Speaker 2016

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Speaker 2016 2018-01-26T12:18:55+00:00

Thomas R. Robinson

President and CEO of AACSB International

Thomas (Tom) Robinson is president and CEO of AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He works alongside the organization’s board and global network of staff, members, and volunteers to bridge AACSB’s current and future visioning initiatives. Such initiatives will build upon the strengths of the present, examining AACSB’s role in shaping the future of business and business schools. Prior to joining AACSB in March 2015, Robinson served as Managing Director of the Americas at CFA Institute. There he led a cross-functional team which participated in the development of education and engagement strategies for the Americas Region. He also provided vision and leadership for a global team which produced and delivered educational content and programs for candidates, members, investment professionals, and universities. Previously, Robinson served as a tenured faculty member and director of the Master of Professional Accounting and Personal Financial Planning programs at the University of Miami.

Robinson is a CFA charterholder, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s and doctorate from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Arturo Cardelus


Arturo Cardelus y Munoz-Seca, MBA is an international executive with over 40 years of C-level experience leading various sales organizations across a variety of industries and countries. Most recently, Arturo was the CEO of Ferrero Alternative Channels – a subsidiary of Ferrero group. Prior to that, Arturo has led and developed the Russian and CIS operations of Ferrero, growing the operation from 150 people in 2001 to over 2,500 employees in 2010.  Arturo has also served as the Managing Director of Johnson-Wax (US), EVP of Estee Lauder (US), general director of Barilla (Italy) and general director of the intercontinental division of Iberia Spain.  Arturo has a degree in law from the University of Madrid and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Damir Cosic

Education Client Manager at Sqore

Damir is originally from Croatia, but has been pursuing his career within HR and education marketing from his current base in Sweden for the past five years. He has been involved in leadership development, recruitment and youth education since 2008.
He works as Education Client Manager at the competition platform Sqore. Damir and his team specialize in supporting educators (primarily business schools) with engaging marketing and targeted recruitment campaigns.
Damir enjoys meeting and talking to new people, friendly debates and learning about new cultures – and always welcomes any and all book recommendations.

Sue Cox

Academic Vice-President of EFMD

Sue Cox has been Dean of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) from 2001 until 2015. Sue is the longest serving dean in a UK business school and was awarded an OBE for services to social science in 2011. She is regularly in demand to serve as a member of professional bodies. Amongst these, she is Academic Vice-President of EFMD, a member of the EFMD Board, a member of AACSB’s Committee on Accreditation Policy, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the British Academy of Management, and a Companion of the Associate of Business Schools and Chartered Management Institute.

Jasmina Havranek

Director, The Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia

Professor Jasmina Havranek, PhD, was born in Zagreb where she finished primary school and gymnasium, graduated and obtained a doctorate from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb. In 2001, she was elected tenured full-professor at the same University. As the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb(2001–2006), she hosted many international delegations, rectors, representatives of foreign universities, faculties, organisations, agencies, ministries, etc. Throughout her career, Prof. Havranek has been spreading awareness on the importance of contemporary developments in the area of higher education and science. In the period between 2003–2005,Prof. Havranek served as the President of the National Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Croatia, and in 2005 was appointed as thehead of the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE). Professor Jasmina Havranek continuously emphasizes the importance of active participation in international programs and supports international cooperation. She herself spent part of her working life abroad, specializing at institutions in Denmark, Finland, USA, Italy and Greece. She brings together various activities in the area of science and higher education, quality assurance in higher education and science, positioning of the ASHE at regional and international level, linking Croatian academic and scientific community with world communities and developing new initiatives at the European level.

Timothy S. Mescon

Senior Vice President and Chief Officer for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, AACSB International

Timothy S. Mescon, Ph.D. is senior vice president and chief officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for AACSB International. In this capacity, Mescon and his team currently support over 350 members and 100 accredited schools throughout EMEA. Prior to this appointment he served since 2008 as president of Columbus State University in Georgia. Previously, he served as dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Mescon gained extensive experience as an AACSB peer review team member, chair and committee member for 25 years before joining AACSB. He is the author of more than 200 articles and case studies, and he has co-authored four books, his latest Entrepreneurship: Venture Initiation, Management and Development 2nd edition (M.E. Sharpe/ Routledge) released in 2014. Dr. Mescon received his Ph.D. from the Terry College at The University of Georgia, MBA from the Cox School at Southern Methodist University and B.A. from Tulane University.

Lucienne Mochel

International Development Director, NEOMA Business School

Lucienne Mochel joined NEOMA Business School in July 2015 as Director International Development. In this role Lucienne is responsible for developing and implementing NEOMA’s global strategy, establishing strategic alliances worldwide and maintaining and expanding the relations with NEOMA’s large international network of educational, non-profit and corporate partners. Lucienne comes to NEOMA Business School after more than 10 years of employment with AACSB International, the largest and oldest business school accreditation organization, where she had the role of Vice President of Accreditation and was in regular contact with over 900 business schools worldwide. Prior to that Lucienne worked for 20 years in training and workforce development as the director of Employment and Workforce Development Training for the municipality of Rotterdam in the Netherlands and as program director for a large non-profit organization in the U.S. Lucienne has a bachelor’s degree in career guidance counseling from the Academy of Man and Labor in Tilburg, the Netherlands, a master’s degree in management, leadership, and organizational effectiveness from the University of South Florida in the USA and a master’s degree in Research Methodology in Management Science from Instituto Empressa (IE) in Madrid, Spain.

Jan Muhlfeit

Retired Chairman of Microsoft Europe, Senior Strategic Adviser for Atlantic Bridge

A global strategic leader and thinker, who believes that technology will help unlock human potential around the world. According to Gallup Strengths Finder, his most important strengths are vision, strategy and communication. Jan was responsible for representing the Microsoft Corporation and engaging with large corporations, governments and key partners both across  Europe and on a global level. This ICT industry veteran spent almost 19 years in Microsoft. He is also a board member of the Czech National Museum and member of the IBLF Leaders Council and a well regarded speaker at WEF, OECD, EC, EP, Harvard, INSEAD, Economist events. Jan is a popular coach and mentor of start-ups at SeedCamp, EBAN, EVCA forums.

Sergey Myasoedov

Vice-Rector of the Russian Presidential Academy

Sergey Myasoedov was born in Moscow, Russia on the 1st October 1954. He graduated (1977) and got PhD in Economics (1980) at the Moscow University of International Relations (MGIMO). He studied at Durham Business School, Great Britain (1991); Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA (1992) and Harvard Business School, USA (1993). In 2000 he got his second PhD in Sociology at the Moscow State. Since 2011 he is Vice-Rector of the Russian PresidentialAcademy, the biggest Russia University with 220 thousand students and 68 campuses. Since 1996 – Dean of the Institute of Business Studies (IBS-Moscow) – a leading management school of Russia, since 2010 – President of RABE (Russian Association on Business Education), Member of CEEMAN Board and the Board of Russian Management Association. He published 7 books and more than hundred of articles in economic reform and cross- cultural management, leadership. He teaches cross-cultural management and leadership. Sergey is married and has three children. His hobby: travelling and mountain skiing.

Marin Njavro

Co-founder and Managing Director, Luxembourg School of Business

Marin Njavro is the co-founder of the Luxembourg School of Business (www.luxsb.lu), currently also acting as the managing director of the school. Prior to this, Marin has worked across academia, legal sector and banking. Marin has worked for Barclays Capital in London and for a large international law firm Loyens&Loeff in Luxembourg – practicing corporate law. Following his career in Luxembourg, Marin joined ZSEM and spent 8 months at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, as a visiting scholar, prior to returning back to Luxembourg and starting to work at the Luxembourg School of Business. Marin is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and speaks English, French, German, Russian and Croatian.

Nerija Putinaitė

Former Vice- minister of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Lithuania, Professor at Vilnius University, IIRPC

Dr. Nerija Putinaitė received doctorate in philosophy in 2000, works at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University. She specialises in identity studies, including Soviet, national and European identity. She focuses on questions of contemporary identity of nation, nation-state, Europe and EU; on forms of accommodation in Soviet Lithuania, etc.; is an author of five books in Lithuanian. Two of them are on Lithuanian national and European identity: The North Athenians: The Visions of Europe and the Quest for the Lithuanian Identity in the 20th Century (Šiaurės Atėnų tremtiniai, 2004); Three Lithuanian Europes (Trys lietuviškosios Europos, 2014)). The last book Atheism as a Personal Choice in Soviet Lithuania (Nugenėta pušis: Ateizmas kaip asmeninis apsisprendimas tarybų Lietuvoje, 2015). She also worked as an Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania in Culture, Science and Education Group (2004-2008), and as a Vice-Minister for research and studies at the Ministry for Education and Science (2008-2012), responsible for implementation of higher education and research reform. After quitting the political activity she published articles on higher education reform in Lithuania.

James Uhomoibhi

James Uhomoibhi FBCS, CITP, CPhys, MInstP, MIET, FHEA, FCHERP

Visiting Professor of Science Technonolgy and Environmental Studies at The Open University of Tanzania

Prof. Uhomoibhi, a native born of Nigeria is an academic of strong international standing in Physics, Computing and Engineering. He has a first degree in Physics from Nigeria, a BPhil degree from Italy and moved to the UK where he completed his MSc in Optoelectronics and Optical Information Processing and a PhD in Laser Physics. Following his initial appointment as lecturer in Queen’s University Belfast he completed a PGCHET in Higher Education. Today he is at the University of Ulster where he has acted as Faculty e-learning coordinator for many years and lectures in engineering. He is a visiting Professor of Physics, Computer Science and IT in Nigerian Universities. Prof. Uhomoibhi is a Chartered Physicist and a member of the Institute of Physics; He is a Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of BCS, a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice.

Prof. Uhomoibhi is the African Laser Centre Representative in Europe and has served as Head of SEFI Task Force on European Cooperation with Africa. SEFI is the European Society for Engineering. Education. He is a member of the Executive Committee of IGIP (The International Society for Engineering Pedagogy) and advises on African Engineering Education initiatives. He is a member of the Board of the International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER). He is a member of Council BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Prof. Uhomoibhi is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DIC) and the International Committee of the Institute of Physics (IoP). He is the founder and current Chair of the BCS e-Learning Specialist Group. In 2011 Prof Uhomoibhi was appointed a LEADS Scholar by the Nigerian National Universities Commission (NUC), charged with the responsibility of linking experts and academics in the Diaspora to the country. Prof Uhomoibhi is a recipient several academic and community awards including amongst others, the iNEER Global Achievement Award in Engineering Education (2011), Belfast Distinguished Conference Ambassadors Award (2012), BCS Long Service Award and the All Ireland Powerlist Distinguished African Leadership Excellence Service Award, which he received in 2012.

Metka Tekavčič

Dean of Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana 

Metka Tekavčič, Ph.D., is a full professor and a member of the Academic Unit of Management and Organization at the FELU. She was elected as dean of the FELU in 2013. From 2001 to 2007 professor Tekavčič was vice-dean at the FELU. From 1999 to 2001 she was also the Head of the Academic Unit of Management and Organization. Her research interest lies in the fields of cost and performance management, as well as non-profit and especially education management. She has attended many international conferences, where she has presented papers from her research areas. She has published several research articles in Slovene, other European, and US peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of editorial boards in several prominent journals from her research field.

Professor Tekavčič is president of the FELU’s senate and the Head of the Institute for Management and Organization. In 2014 she was awarded the Artemida award for Women’s Excellence in Management. From 1992 till 2013 she was a member of the City Council of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has long been and remains a member of the supervisory boards of many important Slovenian companies and other institutions. Professor Tekavčič is currently a member of the advisory board at the University of Primorska and was elected as vice-dean of Challenge: Future.

Karmela Aleksić-Maslać

Associate Dean, Head of the ICT Department at Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), Director of Research, Co-Director of MBA Program in Management Information System, and Coordinator of EU founds – HKO project. 

As an engineer, and teaching assistant at FER (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing) in Zagreb she was engaged in teaching and scientific research activities and has participated in the 10 technology and IT projects financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology as well as the Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet). She took a leading role in the introduction of the first projects of various kinds of e-learning in education in Croatia, such as videoconferencing, digital content, and multimedia and LMS systems. Since 2002 is serving as Head of the ICT Department at Zagreb School of Economics and Management. She developed several courses syllabi: “Information and communications technology”, “Management information systems”, and “Enterprise Resource Planning Systems” and participated in the creation of syllabi of all elective courses within the ICT Department. She played an important role in the systematic introduction of e-learning in the process of education at ZSEM and in the e-learning system quality management. She has published over 70 scientific papers in peer reviewed international conferences proceedings and/or in its scientific journals. Also was the reviewer in several conferences and journals. She is Founder and program chair of the ZSEM student’s conference Management Information Systems, as well as the Head of the Organizing Committee of ICEE 2015 (International Conference on Engineering Education), an engineering conference which gathered over 130 participants from 35 countries all over the world. She is member of: Sloan Consortium, International Network for Engineering Education & Research – INEER; EDEN-European Distance and E-Learning Network, IIIS – International Institute of Informatics and Systemics.

Zoran Barac

Managing Director, Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia

Dr. Zoran Barac is Managing Director of the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM). Also as a faculty member of the ZSEM’s Management Department he teaches Corporate Governance course. Dr. Barac received his Ph.D. in Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and M.Sc. in International Economics at the Zagreb University, Faculty of Economics and Business. Before joining the Zagreb School of Economics and Management Dr. Barac held several senior executive and board positions in the corporate sector such as a Group finance director of the regional media company and CFO of the pharmaceutical distribution company. Before entering the corporate sector Zoran Barac was President of the management board of the Croatian Pension Investment Company. Dr. Barac currently serves as a President of the Supervisory board of the Platinum Invest, Investment Funds Management Company. He also serves as a Supervisory board member of the ZSEM Business Academy. As an experienced coach and sports official he serves as a President of Croatian Wushu Federation, national sport organization that governs Croatian Wushu, which is the collective term for the martial art practices and sports which originated and developed in China. Also as a National Wushu team coach, he coached medal winning athletes in national and international competitions. Dr. Barac also served as a Governing Board member of the Croatian Pension Supervisory Authority in the period from 2000 to 2005.

Wilfried Vanhonacker, PhD

Visiting Professor of Marketing, Ex-dean of CEIBS and SKOLKOVO

Wilfried Vanhonacker is recognized as an accomplished scholar, academic entrepreneur, pedagogical innovator and authority on emerging markets with hands-on managerial experience in China, Russia, and the MENA region. Wilfried played a key role in the establishment of the leading business school in Russia (Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO) and in China (China-Europe International Business School, CEIBS). He was also the founding director of INSEAD’s highly successful PhD program, and built the marketing department at UST (Hong Kong) into a top global academic research department. Most recently, he led the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. Since mid 2013, Wilfried has been working on pedagogical innovations including a unique business-school concept for the Arab World, a state-of-the art business simulation game, and an intelligent learning app.For his contribution to global business and business education, he was elected unanimously as the Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the European International Business Academy for 2011. Recognized as an innovative educator, Wilfried has been a trustee of the Fundacion de la Innovacion BankInter (Madrid, Spain) since 2011 Wilfried has published widely (including four books), and has been on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University (New York, US), INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), and HKUST Business School (Hong Kong). He currently holds the prestigious Coca Cola Chair in Marketing at the Olayan School of Business, AUB.

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