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CON-2009 December World Class Practices in Management Education Conference - Dubai
Date: December 6 — 8, 2009
Location: Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
Speakers
Sultan Saud Al Qassemi (Al-Saud Company Ltd. )
Session: Plenary I: Economic Sustainability in the Middle East
Bio: Sultan Al Qassemi holds an MSc degree in Global Banking & Finance with distinction, from the European Business School, London and a Bsc in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris. His main responsibilities include developing and implementing high-level strategies, making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of Al-Saud Company Ltd., and acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and the corporate operations. In addition to this, he is Chairman of Barjeel Securities and Capital Industries & Investment, Dubai. Also, on the board of Amwal Invest, Jordan. Prior to his current role, Sultan was Director for various companies in Oman including Gulf Investment Services, Globe Invest Holding Company, Trans Gulf Investment Holding Company and Sohar University. Sultan Al Qassemi is also a fellow at the Dubai School of Government and an opinion editor to a variety of publications including the National and Emarat Alyoum in the United Arab Emirates; Gulf Business and Money Works.

Mohamed Al-Fahim (Al Fahim Group )
Session: Luncheon and Plenary III: The Future of Business in the Middle East: Family Business, Entrepreneurship, and Education
Bio: Mr. Mohammed A.J. Al Fahim joined the family business, after completing his studies in England, at the beginning of 1968. With the aid of his late father, Mr. Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, he managed to diversify and grow the company into one of the largest family-owned business in the Middle East. At present, the Group includes businesses that encompass divisions of Real Estate, Hotels, Automotive, Travel, Industrial & Oilfields Servicing and Advertising. Mr. Al Fahim has served as First Vice President of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in addition to being on the Board. He has also served on the Board of the Telephone Company, and the Council for Public Works. More so, Mr. Al Fahim is currently on the Board of a number of organizations in the U.A.E. as well serving as Honorary Chairman of Al Fahim Group of Companies.

Shahid Ansari (Babson College)
Session: Plenary IV: Achieving World Class Status on a Fast Track?
Bio: Dr. Shahid Ansari has many years of experience in teaching, scholarly research, and consulting. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting and Organizational Behavior from Columbia University and has taught in graduate and undergraduate programs at UCLA, NYU, and the Naval Postgraduate School. He has also been a Visiting Faculty at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, Macquarie University, Australia and Pretoria University, South Africa, Marshall School at USC, and the Shell Learning Center in Houston and Holland, Rice University and Darden Graduate School of Business. Dr. Ansari has won several awards and honors for distinguished teaching during his career.

Peter S. Cleaves
Session: Plenary II: Management Research on the Middle East and Asia
Bio: Peter S. Cleaves is CEO of the Emirates Foundation. Previous executive positions were with the AVINA Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Cleaves has been a tenured professor at the University of Texas at Austin. At First Chicago, he was responsible for multinational corporations in Latin America and for acquisition financing in the U.S. media industry. He received his PhD degree in political science at the University of California at Berkeley, his M.A. from Vanderbilt University, and his A.B. from Dartmouth College. He has resided in nine countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. He has authored or co-authored five books on economics and politics.

Mohamed El-Bassiouni (United Arab Emirates University)
Session: Plenary VII: Assurance of Learning
Bio: Mohamed Yahia El-Bassiouni, is a professor and chairman of the Department of Statistics, College of Business and Economics (CBE) at the United Arab Emirates University. He has obtained his Ph. D. in Statistics from Oregon State University in 1977. He was chairman of the CBE Accreditation Committee, 1994-2000 and 2005-2009. In both occasions, the CBE was successful in earning accreditation in 2000, to become the first accredited business school in the Middle East, and in maintaining its AACSB accreditation status in 2009. He participated in various AACSB workshops as well as other regional conferences on outcomes assessment and assurance of learning over the past 15 years.

John J. Fernandes (AACSB International)
Session: Luncheon and Plenary VIII: The Global Management Education Landscape: The Region in Context
Bio: John J. Fernandes is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Prior to AACSB he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Institute of Internal Auditors. Mr. Fernandes has extensive corporate governance experience as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of a large health care system. He is also on the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma and the boards of directors of the Global Foundation for Management Education, the PhD Project, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Tampa Bay & Company. John holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Babson College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Houston. He is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Texas’ Public Executive Institute. In 2006, John was recognized as the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s Corporate Entrepreneur of the Year.

David K. Graf (United Arab Emirates University)
Session: Plenary VI: The Journey to AACSB Accreditation
Bio: David Graf, Dean of the College of Business and Economics at the United Arab Emirates University has served the UAEU in this capacity for four years. He currently serves on the AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee and has recently served on the Maintenance of Accreditation Committee. The college has been accredited since 2001. Dean Graf also served as Dean of the College of Business at Northern Illinois University prior to his arrival in the UAE. He has managed to achieve positive results through the collaboration of college stakeholders.

Sherif H. Kamel (The American University in Cairo)
Session: Plenary V: Business Faculty: Recruitment, Deployment, Development
Bio: Sherif H. Kamel is dean of the School of Business at the American University in Cairo. He is Professor of Management Information Systems. Kamel served as associate dean for executive education. Prior to that, he was the director of the Management Center and was the director of the Institute of Management Development. Before joining AUC, he was the director of the Regional IT Institute and he co-established and managed the training department of the Cabinet of Egypt Information and Decision Support Centre-IDSC. His research and teaching interests include IT transfer to developing nations, eBusiness, human resources development, and DSS and he has published widely in the areas of IS and management. Kamel is the associate editor of the Journal of Cases on Information Technology and the Journal of IT for Development. He holds a PhD from London School of Economics and Political Science, an MBA and a BA in Business Administration from The American University in Cairo; currently he is pursuing an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture.

George K. Najjar (American University of Beirut)
Session: Plenary VI: The Journey to AACSB Accreditation
Bio: George K. Najjar is professor and Dean of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut where he also served for nine years as vice president for Regional External Programs. Prior to returning to the AUB campus in 1997, Dr. Najjar formerly served as Vice President of the University of Bahrain and Dean of its college of Business on assignment from AUB. His academic and management consulting experience in the MENA region goes back to the mid 1970s. Dr Najjar serves as member of the Boards of Trustees of several major universities in the Gulf area. He is also a leading strategic management consultant in the Near East/GCC region, having designed and led well over a hundred consulting and executive education programs for leading companies. Dr. Najjar holds a Ph.D from the University of Southern California where he has also served as faculty member.

John Peters (Emerald Publishing)
Session: Plenary II: Management Research on the Middle East and Asia
Bio: John Peters is Chief Executive Officer of Emerald Group Publishing Limited, based in Bradford, England, and President of Emerald Publishing Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass. He became CEO in 2005, since which time Emerald has grown consistently through investment in content development and digitization, building a global sales and customer management approach, building strategic partnerships, and an acquisition taking the company into scholarly book publishing. Emerald today is the world’s leading publisher of management research, with offices in the UK, India, China, Australia, USA, Japan, Poland, Brazil, Dubai and Malaysia. He holds an English degree from Manchester University and an MBA from Bradford School of Management.

Ananth Rao (University of Dubai)
Session: Plenary V: Business Faculty: Recruitment, Deployment, Development
Bio: Dr. Ananth Rao is the Dean of the College of Business Administration at University of Dubai (UD), which earned AACSB International accreditation in April 2009. UD is an educational arm of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dr. Rao earned PhD from University of Minnesota (USA) in 1991, and MS from Purdue University (USA) in 1985. Dr. Rao has over 15 years of managerial experience in commercial banking. He passed the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Level 1 examination. Dr. Rao has over 18 research publications in refereed international journals in the areas of Investments, Bank Management, Stability of Emerging Financial Markets, ERM and Efficiency of Financial Services Firms.

C.P. Rao (Kuwait University)
Session: Plenary II: Management Research on the Middle East and Asia
Bio: Professor Rao is currently Professor of Marketing, College of Administrative Sciences, Kuwait University. During 1993-97 he was Eminent Scholar and William B. Spong Chair, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. 1988-93 he was University Professor and Wal-Mart Lecturer in Strategic Marketing, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA. He also served on the faculty of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India (1968-70). He participated in the ICAME program at Stanford University (1963-64). He obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (1968). He was awarded life time C.P.M. (Certified Purchasing Manager) by the National Association of Purchasing Management, USA in 1993. Dr. Rao has held many visiting faculty positions in Nigeria, India, Singapore, Norway, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Peru and the Netherlands.

M. Rammohan Rao (Indian School of Business)
Session: Plenary IV: Achieving World Class Status on a Fast Track?
Bio: Professor M. Rammohan Rao is Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Earlier he was the Director of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He taught as a tenured Professor of Operations Research at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Professor Rao has published over 85 articles in various professional journals. His current teaching and research interests are in the areas of Optimization and Financial Derivatives. He has won several awards including the Fulkerson Prize, an award sponsored by Mathematical Programming Society and American Mathematical Society. Prof. Rao has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Carla E. Sayegh Hilton (American University of Beirut)
Session: Plenary VII: Assurance of Learning
Bio: Carla Sayegh currently heads the Office for Continuous Improvement at the Olayan School of Business of the American University of Beirut (AUB). As director, she plays a key role in leading and managing the School’s AACSB business accreditation, strategic planning and global branding efforts. She is responsible for strategic analysis, initiative execution, benchmarking, learning outcomes assessment, the management of global partnerships and other initiatives deemed critical to academic innovation and global competitiveness. She is the School’s in-house authority on global management education standards and practices. She also teaches strategy to OSB’s undergraduates. Carla holds a BS in Economics from the Wharton School and an MBA from Yale University.

Jerry E. Trapnell (AACSB International)
Session: Maintenance of Accreditation Workshop
Bio: Jerry Trapnell is Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer for AACSB International where he also served as the 2002-03 chair of the Board of Directors. He is the former dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University and served as director and professor of the Clemson University School of Accountancy. He served on the faculty of the department of accounting at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge for 10 years. Dr. Trapnell earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1977, his B.S. and M.S. from Clemson University in 1968 and 1970, respectively.

Jerry E. Trapnell (AACSB International)
Session: Introduction to AACSB Accreditation Workshop
Bio: Jerry Trapnell is Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer for AACSB International where he also served as the 2002-03 chair of the Board of Directors. He is the former dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University and served as director and professor of the Clemson University School of Accountancy. He served on the faculty of the department of accounting at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge for 10 years. Dr. Trapnell earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1977, his B.S. and M.S. from Clemson University in 1968 and 1970, respectively.

Stephen R. Watson (AACSB International)
Session: Introduction to AACSB Accreditation Workshop
Bio: Stephen Watson has been working as Special Advisor to the President of AACSB International for over four years now. His role is to be a roving ambassador for AACSB International in Europe and the Middle East and also to advise the decision-making bodies of AACSB on European business education. Prior to his work with AACSB Stephen was the Dean of three UK business schools – Henley, Lancaster and Cambridge.

Stephen R. Watson (AACSB International)
Session: Plenary VI: The Journey to AACSB Accreditation
Bio: Stephen Watson has been working as Special Advisor to the President of AACSB International for over four years now. His role is to be a roving ambassador for AACSB International in Europe and the Middle East and also to advise the decision-making bodies of AACSB on European business education. Prior to his work with AACSB Stephen was the Dean of three UK business schools – Henley, Lancaster and Cambridge.

David Weir (Liverpool Hope University)
Session: Plenary II: Management Research on the Middle East and Asia
Bio: Professor David Weir is an experienced and highly successful Business School Professor and for 25 years was a Dean at leading Business Schools in the UK, including the Glasgow University Business School, the Newcastle Business School and the Bradford University School of Management. He is currently Head of the Business School and Professor of Intercultural Management at Liverpool Hope University. He is also Affiliate Professor at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce Rennes in France, Visiting Professor in Management Development at Lancaster University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hamdan bin Mohammed University in Dubai. Professor Weir has special research and teaching expertise in multicultural management and management in the Arab Middle East. He has researched and published extensively on management in the Arab world and his latest book: “Management in the Arab World” will be published in 2010. He has also undertaken consultancy on leadership with many leading companies and organisations in the MENA region including Hayel Saeed Anam (Yemen and UK), Amiri Diwan (Kuwait), Wataniya Telecom( Kuwait) and the Islamic Development Bank (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia). He is a member of the editorial boards of several journals including the International Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Finance and Management, Middle East Business Review, Arab Journal of Administration, Journal of Middle East Finance and Business and the Journal of Emergent Economies.