2019 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General

Hosted by: CEIBS - China Europe International Business School

The event will start on: 21 Jan 19 12:30
And will end on: 22 Jan 19 22:30

Location: Shanghai, China


Enterprising Deans in a Global Context

Target Group
A conference by invitation only, for those with chief executive (top management) responsibility and authority in EFMD member business schools and centres. In other words, we accept only the Dean of the school, the Director General, the President, the Rector, the Managing Director of the school itself. Directors of non-member schools can be invited at the discretion of the organisers.

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The Conference will be followed by an EFMD Quality Services Seminar, devoted to the EFMD quality improvement systems, on Wednesday 23 January 2019, also taking place at CEIBS.
The Seminar is targeted at Schools that are considering EFMD accreditation (EQUIS or EPAS), EFMD certification (EOCCS) or EFMD mentoring (EDAF) but have not yet decided if or when to start the process.

Participants to the 2019 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General are free to attend the Seminar at no extra charge.

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Monday 21 January 2019


Transfer from Kerry hotel to school

10:30 – 14:00


11:00 – 12:30

Optional Pre-Conference Session
The EFMD Quality Services Team will report during this optional plenary session on the current status and the latest developments of EFMD accreditations. Through this session, Deans and Directors will also learn about the future objectives of the EFMD accreditations.
It should be noted that this is not a standard accreditation seminar; explanations on Standards & Criteria or Processes are NOT the main objective of this session.

  • David Asch, Director, Quality Services, EFMD


Transfer from Kerry hotel to school

12:30 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:00

Welcome Address

  • Mingjun Li, President, CEIBS, CN
  • Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

14:00 – 14:30

EFMD Updates

  • Eric Cornuel, CEO & Director General, EFMD

14:30 – 14:45

Setting the Scene

  • Chairperson: Yuan Ding, Vice President & Dean, CEIBS

14:45 – 16:15

Plenary I – Globalisation of Chinese Companies
Aim: as a result of foreign direct investments, what are some of the challenges companies are facing when it comes to integrating a new strategy? Merging two cultures? Having a successful merger in the long run?

Setting the scene:

  • Gao Wang, Associate Dean Executive Education Programme, CEIBS, CN

Panel discussion:

  • Mingpo CAI, Founder and President, Cathay Capital Private Equity, CN
  • Jianfeng Wang, Chairman, Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp., CN
  • Peter Pan, President, Chervon, CN

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 – 17:15

Plenary II – Global Shift
Aim: Understanding the impact of the changing world economic order on business schools.

  • Robert Kennedy, Dean, College of Business, Nanyang Business School, SG

17:15 – 18:00

Plenary Panel III – Deans’ Response
Aim: global Deans’ response on the statement of the previous plenary session; how should business schools react and adapt? What competencies are needed in order to be pilot for these changes? What is the impact of the erosion of the multilateral structures? As Dean, what are the challenges for you running your business school?

  • Per Cramér, Dean, University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics & Law, SE
  • Piet Naudé, Director, University of Stellenbosch Business School, ZA

18:00 – 18:30

Welcome Drinks at CEIBS

18:30 – 20:00

Dinner at CEIBS


Transfer back to Kerry hotel

Tuesday 22 January 2019


Transfer from Kerry hotel to school

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary IV – Driving Chinese Corporate Development
Aim: understanding what are the drivers of the development of Chinese companies. Using an entrepreneurial approach to succeed. How to spot opportunities? What are some visions for the future? How is China’s development seen and its role in the acquisition of companies?

  • Li Shufu, Founder and Chairman, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Group), CN

10:30 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 12:30

Breakout series A – Entrepreneurial Approach in Business Education

A1 A Flavour of Business Education in China
Aim: overall understanding of how the development of education is in China today.

A2 Developing and Building on Diversity
Aim: understanding why to develop and build on diversity. Why is EQUIS setting diversity as a criterion? Best practices in student mobility/exchange, diversity in the classroom/multi-cultural, having an open mind/tolerance, etc.

A3 Recruiting and Developing Talent in Faculty
Aim: challenges and importance of recruiting and developing talent in faculty in Asia.

  • Jean Lee, Professor of Management, CEIBS, CN

A4 Alliances
Aim: understanding what are the advantages to be part of a business school alliance; which ones are successful and what is the best way to manage them.

  • Metka Tekavcic, Dean, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economic, SI

A5 Educating the Next Generation of Leaders: The Role of Professional Development in Business Schools
Aim: this session will explore the value added of a more systematic approach to professional development. Building on the learning points derived from the EFMD Executive Academy, the speakers, together with the session participants will explore the strategic benefits of establishing an executive talent pipeline and what targeted development activities can be implemented to support the effort.

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:15

Workshops series B – Innovation in Different Areas of Business School Expertise
Aim: presentation of topics that are bound to interest Deans in their role as leader of a business school.

B1 Facilities – Learning Environment & Online Experience
Aim: what type of classroom facilities are needed to enrich students learning environment. What online learning aspects would reinforce this learning environment?

  • Andrea Sianesi, Dean & President, MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business, IT

B2 Relevant Business Education
Aim: what is relevant today when it comes to educating business schools students in regards to the global shift the world is facing?

  • Julie Cogin, Dean and Head of School, The University of Queensland, UQ Business School, AU
  • Johan Roos, Chief Academic Officer & Professor, Hult International Business School, UK

B3 New Approaches in Knowledge Creation
Aim: What are some of the new methods used when it comes to creation of knowledge for business school?

  • Shimin Chen, Director of Case Development Centre, CEIBS, CN
  • Bin Xu, Associate Dean Research, CEIBS, CN

B4 Societal Impact
Aim: Understanding what is the societal impact of business schools.

  • Gerry George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Singapore Management University, SG
  • Wilfried Niessen, Director General & Dean, HEC Liège Management School, BE

15:15 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00

Plenary V – Amphibian Approach from Academic to Practitioner
Aim: Understanding the choices of our speakers to go from Faculty members in a business school to Chief Strategy Officers of big companies.

  • Jianwen Liao, Chief Strategy Officer, JD.com, CN
  • Weiru Chen, Chief Strategy Officer, Cainiao Network Technology (the logistic arm of Alibaba), CN

17:00 – 17:15

Conclusion session

  • Chairperson: Yuan Ding, Vice President & Dean, CEIBS

17:15 – 17:30

Presentation of next year’s venue


Cocktail and live Chinese string quartet at CEIBS

18:30 – 20:30

Dinner in CEIBS pyramid


2019 EFMD Quality Services Seminar

(optional and free of charge for participants of the 2019 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General)


  • David Asch, Director, Quality Services, EFMD
  • Japhet Law, Senior Advisor, EFMD Global Network
  • Michael Osbaldeston, Associate Director, Quality Services, EFMD

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

08:45 – 09:00


09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and Introduction

09:15 - 10:30

EFMD Quality Services Portfolio
Benefits for schools going through the accreditation, certification or mentoring process
An overview of EQUIS and EPAS and an introduction to EOCCS and EDAF

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

EQUIS & EPAS Process key stages

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

EQUIS Standards and Criteria
Key issues and their interpretation by Peer Review Teams and the EQUIS Accreditation Board

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00

EPAS Standards and Criteria
Key issues and their interpretation by Peer Review Teams and the EPAS Accreditation Board

17:00 – 17:30

Open Forum: Q&A


Ample time will be available during these sessions for participants to raise issues of particular concern to them.

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