The QS Business school forum is a great way for representatives to learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing the region.

Panellists typically include deans, faculty members from a variety of schools in the Middle East and worldwide who can help you to stay ahead of trends, gain valuable insights into the industry and network with like-minded professionals.

It also provides you with the opportunity to learn from experts in their respective fields, hear inspiring stories and discuss new ideas that could potentially change the way your business school operates. Additionally, it can help you make connections that may lead to future collaborations.

*You will be contacted via email in (5) working days if you have been shortlisted for this session. Otherwise, please register for the main summit on our registration page.

QS Business School Forum Agenda


Session 1: Reputational Management (1:00pm to 1:30pm, GMT +3)
Reputation management is an important aspect for business schools, especially in the Middle East where the business culture places a high emphasis on trust and credibility. By discussing the topic with business schools, one can learn the importance of maintaining a positive reputation and strategies for managing it, which can help them build successful and sustainable businesses schools in the region. Additionally, the unique business landscape of the Middle East requires a specific understanding and approach to reputation management, making it an relevant and important topic for discussion in the context of business education in the region.

Benjamin Stevenin – CEO, ACADEM by RimaOne
Prof Abhilasha Singh – Vice President for Academic Affairs, American University in the Emirates
Dr George Sammour – Associate Professor in Business informatics, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Session 2: Insights from QS – Data from the Region and Rankings (1:30pm to 2:15pm, GMT +3)
QS provides rankings of universities and business schools, which can help schools understand their position in the global education market and identify areas for improvement. The rankings and insights provided by QS can help schools benchmark their performance against other institutions and identify best practices that they can implement to improve their offerings. In tern these insights provided by QS can inform the decision-making process for schools, helping them to allocate resources and prioritize initiatives that will have the greatest impact. This session will provide valuable QS insights business schools in the Middle East and a comprehensive picture of the education landscape and can help schools enhance their offerings and competitiveness in the global market.

Veronica Omeni – Principal Consultant (Key Contact and Project Lead), QS Quacquarelli Symonds
Daniel Kahn, Senior Insights Specialist, QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Session 3: Challenge Facing Business School in the Middle East (2:15pm to 3:00pm, GMT +3)
Business schools play a key role in preparing future business leaders and managers to tackle the challenges facing the region. By discussing these challenges it can help business schools equip students with the problem-solving skills they will need in their careers. By bringing together experts from industry and academia to discuss the challenges facing the Middle East, Business Schools can learn  valuable insights into the current and future business landscape of the region. This information can help inform the curricula of business schools and prepare their students for the real-world challenges they will face.

Dr Geralyn Franklin – Search Consultant at Higher Education Leadership Search and Former Dean, College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University
Dr Christopher Abraham – CEO & Head of Dubai Campus, S P Jain School of Global Management

Coffee Break (3:00pm to 3:30pm, GMT +3)

Session 4: How Middle Eastern Business Schools are Viewed from the Outside (3:30pm to 4:00pm, GMT +3)
Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion on how business schools in the outside world view the Middle Eastern business schools. In recent years, Middle Eastern business schools have been making significant strides in advancing their education and research programs. However, it is still not clear how these schools are perceived by business schools outside the region. This panel discussion will bring together distinguished representatives from various international business schools to share their perspectives and insights on Middle Eastern business schools.

Dr Sean O. Ferguson – Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Bentley University
Prof Jon Foster-Pedley – Chair of the Association of African Business Schools, Dean and Director, Henley Business School, Africa
Maneli Shojaei – Director, IE Dubai Center

Session 5: Sustainability (4:00pm to 5:00pm, GMT +3)
Sustainability is a crucial topic for all businesses schools, and discussing with the panellists will help understand the relevance to the region. The Middle East is facing a number of sustainability challenges, such as water scarcity and resource depletion, which makes it particularly important to address the topic in the context of business education. Future business leaders and managers need to gain a better understanding of the importance of sustainability in business and develop the skills needed to address these challenges and business schools are at the heart of this.

Dr Audil Rashid Khaki – Acting Dean, College of Business Administration, University of the Middle East, Kuwait
Dr Esra Aldhaen – Executive Director – Strategy, Quality and Sustainability, Ahlia University
Prof Rana Sobh – Dean of the College of Business and Economics, Qatar University
Ben Sowter – Senior Vice President, QS Quacquarelli Symonds

QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

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