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Executive Chairman of the Board at East Office of Finnish Industries, a Consultative Partner of Nokia Corporation, Former Prime Minister of Finland
Esko Aho is Executive Chairman at East Office of Finnish Industries. He is also a Consultative Partner of Nokia Corporation and a board member of Terveystalo, the largest healthcare service company in Finland. He is also an invited member of the Club de Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and government dedicated to strengthening democracy, a member of the Board of the Skolkovo Foundation and Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Skolkovo Foundation (since 2012), as well as a visiting lecturer at Beijing University and RANEPA.
Mr. Aho graduated from the University of Helsinki with a master’s in social science. He served as a member of Finnish parliament for 20 years, beginning in 1983. He was elected to the Prime Minister’s Office in 1991 at the age of 36, making him the youngest prime minister in Finland’s history. From 2004-2008, he served as the president of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia Corporation. In this position, he headed Nokia’s government and public affairs function, and oversaw the company’s global policies and activities regarding sustainable development and social responsibility.
Mr. Aho spent one year as a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University in 2000, leading a weekly study group on the European Union and its political and economic implications for global relations. From 2012-2014, as a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Esko Aho pursued research on the changing role of the state in maintaining welfare and global competitiveness.
In 2013, Mr. Aho was appointed as an Executive Chairman of East Office of Finnish Industries, representing the leading Finnish corporations in Russia. He was also appointed to head the Business Team for Russia – a cooperative venture of the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, East Office, and the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK’s Russia functions.
Barry Eichengreen is Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a columnist for Project Syndicate. He was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2011.
His recent books are Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History; From Miracle to Maturity: The Growth of the Korean Economy with Dwight Perkins and Kwanho Shin (2012); The World Economy after the Global Financial Crisis, co-edited with Bokyeong Park (2012); and Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System (2011).
Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Eva Egron-Polak was educated in the Czech Republic, Canada and France. She studied French Literature, Political Science and International Political Economy. During nearly 20 years at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) she held several senior positions including Vice President, International, prior to becoming the Secretary General of the International Association of Universities (IAU) in 2002.
At the IAU, an independent, global association of universities and associations of higher education institutions based at UNESCO in Paris, Eva Egron-Polak is involved in various policy issues in higher education – internationalization, provision of equitable access to and success in higher education, the contribution of higher education to sustainable development, etc. She has led the IAU to develop policy statements underlining ethics, academic values and higher education’s responsibility to society while also offering new services to the institutions.
Eva Egron-Polak is a member of many international committees at UNESCO, the European Commission, OECD, etc. She serves as a Member of Council of the Magna Charta Observatory, is a Board member of the Global Access to Post-Secondary Education (GAPS) initiative, and is a member of international advisory bodies in the Netherlands, UK and elsewhere. She has taken part in system level reviews of higher education in Egypt, Spain, Ireland and Malaysia. Eva Egron-Polak has co-authored the 3rd and 4th reports of the IAU Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education (2010, 2014, respectively) and presented numerous papers on a variety of higher education topics. In 2014 she was granted an Honorary Doctorate by Mykolas Romeris University in Lithuania.
Currently holds the post of Chairman of J.P.Morgan Chase International.
Since 1991 up to the present he has worked as professor at Tel-Aviv University.
He held the post of Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was a member of the Group of Thirty (G30) composed of the major global economists, as well as a member of the group of economic advisers G7 — a group of seven leading developed countries of the world.
He worked as economic adviser to the Government of Argentina.
Since 2000 he has been Chairman of Merrill Lynch’s Sovereign Advisory and Global Financial Institutions Groups.
Fr om 1991 to 2000 he held the post of Governor of the Bank of Israel (State Bank).
Between 1987 and 1991, he was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund (Washington).
In 1982–1987 he worked at the faculty of the University of Chicago wh ere he held the position of the David Rockefeller Professor of International Economics.
From 1980 to 1985 he worked as visiting professor at Tel-Aviv University.
In 1973–1987 he served as professor at Chicago University.
From 1971 to 1973 he taught economics at Tel-Aviv University.
Jacob Frenkel earned his B. A. in economics and political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his M. A. and Ph. D. in economics at the University of Chicago.
He is member of a number of Israeli and international economic research organizations and a member of editorial boards of numerous influential economic periodicals, the author of 18 books and over 300 articles on economic and financial issues. He is also a recipient of several Honorary Doctoral degrees and awards in Argentina, Czech Republic and Italy as well as a State Award of Israel (2002) and is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Timothy S. Mescon
Timothy S. Mescon 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. Mescon and his team opened the EMEA Office in January 2015 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Mescon is President Emeritus of Columbus State University in Georgia, where he served for 6 ½ years. Prior he was the dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair for 18 years at the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. The Coles College of Business, with more than 5,000 students and 160 full-time faculty holds both business and accounting accreditation.
In 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 Columbus State was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 50 Public Comprehensive Universities in the South. In 2013& 2014, online graduate programs in business and education were named among the top 35 in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report. He served as a Trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Georgia Trend Magazine named Mescon one of the 100 most influential Georgians.
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
The White House named him as a winner of the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. He has also received the national Award of Excellence from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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. He has served on the faculties of Arizona State University and the University of Miami. He was founding dean of the Frank Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University in Maryland.
Currently, presidential professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York and senior fellow at Luxembourg Income Study. He obtained his Ph. D. in economics at the University of Belgrade with a dissertation on income inequality in Yugoslavia. He was lead economist in World Bank Research Department for almost 20 years and senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington (2003-2005). He held teaching appointments at University of Maryland (2007-2013) and School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (1997-2007).
Milanovic’s main area of work is income inequality, in individual countries and globally, as well as historically, among pre-industrial societies (Roman Empure, Byzantium, year 1000 and France before the Revolution), and even inequality in soccer.
He has published a number of articles on methodology and empirics of global income distribution and effects of globalization (Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Political Philosophy etc.). His most recent book The Haves and the Have-nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality, was published in 2011, translated in seven languages, and selected by The Globalist as 2011 Book of the Year. His forthcoming book Global inequality: a new approach for the age of globalization deals with economic and politial issues of globalization, including the redefinition of the “Kuznets cycles”, and is to be published next year.
Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño
Dean of IE Business School, President of IE University
Santiago Iñiguez is the Dean of IE Business School and the President of IE University. He holds a Degree in Law, a Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy and Jurisprudence (Complutense University, Spain) and an MBA from IE Business School. He was a Recognized Student at the University of Oxford, UK.
Iñiguez has worked as a management consultant and has played an active role in the field of quality control and development of management education in Europe. He is Vice-Chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and also serves on the boards of Renmin University Business School (China), CENTRUM (Universidad Católica, Perú), Antai Business School (Jiao Tong University, China), Mazars University (France), the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration – RANEPA (Russia), and FGV-EASP Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil). He was portrayed by the Financial Times as “one of the most significant figures in promoting European business schools internationally”.
Iñiguez is also President of the IE Fund in the US and the Vice-Chairman of FT-IE Corporate Learning Alliance, a global joint venture offering custom education for companies.
Iñiguez is Professor of Strategic Management at IE Business School. His most recent book, The Learning Curve: How Business Schools Are Reinventing Education focuses on the transformations of business education. He is co-editor of www.deanstalk.net, a blog focused on management education issues. Iniguez is a regular speaker at international conferences; he is a LinkedIn Influencer, and frequently contributes in different journals and media on higher education and executive development.
Michael John Page
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bentley University
Michael John Page is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bentley University in Massachusetts, United States of America. Before joining Bentley, he served as the Dean of Post-Experience Programs of RSM Erasmus University and as the Executive Director of the Rotterdam School of Management B.V., The Netherlands. Previously he was the Dean of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Graduate School of Business, and also served a term as its Dean of Academic Affairs. He joined Erasmus after sixteen years at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town, South Africa where he also held the Len Abrahamse Chair in Finance.
Professor Page serves on the boards of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and South Africa Partners. He serves on the AACSB’s Committee for Issues in Management Education (CIME), is a past chair of its Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC), and was a member of the International Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality that developed the new accreditation standards. He is also actively engaged with the international management education industry, including serving on and chairing well over thirty accreditation visits for AACSB, the European Quality System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA), as well as supporting development activities offered by the Central and Eastern European Management Development Association (CEEMAN). He serves on advisory boards for Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), Cape Town University’s Graduate School of Business (South Africa), Chulalongkorn University’s Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration (Thailand) and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC) School of Management, Paris (France).
Professor Page holds a BSc (Engineering) from Natal University, Durban, South Africa and an MBA and PhD from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has held professorial appointments at Henley Management College in the United Kingdom, the Graduate School of Business at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and at Erasmus University, The Netherlands. For a period of time he also worked as Consultant Advisor in Investec Asset Management, South Africa/UK.
Professor Page joined Bentley University in 2008 as the Dean of Business and of the McCallum Graduate School of Business and was appointed to his current position in 2009. He continues to be research active, and holds professorships in Finance and Management at Bentley University, as well as an extraordinary professorship at the Graduate School of Business at Stellenbosch University.
Paul Polman has been Chief Executive Officer of Unilever since 1st January 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.
Paul is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and serves on the Board of the UN Global Compact. He is also on the Board of the Global Consumer Goods Forum.
At the invitation of the UN Secretary General, he recently served on the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons looking at the Post 2015 Development Agenda and previously acted as co-chairman of the B20 group of companies reporting to the G20 on Food Security.
He is a member of the European Resource Efficiency Platform chaired by Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik, and recently served at the invitation of former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. By invitation of the Prime Minister he is currently a UK Business Ambassador.
Since 2010, Paul has been a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company.
In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Paul is a former recipient of the Atlantic Council Award for Distinguished Business Leadership and the CK Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Leadership. Last year he received the UN Foundation 'Champion of Global Change' Award.
Paul began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1979, holding many senior executive positions, including Group President of Europe. He moved to Nestle in 2005, where he was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for the Americas.
He earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in 1977 and an MA Economics and MBA finance/international marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a number of Universities, including Newcastle, Liverpool, Groningen and the University of Cincinnati.
Married with three children, Paul is a former Chairman of Perkins School for the Blind International Advisory Board and serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust.
Director of the Center for Business Law at the University of Lausanne, President of Euresearch Association, Former Rector of the University of Lausanne and Former President of the European University Associations
Jean-Marc Rapp is the Director of the Center for Business Law (CEDIDAC) at the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration of the University of Lausanne and the President of Euresearch Association, whose mission is to support Swiss participation in international research projects and programs, to provide information, motivation and coaching to interested stakeholders and organisations, and to form a network of regional support organisations in close collaboration with institutions from universities and industry.
He earned his JD in 1975 and PhD in 1983 at the University of Lausanne, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Master of Law in 1985. He worked as a Substitute Judge of the Vaud Supreme Court from 1986 to 1993, as Professor of commercial and contract law at the University of Lausanne (beginning in 1989). He was also the Dean of the Law Faculty and worked as an expert for the European Commission, advising on financial information and corporate law.
Prof. Rapp was the Rector of the University of Lausanne from 1999 to 2006 and President of the Rectors' Conference of Swiss Universities. He worked for the European University Association from 2005 to 2012 and was its President from 2009 to 2012.
Senior Vice-President, Coca-Cola Company
Mr. Tuggle became president of the Russia, Ukraine & Belarus Business Unit of The Coca-Cola Company on 1 January 2006.
In 2006, Mr. Tuggle was elected a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and became a Member of the International Business Leaders Forum initiated by HRH The Prince of Wales. Mr. Tuggle actively supports Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS (TPAA) and leads the task unit for improvement of the image of Russia in the Foreign Investment Advisory Council.
Before that, he had been elected a Senior Vice President and named director of Worldwide Public Affairs and Communications, and named to the Company's Executive Committee. In 1992, he was appointed executive assistant to legendary Roberto C. Goizueta, then Chairman, Board of Directors, and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, where he managed external affairs and communications for the Office of the Chairman.
He holds a bachelor's degree in German Studies and Economics from Hamilton College and a Master of Divinity from Yale University. He studied at the Ludwig-Maximillian Universität in Munich, Germany, and completed The Executive Program at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School.
Mr. Tuggle serves as a Trustee of the Southern Center for International Studies and the Yale University Divinity School and a Member of the Board of Visitors of Emory University.
Director of UNU-MERIT
Bart Verspagen is the Director of UNU-MERIT (the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology), a joint research and training institute of United Nations University and Maastricht University. He is also Professor of International Economics at the School of Business and Economics of the Maastricht University.
Bart Verspagen did his undergraduate studies at the University of Limburg (now Maastricht University) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 1984 to 1988, and obtained a PhD in Economics from the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) of the same university in 1992. From 1993-1998, was a research-fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). After that, he was a Research Professor of Economics and Technology at MERIT from 1998-2001, a Full Professor of Economics and Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology from 1998-2008 and a Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo from 2001-2011.
Bart Verspagen is an Honorary Doctor of the University of Oslo, a member of the Board of the Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS), a member of the program committees Society and Electronic Highways and Networks of Networks at the Dutch research council NWO, and coordinator of the Investigating the Impact of the Innovation Union (I3U project) for Horizon 2020, being sponsored by the European Commission.
Bart Verspagen is specialized in the economics of technological change and innovation, development and economic growth, evolutionary approaches to economics, international trade, structural change, technology spillovers, science and technology indicators, the history of technological change, and economic history. He was the 26th most cited Dutch economist from 1998-2002, according to the Dutch journal Economisch Statistische Berichten and ranked No. 1 economist in Norway according a RePec listing in February 2007. He offers courses in International Economics, Emergence of Globalization, and Innovation and Economics at Maastricht University, University College Maastricht, and UNU-MERIT.
Andrew Main Wilson
Chief Executive, AMBA
Andrew is Chief Executive of AMBA, the Association of MBAs. AMBA is a global Organisation, accrediting over 250 Business Schools in 70 countries and providing membership services to over 30,000 MBA student and graduate members in 150 countries.
Andrew joined AMBA in 2013, since when AMBA’s accredited Schools portfolio has grown by 25% and AMBA’s student and graduate member network by 500%.
He is also currently Chairman of United Nations PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education). PRME work with 750 Business Schools worldwide, to promote Responsible Management and Sustainability best practices being incorporated into Business School curricula and championing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Andrew commenced his career with Thomson Holidays, the world’s largest travel Tour Operator and progressed to become Marketing and Commercial Director of Thomas Cook, then Sales and Marketing Director of Citibank Diners Club. He subsequently joined the Institute of Directors (IoD) as Chief Operating Officer.
He is an experienced Non-Executive Director, having served as an NXD on AIM-listed and Entrepreneurial start-up boards, in the Commercial Real Estate and Luxury Brands sectors.
Andrew has a strong interest in Global Leadership excellence. He has interviewed over 100 of the world’s most influential Leaders, in the fields of business, politics, sports and entertainment, including Bill Gates, Lady Thatcher, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jack Welch, Sir Richard Branson and Sir David Attenborough.
Andrew has visited 175 of the world’s 200 countries, on a journey to become the first person to visit all 200 countries and tell the story, in images and words, of the 1000 greatest travel experiences on Earth.
He was educated at Dulwich College and the University of Birmingham in England and the Harvard Business School in the USA.