2019 EFMD MBA Conference

sun17mar(mar 17)16:00tue19(mar 19)14:002019 EFMD MBA ConferenceThe Human Digital ChallengeLocation:Budapest, Hungary

Event Details

Target Group
This event is aimed at MBA Directors and business school staff involved in part-time, full-time and executive MBA programmes.

Strategic Partner:

Contact details for invoices, visa letters, registration & hotel bookings:
Conceptum – EFMD Conference Secretariat
+32 2 808 41 79


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Chaired by Péter Fehér, Vice Dean, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University, HU

Sunday 17 March

16:00 – 17:00


17:00 – 19:00


19:30 –22:00

Networking reception & dinner at Sofitel hotel

Monday 18 March



09:00 – 09:45

Welcome & introduction

  • Nadine Burquel, Director, Business School Services, EFMD
  • György Walter, MBA Director, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University, HU
  • Péter Fehér, Vice Dean, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University, HU

09:45 – 10:30

Opening plenary – Skills: the entrepreneur’s perspective
Which skills are most relevant when creating your own business and hire your staff? Which skills do you find most difficult to recruit for and what can educators do to make students ready for today’s work environment?

  • Gyula Feher, IBM Budapest Lab, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ustream, HU

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 –11:30

Data from the Corporate Recruiters Survey
Which are the most sought-after skills according to corporate recruiters?

  • Deborah Somers, Regional Director, Europe, Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), UK

11:30 – 13:00

World Café
Participants will be able to discuss the 5 top skills required by todays employers. Focussing on one of these skills, participants will discuss what they do or plan in their institution to teach these skills and which are the difficulties they encounter.

  • Krisztián Varga, Research Fellow, Institute of Informatics, Corvinus Business School, HU
  • Kevin Jackson, Guest Lecturer, Corvinus MBA Center, Corvinus Business School, HU
  • Andrea Mária Toarniczky, Associate Professor, Institute of Management, Corvinus Business School, HU
  • Richárd Szántó, Associate Professor, Institute of Business Economics, Corvinus Business School, HU
  • Alexandra Köves, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Business Economics, Corvinus Business School, HU
  • Roland Szilas, Senior Lecturer, Insititue of Management, Corvinus Business School, HU
  • Ákos Zala, Consultant, Human Telex Consulting, HU

Moderated by Réka Matolay, Assistant Professor, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University, HU

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Reporting back from the World Café
Each table leader reports back on the main findings and outcomes of his group’s discussion.

14:45 – 15:15

Coffee break

15:15– 16:15

Best Practice Panel: Filling the skill gap
This session will feature 3 best practice cases of business schools teaming up with other institutions to provide specific skills required by employers.

The ALBA/ Eurobank Partnership

    • Kyriakos Kyriakopoulos, Professor of Strategy and Marketing, Associate Dean of Academic Programs Enrollment, Academic Director of Executive MBA and Academic Director of Eurobank – ALBA MBA in Financial Services, GR
    • Stavroula Papadopoulou, Head of Learning Division, People Talents Sector, Human Resources General Division Eurobank Ergasias, GR

10-step leadership programme at Corvinus University

    • Roland Szilas, Corvinus University of Budapest, HU
    • Viktória Horváth, Head of Office, Corvinus MBA Center, Corvinus University of Budapest, HU

16:15 – 17:00

Best Practice Cases: Discussion Groups
Participants will have the occasion to discuss their own challenges and ideas in moderated discussion groups, based on the input provided during the best practice panel.

A1 ALBA/ Eurobank Partnership (Fintech)

A2 Bocconi MBA network

A3 10-step Leadership programme at Corvinus University

17:00 – 17:30

Feedback from discussion groups
Group leaders present the key ideas and findings of their group.


Meeting in lobby of Sofitel to walk to dinner venue

19:45 – 22:15

Conference dinner

Tuesday 19 March


Registration desk open

09:00 – 09:45

Alternatives to the MBA Model: New designs for different needs
Alternative providers have a radically different approach to post graduate education. Why have they chosen a different path and what are the advantages?

  • Diego Soroa, Architect, Head of Innovation Lab, Singularity University Ambassador, ExO HeadCoach & Consultant

09:45 – 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 – 11:15

Discussion Groups

B1 Faculty training and engagement
New skills and technologies require new teaching methods. But how do you get the faculty engaged and up to speed?

B2 MBA in pieces: microcredentials
Time and resources might be a hurdle to engage in an MBA programme. Is it a solution to provide learning in bit-sized pieces and let students chose their own timing and focus according to their specific needs?

B3 Generalist vs specialist programmes
How does the curriculum need to adapt in times of change? Whether you teach in a traditional or specialist MBA programme how do you integrate new subjects and how much detail should you provide?

11:15 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 12:30

Alumni Panel
How the MBA experience has transformed these alumni’s careers and why they have chosen an unusual career path.

  • Adrienn Nagy, IT Project Portfolio Manager, MOL Group Information Services, HU
  • Krisztián Lendvai, SAP consultant, Go-Live Consulting, HU
  • Richárd Csáki, Director, Sales, Distribution and Premium Banking, Erste Bank Hungary, HU


Closing Remarks

  • Péter Fehér, Vice Dean, Corvinus Business School, Corvinus University, HU
  • Nadine Burquel, Director, Business School Services, EFMD

12:30 – 14:00



Budapest, Hungary


Corvinus University

Fővám tér 8, 1093 Budapest IX. kerület


march 17 (sunday) 16:00 - march 19 (tuesday) 14:00 CET