april, 2021

thu15apr(apr 15)13:00fri30(apr 30)14:302021 BSIS Virtual SymposiumDemonstrating Impact: Now is the Time!13:00 - 14:30 (30) Location:online

Event Details

The aim of the symposium is to dig deeper into a number of topics that have a clear link with Impact and that have been brought to the fore even more during the difficult year we now have behind us. Each session will start with video testimonials on the particular session topic of schools that have been through the BSIS process. The session itself will be moderated by the different members of the BSIS Symposium steering committee. The format of the whole series will alternate interactive online plenary sessions and breakout groups, supported by platforms to share feedback and ideas.

The symposium will be organised in a form of online series and will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 15 April- 30 April at 13:00- 14:30 CEST. Please see the programme below for more details.


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Thursday 15 April

13:00 – 13:05 CEST


  • Michel Kalika, Director BSIS, EFMD Global

13:05 – 14:30 CEST

Session 1 – Impact, Sustainability and the Ecosystems Approach

  • Pierre Barreaud, Groupe ISC, FR
  • Video testimonial: Aleksandra Przegalinska, Pro-rector responsible for International Cooperation and ESR, Kozminski University, Department for Management in Networked and Digital Societies, PL
  • Video testimonial: Tabea Bereuther, Manager Responsibility & Sustainability, University of St.Gallen, CH
  • Moderated by: Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director RSM, Rotterdam School of Management-Erasmus University, NL

Friday 16 April

13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Session 2 – BSIS Process and Criteria

Aim of the session is, after a quick overview of process and criteria, to explore how the past year has changed our perspective on impact and to share feedback on possible updates.

  • Enn Listra, Dean, School of Business and Governance, Taltech, EE
  • Moderated by: Debra Leighton, Senior Advisor BSIS, EFMD Global

Tuesday 20 April

13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Session 3 – The Pandemic and Impact on Education and Research

Have Business School faculty and staff acquired skills that prepare our schools better for the future? What changes have our schools implemented that will be integrated in the longer term?

  • Marcin Wojtysiak-Kotlarski, Director of EQUIS and AACSB Accreditation Project, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, PL
  • Emmanuelle le Nagard, Associate Dean for Pedagogy, ESSEC Business School, FR
  • Video testimonial: Dr. Catherine Loughlin, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, CA
  • Moderated by: Jane Mulatz, Director, Strategy and Accreditations, Saint Mary’s University, Sobey School of Business, CA and Valérie Plat Pelazzo, Director Quality, Accreditations, Projects, iaelyon School of Management, FR

Thursday 22 April

13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Session 4 – The Pandemic and the Definition of the Impact Zone

Did the pandemic cause changes in the size and definition of the impact zone? Have the changes of remote learning and working caused any changes in for example alumni reach and executive education?

  • Ramon Bastida-Vialcanel, Vice Dean for Research & Knowledge Transfer, Barcelona School of Management, UPF, ES
  • Andrew Gaudes, Dean, Goodman School of Business, Brock University, CA
  • Video testimonial: Prof. Jean-Pierre Helfer, Professor Emeritus, Director of Research, Excelia, FR
  • Video testimonial: Prof. Jean-François Manzoni, President and Nestlé Professor, IMD Business School, CH
  • Moderated by: Michel Kalika, Director BSIS, EFMD Global

Friday 23 April

13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Session 5 – The Pandemic, Impact and Diversity

The aim of the session is to share good practices regarding diversity and inclusion in different areas.

  • Lieve Van den Brande, former Principal Administrator at the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission, and visiting professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and member of the EUTOPIA (European University Alliance External Advisory Board)
  • Melanie Currie, Deputy Dean, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
  • Benjamin Morisse, Vice-Dean, ESSCA, FR
  • Tamara Pavasović Trošt, University of Ljubljana School of Economics and Busines, SI
  • Moderated by: Marjan Smonig, Secretariat for Management Team and BSIS coordinator, University of Ljubljana School of Economics and Busines, SI

Tuesday 27 April

13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Session 6 – Impact and Rankings

  • Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times, UK
  • Thomas Dyllick, Positive Impact Rating, CH
  • Ding Yuan, Vice President and Dean, China Europe International Business School-CEIBS, CN
  • Moderated by: Jérôme Caby, General Delegate, FNEGE, FR

Thursday 29 April

13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Session 7 – Impact and Accreditation

What are the synergies between impact assessment and accreditation? How can we create a virtuous circle that helps our schools to grow? Which transversal points are common between accreditation and impact assessment, e.g. sustainability, entrepreneurship, …?

  • Tamim Elbasha, Director of Learning and Quality Development, Audencia Business School, FR
  • Enn Listra, Dean, School of Business and Governance, Taltech, EE
  • Moderated by: Debra Leighton, Senior Advisor BSIS, EFMD Global and Wilfried Niessen, Director General & Dean, HEC Liège-Management School, University of Liège, BE

Friday 30 April

13:00 – 14:25 CEST

Session 8 – The Growing Importance of Impact in Business Schools’ and Governments’ strategies

How does Impact influence public financing of education? Does demonstrated impact influence potential students from different generations?

  • Claire Daniel,Union pour l’Entreprise-UPE06 (MEDEF CGPME), consultant Higher Education and Research
  • Xavier Latour, adjoint ESR Mairie de Nice, FR
  • Eric Lamarque, Director IAE Paris – Sorbonne Business School and President, IAE France, FR
  • Thomaz Wood Jr., Research Director FGV EAESP, Sao Paulo, BZ
  • Video testimonial: Prasad SN, Professor-Strategy & General Management, Chairperson-Accreditation & Quality Processes, SDMIMD, IND
  • Moderated by: Nadine Tournois, Dean, IAE de Nice, FR

14:25 – 14:30 CEST


  • Michel Kalika, Director BSIS, EFMD Global

Practical information


EFMD Members: €400

Non members: €500

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If we receive notice of your withdrawal before 1 April 2021, a cancellation administrative fee of 75 € will be charged. Thereafter, we regret that are unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases, substitutes are welcome at no extra cost as long as we receive notification of the name, title and address of the substitute.




april 15 (thursday) 13:00 - april 30 (friday) 14:30