Wednesday 2 November 2016

9:00 -17:30

Pre-Conference Event: GBSN Members Meeting
Closed Session for GBSN Members Only.  Click here for list of member schools.
Location: Ashesi University College

14:00 – 17:00

Pre Conference Event: EFMD Quality Services Session covering EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF
Open to all registered conference participants. Aim: Business Schools in Africa are increasingly interested in improving the quality of the programmes that they deliver. This afternoon programme will therefore be devoted to the EFMD quality improvement systems. It will include presentations on the EFMD accreditation (EPAS, EQUIS) and mentoring (EDAF) schemes. Participants will receive an overview of the processes and the criteria underlying these services.
Location: GIMPA Conference Center

17:15 – 17:30


17:30 – 19:00

Opening Welcome Reception
Location: GIMPA Conference Centre Terasse

Thursday, 3 November, 2016

8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:30

Welcome Address
Samuel Bonsu, Dean, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana
Nadine Burquel, Director of Business School Services, EFMD, Belgium
Guy Pfeffermann, Founder & CEO, Global Business School Network, USA

9:30 – 10:15

Welcome & Keynote Conversation: A Dialogue on Markets Shaping Management Education
Join the opening session for a lively conversation focusing on how market forces are shaping the management education market in Africa. Keynotes will also discuss how management schools can better identify and learn from current trends in the marketplace to help shape their strategy.
Modetrator: Samuel Bonsu, Dean, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana
Speaker: Austin Okere, Founder & Vice Chairman, Computer Warehouse Group Plc., Nigeria

10:15 – 10:30

Table Discussions followed by Q&A with speakers

10:30 – 11:00

Tea Break & Group Photo

11:00- 12:30

Dialogue Breakout Sessions
Breakouts will include lively discussions featuring panels comprised of students, faculty and industry leaders from various sectors who will lead a dialogue around  the challenges and opportunites for management education. 


Moderator: Leonce Ano, Lecturer, MDE Business School, Côte d’Ivoire
Panelists: Marian Tandoh Wordey, Business Development Expert and Agri-business Specialist, Ghana
Student: Benjamin Akyeampong Bondzie
Student: Jerry John Ewudzie

Healthcare Leadership
Moderator: Kristiana Raube, Director of Graduate Program in Health Management and International Experiential Programs, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley USA
Panelists: Roberta Lamptey, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana
Anthony Sallar, Professor, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Ghana
Priscilla Vandyck, Acting Head of Department, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana
Student: Maame Ilo
Student: Daniel Yaw Gakpey

Moderator: Sena Agyepong, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Real Estate Development, Ashesi University, Ghana
Daniel Bonsu, Recent Graduate with a Management Information Systems Degree, Ashesi University,Ghana
Wayne Miranda, Founder & CEO, Growth Mosaic,Ghana
Student: Kelvin Peter Atuguba
Student: Abdul Muiz Abass

12:30 -13:30

Continuing the Dialogue: Networking Lunch
Small Groups will continue the dialogue discussion over lunch with students, industry professionals and management educators at each table.

13:30 – 14:00

Continuing the Dialogue: Student/Alumni Report Back and Wrap Up
One student/alumni from each sector will be designated to report out on the two most salient issues that rose during their dialogue breakout session.

14:00 – 15:30

World Café: Research Roundtable Discussions
In a World Café format, participants will have the opportunity to select two out of the four 45 minute presntations about current and relevant research on trends in the marketplace and how business schools are responding to market needs.


Roundtable 1: Effective African Student Recruitment
The challenges faced by schools around the world in recruiting well-qualified African graduate management candidates and the tools and approaches currently available to address them
Ron Sibert, Market Development Director, Africa, Graduate Management Admission Council, USA

Roundtable 2: Evolution of Management Education in Africa: Should there be an African Management Education Model?
Howard Thomas, LKCSB Distinguished Professor of Strategic Management , Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore

Roundtable 3: Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Michael Gielnik, Professor, Luneburg University, Germany

Roundtable 4: Transforming African Students’ Learning Experiences with Cases
Nicole Haggarty, Associate Professor, Ivey Business School, Canada

15:30 – 16:00

Networking Tea Break

16:00 – 17:30

Parliamentary Debate: Economic Markets Driving Change
A lively and dynamic parliamentary-style debate that will highlight how much, when and whether market forces should be influencing management education. 

  • Moderator: Mark Fenton O’Creevy, Associate Dean External Engagement, The Open University Business School, United Kingdom
  • Panelists: Udo Steffens, President & Professor of Business Administration, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany
  • Hanane El Kouari, Head of Africa and Middle East Network, IESEG School of Management, France
  • Vincent Ogutu, Vice Dean Executive Education, Strathmore Business School,Kenya
  • Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean & Director, Henley Business School, South Africa

19:00 – 20:00

Cocktail Reception
Location: African Regent Poolside


Gala Dinner
Location: African Regent Poolside

Friday 4 November 2016

9:00 – 10:00

Welcome Session and Innovation Showcases
Short, practical, exciting and innovating program showcases by educators working in the region. Participants will return home with relevant and transferable examples of real management talent challenges, and how business schools are addressing them through partnership and innovation.

  • Moderator: Nadine Burquel, Director of Business School Services, EFMD, Belgium
  • Gordon Adomdza, Senior Lecturer, Ashesi University, Ghana
  • Colin McElwee, Co-Founder of Worldreader and Former Executive Director of Marketing, ESADE Business School, Spain
  • Mathew Tsameny, Executive Director, CEIBS Ghana Ghana

10:00 – 10:30

Networking Tea Break

10:30 – 11:45

Breakout Sessions: Practical Application of Market Forces and International Collaborations

Innovating International Partnerships
Moderators: David Capodilupo, Executive Director, Office of International Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
Stuart Krusell, Director, Office of International Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
Panelists: Gordon Abekah-Nkrumah, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana Business School, Ghana
Isaac Bolger, Chair of Student Affairs and Director of International Programs, Mediterranean School of Business, Tunisia
Weihua Zhou, Associate Dean, Zhejiang University School of Management, China

Africa-Europe EFMD-AABS Initiative for Developing Management Education
In order to ensure the consolidation of an inclusive growth, Africa needs to develop and strengthen its management education institutions. How African and European business schools can cooperate to this end with the support of European Union and African Union for the mutual benefit of their economies and society? Through an open discussion between the participants, this session will explore the concrete means to advance in that direction. Which priority projects should be inserted in the next roadmap of the EU-AU strategic partnership?
Christian Delporte, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD, Belgium
Arnaud Langlois-Meurinne, Senior Advisor, EFMD, Belgium

11:45 – 12:30

Closing Keynote/Activity
Abel Kinoti, Dean, Riaria University, Kenya

12:30 – 14:00

Closing Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Post Conference Wildlife Management Session: Enhancing Leadership & Management Skills for African Conservancies
Guy Pfeffermann, Founder & CEO, Global Busniness School Network, USA