Prof. Grafton Whyte
Prof. Whyte was elected AABS chair in June 2021. He holds a PhD in Information Systems Management from Cranfield University, School of Management; MBA from Westminster University and BA Hons in Business Management from South bank University.
He setup the organization, Customer Service Management Africa (CSMA) for the promotion and research into customer service delivery in Africa; Through the CSMA hosted the first-ever Namibian Customer Service Awards & Conference and first Customer Service Nationwide Survey in Namibia, collecting over 7000 responses in 2014.
Prof. Whyte is also the developer of the V-Model of Service Quality, a tool for operationalising the measurement of service quality, based on Personal Construct Theory.v
Prof. Chris Ogbechie
Chris Ogbechie is Dean and Professor of Strategic Management at Lagos Business School and Visiting Professor at Strathmore Business in Nairobi, Kenya and the University of Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda. Professor Ogbechie holds a first-class honours degree in mechanical engineering from Manchester University, an MBA from Manchester Business School and a PhD in Business Administration from Brunel Business School in the UK.
He has vast experience in marketing, strategy, corporate governance, and sustainability derived from his work as Head of Marketing/Sales at Nestle Nigeria and from his consulting work with Nigerian, Ghanaian and Kenyan firms over the years. While in Nestle, he held international positions in Malaysia, Singapore, and Switzerland. Professor Ogbechie teaches strategy, sustainability and corporate governance at the Lagos Business School and Strathmore Business in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also the founding Director of the School’s Sustainability Centre.
His research interests are in strategy in turbulent environments, strategic leadership, board effectiveness, and corporate sustainability. Professor Ogbechie has over 30 years experience in corporate board matters, and has been involved with several start-ups in Nigeria. He was Chairman, Board of Directors, Diamond Bank Plc and is on the board of several private and public companies including National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc. (NASCON), Health Partners Ltd, Hubmart Stores Ltd, Summit Healthcare Group, and Palton Morgan Holdings. He has several publications in financial services marketing, strategic management, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and sustainability.
Mr. Kamil Senhaji
Kamil Senhaji, Joined Galileo Global Education (GGE) in June 2018 as Regional Director Africa, Middle East, Asia and Americas. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee and has the mission of developing GGE in Emerging Countries. Prior to joining Galileo Global Education, Kamil Senhaji served as Business Development Director of JCDecaux then Director of the Executive Committee of JCDecaux Africa and Board Member of several Group Companies. He started his career as an Auditor in 2005 at Carlson Wagonlit Travel before joining JCDecaux in 2008. He has developed throughout his career a strong expertise in International Development, Negotiation and Merger & Acquisition.
Passionate about the African continent, he has also worked extensively in Asia while being an Auditor.
Kamil has been teaching at HEC Paris (Leading business school in France) in 2018.
He is since December 2018 the President of ISM Group a leading Higher Education institution in Francophone Africa (Business school, law school, engineering school and political science school with around 10.000 students).
In 2018, Kamil has been ranked by Forbes Africa and Choiseul Institute among the top 100 young leaders in Africa. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Rabat and a Master Degree in Auditing and Risk Management from Paris V University.
Prof. Lyal White
Prof. Lyal White is Strategic Advisor to Higher Education International (HEI) for Africa and new markets, Research Associate at the Brenthurst Foundation and Founder of research and advisory practice Contextual Intelligence. Prior to this, he was the founding Director of the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, where he retains a Senior Research and Visiting Faculty role.
Prof. White has lived and worked in South Africa, Rwanda, Argentina, Colombia, Morocco and the US. He is an active board member of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS), to which he was elected in June 2019.
Dr. Nizar Becheikh
Dr. Nizar Becheikh is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management at the School of Business of the American University in Cairo (AUC, Egypt). He served as Interim Dean of the School in 2017, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research from 2013-2018. He also served as Director of the EMBA, the MBA, and the CEMS/MIM programs. He earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a MBA in International Management from Laval University (Canada).
During his time in Canada, he worked closely, as part of research and consulting projects, with managers and policy makers from Canadian SMEs, public organizations, and governmental agencies intended to foster innovation and regional economic development in Canada. He published his research in top-tier refereed academic journals and prestigious conferences, and in the form of professional reports and best practices guides. Dr. Becheikh has coached entrepreneurs in different phases of development of their business ideas.
He also contributed to different workshops and seminars meant for promoting entrepreneurship in Egypt and the MENA Region. Dr. Becheikh teaches Strategy, Innovation Management, and Entrepreneurship at the undergraduate and the (Executive) MBA programs. His current research interests focus on political economy in the Arab region, innovation paths and best practices in developing countries, and managing growth and innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in Arab countries.
Prof. Samuel Bonsu
Recently appointed as Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), with effect from September 1, 2021, Professor Samuel K. Bonsu is a Professor of Marketing and Responsible Business in Accra, Ghana.
His research interests are in Consumer Cultures, Socio-Economic Subjectivities in Contemporary Markets, especially as they relate to African and Diaspora experiences that inform theoretical developments.
Prof. Bonsu has taught marketing and consumer behaviour at various universities around the world, including the Bryan School of Business and Economics, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Simon Fraser University, and the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada.
His works have been published in some of the most respected academic journals including the Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of Consumer Culture. He is a past President of the International Society for Markets and Development (ISMD), a society that brings together scholars/practitioners of development. He is a sought-after speaker who has lived and worked in a wide number of countries across four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America).
Mr. Jonathan Foster-Pedley
It takes a multi-talented leader, innovative businessperson and expert in curriculum design to direct Henley Business School South Africa. Dean and Director Jonathan Foster-Pedley has worked in six continents and has over thirty years of global business experience. He is a former airline pilot and senior executive in the European aerospace industry, and has guided and facilitated cohesion and productivity in international and local multicultural sales and marketing and management teams.
He is also an entrepreneur, a leading academic and coach (working as a visiting professor in Strategy, Creativity and Innovation), and a writer and blogger. He is Vice Chair for the South Africa Business Schools Association. Foster-Pedley’s expertise in strategy, creativity, design, thinking and innovation are key features of the Henley MBA curriculum.
He has developed hands-on programmes designed to stimulate innovative business thinking strategies, to increase productivity in the workplace, and to develop self-confidence, self-belief, creativity, proactivity and out-of-the-box thinking. Foster-Pedley has the business acumen, the academic prowess, and the social conscience to direct Henley students so that they reach the full productive potential in every facet of their daily lives.
Lana Elramly leads the Association of African Business School’s (AABS) operations with a specific focus on the development of African…
Dickel Yannice Talla is the Senior Content Specialist in December 2018. Web-savvy marketing professional accomplished in…
Sandrine B. Tshishimbi is the Accreditation Manager since September 2022 after joining AABS in June 2021 as the Accreditation Officer. Previously,…
Tracy Hauptfleisch joined AABS in March 2016 and is the Secretariat Manager. Tracy has studied through the Institute of Certified…
Jad Ghalayini is the Marketing and Communications Manager since February 2023 with eight years of experience in multidisciplinary design, marketing …
Lana Elramly leads the Association of African Business School’s (AABS) operations with a specific focus on the development of African business schools as the AABS Director: Accreditation and Strategy.
Prior to that, Lana has held the position of AABS Accreditation Director since 2018 and, in this time, has overseen the launch of the AABS Accreditation and has provided strategic leadership in planning, implementing and supervising the quality-based AABS accreditation system. In her current role, she has put her experience in higher education, accreditation, and quality improvement in Africa and the Middle East into spearheading a new vision and direction for AABS that will be of benefit to the entire AABS network. Her key responsibilities are to develop a strategy for AABS operations while still continuing to overlook the accreditation process. She is working closely with the AABS Secretariat to design and implement the plans that will benefit all AABS members and she, as leader of the team, is enhancing the association’s performance and capabilities.
Lana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from George Mason University, USA, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with Honours from the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt, and has also participated in the “Women in Leadership” programme at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also brings to AABS a wealth of experience from her tenure of more than ten years at AUC. In her capacity as Manager: Academic Assessment and Accreditation, she, twice, achieved the School of Business its Triple Crown Accreditation with a record breaking three visits in one academic year. Prior to joining the education sector, she worked for the Department of State, Inspector General’s office, based in Washington DC, USA, where she was instrumental in assisting teams with inspecting US missionaries around the globe while preparing requested reports and briefs as demanded by the US Senate.
Dickel Yannice Talla is the Senior Content Specialist in December 2018. Web-savvy marketing professional accomplished in creating and leading marketing campaigns, she comes from the Media Agency Havas Africa where she has worked for clients such as Bel group, Saham Insurance and Total. She is passionate about creating unique, tailored and innovating messages to reach her targets through applicable forms of media.
Her previous experiences made her gain a true understanding of data and analytics that explain the power of strong, targeted, strategic content. Dickel has a Masters in project management from Cesag (Senegal) and a Bachelor in Business administration from Edith Cowan University (Australia).
Sandrine B. Tshishimbi is the Accreditation Manager since September 2022 after joining AABS in June 2021 as the Accreditation Officer. Previously, she worked in the office of the DRC Ambassador and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps as the Personal Assistant. She was called to provide administrative support to the Ambassador and the entire Diplomatic corps.
She has also worked as an Interpreter at the Refugee Centre, South African Department of Home Affairs. She studied at the University of South Africa where she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Postgraduate in Risk Management.
Tracy Hauptfleisch joined AABS in March 2016 and is the Secretariat Manager. Tracy has studied through the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers as well as UNISA where she completed the programme in Business Management. She comes with a wealth of administrative experience from both the corporate and NGO worlds. After working for corporate giants such as SABC, Cargo Carriers and Foodcorp she then worked for a number of well-known community organisations in administration, fundraising and programme management: St Anthony’s Educate Centre in Boksburg, Radio Veritas, and the Jesuit Institute.
In this last role, she oversaw the doubling in size of the organization and also coordinated, over a number of years, a national touring lecture programme that brought in professors from Europe, the USA and East Africa and linked to several SA universities. Tracy moved from the corporate world into the NGO field because of her desire for social justice and her passion for Africa, its people and their upliftment.
She first became involved with GIBS through her involvement in the BizSchool programme for disadvantaged post-Matrics; she also pioneered a programme of mentoring and service-learning for undergraduate students from Fordham University New York at the University of Pretoria. Her move to AABS will allow her to see more of the African continent and the people about whom she feels so passionate.