2017 EFMD Central Asia Conference

Hosted by: Narxoz University

The event will start on: 07 Sep 17 09:00
And will end on: 08 Sep 17 17:00

Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan

“Boosting  Excellence in Management Development”

Target Group
Business schools, corporate universities and Higher Education Institutions from Central Europe and Asia and from other parts of the world, to develop a conversation on critical issues to support excellence in management education.

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Thursday 7 September 2017



09:00 – 09:15

Welcome Address

  • Krzysztof Rybinski, Rector Narxoz University, KZ
  • Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO, EFMD
  • Erlan Sagadiyev, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, KZ

09:15 – 10:00

Keynote presentation
Setting the scene - The critical success factors to support dynamic growth in business schools

  • Yuan Ding, Dean, CEIBS (China-Europe International Business School), CN

10:00 – 11:00

Thematic Panel

Leadership and governance in the digital era

  • Witold Bielecki, Rector, Kozminski University, PL

Strategy and new models of business schools development

  • Carole Decamps, Executive Director, Office of the Dean for Faculty and Research, HEC Paris, FR

Creating student-centered corporate culture

  • Krzysztof Rybinski, Rector, Narxoz University, KZ

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30

Digital Innovation approach

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Panel session:
Three cases - How business schools and universities work with the corporate sector in Central Asia

  • Valery Katkalo, Dean, Sberbank Corporate University, Moscow, RU
  • Martin Moehrle, Associate Director Corporate Services, EFMD

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

Panel Session

Accelerating your Internationalisation

  • Dipak Jain, Director, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkom, TH

Fastest internationalisation in higher education ever.

  • Mehmet Eskici, President, Vistula University, PL

Innovative University

  • Andrew Wachtel, President, American University of Central Asia (AUCA), KG

16:30 – 17:30

Keynote Address:
The future of Central Asia: economics, politics and the role of higher education

  • Siddharth S. Saxena, Director of Cambridge University Central Asia Forum, UK

19:30 – 22:30


Friday 8 September 2017

08:30 - 09:00


08:30 - 09:15

The impact of international accreditation on business school development: EFMD quality services – Supporting leadership, strategic development, corporate relations, internationalisation and digital development (EQUIS, EPAS, EDAF, EOCCS)

  • David Asch, Director Quality Services, EFMD

09:15 - 10:15

Panel – 2 business school cases:
The value of accreditation on business school strategic developments

  • Jasmina Selimović, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and International Cooperation, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo, BA
  • Zhanna Belyaeva, Associate professor, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University, RU

10:15 - 11:00

Evolution of Management Education in Kazakhstan and need for quality assurance

  • Balzhan Suzhikova, Associate Director, Corporate Development Department, KIMEP University, Almaty, KZ
  • Christophe Terrasse, Director, International Projects, EFMD

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:30

Two breakout sessions on three dimensions in the EFMD accreditation and support services (internationalisation, corporate engagement and strategy and governance):

The Journey to EQUIS

  • Konstantin Krotov, Head of School, Graduate School of management, St. Petersburg University, RU

EPAS Post Accreditation opportunities - the case of the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb

  • Mario Spremić, Full Professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, HR

12:30 – 12:45

Closing Remarks

  • Nadine Burquel, Director, Business School Services, EFMD

12:45 – 14:00


14:00 – 17:00

EFMD specialized EPAS/EDAF accreditation seminar: The procedure, guidelines, standards and criteria

  • David Asch, Director Quality Services, EFMD


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