Reflections from Dubai: an exclusive round up of highlights from AMBA’s 2017 Global Conference

This special edition of AMBITION is packed with highlights from AMBA's 50th Anniversary Global Deans and Directors Conference in Dubai, UAE.

Deans from six continents shared their insights and we unveiled exclusive interviews with His Excellency Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly and Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive of Pepsico, arguably the world's most high-profile female CEO.

Our focus was on the future of the MBA; evolving MBA programmes to reflect the needs of employers; entrepreneurship; globalisation; and digital learning. It's vital that responsible management is at the core of the MBA programme, so you'll see this theme as a gold thread throughout our conference content.

In this exclusive supplement:

  • Mark P Taylor, Dean and Professor of Finance at John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University, St. Louis urges Business Schools to innovate to stay ahead of the crowd 
  • Anand Anandalingam, Ralph J Tyser, professor of Management Science, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland offers innovative ideas for Business School leaders to move ahead of the curve 
  • Lin Zhou, Dean at Antai College of Economics and Management of Shanghai Jiao Tong University talks about ‘learning in real life’ as MBAs require more insight from industry 
  • Frances Johnson, Associate Director, MBA Programmes, Alliance Manchester Business School explores the challenges in attracting female candidates to MBA programmes 
  • Dr Enase Okonedo, Dean at Lagos Business School, defines how MBAs are continuing to move away from traditional classroom-based learning 
  • Nouf Al Khalifa, Director, Dubai Centre at London Business School, explains why education is the main pillar of global development 
  • Dr Josep Franch, Dean of ESADE Business School advises Business School Leaders to create an ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ to support MBAs in setting up their own businesses 
  • Steef Van de Velde, Dean, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, outlines a strategy for Business Schools to network globally
  • Martin Boehm, Dean, IE Business School unveils the latest technology in MBA delivery being pioneered at his School
  • Jonas Haertle, Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), UN Global Compact, defines the role of the MBA as the responsible leader of the future