2016 EFMD MENA Conference

Hosted by: The American University in Cairo, School of Business

The event will start on: 11 Apr 16 21:30
And will end on: 13 Apr 16 18:30

Location: Cairo, Egypt


Business Education for Inclusive Economy

Target Group
Deans, Assistant Deans, Director of Programmes, those in charge of International Relations or with an interest in the Middle East and North Africa Regions

EFMD thanks GMAC for their kind sponsorship of this event.
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More Information


Monday 11 April 2016

14:00 -17:30

Pre-Conference Event

EFMD Quality Services Session Covering EQUIS, EPAS and EDAF (open to all)

  • Christian Delporte, Senior Advisor Quality Services, EFMD

17:30 – 18:00

Registration for the Conference and Welcome Coffee

18:00 – 18:30

Welcome Address

  • Karim Seghir, Dean, School of Business, The American University in Cairo, EG
  • Nadine Burquel, Director Business School Services, EFMD
  • Thami Ghorfi, President, ESCA Ecole de Management, and Conference Chair, MA

18:30 – 19:30

Keynote Address: The Role of Management Education in Fostering an Incusive Economy

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




Bus transfer from The American University in Cairo to the hotel

Tuesday 12 April 2016


Bus transfer from Dusit Hotel to the American University of Cairo

09:00 - 09:30

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 – 11:00

Panel: Business School Experiences in Inclusive Economy from around the World:

Aim of the session: to share lessons learnt on curriculum design, private company partnership and societal engagement

  • Dr. Chafiq Haddad, Dean, King Talal Faculty of Business and Technology, JO
  • Surav Mukherji, Dean, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, IN

Moderator: Jacob Chacko, Dean, College of Business, Abu Dhabi University, AE

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00

Interactive Session: Challenges of Innovative Inclusive Business Models in the MENA Region
Aim of the session: to explore the critical success factors to support economic growth for all

  • H.E. Ghada Waly, Minister of Social Solidarity, EG

Moderator: Dahlia Khalifa, Regional Head for E4E Initiative for Arab Youth

13:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 15:30


  • Funding opportunities for inclusive economy initiatives:
    • Yasser Elshayeb, National Erasmus+ Office
    • Heewoong Kim, Programme Specialist, Poverty Reduction & Sustainable Livelihoods, UNDP, EG
  • Different approaches for Experiential Learning: Students from various business schools in the MENA region will share their experiences regarding Experiential Learning

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Cross-Disciplinary Cooperation: the Added Values

Aim of the session: to highlight positive benefits of Business Schools designing new programmes with engineering, the humanities, ICT and the sciences

  • George Najjar, Provost, The Lebanese American University, LB
  • Jean-François Fiorina, Associate Dean, Grenoble Ecole de Management, FR
  • Steve Harvey, Dean, American university of Beirut, LB

Moderator: Khaled Ismail, Chairman, Klangel, EG

17:30 – 18:00

The EFMD Business School Impact Survey (BSIS)
Measuring the Impact of Business Schools in their School Environment: the experience of USEK

  • Nehme Azouri, Ph.D, Dean, Usek Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences, LB


Bus transfer from the University to the Gala Dinner


Gala Dinner at Kababgy Restaurant, Sofitel Gezira Hotel


Bus transfer from the restaurant to the hotel

Wednesday 13 April 2016

09:30 – 10:00

GMAC Research: Graduate Management Education Trends in Africa and the Middle East

  • Ronald I. Sibert, MBA, Ph.D., Africa Business Development Director Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)

10:00 – 11:30

Panel: Family Businesses as Agents of Change

  • Hani Berzi, CEO and Chairman, EDITA Food Industries, EG
  • Samer Sallam, Chairman of Mathal Holding & Chief Executive Officer, Paradise Capital, EG
  • Ali Elquammah, Co-Director of Academic Affairs & International Relations, HEM Business School, MA

Moderator: Hischam El Agamy, Executive Officer, IMD Business School, CH

11:30- 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00

NGOs as Key Players for Inclusive Business

  • Youssef Bencheqroun, Ceo, Al Amana, MA
  • Saul Klein, Dean Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada

13:00 – 13:15

Closing Remarks by the Conference Chair

  • Thami Ghorfi, President, ESCA Ecole de Management, MA and Conference Chair

13:15 – 14:30

Joint Lunch with PRME Conference Participants


Start of PRME Conference

Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. Welcome at the Conference
  3. Fees and Payment
  4. Accommodation
  5. Transportation
  6. Visa
  7. Currency
1. Venue

The American University in Cairo
School of Business
AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74
New Cairo 11835, Egypt

2. Welcome at the ConferenceTop

Registration for the conference will take place at the School on Sunday, 11 April 2016 at 17:30 - 18:00
Participants will receive all conference material and other necessary information at the registration desk.

3. Fees and PaymentTop
  • EARLY BIRD BEFORE 15 February 2016
    • 650€ FULL members of EFMD
    • 800€ AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 950€ non members of EFMD
  • NORMAL FEE UNTIL 15 March, 2016
    • 800€ FULL members of EFMD
    • 950€ AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 1100€ non members of EFMD
  • LATE FEE AFTER 15 March 2016 - (payment by credit card ONLY)
    • 950€ FULL members of EFMD
    • 1100€ AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 1250€ non members of EFMD
4. AccommodationTop

The EFMD Conference Secretariat has negotiated preferential rates with the following hotel:

Hotel Dusit Thani
The LakeView
El-Tesseen Street
City Centre
Fifth Settlement
New Cairo - Egypt
Phone+20 2 2614 0000
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5. TransportationTop

Coming Soon

6. VisaTop

Most tourists and visitors to Egypt can obtain an entry visa at any of the major airports or ports of entry. All foreigners arriving in Egypt should have a valid passport (with at least 6 months left before expiry) to get an entry visa. The visa can also be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic and Consular Missions abroad.

There are 2 types of Egyptian Visa:

  • Entry Visa: is required for any foreigner arriving in Egypt for purposes other than tourism, e.g. work, study, etc. The possession of a valid entry visa is needed to complete the residence procedure in Egypt.
  • Tourist Visa: is usually valid for a period not exceeding three months and granted on either single or multiple entry basis.
Egypt Entry Visa is valid only for travel within three months from the date of issue and is valid only for One- month stay in Egypt, beginning on the date of arrival. If you have a reason to extend your stay, you can do that from the ministry of interior affairs in Egypt after declaring the reasons for that and their acceptance for that reasons.

How to get your visa at the airport:

The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp ) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth; you can't really miss it!

The visa stamp will cost you $25 only. You just stick in any empty page on your passport. Don't worry; it's so easy! Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer.

Citizens of the following 8 countries and territories may visit Egypt without a visa for 3 months: Bahrain - Hong Kong- Kuwait- Macao- Oman- Qatar- Saudi Arabia- United Arab Emirates

Please check the following website to see if you can get an entry visa at airport or if you are required to get pre arrival visa:



7. CurrencyTop

The currency is the Egyptian pound (LE)