AABS Connect Annual Conference 2021

  • Virtual

  • 22/06/2021-25/06/2021

People, Profit, Planet: Africa on the Pathway to Success?

June 22-25, 2021 | Virtual Conference

AABS Connect is the yearly gathering of business education professionals working in, and for, business schools in Africa. The conference is a supportive environment in which common challenges can be discussed, new networks formed, and fresh ideas created.

This year, we are excited to announce that AABS Connect 2021 will be a fully online event. During this unique time of history, virtual spaces open the opportunity for greater inclusivity. 

We invite you to join us as we discuss how African business schools can engage people through a responsible and inclusive growth for a sustainable and impactful outcome. What will be our legacy? Are we connected to the human beings we serve?

Business education from around the world are invited to participate in engaging and insightful sessions and networking events.

For the first time, the conference will be hosted by four schools:

The programme is in development and alongside the high-level keynote sessions, the interactive breakout sessions, and networking opportunities that are a hallmark of Connect; there will be a range of valuable asynchronous content that will allow you to discover Senegal and its culture.

 

Practical Information

AABS Connect Conference will take place on 22- 24 June, 2021. The members’ meeting will be held on 25 June, 2021.

You can log in to as many sessions as you wish throughout the three days, enabling you to fit your attendance around your other commitments, and create personalised schedules based on your interests, development needs and availability.

Following your registration, your login details will be shared with you ahead of the conference. Detailed guidance on how to access the event platform and FAQ’s will be available soon.

 

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Silver Sponsor

Tuesday 22 June 2021

09h30 – 10h00   Registrations and Platform Tour

Lana Elramly, AABS Director: Accreditation & Strategy, Egypt
Yasmine Sy, Conference Co-host and Strategy, Development, and Quality Assurance Director, Supedco, Senegal
Lemira Sy Diallo, Conference Co-host and Director of Accreditation and International Relations, IAM, Senegal

10h00 – 10h15   Welcome Note

Abdou Diouf, CEO Groupe ISM, Senegal

• Aboubacar Sedikhe SY, President Groupe Sup de Co, Senegal

Grafton Whyte, AABS Interim Chair, Namibia

Mbagnick Guissé, President Groupe IAM, Senegal

Pape Madické DIOP, President BEM, Senegal

10h15 – 11h00   Keynote Address

Can African business schools engage people through a responsible and inclusive growth for a sustainable and impactful outcome: What will be our legacy? Are we connected to the human beings we serve?

Bougane Gueye Dany, President D-Media, Senegal

11h00 – 11h15   Break

11h15 – 12h15   Panel 1: The Role of African Business Schools in Integrating Innovative Technology in Africa

This theme revolves around technology and business schools. With the ever-growing technologies and an increasing demand, how do business schools create the needed local skills to create, use and work the needed solutions? Do African business schools support the transfer of technology?

• Bekure Tamirat, Product Director (G-Training), Gebeya, Ethiopia

Ibrahima Nour Eddine Diagne, Director, Gainde 2000, Senegal

• Leila Triki, Dean, Mediterranean School of Business, Tunisia

• Sadibou Sow (moderator), Founder, Webber Institute of Technology, Senegal

12h15 – 13h15   Panel 2: Building the Business of CSR in Africa

The panel will be about successful African companies, initiatives, schools’ commitment and approach to sustainability. How is the human factor “people” embedded in the way they work? How do they offer not only economic returns but also provide tangible levels of environmental and social progress?

• Adeyinka Adewale, Deputy Director of Studies, Henley Business School, United Kingdom

• Ali Awni, Director, The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement  & Responsible Business, The School of Business, AUC, Egypt

• Franklyn Manu, Chairman, MTN Ghana Foundation, Ghana

• Sina Hbous (moderator), Executive Director of the Regional Center for Sustainable Finance (moderator), Egypt

13h15 – 14h15   Lunch Rendez-Vous

Bring your lunch and connect with your peers across the globe

14h15 – 14h45   Introducing AABS Connect Circles

Lana Elramly (moderator), AABS Director: Accreditation and Strategy, Egypt

Relevance Circle chair

Ali Elquammah, Director, HEM,  Morocco

Impact Circle Co-Chairs:

Grafton Whyte, AABS Interim Chair, Namibia
Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director, Henley Business School Africa, South Africa

Sustainability Circle Co-Chairs:

Sammy Bonsu, PRME Chair Africa Chapter, Ghana

• Ali Awni, Director, The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement  & Responsible Business, The School of Business, AUC, Egypt

14h45 – 15h30   Special Panel: A Closer Look at the AABS Accreditation

• Ali Elquammah, Director, HEM,  Morocco

Franklyn Manu (moderator), GIMPA, AABS AccreSys Committee Member, Ghana

Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director, Henley Business School Africa, South Africa

 

Wednesday 23 June 2021  

09h30 – 10h00   Registrations and Platform Tour

10h00 – 11h00   Panel 3: Training Eco-minded Africans: Green Business

With the international attention on climate change and students’ increased interest on eco-friendly business solutions, it’s important that business schools start to train their students in environmental sustainability.

Henry Yatich, Dean, Mount Kenya University School of Business and Economics, Kenya

Mallé Fofana (moderator), Country Representative of Burkina-Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, Global Green Growth Institute, Burkina-Faso/Côte d’Ivoire

Maurice Radebe, Head and Director of School, Wits Business School, South Africa

Mbagnick Guissé, President Groupe IAM, Senegal

11h00 – 12h00   Panel 4: Opportunities and Challenges in Doing Research in Africa

What are the researchers’ needs? What are the best practices? How can AABS help business schools to do more research?

• Ababacar Mbengue, Professor, University of Reims and Sup de co Dakar, Senegal

• Asma El Aarroumi, Professor and researcher, ESCA, Morocco

• Mbaye Fall DIALLO (moderator), Professor, Skema, France

• X.N. Iraki, Associate Professor, the University of Nairobi School of Business, Kenya

12h00 – 12h15   Break

12h15 – 13h30   AABS Connect Circles (3 parallel sessions)

Session 1: Relevance Circle

Ali Elquammah, Director, HEM,  Morocco

Session 2: Impact Circle

Grafton Whyte, AABS Interim Chair, Namibia
Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director, Henley Business School Africa, South Africa

Session 3: Sustainability Circle

Sammy Bonsu, PRME Chair Africa Chapter, Ghana

Ali Awni, Director, The John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, Civic Engagement  & Responsible Business, The School of Business, AUC, Egypt

13h30 – 14h15   Lunch Rendez-Vous

Bring your lunch and connect with your peers across the globe

14h15 – 15h15   Panel 5: The Purpose of Business in Africa

The role and purpose of business have fundamentally changed. With that, the role of business schools around the world is changing fast. This is especially true in Africa, at a time when we are witnessing a convergence of technology, demographics, socioeconomic and environmental episodes, and increasing connectedness at a pace never seen before. The purpose of business in the African context needs to be explored and debated by the African business community, business schools and others with an idea of placing business at the center of development and progressive change for the future, among a diversity of stakeholders.

Coumba Toure, Board Member at Trust Africa, Coordinator Africa Rising,  Senegal

Kamil Senhaji, Vice President Emerging Markets and New Territories, Galileo Global Education, France

Lyal White (moderator), AABS Board Member, South Africa

Piet Naude, Professor of Ethics at University of Stellenbosch Business School and Director of EDAF – EFMD, South Africa

15h15 – 15h35   Associate Session: Higher Education Partners – Africa 

• David Klock, Advisory Board member, Higher Ed Partners Africa, USA

• Nicholas Kendall, CEO, Higher Ed Partners Africa, South Africa

• Nuno Fernandes, Group CEO Ibero América, USA

 

Thursday 24 June 2021

09h30 – 10h00   Registrations and Platform Tour

10h00 – 10h20   Associate Session: Emerald Publishing

Juliet Harrison, Cases Lead, Emerald Publishing, United Kingdom

• Gabi Rundle, Emerald Cases Published, Emerald Publishing, United Kingdom

10h20 – 10h40   Associate Session:  AACSB

• Marine Condette, Manager, Accreditation and Member Services EMEA, AACSB International

10h40 – 11h00   Associate Session

11h00 – 12h00   Panel 6: Quality Assurance in Africa

Why should business schools engage in the accreditation process? What does the quality assurance journey involve?

Lamine Gueye, Executive Secretary, ANAQSUP, Senegal

• Enase Okonedo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria

• Marine Condette (moderator), Manager, Accreditation and Member Services EMEA

• Nicola Kleyn, CEEMAN Vice-President for Africa; Dean of Executive Education, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University the Netherlands; and Chair, AABS Accreditation Committee, South Africa

12h00 – 12h15   Break

12h15 – 13h15   Panel 7: Post-COVID Curriculum and Teaching Methodologies for African Business Schools

•  George Njenga, Dean, Strathmore Business School, Kenya

•  Jan van Romburgh, Chief Director, NWU Business School, South Africa

• Malick FAYE, Executive Education Director and Associate Dean, BEM, Senegal

• Olayinka David-West (moderator), Associate Dean, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria

13h15 – 13h35   Associate Session: AMBA & BGA

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive, Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association, United Kingdom

13h35 – 14h40   Lunch Rendez-Vous

Bring your lunch and connect with your peers across the globe

14h40 – 15h00   Associate Session: Peregrine Global Services

Paul Mallette, Director of EMEA Operations, Peregrine Global Services, France

15h00 – 16h00   Panel 8: Alliance of Management Development Associations in Rising Economies

Grafton Whyte, AABS Interim Chair, Namibia

• ANGRAD

• BMDA

Danica Purg, President of CEEMAN – The International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies and IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia

Andres Toledo Acuna, President, CLADEA, Chile

• FORUM

• RABE

Nicola Kleyn (moderator), CEEMAN Vice-President for Africa; Dean of Executive Education, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University the Netherlands; and Chair, AABS Accreditation Committee, South Africa

16h00 – 16h15   Wrap Up and Acknowledgment

Abdou Diouf, CEO Groupe ISM, Senegal

• Aboubacar Sedikhe SY, President Groupe Sup de Co, Senegal

Grafton Whyte, AABS Interim Chair, Namibia

Mbagnick Guissé, President Groupe IAM, Senegal

Pape Madické DIOP, President BEM, Senegal

 

Friday 25 June 2021

11h00 – 13h00   Members Meeting via Zoom (closed)

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

communication@aabschools.com

Registration

  • All registrations are subject to confirmation by the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). 
  • Registration is only confirmed upon receipt of full payment of the registration fee.
  • The registration fee is accurate at the time of publication. AABS reserves the right to change the fee at any time as a result of currency fluctuations. 
  • Changes to the registration fee will not affect registrations already confirmed by AABS.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation in excess of 20 days prior to the event will result in a 80% refund; 20% will be deducted as an administration fee.
  • Cancellation 10 – 20 days prior to the event will result in a 50% refund.
  • Cancellation 1 – 10 days prior to the event and no shows will result in no refund of the registration fee.

All notifications of cancellation must be made in writing to the AABS Secretariat via email: info@aabschools.com.

The notification email has to include all relevant delegate and event information, including the bank account to which a possible refund may be deposited.

 

Modification/Postponement/Cancellation of the Event

AABS reserves the right at any time to:

  • Change the format, speakers, content, location and timing or any other aspect of the event.
  • Postpone the event or cancel the event.

If the event is cancelled or postponed due to:

  • Circumstances beyond the control of AABS, such as natural disasters, AABS may retain the fee and will not be required to make any refund to the delegate.
  • Any reason other than those mentioned above, AABS will refund the registration fee to the delegate minus any reasonable administration costs.

Delegate’s rights and obligations at the event

  • AABS reserves the right to refuse a delegate admission to the event for failure to comply with the terms and conditions or if in the opinion of AABS the delegate represents a security risk, nuisance or annoyance to the event.
  • The delegate agrees to comply with all reasonable instructions issued by AABS or the venue operators at the event.
  • The delegate acknowledges that he/she may be filmed, sound recorded and/or photographed at the event and gives AABS permission to use any such recording or photography.

Limitations and liability

  • AABS, its employees, partners and contractors will not be liable for personal injury or death, property damage, or any other loss, damage, cost or expense arising out of or in connection with the event.

People, Profit, Planet: Africa on the Pathway to Success?

June 22-25, 2021 | Virtual Conference

AABS Connect is the yearly gathering of business education professionals working in, and for, business schools in Africa. The conference is a supportive environment in which common challenges can be discussed, new networks formed, and fresh ideas created.

This year, we are excited to announce that AABS Connect 2021 will be a fully online event. During this unique time of history, virtual spaces open the opportunity for greater inclusivity. 

We invite you to join us as we discuss how African business schools can engage people through a responsible and inclusive growth for a sustainable and impactful outcome. What will be our legacy? Are we connected to the human beings we serve?

Business education from around the world are invited to participate in engaging and insightful sessions and networking events.

For the first time, the conference will be hosted by four schools:

The programme is in development and alongside the high-level keynote sessions, the interactive breakout sessions, and networking opportunities that are a hallmark of Connect; there will be a range of valuable asynchronous content that will allow you to discover Senegal and its culture.

 

Practical Information

AABS Connect Conference will take place on 22- 24 June, 2021. The members’ meeting will be held on 25 June, 2021.

You can log in to as many sessions as you wish throughout the three days, enabling you to fit your attendance around your other commitments, and create personalised schedules based on your interests, development needs and availability.

Following your registration, your login details will be shared with you ahead of the conference. Detailed guidance on how to access the event platform and FAQ’s will be available soon.

 

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Silver Sponsor

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Evaluation Feedback Form

AABS and the USB would like to thank you for your participation in the Conference.

We would like to invite you to take a moment to complete the conference evaluation feedback. Your feedback will enable us to improve future conferences and better meet your needs.

This evaluation will take no more than 5 minutes of your time.

Thank you for your collaboration.

1Please rate your level of satisfaction:

Online registration process

Keynote address

Gala dinner

Quality of panel presentations and speakers

Breakout plenary sessions

Length of conference sessions

Conference venue and facilities

Meals

Overall conference experience

Organizational arrangements before and during the event

2What part of the conference was most valuable to you?

3What part of the conference was least valuable to you?

4Did the conference cover material/topics that will be useful in your work?

5Do you have any suggestions or any comments you would like to share with us?