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

Keynote Address
Digital Innovation in Business Schools

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Panel session
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
  • Gerhard Geissler, Senior Lecturer, Vienna University of Economics and Business, AT
  • Eldar Abdrazakov, CEO and Founder of Centras Capital, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Competitiveness Council, Founder of "Kazakhstan Growth Forum Collaboration between universities and the corporate sector in Kazakhstan, KZ

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

Panel Session

  • Dipak Jain, Director, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkom, TH
  • Mehmet Eskici, President, Vistula University, PL
  • 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

Keynote Address
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, 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


Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. Contact at the school
  3. Registration
  4. Fees and Payment
  5. Accommodation
  6. Direction
  7. Travel
  8. Tourism
  9. Links
1. Venue

Narxoz Univesity
55 Zhandosov str
Almaty, 050035

2. Contact at the school Top

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Т.: +7 727 3771297

3. Registration Top

Please click here for the online registration form (link TBA)

4. Fees and payment Top
  • Regional Fee
    • €320 EFMD Member
    • €390 non members of EFMD
  • European Fee
    • €520 EFMD Member
    • €590 non members of EFMD

No Belgian VAT due as per article 21, §3, 3° of VAT Code for service provided abroad.

Fees cover attendance of the conference, documentation, meals and refreshments, but do NOT include hotel accommodation

Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If EFMD receives notice of your withdrawal before 4 September 2017, a cancellation administrative fee of 50€ 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.

5. Accommodation Top

The Grand Tien Shan Hotel is the conference hotel. It is approximatively 30 minutes from Narxoz University.

Grand Tien Shan Hotel
115, Bogenbay batyr street,
050000, Almaty,
Republic of Kazakhstan
Telephone: ‬+7 (727) 244 96 00
‬‬‬‬ Fax: +‬7 (727) 244 62 71
‬‬ E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
‬‬‬‬ See more at: http://www.ts-hotels.kz

Hotel bedrooms are blocked for participants of the conference. The prices are the following:

  • for a single room: 80€/night
  • for a double room: 110€/night
  • for a delux room: 120€/night

In order to book a room please send an e-mail to Alimzhan Turdybakiyev at the following e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To benefit from the preferential rate, please don’t forget to mention the title of the conference: "2017 EFMD Central Asia Conference"

Please note that you have until 30 August 2017 to make your reservation. After this date, the reservations will be processed upon availability and the discounted fees many not apply.

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations within 10 days prior to arrival – will be charged the full stay.

6. Direction Top

 Coming soon

7. Travel Top

Starting from 1 January 2017 the visa free regime was expanded for the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA. The citizens of the abovementioned countries may enter the territory of the country with all types of valid passports for a stay for up to 30 days. The citizens of Hong Kong SAR can enter Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 14 days.

The attention of visitors to Kazakhstan is drawn to the following visa requirements:
1. Citizens of Georgia**, Ukraine**, Argentina*, Brazil*, Serbia*, Turkey*, Mongolia**, and the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), namely Azerbaijan*, Armenia**, Belarus**, Kyrgyzstan**, Moldovia**, Russia**, Tajikistan*, and Uzbekistan* do not need an entry visa to Kazakhstan.
* Entry without a visa is restricted to 30 days.
** Entry without a visa is restricted to 90 days.

2. All other foreign citizens will need to obtain an entry visa to Kazakhstan.
Read more here

8. Tourism Top

Coming soon 

9. Links Top

It is recommended to visit the following website for detailed and updated information: www.mfa.kz