AABS Connect: Annual Conference 2016

  • Lagos Business School, Lagos, Nigeria

  • 22/05/2016-25/05/2016

Summary: The Association of African Business Schools’ Annual Conference will be taking place at Lagos Business School, Lagos, Nigeria from 22 – 25 May 2016.

Details: The conference aims to connect African Business School practitioners, thought leaders and business leaders to encourage dialogue in search of competitive approaches to exponentially impact African business management and education strategies, quality and practices.

AABS Connect 2016 Programme

Theme: Exponential Africa – including Everyone in expanding economies.

The panel topics are as follows:

Panel 1 – Opportunities for Businesses and Business Schools

Urbanisation, falling commodity prices, rising workforce, youth unemployment and underemployment are some of the trends defining Africa. The economies of many African countries heavily dependent on the export of commodities, including Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana have been badly hit, while some countries such as Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote D’Ivoire are experiencing GDP growth rates of over 7%. This situation has led businesses to consider expansion beyond their home countries.

This session seeks to identify where the opportunities exist in Africa with a specific focus on West Africa. What sectors of the economy are expanding and at what rate? What are the alternative future scenarios for the region? How should African businesses and business schools position themselves to maximise the opportunities presented by a predominantly young population?

Panel 2 – Business School Roles in Expanding Economies

While several factors influence long-term economic growth, management plays a critical role in organising the efficient production and delivery of goods and services –  the capital and workforce components of growth. Therefore, the need for competent managers, entrepreneurs, management knowledge and ideas is widely acknowledged.

So how should business schools, whose traditional functions are teaching and research, contribute to the growth in the sectors highlighted in the previous session?  How can business schools remain relevant and further increase their impact? Also how can business schools make African development more inclusive – involving groups at the bottom of the pyramid? What role, if any, do business schools have to play in making business education more inclusive? How should business schools, through their faculty and research dissemination, advocate for inclusive economic growth?

Panel 3 – Exploring the Nexus between Corporations and Business Schools

Beyond generous financial donations to endowment funds, businesses can contribute more to business schools, and vice versa, if there is continuous engagement to identify new areas of mutual interest. This session explores the symbiotic relationship between businesses and business schools, and looks for ways to promote a long-lasting partnership. How can businesses and business schools work together to address major challenges that businesses face now, and are likely to face in the future?  How useful is academic research in the workplace, and how can it be made valuable to business practitioners?

Panel 4 – Advancing an Entrepreneurial Culture across Africa

In many African economies the hope of employment and economic inclusion is said to be in the creation of numerous small business by entrepreneurs, with a further hope that some of these businesses will become large corporations employing significant numbers of people.  What is an entrepreneurial culture? How can business schools create or expand entrepreneurial capacities of students and other members of the society?  What do corporations benefit from creating an entrepreneurial mind-set in employees?  What do corporations stand to lose from failing to create an entrepreneurial mind-set in employees?  How should corporations balance the energy and resources they put into maintaining current activities/products and culture with creating and developing an entrepreneurial culture?

Sunday 22 May Lagos Immersion

Gala Dinner

Monday 23 May Conference Day: Panel 1 – 4

Free evening

Tuesday 24 May Conference Day: LBS visit and AABS Associate session

AABS Member’s Meeting

Networking Dinner

Wednesday 25 May Peer Learning Visit at University of Lagos

AABS Connect 2016 Fees

The conference fee includes all conference materials, Connect lunches, Connect dinners and transfers between Eko Hotel & Suites and Lagos Business School only. 

All airfare, accommodation, visas, tranfers outside the conference, breakfast, lunch, dinner outside of Connect, travel and personl items insurance as well as other sundry expenses are for the delegate’s own account.

AABS Member School Delegate USD 500
AABS Non Member School Delegate USD 600
AABS Associate Delegate USD 500

Event Contact Details

AABS Secretariat

Telephone: 0027 11 771 4382

Email: info@aabschools.com

AABS Event Terms & Conditions


  • 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.
  • Fees for the event are accurate at the time of publication. AABS reserves the right to change the prices at any time as a result of currency fluctuations. Changes to the registration fees will not affect registrations, which have already been confirmed by AABS.


Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation in excess of 31 days prior to the event will result in a 100% refund, less a 20% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation 16 – 30 days prior to the event will result in a 50% refund.
  • Cancellation 1 – 15 days prior to the event, and no shows, will result in no refund of participation fees.

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.

Visa Requirements

  • AABS will provide a Visa Letter Invitation for each delegate. This letter is an invitation for the delegate home country embassy to issue a visa for the delegate to attend the AABS event at the destination country during the event dates only.
  • This letter does not guarantee that a Visa will be issued.
  • Delegates are to comply with their country Embassy regulations and timeline for issuing of a Visa. AABS may not be able to assist with short notice applications
  • AABS will not be held liable for non receipt of visas.


Accommodation (Not included within the AABS Event registration fee)

  • Accommodation is not included in the AABS events registration and/or workshop fee
  • Please refer to the event accommodation tab for accommodation details and procedure for bookings


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
  • Cancel the event

If the event is cancelled or postponed:

  • For circumstances that are beyond the control of AABS, for instance natural disasters, AABS may retain the fee and will not be required to make any refund to the delegate.
  • For reasons other than as set out in clause 3.2a, AABS will refund the fee minus any reasonable administration costs to the delegate.


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 they 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.

Travel & Accommodation

Conference Location

Lagos Business School, Km 22 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ajah, Lagos, Nigeria



AABS Preferential Hotel:  Eko Hotels & Suites (situated at Plot 1415 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, PMB 12724, Victoria Island, Lagos

AABS has secured a preferential hotel rate of NGN 45 800 (approximately USD 230) inclusive of breakfast, 5% consumption tax, 5% VAT and 10% service charge per room per night.

Each delegate is responsible for making their own hotel reservation directly with Wale or Femi via email. Please provide the booking code LBS BLOCK ID 655091 and your details including check in and check out dates as well as mode of payment (specify if third party credit card or individual credit card).

The group booking code is LBS BLOCK ID 655091.
Please use this code in order to enjoy the discounted rate.
Email: reservation@ekohotels.com indicating the LBS BLOCK ID 655091 and seeking registration.


Contact Persons at Eko Hotel:

Wale Adedeji

Email: aadedeji@ekohotels.com

Direct number: +234 802 309 5582

Femi Ajiboye

Email: fajiboye@ekohotels.com

Direct number: +234 803 222 5859

Website: http://www.ekohotels.com/


Please note that all rooms are subject to availability.

The cost of the hotel room is not included in the registration fee. Any room changes, cancellations, etc. will be the responsibility of the delegate and must be made directly with the hotel.


Nearest Airport

Murtala Mohammed International Airport Ikeja



Delegates may make arrangements with Eko Hotel for return airport transfers for an additional N14 000 (approximately USD 70) per person. Please provide flight details to the hotel when making room reservations.



All delegates are advised to take out their own travel insurance of personal effects and valuables.

AABS Connect Sponsorship Opportunities

Join AABS Connect, as a sponsor, and you will affiliate your organisation with the Association of African Business Schools annual conference and annual business meeting.  This event brings together deans/directors and senior business school staff from across Africa (and internationally) as well as thought leaders interested in management education in Africa.

The event provides the opportunity for networking as well as input on management education trends across Africa and internationally, with the main focus of always improving the quality of management education in Africa.

Your sponsorship also helps to support the important work AABS is doing in promoting capacity building, collaboration and quality improvement in management education in Africa. This enables business schools in Africa to contribute towards economic growth and development in the continent.

AABS Connect Sponsor

Conference registration for one representative

Exhibition table at event

1 A5 page in conference booklet

Logo advertised on sponsors page in conference booklet

USD 2 500

Advert or Exhibition Table

1 A5 Page in conference booklet USD 300
Exhibition table at event – limited to Sponsors and AABS Associates USD 500

Please send an email to info@aabschools.com if you would like to book and secure an exhibition table for the duration of the AABS Connect Conference or if you would like to place an A5 advert in the conference booklet.

Summary: The Association of African Business Schools’ Annual Conference will be taking place at Lagos Business School, Lagos, Nigeria from 22 – 25 May 2016.

Details: The conference aims to connect African Business School practitioners, thought leaders and business leaders to encourage dialogue in search of competitive approaches to exponentially impact African business management and education strategies, quality and practices.

Registration form

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


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?