HEC Paris, ranked number one in the world for Executive Education by the Financial Times in 2014, successfully hosted the 2015 European Foundation for Management Development’s (EFMD) Middle East and North Africa Conference as leading academicians from the region and beyond emphasized the importance of management education throughout the three-day event in management education.
Conducted at the HEC Paris premises at Tornado Tower in Doha on 12-14 April, the conference was chaired by Prof. Laoucine Kerbache, Dean & CEO, HEC Paris in Qatar. Under the main theme ‘Building Dynamic Networks and Partnerships for the Region’, more than 50 Deans, Directors of Programs and Executives from Business Schools and NGOs, actively participated in the discussions and shared valuable experiences and practices in the region.
The ceremony was introduced by H.E. Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France to Qatar, in the presence of Mr Fahad Al Qahtani, Group Executive Director, Qatar Foundation. The event’s line-up of speakers included Everette E. Dennis, Dean of NorthWestern University in Qatar; Karim Seghir, Dean, School of Business, American University in Cairo; Robert Grosse, Dean, School of Business Administration, American University of Sharjah; Amol Dani, Chief Operating Officer, Georgetown University in Qatar, and Christian Delporte, Associate Director Quality Services, EFMD.
“We have been privileged to have had such a distinguished line-up of speakers who all shared invaluable and constructive insights on how to enhance management education within a fast competitive changing global world. The 2015 EFMD MENA conference addressed the theme of “Building networks and partnerships for the Middle East and North Africa region”. Prof. Kerbache said. “I thank all the participants who are deans and directors of business schools as well as actors of the management education eco-system including representatives from the corporate world for making this conference such a huge success. Also, I thank the EFMD for putting their trust in HEC Paris and providing us with this opportunity to host this international conference.”
Other prominent business leaders from the region who spoke at the event included Ali Shaher, Assistant Director Qatarization & Talent Development, Ooredoo, Dr Nezar Khalifa, Director of perioperative Services Department, KFSH&RC, Ahmed Al Balushi M Omani, CEO, Bank Muscat, Aimen Kallala, Assistant Vice President, Strategy Planning & Performance Management, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Maryam Al Mansoori, Corporate Planning & Support, Msheireb Properties.
With shared key challenges of wealth and job creation among countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the speakers pointed out that MENA Business Schools have a leading role to play in transforming management education under a volatile, uncertain, changing and ambiguous environment.
The experts covered the following topics: understanding the specific geopolitical environment of the MENA region; analyzing its impacts on local business schools; meeting the challenges of management education in the region; exploring new business models for innovation; sharing key lessons learned from real case studies of successful partnerships and branch campuses; sharing current expectations from executives; and exploring the values and opportunities of digitalization to educate young people and executives. In addition, the event served as an opportunity for the attendees to reinforce the community of regional business schools as well as those from other regions.
Among the other prominent speakers who participated at the conference were: Ebrahim Mohamed, Director Education, Climate KIC, Karim Said, Director at French Arabian Business School, Arabian Gulf University, Christine Baldy Ngayo, Key Account Development Director, HEC Paris, Karine Lejoly, Director, Innovation & Pedagogy, HEC Paris, Aziza ellozy, Professor of Practice and Founding Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, American Univeristy in Cairo, Mouna Bendahou, HEM tangier Director, Nehme Azouzy, Dean, Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences, USEK in London, Marina Ranga, Senior researcher, Stanford University, Michel kalika, Professor of Management, Université Paris Dauphine, Sara Strafino, Market development Manager, EMEA, GMAC, Thami Ghorfi, President, ESCA, Ecole de Management, Morocco, Nadine Burquel, Director Business School Services, EFMD.