance and the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. She was the Chair of the Finance and Accounting department, the Director of the Admissions office, and the Director of the Office of Tests, Measurement, and Evaluation. She has published a large number of articles in the fields of risk management and financial modeling. Naimy worked for several banks and provided extensive training to executive directors of financial institutions in Europe and the Arab countries and is still serving as financial consultant.

Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan, Associate Dean, Accreditations, ICN Business School

Sarah Vaughan is Associate Dean Accreditations at ICN Business School, France. She has almost thirty years’ experience at senior management level across portfolios of program design, faculty, internationalization, strategic planning and has lead initial and maintenance accreditation processes for national and international bodies (AACSB, EFMD). Sarah currently is an AACSB mentor for schools in Europe, Middle East and Canada and is a peer-reviewer for French and European accreditation bodies. She currently chairs AACSB Associate Deans Affinity. Vaughan is a graduate of the University of Leicester (UK) and holds a master’s degree from the University of Poitiers (France).


Keynote II: Being Mindful in the Workplace

Stephanie_GriffithsStephanie Griffiths, Associate Director, Student Support & Wellbeing Services, King's College London

Stephanie Griffiths has been working at King’s College London for over thirty years and is currently Associate Director for Counselling and Mental Health Support, within the Student and Education Directorate. She leads a large team of Counselling Psychologists, Psychodynamic Psychotherapists/Counsellors, Group Analysts, Mental Health Advisors and a Consultant Psychiatrist. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, as well as being Chair Elect of the European Association of International Education (EAIE) Guidance and Counselling Expert Community. She is particularly interested in intercultural counselling and has delivered training programmes at the EAIE Academy for the past three years, focusing on globalisation from the institutional perspective, along with resilience training. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, she has addressed the unique stressors encountered by managers, equipping them with tools to facilitate a more resilient and mindful leadership approach.

Keynote III: Building Resilient Teaching Models After Covid-19

Mike_DamianoMike Damiano, Director, Coursera for Campus, EMEA

Mike Damiano leads the Coursera for Campus team across Europe, The Middle East and Africa. He has 20+ years of experience working on some of the world’s largest eLearning initiatives. Cutting his online learning teeth with Prof. Stephen Heppell on in 1997, Mike went on to lead many education technology projects across the schools and higher education sectors. At the core of many projects is education transformation through technology, often to provide new and innovative learning opportunities to under-served groups. Examples include launching the Studywiz Virtual Learning Environment into the UK schools market as part of the UK Government’s “Learning Platforms Framework”, powering female education provision in Saudia Arabia through a national virtual classroom network and delivering a “Hybrid” learning platform with Laureate Education & Blackboard to over 1 million students & 50,000 faculty across 25 countries.

Rebecca_QuintanaRebecca Quintana, Learning Experience Design Lead, University of Michigan

In her role of Learning Experience Design Lead at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Center of Academic Innovation, Dr. Rebecca Quintana uses a learner-centered approach to design and develop online learning experiences for diverse audiences of global learners. Partnering with faculty across the University, Quintana is involved in course strategy and design for a wide range of courses across U-M’s online portfolio. Central to this work is a commitment to design approaches that value both diversity and inclusiveness, which is based on the foundational principle of equitable use. Quintana is committed to developing and implementing processes to ensure that online courses developed by faculty and staff at U-M are designed with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind.