november, 2019

thu07nov(nov 7)13:00fri08(nov 8)20:002019 EFMD GN Asia Annual ConferenceVision 2030: Rising Asia - Impact Through the Power of Collaboration13:00 - 20:00 (8) UTC+7 Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Event Details

Target group
The EFMD Global Network Asia Annual Conference has been designed for all those interested in management education and development. It brings together EFMD Global Network members, companies, educational institutions and other associations that have an interest in Asia. This includes Deans, Deputy and Associate Deans, International Relations Directors, Programme Directors, Executive Education Directors and other Business School and Executive Development Professionals.

The Conference will be followed by an EFMD Accreditation and BSIS Seminar – devoted to both BSIS – the EFMD GN Business School Impact System – and the EFMD quality improvement and development systems – on Saturday 9 November 2019.  The Seminar is aimed at Schools that would like to learn more about BSIS, the EFMD tool that measures the real impact, meaning and legitimacy of Business Schools within their communities and at Schools that consider EFMD accreditation or mentoring but have not yet decided if or when to start the process. You can find all information here

Separate registration is available here for participants wishing to attend the Seminar only.


Register here


Thursday 7 November

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Welcome Address
Introductions for Chair, Host and EFMD by Nishit Jain, Country Advisor, EFMD Global Network

  • Eric Cornuel, President, EFMD
  • Jean-Louis Paré, President of Board of Directors, CFVG, Vietnam

Special Address by Chairperson

  • Rebecca Taylor, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton UK and CEO, University of Southampton Malaysia, Malaysia

14:30 – 16:00

Plenary I – Story of the Hidden Gems: Vietnam, Laos, Burma
This session will focus on understanding the local ecosystems. What are the regional practices, opportunities and challenges? How can corporations help shape management education? Let’s look into developing sectors such as banking, distributing, manufacturing and electronic equipment as well as main business sectors of the region such as media, technology, food industry or textiles.

  • Jean-Jacques Bouflet, Vice-Chairman, EuroCham, Vietnam
  • Brian C. Gozun, Dean, Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
  • Le Thi Thanh Thao, National Program Officer, UNIDO, Vietnam

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30

Plenary II – The Asian Context: The Importance of Asian-oriented Research
The session will explore the importance of applied research and how it can create a significant impact on local businesses.
How does applied research transform executive education? How big and competitive is the local market? What are the areas of future development for training? How can business schools help in defining and strengthening the corporate respect given the influence of politics and government in the region on businesses?

  • Vo Xuan Vinh, Dean, Institution of Business Research, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Ahmed M. Khalid, Dean, UBD School of Business and Economics, Brunei, Darussalam

17:30 – 18:00

Bus transfer back to Sofitel Saigon Plaza

18:45 – 19:00

Walk to the French Consulate

19:00 – 21:30

Conference dinner at French Consulate
Welcome address by M. Vincent Floreani, Consul Général de France, Vietnam


Walk back to Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Friday 8 November


Bus transfer from Sofitel Saigon Plaza to CFVG

08:45 – 09:00

Morning Coffee

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary III – Transforming through the Digital Age: How Can Artificial Intelligence Transform the Teaching and Learning and Can We Trust It?
While training the leaders of tomorrow, how can we strike the right balance between soft and hard skills? How to make sure business school graduates remain emotionally intelligent?

  • Andrea Sianesi, Dean & President of the Board of Directors, MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business, Italy
  • William Confalonieri, Chief Digital Officer, Chief Information Officer & Vice-President, Deakin University, Australia
  • Ting Yang Ling (Ivan), Assistant Professor, University of Southampton Malaysia; Vice-Chair, IET Malaysia Young Professionals Section (YPS), Malaysia

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

Plenary IV – Tradition to Education: Change of Culture, the Impact of Business Schools on Society
Cultural understanding is key to successful business partnerships. This results in good relations and sustainable business. How do we go beyond the classroom experience? Can student and faculty mobility and international curriculum be superseded? How to enhance the impact of immersion programmes and run projects on ethics and value-based learning?

  • Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), India
  • Nick Pisalyaput, Deputy Director – Strategy, Innovation, Impact, Sasin School of Management, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Moderated by Michel Kalika, BSIS Director, EFMD Global Network

12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Plenary V – Collaborating with Corporations to Shape the Future of Business Education
How to build efficient partnerships and pool resources together? How to enable better benchmarking with the aim of setting higher standards? Can networks be an enabler and how do we leverage them? Can business schools act as a corporate think tank for new generation partnerships to harness new opportunities?

  • Sertac Yeltekin, Chief Operating Officer, Insitor Partners VC, Singapore and Senior Advisor, EFMD
  • Hai Duong Le (Teresa), Head of People Development, Central Retail, Vietnam

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00

Closing Session – Innovation, Inspiration and Influence: Recipes for a Successful Impact
How do we prepare graduates for jobs that don’t yet exist? Technological changes such as automation and artificial intelligence are expected to transform the employment landscape. Will our education system keep up?
What can business schools do to stay relevant and create a lasting impact?

  • Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore, India
  • Che Ruhana Isa, Dean, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Alexander J Boome, Program Director, Hinrich Foundation, Hong Kong SAR, China

17:00 – 17:30

Closing Speech

  • Jean-Louis Paré, President of Board of Directors, CFVG, Vietnam
  • Eric Cornuel, President, EFMD

17:45 – 18:30

Bus transfer back to Sofitel Saigon Plaza

19:00 – 19:15

Bus transfer from the Sofitel Saigon Plaza to Shri Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge

19:30 – 22:00

Conference Closing Dinner at Shri Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge

Saturday 9 November 2019 – (optional): EFMD Accreditation and BSIS Seminar



Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


7 (Thursday) 13:00 - 8 (Friday) 20:00 UTC+7


CFVG Campus

91 Ba Tháng Hai, Phường 11, Quận 10, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam