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AABS Governing Board

Since 2007 AABS put in place a Governing Board, which is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the association. The board meets three times a year at various members schools.

Members of the AABS Governing Board are elected by AABS Member Schools. They serve for two years and are eligible for appointment for two further consecutive terms. They serve this term on a voluntary capacity.

AABS Governing Board serving from January 2018:


Dr. Ali Elquammah - AABS Board Chairperson

HEM Business School, Morocco 


Dr. Ali Elquammah, based out of Morocco, is currently the Director of Academic Affairs at HEM Business School, since January 2010. Dr. Elquammah is also a Professor and Director of International Affairs and is in charge of all issues and matters pertaining to the organization internationally such as international relations. Prior to this, he was Director of Executive Education, from January 2008 until December 2009. Prior to HEM, he was a Senior Analyst of Business Intelligence at EchoStar Corporation in the United States. He has also worked as a Senior Information Analyst at Merrill Lynch for five years. He holds a PhD in Management Sciences from Angers University/France; MSCIT from Regis University/USA; MBA from Phoenix University/USA. His major professional/academic work include articles and case studies on the homeostasis of stability and change to succeed an implementation of an ERP. Dr. Elquammah is a member of the Board of the Association for African Business Schools (AABS), a member of the Steering Committee of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD-MEA), and a member of the steering committee of PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education). He has an overall experience of over 25 years in the Higher Education space and IT industry in Morocco and United States.

Mr Idrissa Mbengue

Institut Superieur de Management de Dakar (Group ISM), Senegal


Mr Idrissa Mbengue is a current member of the AABS Governing Board and has previously served in the same capacity from 2005 to 2011.

Mr Mbengue is an Associate Director of Group ISM since 2008 having come from serving as Dean of the International MBA, International School of Management and Director of Undergraduate programs in the same institution. He is the programme Co-ordinator of Lead Campus – a collaboration programme between ISM Dakar, Sciences Po Paris, GDSPP/UCT Cape Town and CEFEB/AFD Marseille.

He holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan and has accomplished knowledge and qualification in The Teaching of Management Practice. He is proficient in French, English and Chinese. 

Prof. Grafton Whyte

Namibia Business School, Namibia


Prof. Whyte holds a PhD in Information Systems Management from Cranfield University, School of Management; MBA from Westminster University and BA Hons in Business Management from Southbank 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.

Dr. Nizar Becheikh

The American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business, Egypt 


Nizar Becheikh received a BBA in International Business from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Tunis (Tunisia). He earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Laval University (Canada). During his time in Canada, Dr. Becheikh worked closely, as part of R&D and consulting projects, with managers and policy makers from several Canadian SMEs, public organizations, and governmental agencies intended to foster innovation and regional economic development in Canada. He published his research in top-tier academic journals and prestigious conferences. Upon joining AUC in 2011, Dr. Becheikh served in different administrative positions. Since 2013 he has been acting as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. During his tenure as Associate Dean, Dr. Becheikh reshaped the research environment in the School of Business by adopting a proactive research strategy that led to a significant increase in both the volume and the quality of publications as well as the external research funding. Dr. Becheikh has also contributed to several major initiatives such as the AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA accreditations and the development of the School of Business strategic plan 2015-19.

Prof. Samuel Bonsu

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Business School, Ghana


Samuel  (Sammy) K. Bonsu works at the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA) Business School, Accra, Ghana. He maintains research interests in Consumer Cultures, Socio-Economic Subjectivities in Contemporary Markets, especially as they relate to African and Diasporan experiences that inform theoretical developments. Sammy has taught marketing and consumer behavior at various universities around the world, including the Bryan School of Business and Economics, 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 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).

He holds a PhD in Business Administration (Marketing) from University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island, USA and MBA from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. 


Prof. Mills Soko

University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB), South Africa 


Mills Soko earned his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1992. Soon thereafter he worked for a year as a research assistant with UCT’s Equal Opportunities Research Project. From 1994 to 1995 he was employed by the Institute for Democracy in South Africa as a researcher on parliamentary affairs, monitoring and preparing reports on the work of parliamentary committees in South Africa’s first democratic national legislature.

In 1996, he joined the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) - the upper house of the South African Parliament – as a researcher to the Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Public Enterprises. During this period he completed a Master’s degree in International Studies through the University of Stellenbosch. This was followed by his appointment as Head of Policy and Legislative Research in the NCOP, where he oversaw and coordinated the work of committee researchers.

Subsequently he resumed his academic studies and obtained a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick. In 2004, he completed a doctoral thesis on the political economy of trade policy reform in post-apartheid South Africa at the same university.

Apart from being Director of UCT Graduate School of Business, he is Founding Director of Mthente Research and Consulting Services.  He previously served as chairperson of the board of trustees of Inyathelo (The South African Institute of Advancement), and as deputy chairperson of the editorial board of New Agenda.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Global Governance and AfricaGrowth Agenda.  He is a research associate of both the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Institute for Global Dialogue. He is a member of the Evian Group’s Brains Trust and the Evian Group’s Council of Global Thought Leaders.  He is a member of the Africa Business Network, and of the Governing Board of the Association of African Business Schools.

He formerly chaired a working group on education and employment under the auspices of the Africa-Germany Partnership, an initiative of the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany Horst Köhler.   And he was a member of the Warwick Commission on The Future of the Multilateral Trading System.



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