august, 2020

sun30augtue01sep2020 EFMD Annual ConferenceEmbracing the Future: A New Mandate for Business Schools(august 30) 18:00 - (september 1) 14:30 CEST Location: Lyon, France

Event Details

The content of this page has been carried through from the postponed event.
Some speakers and sessions are still pending confirmation.

Every year, 550+ participants from across the management education sector – educational institutions, associations and companies – attend the EFMD Annual Conference to address the challenges in management development at large.

Professionals at different administrative and managerial positions from all over the world make it a dynamic networking opportunity.

Learn and reflect with industry peers and thought leaders that come together to tackle burning subjects such as education in the current geopolitical context, collaborative research, creative leadership and digital learning strategies.

Keep your finger on the pulse of global management education and development and join us for this exciting event.

Please have a look at the video here below for some highlights from the 2019 EFMD Annual Conference:

Strategic Partner:

Notice: EFMD is currently looking into robust virtual and hybrid options for the Annual Conference to offer an option to those institutions that want to attend the conference but cannot travel to Lyon in late August. More information will follow in due course.


Register here


Sunday 30 August

18:30 – 19:30

Registration open

18:30 – 21:00

Welcome reception at Palais de la Bourse, Place de la Bourse, 69002 Lyon

Monday 31 August


Bus transfers from conference hotels to emlyon business school


Registration & welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:30


  • Eric Cornuel, President, EFMD & EFMD Global Network
  • Tugrul Atamer, Vice President, emlyon business school, FR
  • Conference Chair: Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, IE Business School, ES

09:30 – 10:30

Opening Plenary

10:30 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30

Breakout sessions

A1 Inner City Entrepreneurship
In the current debate about climate change, students take an active role and expect their universities to pursue their SDGs. How can business schools comply when their business models require extensive travel for students and faculty?

  • emlyon & partners

A2 SDGs/ climate change
With increasing expectations on business schools to address the climate emergency and help realize the Sustainable Development Goals, questions are asked about our delivery models, operations and the curriculum. Our focus in this session is on innovations arising from the need to transform our models, offerings and efforts to improve the 3 R’s responsibility, resilience and relevance.

  • Julia Christensen Hughes, Founding Dean, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, University of Guelph, CA
  • Florencia Librizzi, Head of Program and Partnerships, SDG Academy
  • Moderated by John North, Executive Director at Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI)

A3 Crisis Management
The recent corona virus outbreak and the resulting travel restrictions are a major challenge for many universities. This session will present how business schools from around the globe have responded.

  • Roberto Donà, Associate Dean for Corporate Engagement, International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, CN
  • Juan Romero, Head of Managerial Information and Control Department, IPADE, MX
  • Nicola Kleyn, Dean, the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, ZA (tbc)

A4 Student mobility in the current geopolitical context
Nationalism is on the rise in many countries around the globe. How does this influence student mobility and how can universities make sure to attract the right students internationally?

  • GMAC

A5 Future of jobs & work
AI, automation and digitalisation – what will tomorrow’s jobs look like and how can business schools prepare their students for the future?

  • Naeema Pasha, Director, Henley Careers and Professional Development, Founder of WOW, the Henley World of Work initiative, Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK (tbc)

12:30 – 14:00


14:00- 15:15

Plenary 2: The 50 Year Learning Cycle – a conversation
With an increasing lifespan, lifelong learning becomes more and more important. Are business schools prepared to cater for a diverse audience ranging from generation Z students to senior executives? Are new providers better equipped to service different types of students?

  • Moderated by Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, IE Business School, ES

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00

Plenary 3: Dean’s Panel – perspectives for business schools after the Corona epidemic

  • Thomas Bieger, former Dean, University of St. Gallen, CH
  • Tugrul Atamer, Vice-President of EMLYON Business School, FR

17:00 – 17:30

Award Ceremony

  • Moderated by Griet Houbrechts, Senior Advisor, EFMD


Return transfers to conference hotels


Bus transfers


Conference dinner


Return transfers to conference hotels

Tuesday 1 September


Bus transfers from conference hotels


Registration & welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:00

Plenary 4: How AI will shape Business Schools and Business Education

  • emlyon & partners

10:00 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30– 11:45

Sharing Best Practice Sessions: Case studies on leadership and organisation

B1 Gearing for Growth: Financing the Future of Higher Education
Business schools and institutions of higher education are in need of new sources of funding for their growth. Investments funds are increasingly becoming major players in the education ecosystem. How should stakeholders navigate the opportunities and challenges while innovating with new business models, partnerships and frameworks?

  • Yuan Ding, Vice President & Dean, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), CN
  • Moderated by Simon Mercado, Dean, ESCP Europe Business School (London), UK

B2 Well-being, personal health & sustainable performance

  • Gregory C. Unruh, Arison Group Endowed Professor, George Mason University, US

B3 Managing individual academic performance
Not all researchers perform well in the classroom and not all professors are great researchers. How can you manage academic careers to give your faculty the chance to do what they like and what they are good at?

  • Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Dean, WU, Vienna University of Economics & Business, AU

B4 Exploring Art to Activate Human Creativity & Design in Business Education
This session will provide you with the inspiration, techniques and practical tools to foster your students’ creativity and design thinking abilities.

  • Nick McGuigan, Associate Professor & Director of Education, Monash Business School , AU
  • Artist

B5 Interdisciplinary approaches
How interdisciplinary thinking and evidence-based management can help to transform business and society.

  • Leonard Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, CA

B6 Changes in the EFMD accreditation portfolio

  • Alfons Sauquet Rovira, Director, Quality Services, EFMD

11:45 – 12:45

Plenary 5: A new mandate for business schools

12:45 – 13:15

Closing Remarks by the Chair and Welcome to the 2020 Conference

  • Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, IE Business School, ES

13:15 – 14:15



Return transfers to conference hotels


emlyon business school


Lyon, France


August 30 (Sunday) 18:00 - September 1 (Tuesday) 14:30 CEST