Thierry Grange, President of the Strategic Board, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

Wed 10/1, 9:30am – 10am EST
Forum: Cultivating Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Prof. Thierry Grange is the President of the Strategic Board at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, where he has been working since its beginning in 1984. He has published more than 60 articles, books or book chapters in the field of Management & Technology. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering (Technische Univ. München), Business Administration & Political Science (Grenoble Univ.) He also completed the International Teaching Program (HEC-Harvard/Boston). Before going in the academic world, he held international project management positions in the overseas construction industry. He then founded motorcycle manufacturer BFG SA (MBK). He has been elected twice at AACSB Board of Directors and served on the main AACSB Committees : Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, Chair of the European Advisory Council, Member of the Committee on Issues in Management Education, of the Special Committee on Global Accreditation Strategy, of the Executive Committee, of the Initial Accreditation Committee and of Finance & Investment Committee. He is presently Special Advisor to the President of AACSB for Europe and Member of the French National Business Education Degrees Accreditation Board. He has been also Member of the EFMD/EPAS Accreditation Board. He received, in 2009, Academic Achievement Award by International Association for Management of Technology and, in 2011, the Bronze Medal for Higher Technical Teaching by French National of Education Ministry. He has been awarded the Outstanding Industrial Medal (French Society for Industrial Excellence. He is also Honorary Consul of Norway and has been awarded Officer of the Royal Order of Merit.

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Lynda Gratton, PhD, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School, Founder of The Hot Spots Movement

Wed 10/1, 10am – 11am EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the program ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ – considered the world’s leading program on human resources. Lynda is the founder of The Hot Spots Movement and for over five years has led the Future of Work Research Consortium which has brought executives from more than 80 companies together both virtually and on a bespoke collaborative platform.

Lynda has written extensively about the interface between people and organizations. Her eight books have been translated into more than 15 languages. They cover the link between business and HR strategy (Human Resource Strategy: corporate rhetoric, individual reality and Living Strategy), the new ways of working (The Democratic Enterprise), the rise of complex collaboration (Hot Spots and Glow) and the impact of a changing world on employment and work (The Shift). Lynda’s case on BP won the EECH best case of the year, her article on ‘signature processes’ the MIT Sloan award, and in 2012  The Shift received the best business book of the year award in Japan. Her latest book The Key, published in June 2014, looks at the impact of the changing world on corporate practices, processes and leadership.

Lynda’s work has been acknowledged globally – she has won the Tata prize in India; in the US she has been named as the annual Fellow of NAHR and won the CCL prize; whilst in Australia she has won the HR prize. Lynda is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and has chaired the WEF Council on Leadership. She serves as a judge on the FT Business Book of the Year panel, chairs the Drucker prize panel and is on the governing body of London Business School.  In 2013 she was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award by HR Magazine and equally in 2013 she was amongst the 15 top thought leaders in the Thinkers50 ranking.

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Adolf Ho, CEO, Classic Management Consultants Ltd, Associate Adjunct Professor of Marketing, HKUST

Forum: Increasing the Value of Management Education
Tues. 9/30, 9:30pm – 10:30pm EST

Chat: Wed 10/1 9:30pm – 10:00 pm EST
Significance of Managerial Soft Skills in Real-life Business

Adolf Ho has been Director of Career Development and Corporate Relations of the global top ranking MBA programs at the HK University of Science and Technology during 2008-2010. He was member of the MBA leadership committee Team, and was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Marketing in the spring of 2010.

During his tenure, Adolf has instituted a number of innovations, including extensive managerial soft skill training, executive coaching, and a newly formed consultancy practice for the MBA School.

Immediately prior to joining HKUST in 2008, he held various CEO positions with the Campbell Soup Asia business. He was Managing Director for SE Asia, and Greater China over the past 15 years; and Vice Chairman of Campbell Soup Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the Fortune 500 and the 8th largest consumer food products company in the USA – Campbell Soup Company.

Adolf began his career in the Marketing Development profession with FMCG companies at the UK’s Inchcape Group, and at Glaxo-SmithKline Beecham as the Marketing Director overseeing the business development of health and energy beverages.

In 1987, he joined Campbell Soup Asia Limited in it’s newly set up Hong Kong office to develop Campbell’s businesses in the Asian region, covering the full range of food, beverages and biscuit brands.  He was also Director of Godiva Chocolatier during their initial regional setup.

Adolf has extensive geographic Marketing experiences, covering Canada, SE Asia, and Greater China during his 30 years in Business. He has set up distribution networks, developed local co-packing and undertook extensive acquisition projects over the region.

He is also well known for building consumer iconic brands, such as Swanson’s, Evian, Arnott’s, and Campbell Soup.

He recently set up a Consultancy Company to serve Corporations on Strategic development, with focus on Brand Marketing Positioning issues.

Mr Ho has recently consulted with a wide spectrum of MNC and local corporations, including Ocean Park, HSBC, FedEx, UBS and the SCMP.

His recent projects included the publication of two books in the Chinese language on Career and managerial skills for young leaders, the first book [初入職場的越級挑戰] was published at the end of 2011; and his second book targeting to mid career executives [專門行業職場的越級挑戰] was launched in July 2013.

He has also written extensively on the managerial and marketing topics in local newspapers, including the SCMP Education Post.

Adolf has lectured extensively on career development topics, and is a regular speaker on marketing and career topics with business corporations, as well as top local Business schools (HKUST, CUHK, City and Baptist University). He is honorary Advisor to the Zhejiang University Alumni Organizing Committee; and has served as panel of judges on Marketing (TVB/HKMA) and Business competitions. He was founding member of the CUHK MBA Elite Mentorship program for the last 10 years.

Mr Ho will lead a 4 credit course on Integrated Marketing for graduating students in the 2014/5 academic year for the HKUST Business faculty. He also serves as a committee member on the Branding Committee of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 2014.

Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Ho was trained as a biochemist at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he received his BS. He then returned to Hong Kong and obtained his MBA in 1981 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Ulrich Hommel PhD, Director of Research & Surveys, Senior Advisor in the Quality Services Department, EFMD

Wed 10/1, 9am – 10am EST
Forum: Producing Research with Impact

Ulrich Hommel is Full Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance & Accounting at EBS Business School. He heads the Endowed Chair of Corporate Finance & Higher Education Finance and is the Director of the Strategic Finance Institute. Ulrich Hommel holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has been awarded his Habilitation in Business Administration at the WHU, Germany. His current research focuses on corporate risk management as well as higher education management and financing.

Before joining EBS, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the WHU from 1994 to 1999. Ulrich Hommel has been Dean from 2000 to 2002 and has subsequently held the position of Rector and Managing Director from 2003 to 2006 of the European Business School (predecessor of EBS Business School). In the past, he has held visiting appointments at Stockholm Business School (Stockholm University), Stephen M. Ross School of Business (University of Michigan), Krannert Questrom School of Business (Purdue University) and Bordeaux Business School.

Next to his academic work, Ulrich Hommel is the Director of Research & Surveys at the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels. He is also a Senior Advisor in the Quality Services Department of EFMD and, in that role, a member of the management team for the EQUIS and EPAS accreditation systems.

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Ashwini Kakkar, PhD, Vice Chairman, Mercury Travels, Chairman of Via.com, Ambit Corporation and the Fight Hunger Foundation

Wed 10/1, 7am – 8am EST
Forum: Supporting 21st Century Competencies

Mr. Ashwini Kakkar is an Entrepreneur, Vice Chairman of Mercury Travels and Chairman of Via.com, Ambit Corporation and the Fight Hunger Foundation.

He is a Mechanical Engineer with a Post-Graduate from IIM Kolkata,  MBA from INSEAD France, and a Law Education from the Government Law College Mumbai.

A past President of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also of Travel Agents Association of India, Chairman of World Travel and Tourism Council, he is a board Director of many companies including Pramerica, Europ Assistance India, Jai Medica and Himalayan Exploration.

A distinguished fellow of the Institute of Directors London, Kakkar was knighted by the French Government in 2007 with the “Chevalier De L’Ordre Merite”.

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Assylbeck Kozhakhmetov, DBA, Rector of International Business Academy

Wed 10/1, 9am – 10am EST
Forum: Increasing the Value of Management Education

One of the founders of the first business school in Kazakhstan – Almaty Questrom School of Business, created in 1988, and later transformed into International Academy of Business. In 2011 received the degree of Doctor of Business Administration at the Graduate Questrom School of Business of the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (Moscow, Russia). His teaching career started at the Continuum Mechanics department  at Kazakh State University named after S.M. Kirov (now known as al-Farabi Kazakh National University). Later Kozhakhmetov taught at the School of managers under the Kazakh Republican Association “Soyuz”. He underwent a specialized management training in training centers in Germany, France, UK, Belgium, Holland, Hungary and Estonia. Dr. Kozhakhmetov combines his professional career with public work. He is currently a member of a Working group responsible for revising Education law; member of the Expert Council of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Deputy Chairman of the Public Council of National Democratic Party “Nur – Otan” on consideration and resolution of social conflicts. He is the author of more than 60 works on management and education development. He received the “Excellence in Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan” award (1998), the “Torch of Birmingham” award from the international organization “People to People International”, USA (1997), and was decorated with the Jubilee Medal “20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan” (2011). In December 2013 Dr. Assylbek Kozhakhmetov holds the highest state award – the Order of Kurmet of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Dan LeClair, PhD, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, AACSB

Forum: Evaluating Policy & Rankings

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As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Dan LeClair provides leadership for AACSB’s efforts to advance quality management education worldwide through a wide range of data, education, research, and communication services. LeClair was the principal architect of AACSB’s Knowledge Services, which assists business school leaders worldwide to plan and make decisions using comparable data and information about trends and effective practices. He leads the research teams of AACSB and the Global Foundation for Management Education (GFME), a think tank joint venture of AACSB and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and serves on the steering committee of the UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Dan has served on numerous industry-wide committees and task forces for organizations, such as GMAC®, EMBA Council, Association of Business Schools, and Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. In the Tampa Bay community, Dan serves on the Board of the Economic Development Corporation and its Life Sciences Task Force.

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Joe LiPuma, DBA, Author, Educator, Commentator

Chat: Wed 10/1, 9:00am – 9:30am
Management Education in a Global Setting

Dr. Joseph LiPuma is an associate professor at EMLYON Business School in France and directed EMLYON’s ranked International MBA program. He has been interviewed in the international press regarding perspectives on management education and has spoken at industry conferences. Joe’s research on international entrepreneurship has been published in leading academic journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Small Business Economics, the Journal of Business Research, and the International Small Business Journal. His coauthored book, Unlocking the Ivory Tower: How Management Research Can Transform Your Business, makes academic research accessible to managers and businesspeople. Joe has more than 25 years of business experience, much of it in information technology consulting with government agencies, SMEs, and multinationals in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, prior to his current academic career. He has started businesses in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and Saudi Arabia and has held executive management and board-level roles at SMEs and large enterprises. He holds an MBA from SUNY Buffalo and a DBA in strategy and policy from Boston University; he has taught at both of these schools, as well as at Drexel University and St. Joseph’s University prior to his position in Lyon, France.

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Richard K. Lyons, PhD, Dean, Haas School of Business, University of California – Berkeley

Wed 10/1, 12pm – 1pm EST
Forum: Challenging the Business Model of Education

Rich Lyons began as Dean of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley in 1993, Rich was an Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School. He received his BS from Berkeley (finance) and PhD from MIT (economics). His research and teaching are mostly in international finance, though his more recent work explores how business leadership drives innovation, an area of strategic importance to Berkeley-Haas. In 1998 Rich received Berkeley’s highest teaching honor and from 2006-08 he was on leave at Goldman Sachs as their Chief Learning Officer, focusing on leadership development for managing directors.

Principal changes at Berkeley-Haas under Dean Lyons include culture, collaboration space and leadership. Long known for areas like technology, entrepreneurship, strategy and social impact, Berkeley-Haas drove its strengths more deeply into admissions and other critical processes with a set of four defining culture principles: Question the status quo, Confidence without attitude, Students always and Beyond yourself. Collaboration space is another area of heavy investment at the school, including a new courtyard, a new “active library” adjoining the courtyard, a new innovation lab, and a new education building for breakout, flexible-use, event, and gathering spaces. In a world where education is increasingly digital, some parts of education will always be best delivered face-to-face in cutting-edge spaces. On leadership, Berkeley-Haas has pulled together its advantage being in the SF/Silicon Valley area, its distinctive culture and its preeminent faculty into a curriculum designed to deliver a signature brand of more innovative and entrepreneurial leadership.

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Roger Martin, Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness and Academic Director, Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman Questrom School of Business

Wed 10/1, 10am – 11am EST
Forum: Increasing the Value of Management Education

Roger Martin is Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness and Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman Questrom School of Business.  From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean.  In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants. Previously, he spent 13 years as a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co-head of the firm for two years.

His research and writing is in six related areas: Integrative Thinking, Design of Business, Strategy, Incentives & Governance, Competitiveness & Prosperity, and Social Innovation. He writes extensively and is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review having written 19 articles and maintained a regular blog on HBR.org. He has published eight books the most recent of which is Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (Harvard Business Review Press (HBRP), 2013). It won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50.  Previous books include Fixing the Game (HBRP, 2011), The Design of Business (HBRP, 2009), and The Opposable Mind (HBRP, 2007). In addition, he co-edited Rotman on Design (with Karen Christensen, Rotman-UTP Publishing, 2013).

In 2013, Roger placed 3rd on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers, behind only Clay Christensen (The Innovators Dilemma) and Chan Kim (Blue Ocean Strategy). In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2005, Business Week also named him one of seven global ‘Innovation Gurus.’

Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Steelcase.

He serves on the public service boards of Skoll Foundation, Canadian Credit Management Foundation, Tennis Canada (past chair) and Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress (chair).

A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.

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