2024 EFMD Annual Conference

sun09jun(jun 9)17:30tue11(jun 11)14:302024 EFMD Annual ConferenceNavigating geopolitical tensions, AI, and fostering a human-centered futureLocation:Bologna, Italy

Event Details

Business schools steer a difficult course in navigating the fog caused by a disrupted environment and an unprecedented demand to align values with societal demands and a new generation of students. In this time of change, it is helpful for industry professionals to join forces and navigate their way towards a future-proof transformation.

The EFMD Annual Conference gathers several hundred members of the management education community to tackle burning subjects such as the impact of globalisation, collaborative research, creative leadership and digital learning strategies. Over two days, professionals in different administrative and managerial positions from all over the world participate in a dynamic learning and networking event that helps them move towards impactful business education.

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Registration

Registration

Programme

Sunday 09 June

17:45 – 23:15

Continuous bus shuttle between Bologna City Center and BBS

18:00 – 21:30

Registrations at Bologna Business School

18:00 – 23:00

Welcome to the Bologna Conference: Italian dinner, drinks, and music in the BBS Italian Garden     

Monday 10 June

08:15

Registrations & welcome coffee

09:00 – 09:15

Institutional welcome

  • Matteo Lepore, Mayor of Bologna, IT
  • Giovanni Molari, Rector, University of Bologna, IT
  • Vincenzo Colla, Councillor, Regione Emilia-Romagna, IT

09:15 – 09:30

Welcome & introduction by the Chair

  • Eric Cornuel, President, EFMD Global Network
  • Massimo Bergami, Dean and CEO, Bologna University Business School, IT
  • Marion Debruyne, Dean, Vlerick Business School, BE

09:30 – 10:15

Opening plenary: The future of the firm – the CEO perspective

  • Benedetto Vigna, CEO, Ferrari, IT

Moderated by Marion Debruyne, Dean, Vlerick Business School, BE

10:15 – 11:00

Fireside chat: AI and the future of work

  • Kevin Scott, CTO, Microsoft, US
  • Massimo Bergami, Dean, Bologna Business School, IT

11:00 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00

Breakout sessions 1

 

1A: Critical thinking: A must have to deal with Gen AI and the climate crisis

As generative AI becomes ubiquitous and the climate crisis challenges foundational paradigms, what should our educational priorities be? This session explores innovative initiatives aimed at cultivating critical thinking beyond traditional classroom settings. Specifically, we will delve into “Improbable Pedagogy,” an approach that leverages art-based practices to foster critical perspectives and competencies. Grounded in scientific research, this Art Thinking framework is implemented in over 13 countries and is integrated into a variety of educational contexts, including both initial training and executive education programs.

  • Sylvain Bureau, Co-Founder JB Say Institute, Professor in Art Thinking, ESCP Business School, FR

Moderated by Julie Perrin-Halot, Associate Dean/Director Quality, Accreditations and Sustainability, Grenoble Ecole de Management, FR

 

1B: Sustainability in business schools: Measure what is measurable and make measurable what is not so

The session will explore the significance of measuring sustainability knowledge in higher education to enhance pedagogy and prepare students for leadership roles, emphasizing the importance of data-driven decision-making.

  • Isabelle Fagnot, Associate Dean Quality & Accreditation, Kedge Business School, FR
  • Farai Jena, Associate Dean, Education & Students, University of Sussex Business School, UK
  • Joe Miemczyk, Associate Dean, Sustainability Transition, ESCP Business School, UK
  • Anne-Claire Pache, Associate Dean, Global Strategy and Sustainability, ESSEC Business School, FR

Moderated by Aurélien Décamps, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sulitest Impact and Affiliate Professor, Kedge Business School, FR

 

1C: Valuing and nurturing the individual

This speech emphasizes the critical role of valuing and nurturing individual contributions through a community-based model, highlighting how this approach can effectively balance AI advancements with human input to foster inclusive, sustainable development and strengthen stakeholder engagement.

  • Andrea Pontremoli, CEO, Dallara, IT

 

1D: Industry perspectives around sustainability

  • Susanna Scarciglia, Innovation and Partnerships Director ‑ Italy,  CSR Coordinator, Alstom Group, IT
  • Manuela Franchi, Director, Equipment Engineering, Tetra Pak, IT
  • Niloufar Javadi Abhari, Climate Finance Analyst, Global Fields, UK

Moderated by Morris Mthombeni, Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, ZA

 

1E: Academic leadership on good days and bad

In this session we will review findings from a study of female deans of EFMD accredited schools. We’ll explore their experiences of good and bad days as a leader, and the metaphors they use to describe these.

  • Caren Scheepers, Professor, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, ZA

Moderated by Nicola Kleyn, Extraordinary Professor, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, ZA

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 15:30

Plenary 3: Global conflicts and their impact on business schools
Facing a new political reality and staying global in an increasingly divided world

  • Romano Prodi, Former President of EU and BBS Chairman, IT
  • Alec Ross, Distinguished Professor at BBS and former Obama Administration Senior Officer, US
  • Bo Xu, Special Representative of CEIBS to Europe, CN

Moderated by Marion Debruyne, Dean, Vlerick Business School, BE

15:30 – 16:15

Coffee break

16:15 – 16:45

2024 EFMD and EFMD Global Network Annual General Assemblies

16:45 – 17:15

Awards ceremony

Discover and celebrate the new members of the EQUIS, EFMD Accredited, EDAF, CLIP, EOCCS, and BSIS family

19:00 – 22:30

Conference dinner at Palazzo Re Enzo

Tuesday 11 June

08:45 – 09:45

Plenary 4: Artificial intelligence and its ethical implications

  • Paolo Benanti,  Professor of Theology and Ethics, Robotics and AI, Advisor to the Pope and Member of the UN Commission on AI, IT

Moderated by Marion Debruyne, Dean, Vlerick Business School, BE

09:45 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:45

Breakout sessions 2

 

2A: Getting ready for AI: insights from business schools
In this interactive session two business school leaders will describe and discuss how their institutions took on the challenge of Generative AI, and what they have learnt. Join us to share your experiences in an interactive discussion to share insights and reflect on some of the preceding sessions in the conference.

  • Martin Butler, MBA Academic Director, Vlerick Business School, BE
  • Johan Roos, Chief Academic Officer, Hult International Business School,UK

 

2B: Integrating sustainability into strategy and operations
Transforming curricula to fully include societal and environmental issues and prepare graduates to help transform organisations. How can we accompany faculty to make this transition?

  • Matteo Mura, Director, Centre for Sustainability and Climate Change, Bologna Business School, IT

 

2C: From borders to biospheres: Rethinking international relations for a sustainable future

Breaking free from traditional borders, this session explores a new frontier where international relations converge with ecological harmony, envisioning a sustainable future built on global cooperation and biospheric interconnectedness.

  • Josep M Altarriba, Global Dean, EU Business School, Barcelona, ES
  • Mary de Gendre, Associate Dean and Director of International Relations of INSEEC BBA, INSEEC Grand École, and ESCE, FR

Moderated by Raul V. Rodriguez, Vice President, Woxsen University, IN

 

2D: Gen Z: expectations and needs
How Gen Z balances optimism and anxiety, ambition and wellness & how they define success. What do they expect from business schools?

  • Sara Strafino, Director, Market Development, Europe, Graduate Management Admission Council®, UK
  • James Barker, Senior Market Development Manager, Europe, Graduate Management Admission Council®, UK

Moderated by Thami Ghorfi, President, ESCA , MA

 

 

2E: Navigating the Future: Increasing the Impact of Advisory Boards to Foster a Human-Centered Approach

  • Sarah Hardcastle, Author of Business School Advisory Boards – Maximising the Opportunity and The MBA and the Value of Practitioner Engagement, Founder Hardcastle & Associates
  • Andrew Miles, Corporate Relations Manager, Birmingham Business School, UK
  • Andraea Dawson-Shepherd, Member of the Advisory Board, Birmingham Business School, UK
  • Edgar Meyer, Dean, Birmingham Business School, UK

 

12:00 – 12:45

Closing plenary: The role of business schools in building a human-centered future

  • Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies
    Cambridge Judge Business School, UK

12:45 – 13:15

Closing remarks

13:15– 14:30

Lunch

Practical information

Venue

Aula Magna di Santa Lucia
Via Castiglione, 36
40124 Bologna, Italy

Registration fees

 EARLY BIRD UNTIL 16 February (included) [

  • 1433,50€ (1175€ + 22% VAT) members of EFMD
  • 1616,50€ (1325€ + 22% VAT) affiliate members of EFMD
  • 1799,50€ (1475€ + 22% VAT) non-members of EFMD

NORMAL FEE UNTIL 10 May (included)

  • 1677,50€ (1375€ + 22% VAT) members of EFMD
  • 1860,50€ (1525€ + 22% VAT) affiliate members of EFMD
  • 2165,50€ (1775€ + 22% VAT) non-members of EFMD

LATE FEE AS OF 11 May (payment by credit card ONLY)

  • 1799,50€ (1475€ + 22% VAT) members of EFMD
  • 1982,50€ (1625€ + 22% VAT) affiliate members of EFMD
  • 2287,50€ (1875€ + 22% VAT) non-members of EFMD

Please note that a discount of 25% applies for every third and further participant from the same institution. If you are the third person of your institution to register, please contact annual@efmdglobal.org to receive your registration link by e-mail.

Cancellation policy registrations


Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If EFMD receives notice of your withdrawal before 11/05/24, a cancellation administrative fee of (75€ + local VAT) will be charged. Thereafter, we regret that we are unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases substitutes are welcome at no extra cost as long as EFMD receives notification of the name, title and address of the substitute.

Also note that if we haven’t received your payment (or proof of payment) before the list is distributed on 31 May 2024, your contact details will not be included in that list.

How to get there

Arriving in Bologna

From the airport to the city center:
By public transport (train Marconi Express):
It takes 7 minutes from the Marconi Airport to the Train Station of Bologna (city centre). A one-ay ticket costs 11 euros, while a return ticket costs 20 euros.
Further information can be found to the Marconi Express website.

By bus:
Bus number 944 connects the airport to Ospedale Maggiore. From Ospedale Maggiore it is possibile to get on bus 39 to reach the city centre. The ticket costs 4 euros.

By taxi:
It takes around 30-40 minutes from the airport to the city centre. Costs vary between 30 and 50 euros.
In Bologna there are two main taxi companies:
Cotabo +39 051 372727
CAT +39 051 4590
Uber is not used in Bologna.

By private car:
It is possible to book a private car with a driver through these two main companies:
Saca auto: +39 051 6349444
Cosepuri: +39 051 519090

Accommodation

Hotel bookings can be made via Bologna Welcome, the official convention office. Please check the cancellation policy for each hotel via their website. For all queries, please contact Bologna Welcome by e-mail or call them at  +390516583190.

Please consult available hotel rooms and book your accommodation here.

All hotels are situated in less than 30 minutes walking distance from Aula Magna di Santa Lucia, our main conference venue.

Speakers

  • Alec Ross

    Alec Ross

    Distinguished Professor, BBS & former Obama Administration Senior Officer, US

    Distinguished Professor, BBS & former Obama Administration Senior Officer, US

  • Andraea Dawson-Shepherd

    Andraea Dawson-Shepherd

    Member of the Advisory Board, Birmingham Business School, UK

    Member of the Advisory Board, Birmingham Business School, UK

  • Andrea Pontremoli

    Andrea Pontremoli

    CEO & General Manager, Dallara, IT

    CEO & General Manager, Dallara, IT

  • Andrew Miles

    Andrew Miles

    Corporate Relations Manager, Birmingham Business School, UK

    Corporate Relations Manager, Birmingham Business School, UK

  • Anne-Claire Pache

    Anne-Claire Pache

    Associate Dean, Global Strategy and Sustainability, ESSEC Business School, FR

    Associate Dean, Global Strategy and Sustainability, ESSEC Business School, FR

  • Aurélien Décamps

    Aurélien Décamps

    Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sulitest Impact and Affiliate Professor, Kedge Business School, FR

    Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sulitest Impact and Affiliate Professor, Kedge Business School, FR

  • Benedetto Vigna

    Benedetto Vigna

    CEO, Ferrari, IT

    CEO, Ferrari, IT

  • Bo Xu

    Bo Xu

    Special Representative of CEIBS to Europe, CN

    Special Representative of CEIBS to Europe, CN

  • Caren Scheepers

    Caren Scheepers

    Professor, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, ZA

    Professor, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, ZA

  • Edgar Meyer

    Edgar Meyer

    Dean, Birmingham Business School, UK

    Dean, Birmingham Business School, UK

  • Eric Cornuel

    Eric Cornuel

    President, EFMD Global

    President, EFMD Global

  • Farai Jena

    Farai Jena

    Associate Dean, Education & Students, University of Sussex Business School, UK

    Associate Dean, Education & Students, University of Sussex Business School, UK

  • Giovanni Molari

    Giovanni Molari

    Rector, University of Bologna, IT

    Rector, University of Bologna, IT

  • Isabelle Fagnot

    Isabelle Fagnot

    Associate Dean & Professor Management of Information Systems, Learning & Teaching, Quality & Accreditations, Rankings; Kedge Business School, France

    Associate Dean & Professor Management of Information Systems, Learning & Teaching, Quality & Accreditations, Rankings; Kedge Business School, France

  • James Barker

    James Barker

    Senior Market Development Manager, Europe, Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)

    Senior Market Development Manager, Europe, Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)

  • Jennifer Howard-Grenville

    Jennifer Howard-Grenville

    Diageo Professor of Organisation Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK

    Diageo Professor of Organisation Studies, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK

  • Joe Miemczyk

    Joe Miemczyk

    Associate Dean, Sustainability Transition, ESCP Business School, UK

    Associate Dean, Sustainability Transition, ESCP Business School, UK

  • Johan Roos

    Johan Roos

    Chief Academic Officer and Professor, Hult International Business School, UK

    Chief Academic Officer and Professor, Hult International Business School, UK

  • Josep M Altarriba

    Josep M Altarriba

    Global Dean, EU Business School, Barcelona, ES

    Global Dean, EU Business School, Barcelona, ES

  • Julie Perrin-Halot

    Julie Perrin-Halot

    Associate Dean - Director of Quality, Strategic Planning and Sustainability, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

    Julie Perrin-Halot is the Associate Dean at Grenoble Ecole de Management. She is a member of the Executive Committee and oversees Quality, Accreditations, Strategic Planning and Sustainability.
    She is active in volunteer and project work helping HE institutions implement strategic management, quality assurance, sustainability and academic processes. She serves on national and international task forces dedicated to quality and sustainability and recently co-chaired a French task force to develop a Sustainability Competency Framework for business schools. She has published on internationalization, the future of business education, emerging models for business schools, the impact of accreditation, the social responsibility of business schools and managing collaborative provision.
    She is also active as a volunteer and mentor for AACSB, VP of the European Quality Link (EQUAL), sits on the EFMD Accredited Steering Committee and acts as an advisor and peer reviewer for EFMD and AMBA.

    Associate Dean - Director of Quality, Strategic Planning and Sustainability, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

  • Kevin Scott

    Kevin Scott

    Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, AI, Microsoft, US, Microsoft, US

    Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, AI, Microsoft, US, Microsoft, US

  • Manuela Franchi

    Manuela Franchi

    Director, Equipment Engineering, Tetra Pak, IT

    Director, Equipment Engineering, Tetra Pak, IT

  • Marion Debruyne

    Marion Debruyne

    Dean, Vlerick Business School, BE

    Dean, Vlerick Business School, BE

  • Martin Butler

    Martin Butler

    MBA Director, Vlerick Business School, BE

    MBA Director, Vlerick Business School, BE

  • Mary de Gendre

    Mary de Gendre

    Associate Dean and Director of International Relations of INSEEC BBA, INSEEC Grand École, and ESCE, FR

    Associate Dean and Director of International Relations of INSEEC BBA, INSEEC Grand École, and ESCE, FR

  • Massimo Bergami

    Massimo Bergami

    Dean & Professor, Bologna University Business School, IT

    URL https://www.bbs.unibo.eu/faculty/bergami/

    Dean & Professor, Bologna University Business School, IT

  • Matteo Lepore

    Matteo Lepore

    Mayor of Bologna, IT

    Mayor of Bologna, IT

  • Matteo Mura

    Matteo Mura

    Director, Centre for Sustainability and Climate Change, Bologna Business School, IT

    Director, Centre for Sustainability and Climate Change, Bologna Business School, IT

  • Morris Mthombeni

    Morris Mthombeni

    Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, ZA

    Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, ZA

  • Niloufar Javadi Abhari

    Niloufar Javadi Abhari

    Climate Finance Analyst, Global Fields, UK

    Climate Finance Analyst, Global Fields, UK

  • Paolo Benanti

    Paolo Benanti

    Professor of Theology and Ethics, Robotics and AI, Advisor to the Pope and Member of the UN Commission on AI, IT

    Professor of Theology and Ethics, Robotics and AI, Advisor to the Pope and Member of the UN Commission on AI, IT

  • Raul Villamarin Rodriguez

    Raul Villamarin Rodriguez

    Vice President, Woxsen University

    Vice President, Woxsen University

  • Rebecca Taylor

    Rebecca Taylor

    Pro Vice-Chancellor (ASEAN) and CEO (Malaysia), University of Southampton, UK

    Pro Vice-Chancellor (ASEAN) and CEO (Malaysia), University of Southampton, UK

  • Romano Prodi

    Romano Prodi

    Former President of EU & BBS Chairman, IT

    URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romano_Prodi

    Former President of EU & BBS Chairman, IT

  • Sara Strafino

    Sara Strafino

    Director, Market Development, Europe, Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™), UK

    Director, Market Development, Europe, Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™), UK

  • Sarah Hardcastle

    Sarah Hardcastle

    Director, Hardcastle & Associates, UK

    Director, Hardcastle & Associates, UK

  • Susanna Scarciglia

    Susanna Scarciglia

    Innovation and Partnerships Director ‑ Italy, CSR Coordinator, Alstom Group, IT

    Innovation and Partnerships Director ‑ Italy, CSR Coordinator, Alstom Group, IT

  • Sylvain Bureau

    Sylvain Bureau

    Co-Founder JB Say Institute, Professor in Art Thinking, ESCP Business School, FR

    Co-Founder JB Say Institute, Professor in Art Thinking, ESCP Business School, FR

  • Thami Ghorfi

    Thami Ghorfi

    President, ESCA Ecole de Management

    President, ESCA Ecole de Management

  • Vincenzo Colla

    Vincenzo Colla

    Councillor, Regione Emilia-Romagna, IT

    Councillor, Regione Emilia-Romagna, IT

Contact

For questions regarding the programme & overall event:

Diana Grote

For questions regarding registration & accommodation:

Eliška Vinšová

For questions regarding exhibitors:

Hansol Park

 

Location

Bologna, Italy

Address

Aula Magna di Santa Lucia

36 Via Castiglione, 40124, Bologna, Italy

Time

june 9 (sunday) 17:30 - june 11 (tuesday) 14:30