Business Education is one of the key topics of the Gaidar Forum - 2018 sessions

Experts in business education, economics and leadership, heads of the world's leading educational associations, AACSB and AMBA, and deans of leading Russian and international business schools will discuss business school models, training of business leaders in the digital economy, gender diversity in business and the future of MBA programs during panel discussions at 2018 Gaidar Forum at RANEPA.

President of AACSB International, the largest global business education network and association, Tom Robinson and President of the IMD, a top international business school, Jean-François Manzoni, will take part in the public debate, Business school model for the 21st century leaders, moderated by RANEPA Vice-Rector, Director of Institute of Business Studies, President of RABE Sergey Myasoedov. The experts will discuss the main trends of future business education; changes in curricula, formats and methods of education; and advantages and disadvantages of independent business schools oriented at executive education and collegiate full cycle business schools backed by the leading universities.

Representatives of the state apparatus, business education and current businessmen will share their thoughts on how to train business leaders of the digital economy during the expert discussion of the same name. The participants will determine who the business leaders of the digital economy are; discuss the differences between the new generation of leaders and the previous ones; and consider if business schools should change their approach to preparing leaders of tomorrow to meet the business community’s expectations. Several experts will moderate the session, including Vice President, Chief Officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa of AACSB International Timothy Mescon; CEO of AMBA International Andrew Main Wilson and Director of Executive MBA Program at RANEPA Institute of Business Studies Ashot Seferyan. The panel will also include President and Chief Executive Officer of AACSB International Tom Robinson, social entrepreneur Ruben Vardanyan, Dean and Director of the Grenoble Graduate School of Business Santiago Garcia and other experts.

The panel for the Gender diversity in business and society as key to the success in the changing world discussion, organized with support of AACSB International, will include Director General of Coca-Cola Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and the Baltic States Lana Popovich; HR Expert for the International Olympic Committee Marina Pochinok; and Professor of Leadership and Effective Management, President of IEDC - Bled School of Management, President of CEEMAN Danica Purg (Slovenia). Gender diversity has been on the business agenda for many years now. It is business schools that can offer a solution that will achieve the necessary gender balance. Experts from world educational associations, leading representatives of business and universities will consider examples of successful business cases to balance gender diversity; suggest ways and methods business schools can use to enhance the positive impact of gender diversity; and discuss how this could help to meet the challenges of a volatile and uncertain environment.

Leadership experts and business school leaders will discuss MBA programs in the era of disruptive technologies. EDHEC Director Oliver Oger, Dean of the Antwerp Management School Paul Matthyssens, Dean of RANEPA Graduate School of Public Administration Sergey Kalendzhyan and other experts will take part in the discussion. They will express their authoritative opinion on how to match MBA programs with market expectations; decide whether degree programs should become shorter as the speed of changes in the business world increases; and assess the impact of globalization and digital world on the Master level program formats.

The organizers include the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The program outline is available at the forum website.

Participation is free; preliminary registration is required.

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