2013 EFMD Africa Conference

Hosted by: Groupe IAM - Institut Africain de Management

The event will start on: 13 Nov 13 08:00
And will end on: 15 Nov 13 16:00

Location: Dakar, Senegal


Entrepreneurship and Management Education in Africa: Are we miseducating our students?

Target group
Deans or assistant deans, those dealing with external relations or international relations or accreditation, programme directors, business leaders, regional managers, HR professionals from companies operating in Africa

After Lisbon, Cape Town and Nairobi, EFMD is pleased to go to the western end of the continent for its next edition.  Last year attendance reached over 100 participants representing Business Schools from across the globe: not only from Africa and Europe, but also the USA, Canada and Australia.

The economic growth on the African continent and the demand for local managers backs the need for raising the level of African Business Schools, which are gradually reaching international standards.  More diplomas are being awarded. There is an opening on the international level. Closer ties are being made with companies.
In this context, Business Schools in Africa are increasingly interested in improving the quality of the programmes that they deliver. The third day of the Africa Conference will therefore be devoted to the EFMD quality improvement systems. It will include presentations and testimonials on the EFMD accreditation (EPAS, EQUIS) and mentoring (EDAF) schemes. Participants will receive a detailed overview of the processes and the criteria underlying these services.

Moreover, western Business Schools are showing an increased interested in Africa. Some have even opened up their own campus. There is an enormous demand for management education.  Good management education is key to economic growth and social wealth.

A variety of corporate and academic speakers from the four corners of the globe will provide input and lead discussions around African Management Education.


More Information


Wednesday, 13 November 2013
08:15 – 08:30 Bus transfer to IAM – Institut African de Management from Radisson Blu
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome Coffee & Registration at IAM – Institut Africa de Management
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Session & Setting the Scene
  • Christian Delporte, Director, Business School Services, EFMD
  • Moustaffa Guirassy, General Manager, IAM (Host)
  • Franklyn Manu, Rector, GIMPA, GH
09:15 – 10:00 Plenary 1- Entrepreneurship: What’s happening in Africa
  • Rob Paton, Professor in Social Enterprise, The Open University, UK
  • Ron Sibert, Business Development Director for Africa, GMAC, US
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:00 – 11:30 Plenary 2 – State of Art: Entrepreneurship in Africa (Overview of Models) – Panel Session
  • Lluis Renart, Director, The Africa Initiative, IESE Business School, ES
  • Léonce Ano, Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, MDE Business School, CI
  • Mabousso Thiam, ADMPE,  
  • Rhoda Kadalie, Executive Director, Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre, ZA
  • Barbara Copelovici, Founder & CEO, HEI - Hillbrow Entrepreneurship Initiative and student, Kedge Business School, ZA

Social Entreprise and SME’s
Informal Sector/Intrapreneurship

12:00 – 12:45 Plenary 3 – Women Entrepreneurship
  • Ruth Kiraka, Dean, School of Research & Graduate Studies, Strathmore Business School, KE
12:45 – 13:00  EFMD Update
  • Christian Delporte, Director, Business School Services, EFMD
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Plenary 4 – The Role of Business Schools in African Entrepreneurship – Panel Session
  • Walter Baets, Director, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town
  • Adam Gordon, Acting Head, Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, ZA
  • Amadou Diaw, President, ISM, SN
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:15 Plenary 5 – The Global Demand for African Students (GMAC Survey)
  • Ron Sibert, Business Development Director for Africa, GMAC
  • Ben Glover, Regional Director EMEA, GMAC, UK
16:15 – 17:45 Plenary 6 – Nuru Energy (EFMD Case Writing Competition: Winner Africa Business Category)
  • Filipe Santos, INSEAD (TBC)
  • Anne-Marie Carrick, INSEAD (TBC)
18:00 - 20:30 Cocktails and dinner offered by IAM – Institut Africain de Managemen
20:30 Bus transfers to conference hotel


Thursday, 14 November 2013
08:30 – 08:45 Bus transfer to IAM – Institut Africain de Management from 2 Conference Hotels
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome Coffee
09:00 – 11:00 Plenary 7 – The Role of Government in African Management Education and Entrepreneurship
  • Sanoussi DIAKITE, Director General of the National Office for Professional Training, Senegal, SN
  • Georges Njenga, Founding Dean, Strathmore Business School, KN
  • Ismael Madior Fall, UCAD, SN
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Plenary 8 – African-European Partnerships
  • Thami Ghorfi, President, ESCA, MO
  • Udo Steffens, President, Frankfurt School of Management & Finance , DE
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Plenary 9 – World Class Entrepreneurship Education in Africa
  • Nneka Okekearu, Entreprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University
  • Babacar Sene, IAM, UCAD (TBC)
  • Karim Seghir, Associate Dean, School of Business, American University in Cairo
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:45 Plenary 10 – Exchange of Experience of Entrepreneurs in Africa
  • Abdoulaye Mbaye, DG Neurotech, SN
17:00 – 17:45 Plenary 11: Innovations in Entrepreneurship and Analysis of Conference
  • Haya Alzaid, Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC),US
  • Cordelia Mason, Deputy Dean, Business School, University of Kuala Lumpur, MY
17:45 – 18:15 Farewell and Introduction to 2014 EFMD Africa Conference Hosts
  • Moustaffa Guirassy, General Manager, IAM (host)
  • Franklyn Manu, Rector, GIMPA – co-host 2014 (chair)
  • Representative CEIBS-Ghana – co-host 2014 (TBC)
  • Christian Delporte, Director, Business School Services, EFMD
18:15  Bus transfer
  Cocktails and dinner
  Bus transfer to conference hotels


Friday, 15 November 2013
08:45 – 09:00 Bus transfer to IAM – Institut Africain de Management from 2 Conference Hotels
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome Coffee
09:15 – 10:30 Introduction and Overview of the EFMD Quality Services Portfolio: EQUIS, EPAS, EDAF
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 The EQUIS & EDAF Criteria: Key Issues & Their Interpretation
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 The EPAS Standards and Criteria: Key Issues & Their Interpretation
14:30 – 15:45

Process Key Stages within EQUIS, EPAS & EDAF

  • Process Manual
  • Application
  • Eligibility
  • Self-Assessment Report
  • Peer Review/Advisory Visit
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:30 A School’s Perspective on EFMD’s Quality Improvement Services
16:30 – 17:00 Open Forum

Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. Welcome at the meeting
  3. Registration
  4. Accommodation
  5. Local transport
  6. Invitation letter for visa
  7. Useful links
1. Venue

Wednesday - Friday, 13-15 November 2013: IAM- Institut Africain de Management

7606, Mermoz
Dakar/Fann, Senegal
Tel: +221 33 869 36 36
Fax: +221 33 825 71 00


2. Welcome at the meetingTop

Registration will take place in the main entrance of IAM – Institut Africain de Management on Wednesday, 13th November from 8:00-9:00. Participants will receive all conference materials and other necessary information at the registration desk.

3. RegistrationTop
  • EARLY BIRD UNTIL 30 August 2013
    • 600€ FULL members of EFMD
    • 650€ AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 700€ non members of EFMD
    • 500€ African Business Schools (non members of EFMD)
    • 450€ African Business Schools (members of EFMD)
  • NORMAL FEE UNTIL 15 October 2013
    • 650€ FULL members of EFMD
    • 700€ AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 750€ non members of EFMD
    • 550€ African Business Schools (non members of EFMD)
    • 500€ African Business Schools (members of EFMD)
  • LATE FEE AFTER 15 October 2013 (payement by credit card ONLY)
    • 700€ FULL members of EFMD
    • 7500€ AFFILIATED members of EFMD
    • 800€ non members of EFMD
    • 600€ African Business Schools (non members of EFMD)
    • 550€ African Business Schools (members of EFMD)

Fees cover attendance at the meeting, documentation, meals and refreshments, but do NOT include hotel accommodation. Hotel fees are to be paid directly to the different hotels upon departure (please refer to the Hotel Information Section further down for more details).

Cancellation policy for registrations:
Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If MOMENTUM, the EFMD Conference Secretariat receives notice of your withdrawal before 15 October 2013, a cancellation administrative fee of 75€ will be charged. Thereafter, we regret that we are unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases substitutes are welcome at no extra cost as long as EFMD receives notification of the name, title and address of the substitute.

4. AccommodationTop

RESOTEL has been appointed as the official accommodation agent for the 2013 EFMD Africa Conference. RESOTEL is a free independent hotel reservation services working with a various range of hotels at very competitive conditions.

Please click here for further information on available hotels and for instructions on how to make a reservation.

We kindly ask you to contact the accommodation agent directly for all questions related to hotel accommodation:

6, avenue Van Nieuwenhuyse
B-1160 Brussels
Contact person: Vanessa Martinez, MICE & Individual Accommodation Supervisor
Tel. + 32 (0)2 777 01 55
Fax + 32 (0)2 779 39 00
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Available hotels & room rates:

Radisson Blu Hotel
Route de la Corniche Ouest
BP 16868 Dakar Fann, Senegal
Tel: +221 33 869 33 12
Fax: +221 33 869 33 66

Single room: 115 000 CFA Franc (175€)
Double room: 125 000 CFA Franc (190€)
City taxes excluded of 1.60 Euro per person per night Rates include internet, complimentary use of gym and free airport pick-up & drop-off. Prices are per room per night, breakfast, taxes (except city taxes, see above) and services included. Reservations can be cancelled free of charge at the latest 1 week prior to arrival, late cancellations or no-shows will be charged the full stay.

The hotel fee must be paid directly to the hotel upon departure. Requests for accommodation are handled on a first-come first-served basis. Participants are strongly advised to reserve their hotel room before 11 October 2013. After this date, hotel availability and rates are no longer guaranteed. Rooms are available between 12 November (earliest check-in) and 16 November 2013 (latest check-out). All other dates are upon request and subject to availability.

5. Local transportTop

From the airport to the conference hotel(s):

We advise organising an airport transfer from your hotel. It is free of charge if organised through one of the conference hotels. Both hotels are about 13 kilometers or a 10-minute ride from Dakar Senghor International Airport.

If you choose to take a local taxi, it will cost about 5000 CFA (7-8€).

From the conference hotel(s) to/from the conference venue:
Bus transportation will be provided for the participants from the hotels to IAM – Institut Africain de Management during the three days of the conference.

6. Invitation letter for visaTop

If you need an invitation letter for your visa application, please contact our conference secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that we can provide you with an invitation letter only upon receipt of registration payment.

7. Useful linksTop

Weather in Dakar
Tourism in Senegal


You can book accommodation by following the link below.

hotel booking