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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.


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


Thursday 7 November

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Welcome Address
Introductions for Chair, Host and EFMD by Nishit Jain, Special Advisor Asia, EFMD GN

  • Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO, EFMD Global Network,
  • Jean- Louis Paré, President of Board of Directors, CFVG

Special Address by Chairperson

  • Rebecca Taylor, CEO, University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM)

14:30 – 16:00

Plenary Session I: Story of the Hidden Gems: Vietnam, Laos, Burma
Understanding the regional practices, opportunities and challenges. Needs of the emerging markets and how businesses function. Role of corporate in BS education. Knowing the context of region with reference to demographics and geo-political aspects. Importance of tourism industry, Chinese firms and developing business (Banking/distributing/manufacturing/electronic equipment) or The main Business Sector in the Region (Media/ Technology/food industry/textiles) in the regional ecosystem.

  • Brian C. Gozun, Dean, Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business, De La Salle University, Manila
  • Nicolas Audier, Chairman, Eurocham


Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00

Plenary Session II: The Asian Context (importance of Asian oriented Research)
Moving from an academic H-index, top international journal-publication based research, to an applied research with significant managerial Impact and relevance with local corporates. How this translates into executive education? How big is the local market, is the competition fierce? Areas of future development for training. Influence of the politics and government in the region on businesses, how can BS help in defining and strengthening the corporate respect? Will this improve the positioning and ranking of “hidden gems””? Will this trigger more alternate sources of funding the research with a purpose from external agencies? (global challenges)

  • Vo Xuan Vinh, Nafosted (Research Funding organization), Vietnam
  • Ahmed M. Khalid, Dean, UBD School of Business and Economics, Brunei, Darussaiam

17:45 – 18:15

Transfer back to Sofitel Saigon Plaza

18:45 – 19:00

Walk to the French Consulate

19:00 – 21:30

Conference Dinner

Friday 8 November

08:45 – 09:00

Morning Coffee

09:00 – 10:30

Plenary Session III: Transforming through the digital age – How AI can help teach, can we trust? Can gmaes make learning faster?
While technology is a must, we need to be sure where to draw lines. If we put are mind to rest, it may become lazy and eventually lose its shine…
While Robots work on AI what is that we need to train the future graduates is for EQ. How do we strike a good balance?
Technology today allows achieve scale and inclusiveness without compromising quality. It gives highest quality education at the most effective cost structure. Will the business schools of future look like a factory or a playground? Maybe games will change the landscape of continuous learning.

  • William Confalonieri, CIO, Deakin University, Australia
  • Andera Sianesi, Dean, MIP, Milano, Italy

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

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

  • Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), India
  • Nick Pisalyaput, Director, Sasin Center for Sustainability Management (SCSM), Thailand
  • Moderated by Michel Kalika, BSIS director, EFMD Global Network

12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Plenary Session V – Panel Discussion: Collaborating with Corporate in Shaping the Future of Business Education
Coming together is a way of life. How to embrace this change by pooling resources together and enhancing the efficiency. It further allows for benchmarking exercise.
Working alone results in low benchmark, while working together, sets high standards. Can networks be an enabler, how do we leverage it? Can Business Schools act as corporate think tank for new age partnership to harness the land of opportunities?

  • Sertec Yeltekin, Chief Operating Officer, Insitor Partners, Singapore
  • Moderated by Tomasso, Banca Intesa, Country representative, VP VBF

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00

Closing Session – Panel Discussion:
Innovative, Inspire, Influence – Currency of the Millennial Era: Recipes for successful IMPACT!
Its need of the hour. We need to prepare our graduates for the roles and jobs we don’t know of ourselves. How to think beyond and prepare for the new contexts, types of opportunities, continuously learn and evolve. We need life-long learners, can we design courses and BS which focus on life-long learning – practices and strategies! Can AI from corporates help train better the new age graduates? When technology connects through Gig Economy, block chain more – how can Business Schools connect better for a lasting impact?

  • Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore, India
  • Alex J Boome, Director, Henrich Foundation, Hong Kong
  • Moderated by Rebecca Taylor, CEO, University of Southampton Malaysia

17:00- 17:30

Concluding Speech

  • Rebecca Taylor, CEO, University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM)

Closing Speech

  • Eric Cornuel, Director General and CEO, EFMD Global Network,
  • Jean- Louis Paré, President of Board of Directors, CFVG

17:45 – 18:30

Transfer back to Sofitel Saigon Plaze

19:00 – 19:15

Transfer from the Sofitel Saigon Plaza to Shri

19:30 – 22:00

Closing Dinner

The 2019 EFMD GN Asia AC will be followed by an optional EFMD Accreditation and BSIS Seminar on Saturday 9 November 2019


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