Public Affairs and Communications Director
Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Sergio Codonyer has a degree in Business Administration from the University Pompeu Fabra. Since 2011 he has been the Public Affairs and Communication Director of 13 African countries at Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC) he also covers the whole continent with the projects of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation. Based in Ghana, he worked for 2 years as Director of management control, information technology, security and new projects. As Director of management control, Codonyer had over 11 years experience in various multinationals, living in three different continents. He speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
In his current role as Communication Director, he has created partnerships at the highest level with governments, businesses and NGOs; he is also coordinating Coca-Cola’s response combating the ebola crisis that is affecting several countries in Africa.
EMEIA Tax Leader
• Stephan Kuhn has been a financial auditor since 1983 and a tax advisor since 1985 He led the Swiss tax and legal practice from 2000 • 2005 – 2008: Leader of the tax and legal practice in Central Europe • As of July 2008: Tax and Legal Area Managing Partner for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa [16'000 people in 93 countries] (EMEIA)
• Stephan serves as the Global Client Service Partner for a globally active Universal Bank • As an advisor, Stephan has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, post-transaction integration and supply chain management projects. His clients are predominantly in Banking and Capital Markets and in Private Equity. • In his roles as Area Tax and Legal as well as Swiss FSO Leader Stephan has had extensive contacts with Ministries of Finance, supranational organizations and national tax administrations as well as Regulators / Supervisory authorities.
• Stephan had two years of audit experience before he became a Tax Advisor • Most of his time he spent serving the firm's key accounts as the client service partner • Prior to getting his present roles he had the responsibility for the Swiss Tax Practice and for the Swiss Transaction Advisory Team • Stephan is a member of the EMEIA Area Executive and of the Global Tax Executive of EY • Member of the Supervisory Board of Ernst & Young GmbH, Germany
• Certified Tax Expert, Switzerland • Master Degree in Finance and Accounting, University of St. Gallen
• Permanent lecturer for Tax Law at University of St. Gallen • Chairman of a local community's supervisory and audit committee for 8 years • Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) • Member of the Board of the Association of Swiss Companies doing business in Germany
Anthony Ebow Spio
Senior Lecturer & Head of Department of Business Administration
Ashesi University College
Anthony Ebow Spio is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Department of Business Administration of Ashesi University in Ghana. He teaches undergraduate students in Marketing, Competitive Strategy, Services Marketing, New Product Development and Strategic Brand Management. Anthony is a member of the Duke Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network. His main areas of expertise include enterprise development, business planning, marketing planning, brand and marketing communication development, management and implementation, and action learning development and delivery.< br />
Anthony has over 22 years of progressive and responsible business management, marketing strategy development, brand management and brand communication development experience in industry. He served as the General Manager of DiscoveryTel Ghana, an ICT company that provides internet and network solutions to businesses in Ghana. He also worked for Unilever, a multi-national company, for 16 years in Ghana and Nigeria. He co-founded and directed Spio & Spio Consulting, a firm that specialized in advising SMEs and Beacon Books Company between 2006 and 2010. He has performed consultancy and training assignments for the British Council, World Bank, Barclays Bank, International Trade Centre and SMEs in Ghana.
Anthony graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland with MSc. in International Marketing in 1999 . He is also a holder of BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Ghana, which he obtained in 1987. He also obtained a Diploma in Sustainable Local Economic Development from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2011. He is a Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and a Council member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana.
Anthony’s research interests include place branding, entrepreneurship and enterprise development, local economic development, consumer behaviour, international business and ethics in business.
Director Business School Services
Nadine Burquel is Director of the EFMD Business School Services Department since July 2014. As such she is directing the development of the events organised for the membership, from the annual and deans ‘conferences to the thematic conferences and advisory seminars. She is also directing the current EFMD leadership and management development programmes such as the International Deans ‘Programme, the EFMD (ESMU)-HUMANE Winter School for Senior University Administrators and the Research Leadership Programme.
Nadine joined EFMD in May 2013 as senior expert EU Affairs, following the incorporation of ESMU activities (European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities) into EFMD. These activities included the successful Winter School for senior administrators organised annually for 12 years under her directorship, a number of EU projects and above all three multiannual framework contracts for services in all fields of education and training for the European Commission. Under these contracts Nadine has been working with large consultancy companies on the acquisition and delivery of EU consultancy work and studies. Some examples include a study on the educational activities of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a study on Quality Assurance in Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters and Joint Doctorates and a study on Quality Assurance as a way to build trust between HE and VET.
In other contexts as senior HE expert Nadine has directed a project to review EU-Russia Joint Study Programmes. She has recently completed an evaluation of the EU EDULINK education programme (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) and an assignment for the EU on national university governance in Thailand. Since December 2013 she is also lead expert in HE Innovate, the new EU-OECD entrepreneurial framework for HEIs.
Previously as ESMU Secretary-General she was involved in many EU consultation exercises and directed a wide range of EU projects on higher education developments. Nadine has more than twenty years’ experience in higher education, including on governance, management and the internationalisation of higher education.
Founder & CEO
Global Business School Network
After 40 years as an economist at the World Bank, including 15 years as Chief Economist of the International Finance Corporation, he saw too often how lack of management talent was impeding economic and social development in communities throughout the developing world. Now as CEO of GBSN, which started at the IFC and is today an independent nonprofit, Guy oversees programs and events that harness the expertise and passion of a worldwide network of leading business schools to strengthen the institutions and educators who deliver management education for the developing world. GBSN's unique approach pairs a robust network of experts with efficient administration to build institutional capacity, foster collaboration and disseminate knowledge, all aimed at promoting management education that delivers international best practice with local relevance.
Born in Montauban, France, Mr. Pfeffermann received his Licence en Droit et Sciences Economiques in Paris in 1962 and was awarded first prize, Concours General, a French national inter-university essay competition. He was a Besse scholar at St. Antony's College, Oxford from 1962-65 and received a B.Litt. (Oxon.) in 1967 for his thesis: "Industrial Labour in Senegal," which was also published as a book.
From 2000-2003 he was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. From 2003-2007, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the GlobalGiving Foundation. He published "Paths out of Poverty – The Role of Private Enterprise in Developing Countries (IFC, 2000)." He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). His most recent publications include "Technology, Education and the Developing World" in nBizEd, a publication of the AACSB (July/August 2013) and "Cutting a Path to Prosperity – How Education Pioneers are Building Better Business Schools for the Developing World… and Why" (with co-authors, 2013). Guy is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management.
IESE Business School
From 1970 to 1981 Prof. Renart held different positions in a Spanish food company, up to the level of Division Manager and Member of the Board. He then joined IESE where he is full time professor in the Marketing Department. He teaches both executive programs and at the MBA level. From November 1994 to May 1997, he was also Executive Director of the Alumni Division.
Most of his teaching and research is focused on marketing strategy, particularly on export and multinational marketing, sales team management, and customer relationship management strategies. He has written more than forty cases and related documents. Some of them have been included in some 25 leading textbooks published in the United States, Spain, France, United Kingdom and Croatia. He has won five prizes (1991, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2004) in the European Case Writing Competition organised each year by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
In addition to IESE, he has been Visiting Professor at HEC + ISA (Jouy-en-Josas, France); Nijenrode (Holland); AESE (Lisboa); IPADE and ICAMI (Mexico); INALDE (Bogota); IDE (Ecuador); School of Economics (Zagreb, Croatia); IAE (Buenos Aires); Lagos Business School (Nigeria); IEDC (Bled, Slovenia); Nile University (Cairo); HCMS (Moscow); Johannesburg; Strathmore Business School (Nairobi, Kenya); ASM (Luanda, Angola); MDE Business School (Abidjan, Ivory Coast); The University of Asia and the Pacific (Manila, The Philippines); and at the Estonian Business School (Tallinn).
In 2005, 2006 and 2007, under contract from the IFC – World Bank, he field trained some 50 African business school professors in the art and craft of case writing, in Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.
In September 2009 he was appointed head of IESE Africa Initiative, with the aim of coordinating and stimulating further institutional involvement of IESE Business School in Africa, where IESE has five associated business schools, located in Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Angola and Ivory Coast. In the last 8 years, He has made over 30 professional trips to Africa.
Breakout Session Speakers
Professor of Strategic Management
IESE Business School
Dr. Ariño received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is professor in the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School, University of Navarra (Spain). In the past, she served as Deputy Dean for Faculty, and as Director of the Ph.D. Program. She is specialized in Strategic Alliance Management, particularly in their structural design, process issues and evolutionary aspects of the inter-partner relationship.
Her research has been published in first world level academic journals such as Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Management, among others. Also, she is author of numerous contributions in publications aimed at a managerial audience, such as California Management Review or The Academy of Management Executive. She is the co-editor of Strategic alliances: Governance and contracts (with Jeffrey J. Reuer) and Creating value through international strategy (with P. Ghemawat and J.E. Ricart).
Dr. Ariño is the Academic Director of the Research Centre on Globalization and Strategy at IESE Business School. She is Associate Editor of Academy of Management Discoveries and Global Strategy Journal, and serves or has served as a member of the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, and European Management Review.
Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society. She has also served in the Executive Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management.
Dr. Ariño is the Chairperson of the 2014 Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, and has also organized several specialized conferences related to her research interests. She presents her research regularly at annual conferences sponsored by the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Management, and the Strategic Management Society.
She teaches Competitive Strategy, Corporate Strategy, and Strategic Alliance Management in MBA and Executive Education programs, as well as in the Ph.D. Program.
She has taken part in diverse consulting projects on issues related to Strategic Management such as formulation and implementation of strategic plans and management and governance bodies; design of strategic alliances; and issues particular to family-owned businesses.
Currently, Dr. Ariño is spending half a year sabbatical in Africa (Lagos Business School, Lagos, Nigeria; and Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya). She is working on the "Africa to Africa" project which focuses on internalization experiences of African companies within the continent.
Chief of the Business Facilitation Section
Division on Investment and Enterprise
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Richard Bolwijn is a Senior Economist in UNCTAD's Division on Investment and Enterprise, based in Geneva. He heads the section on business facilitation and is one of the lead authors of the Annual World Investment Report. Richard also heads the Business Schools for Impact project, an UNCTAD initiative in partnership with GBSN, CEMS and individual business schools from all continents.
Prior to joining UNCTAD in 2010, Richard was a senior manager in McKinsey & Company, working from the Milan office, advising corporate clients across Europe, Africa and the Middle-East on strategy and business development. He also worked in the economics group of KPMG Consulting, based in the London office. Richards holds degrees in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University in Milan, and in International Relations from Groningen University in the Netherlands.
Senior Fellow, Operations, Information Systems and Marketing Division
Academic Director, Enterprise Development Center
Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University
Dr. David-West is an information systems (IS) professional with over two decades experience in the Nigerian IT industry. With a passion for the effective use of IT in business, Dr. David-West not only makes IT understandable, but assists organisations seeking business value from information and related technologies through systematic decision making and managerial processes. She is currently a senior fellow in the Operations, Information Systems and Marketing Division of Lagos Business School and the academic director at the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of Pan-Atlantic University.
Dr. David-West holds a doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Manchester Business School; an MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design from City University, London; and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Lagos. In her doctoral thesis, Dr. David-West investigated the performance of electronic banking systems that resulted in the development of EBQUAL, a scale to measure consumer perceptions of electronic banking quality. Her research interests are centered around the managerial practices in support of information systems in business including, but not limited to systems planning, development, management, governance and effective use. Dr. David-West is the author of numerous academic papers and case studies. She has also presented her research findings in local and international conferences.
Dr. David-West combines her teaching and research interests with industry consulting engagements in the areas of strategic IS planning, IT personnel selection, IT assessment & review/due diligence, e-business, business planning, software selection & management, systems implementation, project & change management, business process improvement and systems design. Her research interests include information systems in organisations, performance of e-business, electronic service quality and IT governance.
Dr. David-West is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), an academic advocate to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and a qualified practitioner of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA).
Associate Professor & Chairperson
Global Fashion Management Program
Fashion Institute of Technology, School of Graduate Studies
Pamela Ellsworth is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Global Fashion Management program in the School of Graduate Studies, a campus of the State University of New York in New York City.
Global Fashion Management, which confers a Master of Professional Studies degree, trains managers in the fashion industry for executive positions through a partnership with schools in Paris and Hong Kong.
Prof. Ellsworth joined FIT’s faculty in 2005 as an adjunct professor in the department of International Trade and Marketing, teaching international marketing and sourcing for the apparel industry. Prior to her appointment at FIT, she spent several years as a consultant for apparel factories in Africa and Asia, assisting companies in refining and marketing their products to successfully export to the U.S. and the European Union. Prior to consulting, she held the position of product development manager for Burlington Worldwide, Burlington Industry’s international division, focusing on companies and markets in Western Europe and Mexico. In the early years of her career, she worked as a costumer for theater, dance, and opera throughout the country, specializing in pattern drafting, draping, and construction after training with Seventh Avenue fashion companies.
Prof. Ellswoeth received a Master of Professional Studies in Global Fashion Management from FIT, a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in Apparel and Textile Management, certification in fashion design from The School of Fashion Design in Boston, and studied textile technology at FIT. She is active in numerous FIT committees, including the Diversity Council, established by FIT’s President. Pamela is an invited member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women.
Director of Tax Policy Africa
Keith Engel joined EY on 15 June 2013 as the Tax Partner responsible for Tax Policy across Africa. He has many years of experience as a Tax Professor and as Chief Director of tax legislation within the SA National Treasury. Part of Keith's role at EY is to advise African governments on tax legislation and operations so these governments can achieve more stable revenues without undermining economic growth.
South African National Treasury – Chief Director: Legal Tax Design - Responsibilities included: Manager of the team engaged in the legal design and drafting for all tax legislation, including the Income Tax, the Value-Added Tax, Extractive Taxes, Excise Taxes and oversight of Tax Treaty negotiations
SARS Large Business Centre – Senior Advisor to the General Manager for strategic projects within the Large Business Centre; projects included analysis of the audit risk engine, assistance on audit planning, management information systems
US professor – Full-time tax professor at Washington & Lee Law School and visiting tax professor at Boston University Law School, Georgetown Law Center and Texas Law School. Taught basic, corporate, international and partnership tax.
Tax associate – worked in a U.S. law firm advise on domestic reorganisations and bankruptcy workouts as well as partnership arrangements
IRS: Attorney advisor (National office) - involved in company and international tax rulings/regulations
Law Clerk (Court of Federal Claims) – Clerked with a Chief Judge and a second Judge involving tax and Constitutional expropriation cases
The Open University Business School
Dr. Mark Fenton-O'Creevy is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Associate Dean International at the Open University, UK.
His research on the psychology of financial decision-making and on the cross-national translation of management practices is published in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Accounting Organisations and Society, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Personality and Individual Differences and The Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics. Dr. O'Creevy blogs about his research on finance and emotions at http://emotionalfinance.net.
Dr. O'Creevy is a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. His forthcoming book on "Learning in Landscapes of Practice" (with Etienne Wenger, Chris Kubiak, Steve Hutchinson and Beverly Trayner; Routledge, July 2014) takes a social learning theory approach to understanding how learning translates across boundaries. Dr. O'Creevy is currently co-leading the AACSB seminar programme on online and hybrid learning.
Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)
Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong
Ms. Belinda Gibbons is a Lecturer with the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia. Ms Gibbons is the Director for Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) in the Faculty of Business and is in the final year of her Doctoral Thesis with a focus on simulation and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in undergraduate business education. Her research interests are in the fields of business education in particular systemic approaches to organisation decision making that includes CSR.
Ms. Gibbons is passionate about business student education and recently won the UOW Vice Chancellors Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning Award 2014. She has designed and developed an interactive dynamic learning environment (IDLE) for use in an undergraduate business capstone subject which recently won the NSW iAwards for information, communication and technology innovation and the UOW Trailblazer award for potential innovative products.
Belinda works with local high schools to develop their love of business studies and open their eyes to university offerings. She endeavours to underpin her teaching philosophy with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) foundations and strives to ensure undergraduate business education is realistic and engaging.
IESE Business School
Jeremiah Iyamabo is a first year PhD student at IESE Business School. He holds an MSc, degree in Marketing Communication from the School of Media & Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, and a BA, degree in Literature.
Before joining the PhD programme at IESE, Jeremiah was a researcher at Lagos Business School, where he was involved in a diverse range of research projects leading to academic journal publications, traditional case studies and the development of e-case studies — executed by The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Kenya and supported by the Hubert Project at the University of Minnesota, USA.
He is also a member of the Market Research Society (UK) and his desire to expand his interest in marketing has exposed him to strategic brand management projects for Nigerian corporate brands including: WEMA Bank Plc, Consolidated Discounts Limited and Alpha Morgan Capital. In his spare time, when he is not lost in poetry, he would be found enjoying a game of badminton or chess.
School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Ruth N. Kiraka is an Associate Professor of Management at Strathmore University. She is also the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Strathmore University.
Dr. Kiraka has a background in Strategy and International Development. She earned her PhD from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia; MSc from Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and BSc from Egerton University, Kenya.
Dr. Kiraka has published 2 books, over 22 journal articles and book chapters, 12 case studies and two research reports. She has received research grants to conduct entrepreneurship research in Kenya. Dr. Kiraka has supervised numerous graduate research projects in business and management. Her teaching performance has also won her a University teaching excellence award.
Dr. Kiraka's consulting experience includes work for Johnson & Johnson, Commission for University Education - Kenya, Barclays Bank of Kenya, the British Council and the International Finance Corporation. She also conducts entrepreneurship training for small and medium sized enterprises, in which she has trained over 2,000 entrepreneurs.
Dr. Kiraka is a journal reviewer for a number of journals including Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review; International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management; Knowledge and Process Management; and Third Sector Review. She is a member of the Academy of Management, and the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE). Dr. Kiraka is also an advisory board member of the Association of Microfinance Professionals of Kenya (AMPK).
Tuck Global Consultancy Program
Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Kerry Laufer is the Director of the Tuck Global Consultancy (TGC) program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth -- an experiential learning course that engages MBA students in real-world global consulting projects. Since the program’s inception in 1997, nearly 1000 Tuck MBAs have participated in 183 management consulting projects across more than 60 countries.
Kerry’s expertise is in higher education strategy, project management, and international educational development. Previously a part of the Tuck Global Consultancy team from 2008-2011, she returned as director in 2013 after managing Dartmouth's institution-wide strategic planning process for the offices of the Provost and President. She also worked with the Provost's office on Dartmouth’s global and online education initiatives and strategy.
Before Dartmouth, Kerry spent eight years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where she was invited to help design and start a new university for women. As Vice Dean at Effat University, she was instrumental in establishing the institution's academic and administrative infrastructure and opening new educational and career pathways for Saudi women.
Kerry has traveled the world extensively and is passionate about promoting deep cross-cultural engagement through education and expanding opportunities for global learning outside the classroom. She holds an undergraduate degree in French from Swarthmore College (1994) and an MA in Education from LaSalle University (1999).
Lecturer in Management
Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
The Open University Business School
Dr. Michael Ngoasong is Lecturer in Management at the Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise at The Open University. Before joining The Open University he held lecturer positions at Coventry University London Campus, Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University respectively.
Dr. Ngoasong's research interests include the role of foreign investments and microfinance on enterprise development, development-led entrepreneurship and the implementation of global policies at country level in Africa. He has undertaken teaching and consulting assignments in Sierra Leone and Cameroon.
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA)
Dr. Obeng is a Lecturer at the Graduate School, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and was an International Research Fellow at the Open University Business School, UK. His research interests are in the fields of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and Marketing. Prior to joining GIMPA, Dr. Obeng was an Ad-Hoc Lecturer at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Business School, Aberdeen, UK.
Dr. Obeng has published papers in international journals such as Small Business Economics, International Small Business Journal, and Journal of Small Business Management. He has also presented papers at reputable international conferences such as International Council for Small Business, British Academy of Management, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, and RENT Conference.
Dr. Obeng is a seasoned SME professional and teacher, credited for the development of numerous SME training programmes, including the on-going capacity development programmes for Sokoban Wood Village (Formerly, Anloga Wood Village), Sokoban, Kumasi.
Dr. Obeng has also actively participated in a number of international specialized assignments such as GIMPA/IFC SME Toolkit Localisation Partnership, GIMPA/Gold Fields Leadership Development Programme, Micro-Finance Community Credit/Field Agents Training and was Project lead, Association of African Business Schools/GIMPA Agribusiness Management Training Project.
Professor of Social Enterprise
The Open University Business School
Rob Paton was born in Ghana, educated in Edinburgh, and studied social sciences at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Professor of Social Enterprise at the Open University Business School, where he has worked since 1975.
Dr. Paton pioneered the application of distance learning techniques in management, leadership and professional development. He has led major curriculum development exercises as well as research on new forms of learning. For years he trained new academic staff in the Open University Business School in course design and development. Dr. Paton helped set up the Business Education Support Team to advise UK Business Schools, which is now part of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr. Paton has undertaken teaching and consulting assignments in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kenya. He led the ABLE-Ghana Consortium (funded by the British Council) to work with Ghanaian business schools on pedagogic renewal. Dr. Paton is currently working with the Kenya Markets Trust on new ways of providing problem-centered learning for entrepreneurs in MSME businesses related to agriculture.
Professor of Agricultural Economics & Management
Zhejiang University of Management
Wenrong Qian is Professor and PhD supervisor at School of Management, Zhejiang University. He now serves as Associate Dean of the School, Deputy Director of Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), Zhejiang University, listed in “Outstanding Talents in the New Century” Program by Ministry of Education of China.
Prof. Qian's main research areas include migration and urbanization, land economics and management, theories and policies on agricultural economics etc. He has conducted one key research project and one general project sponsored by National Social Science Foundation of China, one general project by National Natural Science Foundation of China, one key project and one general project by Ministry of Education of China. He has received many awards for his excellence in research including Research Award for Rural Development in China, West Lake Golden Award for Urbanology, National Excellent Research Award (third-class), and Provincial Excellent Research Award (first-class and second-class). Prof. Qian has published 5 books and over 70 articles in major academic journals.
Senior Lecturer in System Dynamics
MIT Sloan School of Management
Anjali Sastry is senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her PhD in management science and her undergraduate physics and Russian degrees are from MIT. She has worked as assistant professor of organizational behavior at the University of Michigan, assistant professor of management science at MIT, a management consultant at Bain & Company, and a research scholar at Rocky Mountain Institute.
Dr. Sastry has two decades of experience teaching and researching organizational change, system dynamics, and action learning. She added global health delivery to her portfolio in 2007 to further develop her groundbreaking approach to learning by doing. Her perennially oversubscribed MIT lab courses pair field projects with classroom instruction and faculty mentoring, and she has been conducting research to investigate the impact of her efforts in the field.
Dr. Sastry presents her work to many audiences, through executive education, academic conferences and publications, blog posts and press articles, and guest lectures in the United States, Africa, and elsewhere. She serves on the board of directors of the global nongovernmental organization Management Sciences for Health and collaborates with MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design, the University of Cape Town’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation, WonderWork, and the MIT IDEAS Competition, among other programs and organizations. Her book, Parenting Your Child with Autism: Practical Solutions, Strategies, and Advice for Helping Your Family, coauthored with Blaise Aguirre in 2012, draws on personal experience as well as research evidence. Her most recent books, Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner (November 2014, Harvard Business Review Press; with Kara Penn), is a practical guide to orchestrating and learning from smart failure in projects.
American University in Cairo
Dr. Karim Seghir has an extensive and geographically diverse professional experience. Born in France and raised in Tunisia, Seghir earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1997 from the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. He earned a Master of Science in Mathematical Methods in Economics and Finance and a PhD in Mathematical Economics and Finance from University of Paris 1 Sorbonne in 1998 and 2002, respectively.
Dr. Seghir served as a Visiting Professor at Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and at Universidad de Chile in 2010. He also served as a visiting researcher at Universidade NOVA in Lisbon from September 2002 to September 2004. Prior to joining AUC, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut from September 2004 to September 2006.
Prior to being Dean, Dr. Seghir served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration at the AUC School of Business from June 2011 to June 2014.
Dr. Seghir was invited as a panelist in various regional and international events including AACSB, EFMD, PRME, Economic Research Forum and the World Bank.
Dr. Seghir’s research interests include mathematical economics, general equilibrium theory, financial markets, credit markets and default. He has published in top tier journals in Economics such as Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Theory and Journal of Mathematical Economics. He also serves as referee for leading academic journals such as Economic Theory and Journal of Mathematical Economics. He is a member of The Econometric Society and The Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.
Dr. Seghir taught microeconomics, mathematical economics, financial economics, decision under uncertainty and game theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Seghir is passionate about sports, especially squash and soccer; music; poetry and psychology.
Africa Business Development Director
Dr. Ronald I. Sibert currently serves as the Africa Business Development Director at the Graduate Management Admission Council®. Prior to assuming this role he served as Director of Strategic Alliances in which he provided strategic direction to the Council in its relationships with organizations and various stakeholder groups in the U.S. and abroad.
As a former MBA Program director, Dr. Sibert led Full-time, Part-time and Executive MBA programmes as well as MBA career services at the University of Delaware. His earlier public policy-related accomplishments at the University culminated in his appointment as chairperson of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens with advisory and oversight responsibility for the State Department of Education. He later served as a board director of the Ph.D. Project, an organization dedicated to increasing diversity among professors in business schools.
Dr. Sibert holds a Finance MBA and a Ph.D. in Public Policy—both from the University of Delaware.
Solomon Mogus Tassie
Deputy Director General
Education Strategy Center
Solomon Mogus Tassie (PhD (born in June 24, 1953 in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia) is an animal scientist and a professional with experiences in leading and managing Higher Education.
He started his university undergraduate education in 1970 at the College of Agriculture at Alemaya in Eastern Part of Ethiopia and obtained his Agricultural Education Degree in 1977. He did his Masters Degree (1981-1984 at Alemaya, Ethiopia) and Ph.D degree (1987-1992 at the Institute of Animal Nutrition, Bonn University, Germany) in animal production and animal nutrition, respectively.
After Graduation in 1977, he served as instructor at Ambo College of Agriculture (125 km west of Addis Ababa) till April 1995. In 1995 he was posted at Jimma (350 km south west of Addis Ababa), as Dean of the Jimma College of Agriculture (JCA) and served at that Position for about five years. Then after, upon the establishment of the Jimma University (JU) in April 2000, he become the first Vice President for Academics and Research Affairs of the University and afterwards he was at the helm of the university between Sept 2004 and Sept 2006. During his tenure as leader at the college and university level he was instrumental to the merger of the JCA as a founder college of JU to be part of the Open University Business School initiative of Distance Education in Ethiopia in mid to late 90’s and forging linkages with some European and Universities in the Region. During his tenure in JU, the university grew and was well established opening up a number of new academic programs and having a number of partnership with universities in Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA that helped enhance the quality of education and promote research culture in the university.
Solomon M Tassie moved to Addis Ababa in September 2006 to assume the post of Advisor for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education (MOE) with a responsibility of coordination and managing internationally funded projects at the level of the Country’s HE sub-sector. The projects included among others, World Bank, Netherlands Nuffic, USAID projects, of which most of them encompassing partnership of the universities/organizations in Europe and the USA to those in Ethiopia.
Since August 2010, he became the Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Education Strategy Center, an umbrella organization of the Education Sector accountable to the Federal Ministry of Education. The center has mandates among others fostering cooperation between HE in Ethiopia and with the universities in the region and elsewhere in the world which he is taking most of the responsibility to make such cooperation realized. In addition he is the director of two Higher Education Capacity Development Projects supported by NUFFIC aiming at to fill the skill gaps in Higher Education management and leadership in Ethiopian Higher Education Institutions.
Besides holding the above positions, he has lectured courses in animal sciences for both undergraduate and post graduate level and had been advisor of post graduate students in JU and Addis Ababa University.
Head of MBA Programme
University of Stellenbosch Business School
Dr. Marlize Terblanche-Smit is Head of the MBA Programme at the University of Stellenbosch (USB) Business School and also serves on the Executive Committee of USB.
Dr. Terblanche-Smit has a combination of academic and practical industry experience. She has been involved in academia for nine years and lectures in the disciplines of Strategic Management and Marketing. Dr. Terblanche-Smit has published various peer reviewed journal articles and presented papers at more than 20 international conferences.
Before joining USB at the beginning of 2013, she was appointed at Stellenbosch University. Dr. Terblanche-Smit has more than 15 years of industry experience, and held various senior positions and the executive marketing position for a multi-national FMCG company, based in South Africa, for seven years. Dr. Terblanche-Smit also does strategic marketing consulting on an ad hoc basis.
Rita van Deuren
Academic Coordinator MBM Programs
Maastricht School of Management
Dr. Rita van Deuren is an all-round professional in the field of higher (professional) education, especially business education.
Dr. van Deuren studied Psychology at Tilburg University and Business Administration at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her business experience originates from being a logistics professional and manager at Philips Electronics. Her broad experience in higher education comes from Fontys University of Applied Sciences. There, next to being lecturer in management and organizational behavior she also held positions as project leader in several educational innovation projects, as policy advisor in educational marketing and as researcher. Dr. van Deuren's PhD research at Delft University of Technology focused on choice behavior of prospective bachelor students.
From 2011 onwards she is assistant Professor in the area of Management and Leadership at the Maastricht School of Management. Her main interests include leadership and management (in higher education), and educational design/innovation.
Dean of Faculty & Research
Jonathan Wareham is Dean of Faculty & Research for the ESADE Business & Law Schools, and Professor of Information Systems at ESADE Business School. Dr. Wareham’s research has been published in over 80 refereed journals and proceedings such as Organization Science, Decision Sciences, MIS Quarterly, Decision Support Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Computer, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, International Journal of Medical Informatics and numerous others. He serves as Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly, and has held/holds editorial positions with Information Systems Research, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information & Organization.
He was the General Conference Chair of the 20th European Conference on Information Systems - ECIS 2012 and Local Organizing Chair of DRUID2 2013. In addition, he sits on the advisory boards for a number of academic institutions, NGOs and social entrepreneurs.
Global Health Delivery Project
Rebecca Weintraub, MD is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Faculty Director of the Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project at Harvard University. She is an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity and practices medicine within the Department of Medicine. The GHD Project has published over 30 Harvard Business School case studies with Harvard Business Publishing, available online at no cost to the public. Dr. Weintraub is a co-faculty lead for the Global Health Delivery Intensive at Harvard, a joint Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health training to introduce key principles in global health delivery to providers and implementers. In 2008, the GHD Project launched GHDonline.org, a network of virtual professional communities that today connects global health implementers from 182 countries and more than 4,000 organizations.
Dr. Weintraub co-founded Jumpstart, the national AmeriCorps program, and is a technical advisor to Ashoka Living Goods and non-profits promoting the work of health entrepreneurs. Dr. Weintraub graduated from Yale University and Stanford Medical School.