Nicola Kleyn, Dean, Executive Education, RSM Erasmus University 

Professor Nicola Kleyn is the Chair of the AABS AccreSys Committee and Dean: Executive Education and Professor of Corporate Marketing at RSM Erasmus University. She is an active researcher and teacher in the areas of Corporate Branding and Reputation Management.

Former Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), she is also a member of the Executive Senate of the University of Pretoria, former President of South African Business Schools Association (SABSA), a member of the CEEMAN board and a member of the EYQ Fellows Program.

Nicola holds a B Com (Hons), MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a DBA from the University of Pretoria.


Franklyn Manu, Former Dean of Business School and Rector, GIMPA

Professor Manu is a Professor at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and was the Rector from August 2012 to August 2016.


He has over twenty-five years’ experience in consulting, training and education. During this period, he has exhibited extensive capabilities in strategic planning, program design and assessment in higher education.  He has been heavily involved in designing and reviewing programs to improve university and corporate education in such institutions as Loyola College in Maryland, Morgan State University, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Association of African Business Schools, Global Business School Network, International Academy of African Business and Development, and the Ghana TALIF project. 

He has also consulted for a variety of companies in the areas of strategic planning, marketing strategy development and corporate social responsibility. Additionally, he has substantial experience lecturing in strategy, decision-making and leadership for corporate education clients.

Professor Manu serves on the Boards of Bedrock Venture Capital Fund of Ghana, Buck Press Ltd., Private Clinics Ghana (Ltd), Media Reach OMD (Ghana) and GN Bank. He also chairs the MTN Ghana Foundation and the AngloGold Ashanti School and is Vice-Chairman of Trojan Power. 

Professor Manu earned Ph.D. (Marketing and International Business) and MBA (Finance and International Business) degrees from New York University, Graduate School of Business Administration (Stern). His undergraduate degree was received at the University of Ghana, School of Administration where he earned a B.Sc. (Administration) degree.


Jean-François Fiorina, Vice Dean, Grenoble Ecole de Management

Graduate of INSEEC Bordeaux and an MBA graduate of the University of America – San Francisco, Jean-François Fiorina began his career as an international consultant, before becoming professor of international trade. After being the Director of the Grande Ecole Program (ESC) and of international relations at Groupe Sup de Co Amiens-Picardie, he arrived at Grenoble Ecole de Management in 2000 as the director of Specialized Masters. In 2003, he becomes the Director of ESC Grenoble (one of the four schools of Grenoble Ecole de Management). He has also been the president of Passerelle since 2007 and vice-president of Atout+3 since 2008. 

Avid advocate of differentiated pedagogy, Jean-François actively promotes an open to society and to the world training for future managers, based on building bridges between different fields: management, engineering, design, art, geopolitics…fine connoisseur of the world of higher education in France and the education market abroad, he is recognized by his peers for his ability to explore new territories. 

JF Fiorina is very much involved in Geopolitics, as editor of a weekly bulletin on Geopolitics notes CLES (notes hebdomadaires d’analyse géopolitique), and as co-founder of the Geopolitics Festival held at GEM annually (Festival de Géopolitique et de Géoéconomie de Grenoble). He holds a blog:

In September 2012, Fiorina is appointed as Vice-Dean / director of programs of Grenoble Ecole de Management.

He has been ranked n°1 in 2017 and 2018 as best influencer dean and universities presidents on twitter.


Jean Philippe Ammeux, Dean, IESEG School of Management



1984: Ph.D. in Economics and International Finance, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne 

1980: MSc in International Economics, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne 

1978: MSc in Management, IÉSEG (Lille)

Specialisation Fields 

  • International Economics 
  • Macroeconomics 

Publications and Communications in Conference

Until the beginning of the 90ties, several publications and communications on «Internationalisation of corporations in the 1980 decade».

Teaching Activities

Since 1979: 

Jean-Philippe AMMEUX has taught international economics, macroeconomics and politic economics at the following institutions: 

  • IÉSEG School of Management, Lille (France) 
  • Faculty of Economic Sciences, Lille Catholic University (France) 
  • Louvain Catholic University (Belgium) 
  • Reims Business School (France) 

Current Responsibilities

Since 1994: 

  • General Director of IÉSEG School of Management, a leading Business School that offers a five-year program, compatible with international standards. Founded in the city of Lille, in France, in 1964, member of Lille Catholic University, IÉSEG is one of the French top schools of Management. 
  • Member of the FESIC (Federation of Higher Education institutions with public interest) 
  • Member of the CNESER (National Council of Higher Education and Research) 
  • Member of the CCESP (French Committee of the Private Higher Education) (Ministry of Higher Education) 
  • Member of the Board of Lille Catholic University 


Karim Seghir, Chancellor, Ajman University

Dr. Karim Seghir is the Chancellor of Ajman University in the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Seghir has extensive and geographically diverse professional experience. Born in France and raised in Tunisia, Dr. Seghir earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1997 from the University of Tunis. He then earned a Master of Science in Mathematical Methods in Economics and Finance, and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Economics and Finance, from University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He served as a post-doc researcher at Universidade NOVA in Lisbon from September 2002 to September 2004. He has also served as a visiting professor at Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and at Universidad de Chile in 2010.

Dr. Seghir was an assistant professor of Economics at the American University of Beirut from September 2004 to September 2006. He was then appointed as assistant professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr. Seghir was appointed as Associate Dean for undergraduate studies and administration of the AUC School of Business in June 2011 and was appointed as Dean of AUC School of Business in July 2014. As Associate Dean for undergraduate studies, Dr. Seghir has managed AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditations.

Dr. Seghir is a member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Business Review (HBR) Arabia. He has also served as a speaker in various regional and international events including AACSB, EFMD, PRME, Economic Research Forum and the World Bank. He is a board member of I-GAUGE, the ratings system for Indian’s colleges and universities. 


Piet Naude, Director, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Prof Piet Naudé is the immediate past Director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and currently a visiting professor in Business Ethics at Technical University Munich (TUM). He is Director of EDAF (Deans Across Frontiers), the business school development agency of the EFMD as well as a non-executive director of the Good Governance Academy, a non-profit working on a global scale to increase the quality of corporate governance.  Before his appointment at the USB, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic  at the Nelson Mandela  University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Piet is a rated researcher and has published more than 80 articles in academic journals and has presented at more than 100 national and international  academic occasions on topics related to public ethics and forms of social justice.

He is an active public speaker and a consultant on value-driven organisations. He has more than 25 years of Higher Education leadership experience and teaches Business in Society and Leadership Development on the MBA and executive MBA.


Thami Ghorfi, President, ESCA School of Management

Thami Ghorfi is President of ESCA School of Management, (an African leading Business School based in Casablanca, Morocco) where he teaches communication strategy and change management. Prof. Thami Ghorfi has developed an expertise on management practices in Morocco and the Maghreb region, in entrepreneurship and change management.

He is advisor to several organizations in the strategic fields, multicultural human resources management and leading change.

Thami Ghorfi is also present during important economic events in Morocco, and is given the opportunity to contribute to the success of high-level professional meetings.

Ghorfi was appointed in 2011 as an expert member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, a constitutional institution of Kingdom of Morocco.

Ghorfi, through his position as Vice President of the AL AMANA foundation – leading micro finance organization in the MENA region- is strongly involved in charity and the fight against financial exclusion. He is an International Academic Member of the EDAF Committee “EFMD.”

Thami is graduated from ISG-Paris and ESSEC Business School. He holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Grenoble Ecole de Management.