AABS 2023 Connect Conference
Are Business Schools Relevant in Africa?
The AABS 2023 Connect Conference aims to explore the current state and future prospects of business education in the African continent. The conference will bring together leading experts from academia, industry, and government to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by business schools in Africa.
Topics to be covered include the role of business schools in fostering economic development, the need for relevant and responsive curriculum, the challenges of attracting and retaining top talent, and many more.
This Connect Conference promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking event, featuring a diverse range of topics that are crucial to the future of business education in Africa. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the role of business schools in fostering economic development in the region and to discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise in designing relevant and responsive curricula for business students. Other topics that will be covered include attracting and retaining top talent, building strong partnerships between academic institutions and businesses, and embracing innovation and technology in the classroom.
Presentations will be given by industry leaders, subject experts, and thought leaders in the field, and attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions and interactive sessions that aim to facilitate meaningful and in-depth conversations around these important topics. In addition, the conference provides a valuable networking opportunity, connecting attendees with like-minded professionals from across the continent.
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The following room blocks are available at a special rate until the room block is sold out:
- African Regent Hotel
- Standard Room: $135 per night
- Club Room: $165 per night
- Executive Room: $225 per night
- Junior Suite: $195 per night
The above rate is inclusive of breakfast and taxes, complimentary airport pickup and drop-off, and high speed internet (WIFI).
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- Fiesta Hospitality Hotel
- Single Room: $160 per night
- Double Room: $180 per night
The above rate is inclusive of breakfast and taxes, complimentary airport pickup and drop-off, and high speed internet (WIFI).
Registration prices below start on April 16th, 2023:
*All Prices Excluding PayPal fees
*Ghanaian Resident ticket: Excludes the 17th of May and the Gala Dinner.
Wednesday 17 May 2023
- Departure from Hotels
- 10:00 - 15:00
- Networking activities and tour of Accra
- Lunch Included
- Departure to Hotels
- 16:30 - 19:00
- AABS Annual General Meeting at the Fiesta Royale Hotel
- (AABS members only)
- Transfer to Welcome Reception
- 19:00 - 19:30
- AABS Board Meeting
- (Board Members Only)
- Opening Welcome Reception
- (All Connect Attendees)
Thursday 18 May 2023
- Transfers from Hotels to GIMPA
- 8:30 - 9:00
- Registrations and Networking Cocoa Break
- 9:00 - 9:20
- Welcome Address
Speakers:Ebenezer Adaku, Franklyn Manu, Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Samuel Famiyeh
- 9:20 - 9:45
- First Keynote Address
Speakers:Patrick G. Awuah, Jr
- 9:45 - 10:00
- Keynote Discussion
- 10:00 - 10:30
- Networking Cocoa Break
- 10:30 - 11:30
- How are African business schools perceived from the outside?
- With input from non-business schools, this panel will explore the relevance of the African business schools into their immediate context through local and global frameworks.
Speakers:Abeku Gyan-Quansah, Lyal White
- 11:30 - 12:30
- “Behind the Scene”: Perspective from the African Deans
- The one-hour session aims to bring in the deans to say what they are doing, how they are innovating, use of technology, and making sure we remain globally competitive.
- 12:30 - 13:45
- Networking Lunch and Group Photo
- Optional Campus Tour
- 13:45 - 15:00
- Workshop: “AABS Accreditation”
- The AABS Accreditation Workshop aims to shed some light on how the standards address Relevance and Impact
Speakers:Franklyn Manu, Lana Elramly, Sandrine Tshishimbi
- 15:00 - 15:15
- Networking Cocoa Break
- 15:15 - 16:00
- “The Future of African Business Schools” (English Panel)
- This session aims to shed some light on the need for innovations in identifying new directions for business schools in this evolving field requiring new tools that can help Business schools to navigate the evolving complexity facing them and prepare for uncertainties. This concurrent session is devoted for analyzing these issues and finding practicable solutions to keep African Business Schools relevant into the future.
Speakers:Catherine de Vries, Desalegn Mekuria Nigusse, Kevin Sibartie
- 15:15 - 16:00
- "L'avenir des écoles de commerce africaines."(French Panel)
- Cette session vise à mettre en lumière la nécessité d’innovations dans l'identification de nouvelles orientations pour les écoles de commerce dans ce domaine en évolution constante. De nouveaux outils sont nécessaires pour aider les écoles à naviguer les obstacles auxquels elles seront confrontées et à se préparer aux incertitudes. Cette session est consacrée à l'analyse de ces questions et à la recherche de solutions pratiques pour maintenir les écoles de commerce africaines au niveau dans les années à venir
Speakers:Catherine de Vries, Desalegn Mekuria Nigusse, Franck Meriau, Kevin Sibartie, Mamadou Habib Diallo
- 16:00 - 16:20
- Moderators of the two sessions share with the whole group
- (English only)
- 16:20 - 16:30
- Overview of First Day
- Delegates Departure
- Transfer from Hotels
- Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony
- AABS Accreditation Awards AABS Appreciation Awards
Friday 19 May 2023
- Transfers from Hotels to GIMPA
- 8:30 - 9:00
- Registrations and Networking Cocoa Break
- 9:00 - 9:45
- The African Technology Landscapes
- Lessons from AABS Affiliates
- 9:45 - 10:00
- AABS Associate Talk with Peregrine Global
- 10:30 - 11:00
- Networking Cocoa Break
- 11:00 - 12:30
- Workshop: “The Climate Crisis in Africa: A Vital Challenge for Business Schools”
- 12:30 - 13:30
- Networking Lunch
- 13:30 - 14:15
- Second Keynote Address
- Challenge the thought. Think of something more practical. Facilitated engagement, energized moderators, let's talk about the big theme, takeaways? Start collecting some of the thoughts in a report. Documentary of schools that show understanding of their relevance
- 14:15 - 15:00
- AABS Connect Relevance Circle
Speakers:Barry van Zyl
- 14:15 - 15:00
- AABS Connect Impact Circle
- 14:15 - 15:00
- AABS Connect Sustainability Circle
- 15:00 - 15:45
- Interactive Cocoa Break
- An Interactive Cocoa Break to give participants the opportunity to engage in informal discussions and exchange thoughts on the input from the AABS Connect Circles
- 15:45 - 17:00
- Reflections, Actions, and Recommendations
Speakers:Adwoa Yirenkyi-Fianko, Akua Barnieh Armar, Kenneth Ofori-Boateng
- 17:00 - 17:15
- Closing and Wrap Up
- Delegates Departure
Abeku Gyan-QuansahPartner, Business School Leader, PwC
I joined PwC Ghana after completing my national service as a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Ghana.
From 2006, I have provided tax and audit services to local and international clients in various industries principally based in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia and Zambia. During this period, I obtained membership of and affiliations with various professional bodies and facilitated seminars for various institutions including Universities.
I am a Partner and the Leader of the PwC Business School in Ghana. I lead PwC’s West Africa Indirect Tax team and I am the Vice Dean of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana.
Adwoa Yirenkyi-FiankoSenior Lecturer at GIMPA
Dr Adwoa B. Yirenkyi-Fianko is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) where she prepares students to be relevant to industry through continuous industry research. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
Adwoa was awarded a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Western Ontario, Canada; an MSc in Project Management from Sheffield Hallam University, UK and a BSc in Building Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. She is currently pursuing research on issues related to the environment especially in West Africa.
Akua Barnieh ArmarSenior Assistant Registrar - GIMPA
Mrs. Akua Barnieh Armar is a Senior Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Institute Secretary at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), the premier management training institute in Ghana. Mrs. Armar is a skilled administrator with over 15 years of experience in the management and administration of higher education. Mrs. Armar holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) from the University of Ghana, Accra.
Mrs. Armar is a goal-oriented professional with extensive experience managing educational activities and strong customer service skills. She has considerable experience coordinating university-related programs and providing support services. Mrs. Armar is renowned for her passion and capacity to foster positive relationships with all colleagues and managers.
She has exceptional organizational, administrative and multi-tasking capabilities. Mrs. Armar is a confident and proficient public speaker. She is deeply concerned for the welfare of those whom she works with.
Mrs. Armar has participated in numerous programs for professional development in higher education, including leadership, management, and service delivery management, both at home and abroad.
Mrs. Armar’s core values are modesty, integrity, honesty, accountability, laced with high moral standards. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, watching movies, and traveling with her family.
Alan Knott-CraigFounder of Isizwe
Alan Knott-Craig is a successful entrepreneur, author, and founder of Isizwe.com, a company that works to bridge the digital divide in Africa by bringing prepaid fiber to townships.
Originally from Pretoria, he studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly UPE) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in 2002.
In 2003 he founded Cellfind, one of South Africa’s first mobile location based service provider, and served as CEO until 2005. In 2006 he was appointed as CEO of iBurst and built one of South African’s largest wireless broadband networks. In 2010, he founded and became CEO of World of Avatar, an investment house for apps for Africa and was later also CEO of Mxit after acquiring the company in 2011. At the time Mxit was Africa’s biggest social network. In 2014 he founded Hero Telecoms, which became the biggest rural broadband operator in South Africa.
Between 2003 and 2017 he has co-founded and/or funded over 21 companies in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector in Africa, including Cellfind, iFind34600, Toodu, The Daily Maverick, Pondering Panda, Inqaku and Namola.
He has published ten books since 2008, including a national bestseller, Don’t Panic, and a global history of telecommunications.
He was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. He was also included in “100 Choiseul Africa”, a list of top 100 young African business leaders in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and nominated as the 2015 ICT Personality of the Year by ITWeb.
He has been nominated by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top eleven entrepreneurs changing the African landscape.
He is the author of several viral articles, including Don’t Panic (2008), Reasons for Optimism (2019), and South Africa Might Get Lucky, arguing that the future of South Africa is bright, and Entrepreneurs will save World.
He writes a daily blog for entrepreneurs at www.bigalmanack.com
Baniyelme Zoogah Past President of AFAM, Associate Professor of Management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Ontario, CanadaBaniyelme ZoogahPast President of AFAM, Associate Professor of Management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
Baniyelme D. Zoogah (PhD – The Ohio State University) Associate Professor of Management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada HR/OB courses in the Human Resources and Management Area. In addition to Visiting Professorship positions in Ghana and South Africa, he has published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resources Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Global Strategy Journal, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, International Journal of Human Resources Management, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (IOP) and Africa Journal of African Management. He has authored two books on Strategic followership, one book on Ethnos Oblige: Theory and Evidence and co-authored Managing Organizational Behavior in the African Context, and edited one volume of the Emerald series on Research Methodology in Strategy and Management (in the Context of Africa).
Barry van ZylChair of Henley’s pan-African Alumni community at Henley Africa
Barry van Zyl is a world-renowned musician with over 30 years’ experience in the creative sector, from performance and production to executive education, strategy and business development. Having toured the world for 21 years with South Africa’s most famous export, Johnny Clegg, and while working with artists like Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel and Die Antwoord, Barry completed an MBA at Henley Business School and is now focused on the business of music, creativity and culture. Since 2018 Barry has been growing new business for Henley Business School, starting in Nigeria and then in other areas of west and east Africa, with the aim of ‘building the people, that build the businesses that build Africa
Catherine de VriesDean for International Affairs, Bocconi, Italy
Catherine is Dean for International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at Bocconi University. At Bocconi, she is also a Research Associate at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy, the CLEAN Unit for the Economic Analysis of Crime of the BAFFI-CAREFIN research center and the Bocconi COVID crisis. Finally, she is an associate member of Nuffield College. Previously, she held professorships at the University of Oxford and Essex as well as visiting posts at University of California at Los Angeles, University of Mannheim, University of Vienna and the European University Institute.
Catherine’s work can be broadly situated in the areas political behaviour, political economy and EU politics. Catherine’s work has appeared in leading political science journals, such as the American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. She is currently working on a research project funded through a Consolidator grant of the European Research Council that examines how economic hardship affects support for socially conservative political agendas [LOSS]. Together with Seth Jolly, Catherine hosts the European Politics Online Workshop, which is a public workshop series for scholars working on European politics from the US and Europe.
Catherine has published several books. Her first book Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration published with Oxford University Press in 2018 received the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) Best Book in EU Studies Award in 2019 and was listed in the top-5 books on Europe’s future by the Financial Times. The book develops a benchmark theory of public opinion towards European integration and suggests that people’s views about Europe are intrinsically linked to the national benchmarks employed. The praise for the book by Professor Matthew Gabel from the University of Washington at St Louis highlights that “[t]his is a superbly written, wonderfully perceptive, book, which will move the posts in the field of public opinion” and its “findings are sure to provide valuable grist for the mill for politicians, EU officials, and journalist interested in making sense of, addressing, and perhaps even exploiting contemporary public resistance to the EU.”
In 2020, she published her second book Political Entrepreneurs: The Rise of Challenger Parties in Europe, co-authored with Sara B. Hobolt, with Princeton University Press. Drawing analogies with how firms compete, this book demonstrates that political change is as much about the ability of challenger parties to innovate as it is about the inability of dominant parties to respond. Delving into strategies of dominance versus innovation, the book explains why European party systems have remained stable for decades, but also why they are now increasingly under strain. The praise for the book by Professor Pippa Norris from Harvard University highlights that “supported by a formidable body of empirical evidence, Political Entrepreneurs provides fresh theoretical insights into the causes and consequences of this phenomenon. An invaluable contribution to understanding how parties compete in contemporary democracies.”
In 2021, Catherine and her co-authors Sara B. Hobolt, Sven-Oliver Proksch and Jonathan Slapin published a textbook Foundations of European Politics with Oxford University Press. It offers an accessible introduction to European politics using a coherent comparative and analytical framework that can be used to understand both national and EU-level policy-making in Europe. The praise for the textbook by Michael Laver from New York University states that: “Authoritative and informed, yet accessible, this excellent introduction to European politics deftly interweaves theory and data. Designed to make readers think for themselves, this book offers a fine introduction to political science more generally, from respected authors who really know their stuff.”
Currently, Catherine is working on her fourth book, Money Flows: The Political Consequences of Migrant Remittances (under contract at Oxford University Press), with David Doyle, Katerina Tertytchnaya and Hector Solaz. The book highlights the unintended, and even unexpected political consequences of remittance flows. It focuses on how remittances shape the relationship between citizens and their governments, and show that far from being an exclusively international risk-sharing mechanism, remittances can also compromise rudimentary accountability mechanisms in the developing world.
Catherine is a member of European Integration Committee of the Dutch Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs (Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken), the Board of Trustees of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and sits on the editorial board of Acta Politica, Comparative Political Studies, European Union Politics, the Journal of Politics and Political Science Research and Methods. In 2014, Catherine received the American Political Science Association Emerging Scholar Award for her contribution to the field of elections, public opinion and voting behaviour in 2014 and was selected a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum in 2013.
Next to teaching and research, Catherine tries to contribute to public debate through advice and commentary based on her research findings. Together with Isabell Hoffmann of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Catherine co-founded the platform eupinions. eupinions is an independent platform for European public opinion. Through the eupinions platform, quarterly data is collected, analysed and commented to establish how the European public thinks about current political issues. Check out the eupinions website for more information. She has also contributed to general interest magazines like Foreign Affairs or blogs like the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage.
David Adediran Market Development Manager, Graduate Management Admission Council – Middle East & AfricaDavid AdediranMarket Development Manager, Graduate Management Admission Council – Middle East & Africa
Desalegn Mekuria NigussePresident, Kibur College, Ethiopia
Desalegn Mekuria Nigusse is the President of Kibur College. For the last 17 years, he has been working as an educator and business leader in the education sector. Currently established and leading an innovative college to bridge the gap by offering quality and skill-based education for young leaders.
he graduated from Jimma University, AAU, Addis Ababa, and Lincoln University, Oakland, CA, with BA in Finance, Media, and MBA, respectively.
Ebenezer AdakuAssociate Professor - GIMPA
Master of Ceremony
Director Ecole Superieure de management de Kinshasa, DRC
Franklyn ManuFormer Rector of GIMPA (Ghana)
Professor Manu is a Professor at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and was the Rector from August 2012 to August 2016. He previously served as Dean of the GIMPA Business School. He has over thirty years of experience in consulting, training, and education. During this period, he has exhibited extensive capabilities in strategic planning, programme, design and assessment in higher education. He has been heavily involved in designing and reviewing programmes to improve university and corporate education in such institutions as Loyola College in Maryland (USA), Morgan State University (USA), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Association of African Business Schools, Global Business School Network, International Academy of African Business and Development, Ghana National Accreditation Board. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Accreditation Committee of the Association of African Business Schools.
Ihsan ZakriRegional Head of Middle East and Africa at AACSB International
Ihsan Zakri serves as a Regional Head of Middle East and Africa at AACSB International. Ihsan works with both the Executive vice president/Chief Officer Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Chief Accreditation officer to develop and implement integrated accreditation and member service and engagement initiatives in the EMEA region. Ihsan has been with AACSB since 2016 and he played an important role in engaging schools in the region within AACSB’s Business Education Alliance, and in his role as accreditation liaison, he has supported the success of the 32 accredited schools, as well over 30 schools in the Middle East and Africa currently in the accreditation process. Ihsan has an international background in higher education, program and Institutional accreditation and business and program development. He gained extensive experience in accreditation and EU funded projects before joining AACSB. Ihsan has earned a Master’s degree in Social Sciences with a concentration on the Middle East from Lund University, Sweden, and served as a faculty member at the university of Amsterdam before joining AACSB.
Jonathan Foster-PedleyAABS Board Chairman
Jonathan is Dean and Director of Henley Business School – Africa, part of the Henley Business School UK, a leading global business school with campuses in Europe, Asia and Africa. With Henley Africa being the first school to be accredited by AABS, Henley now holds international quadruple accreditation, AABS, AACSB, Association of MBAs and EQUIS.
Jonathan’s career includes roles as an educator, dean, corporate executive, airline pilot, writer and speaker. He has been a professor of innovation, MBA director, director of executive education, designer and director of numerous executive education programmes and lecturer in strategy, innovation and executive learning. He has 45 years of international working experience. His interests are economic and educational transformation, sustainability and business evolution.
Henley Africa has been an entrepreneurial success, growing 1200% in revenues in the 11 years under his leadership without any external financial support or investment. It has been ranked as the no.1 MBA business school in South Africa for five years running. Its purpose is ‘We build the people who build the businesses that build Africa.’ Henley now has probably the largest MBA scholarship programme in Africa, focusing on offering scholarships to emerging African leaders and influencers from the media, civil society, creative industries, sports, executives and activists who have made a personal commitment and sacrifice toward #African development and transformation.
Jonathan has driven several initiatives such as #CorporateActivism, #NoMoreBribes, #InformedDemocracy and #FamilyFriendlyMBA. He is the founder of Henley EARTH –Environmental Activism thru Research & Training @ Henley. He is chair and founder of MBAid, an NPO that seeks to turn the energies of business schools to social good, and has worked with over 350 NGOs.
Jonathan is chairman of the British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa, a board member of AABS, and a previous vice-chair of the SABSA -South African Business Schools Association.
Katalin KovacsDirector of Global Development at Peregrine Global Services (PGS)
Dr. Kati Kovacs, is the Director of Global Development at Peregrine Global Services (PGS). Kati is an accomplished executive with 20 years of experience in business education, international development, accreditation, and quality delivery. Her responsibility at PGS lies in developing and managing a global portfolio of partner institutions and services for PGS. Having held senior international management roles, she has a track record of excellence in building up quality assurance systems within institutions; achieving and maintaining international accreditation; acquiring and building new businesses and partnerships while maintaining and improving current ones.
Currently, Kati is based in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Prior to joining Peregrine Global Services, she worked as Dean/ Associate Dean of Global Education Programs at Maastricht School of Management, establishing and managing a wide portfolio of programs across the globe (Europe, China, Middle East, South America, Africa) while spearheading the national and international accreditations of the programs. Recently she also led the Global Partnership team at London Southbank University in the UK. Her voluntary activities included serving as chair on boards of international accrediting bodies and chairing numerous site visits.
Kati is a firm believer in our responsibility to provide quality education to students across the globe and as such makes it her mission to help higher education institutions improve.
Kati holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (cum laude) in History and Political Science, a Master of Public Administration Degree from Jacksonville State University, USA, and a Doctor of Business Administration Degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath, UK. Kati is fluent in English and Hungarian.
Kevin SibartieCEO - Cartwheel Investments
Kevin is an experienced investment and financial services professional and holds the Corporate Finance Qualification issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).
Up till the end of 2016, Kevin enjoyed a rich career in corporate law, banking, private equity, M&A and capital markets working for large firms and corporations such as BLR Robert, Apex Group and Mauritius Commercial Bank group.
He adopted the entrepreneurship route in late 2017 and has since been the CEO of Cartwheel Investments a privately held investment firm that deploys buyout and growth capital to SMEs in Mauritius in sectors such as financial services, property, healthcare, food security and education.
Amongst the portfolio of Cartwheel is the Centre for Legal & Business Studies (CLBS). CLBS has been operational since 2005 and is the first Mauritian establishment to be part of the Association of African Business Schools. CLBS runs several legal academic courses in partnership with worldclass UK Universities. CLBS also runs trainings and seminars in executive education mainly geared towards the financial services sector in Mauritius. Some of the CLBS partners include University of London, University of Law, Alliance Manchester Business School, Comsure Group, Proptech Africa and Fitch Learning.
Lana ElramlyAABS Executive Director
Lyal WhiteDirector of Global Development at Peregrine Global Services (PGS)
Director, Centre for Dynamic Markets, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)
Mamadou Habib Diallo
Director Sup Management, Mali
Nacho ZabaletaExecutive Director at the Canary Islands Business School
Nacho Zabaleta CFA is the Executive Director at the Canary Islands Business School, where he has worked as a Finance Professor for the past 20 years.
Nacho Zabaleta is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Holds a Bachelors of Business
Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Mba in international banking from Texas A&M International University as well as a Masters of Science in Finance from Montpellier Business School.
A true believer that education is key to improve the world, he has he has over 15 years experience in the field of financial inclusion as a consultant as well as a researcher in Africa, Asia, and the Islands of the Pacific.
Author of the book Las Sin Banco (the bankless) on the subject of microfinance, he also hosts the radio finance literacy program “hablar por hablar” , at SER radio, the main Radio Station by users in Spain
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and basic level Arabic
Patrick G. Awuah, JrFounder and President of Ashesi
Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Ghana. In 2012, Ashesi University was ranked as one of the top ten Most Respected Companies in Ghana and was the first educational institution to win the award. In the same survey, Patrick Awuah was named the 4th Most Respected CEO in Ghana.
Before founding Ashesi University, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internet working technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion.
He holds bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College; an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; and four honorary doctorates.
He has won many prestigious international awards including the MacArthur Fellowship; the McNulty Prize; Membership of the Order of the Volta — one of Ghana’s highest awards, given to individuals who exemplify the ideal of service to the country; Chevalier dan’s l’Ordre des palmes academiques du Niger; and the World Innovation Summit for Education Prize. In 2015, Patrick was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune, and received the Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, given to UC Berkeley alumni with distinguished records of service to their countries.
Ralph HamannProfessor at the UCT Graduate School of Business
Ron TuningaVice President and Managing Director
Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at AACSB
Samuel BonsuRector, GIMPA, and founding chair of PRME Africa Chapter (Ghana)
Sandrine TshishimbiAccreditation Manager
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.
Xavier RajotDirector of International Academic Partnerships at Montpellier Business School
Xavier Rajot is the Director of International Academic Partnerships and a board member at Montpellier Business School (MBS) in Montpellier, France and Dakar, Senegal, which offers education programs in Europe and Africa. He actively engages with academic leaders across the world to represent MBS globally.
Having worked in Portugal and France, Xavier has been responsible for international relations in higher education for the past decade. He has designed and implemented successful internationalization strategies, coordinated an alliance of business schools across Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, established strategic double degree partnerships with renowned institutions worldwide and launched summer schools.
Prior to working in higher education, Xavier has held multiple marketing and communication management positions in the corporate world. Xavier is an MBA graduate from Neoma Business School, and is currently pursuing a DBA.
Xavier is passionate about global education and has lived and worked in seven different countries, speaking five languages fluently.
Yasmine Sy SarrStrategic Development and Quality Assurance Director of Groupe Supdeco Dakar
Yasmine SY SARR is currently the Strategic Development and Quality Assurance Director of Groupe Supdeco Dakar, (West Africa) and Academic Director, one the first business school in West Africa, since 2009. She has been part of the development and growth of the institution serving as the Head of International Relations and quality for 7 years, where she developed their international network on four continents (Europe, America, Asia and Africa) an Accreditations.
Yasmine SY SARR holds a master’s degree in international business and Finance from Rennes School of Business in France and a Master of Arts in International Business from the Open University Business School in London (UK). She is currently a Phd candidate in Management. She began her career as a financial auditor in KPMG in Senegal.
For over twelve years, she has been very active on promoting quality assurance and internationalization in higher education in Africa. She is regularly invited in various places in the world to share her experience in quality assurance and internationalization in higher education.
Alongside her work, she was in charge of the sponsorship commission of the Senegalese Tennis Federation for 10 years. She is also very active in humanitarian and women empowerment associations.