The CEEMAN’s extensive programs provide an excellent platform for discussions and thinking about how the improved quality of management and management schools can be the catalyst to drive urgently needed changes, innovation and creativity.
Matej Potokar,
General Manager, Microsoft Services CEE

30th CEEMAN Annual Conference

Bled, Slovenia


Come and celebrate the 30th anniversary of CEEMAN with us! The 30th CEEMAN Annual Conference is taking place on 21-23 September 2022 in Bled, Slovenia.

The Future of Management Education
Understanding the Big Picture

Let's meet in person to mark the 30 years of CEEMAN and try to understand the big picture surrounding the future of management education. Geopolitics, environment and sustainability, multiple social issues - all add up to unprecedented challenges we face on business and society level. How can management education support the new leadership that is needed to navigate successfully in these new times? How the management education curriculum and processes should be changed? And what can we do - together?

CEEMAN Annual Conference traditionally includes a series of events in order to get to know the business, political and social realities of the host country and to discuss implications, best practices and collaboration in the area of management development through keynotes, international panels, roundtable discussions and workshops. Several side events are also organized, such as CEEMAN IQA Quick-Scan Session, poster session for faculty and researchers, CEEMAN Annual Meeting, and CEEMAN Awards Ceremony.


Wednesday, 21 September
Pre-conference events

  • 15:00 – 15:30     Conference registration open at IEDC Bled, coffee, networking
  • 15:30 – 17:00     Poster Session for Faculty and Researchers, moderated by Claudio Rivera and Zoltan Buzady
  • 17:00 – 17:30     Coffee Break
  • 17:30 – 19:00     Interactive IQA SessionIQA Quick-Scan on Excellence, Relevance and Dynamism
  • 19:00 – 19:45    30th CEEMAN Annual Conference Opening
                              Welcome words
                              Danica Purg, CEEMAN President, Slovenia           
                              Janez Fajfar, Mayor of Bled
  • 19:45 – 20:45    Welcome reception at IEDC

Thursday, 22 September
30th CEEMAN Annual Conference - Day 1

  • 09:00 – 09:30     Registration open at IEDC, coffee
  • 09:30 – 09:45     Introduction by the Conference Chair (Drikus Kriek, Dean of IEDC-Bled School of Management)
  • 09:45 – 10:00     Welcome address 
  • 10:00 – 10:45     Artificial Intelligence performance (in cooperation with RISEBA University of Applied Sceinces, Latvia)
  • 10:45 – 11:15     Coffee break
  • 11:15 – 12.00     Keynote by Danilo Turk, President of Club de Madrid and former president of the Republic of Slovenia: The Challenges of Today's World
    Stefano Pilotto, Professor at MIB School of Management: Will Europe Face this World's Challenges Properly?
  • 12:00 – 13:30     Panel: Employers Talk About The Big Picture and Their Needs, moderated by Derek Abell 
    Mark Pleško, CEO and co-founder, Cosylab, Inc., Slovenia
    Gazment Haxhia, President of Landways International, Albania
    Eser Manav Sevinc, Vice President Operations and General Manager Central Europe at the Coca-Cola Company, Austria
    Janez Škrabec, General Manager/Owner at Riko, d.o.o., Slovenia
  • 13:30 – 14:30     Lunch
  • 14:30 – 16:00     World Café General Discussion of What Employers’ Needs Mean for Today’s Management Schools, moderated by Sean Meehan, Martin Hilti Professor of Marketing and Change Management at IMD Business School, Dean of Faculty
  • 16:00 – 16:30     Coffee Break 
  • 16:30 – 17:30     CEEMAN Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
  • 17:30 - 18:30      Session of the Alliance of Management Development Associations in Rising Economies
  • 18:45 – 20:00     Reflection on the Lake
  • 20:00                  Dinner in Bled

Friday, 23 September
30th CEEMAN Annual Conference - Day 2

  • 09:00 – 09:30     Coffee, networking
  • 09:30 – 09:45     Introductory Words by the Conference Chair (Drikus Kriek)
  • 09:45 – 11:00     Experiences from CEEMAN Network
  • 11:00 – 11:30     Coffee break
  • 11:30 – 13:30     Educators Talk About Their Own Challenges (Beyond Meeting Future Customer Needs) and How to Meet Them, moderated by Nicola Kleyn, Dean of Executive Education at Rotterdam School of Management
    Antonio Freitas, Provost of FGV, Brasil
    Xiaobo Wu, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Zhejiang University, China
  • 13:30 – 14:30     Lunch
  • 14:30 – 15:30     Three Scenarios for the Future of Management Education, moderated by Irina Sennikova, Dean of the Faculty of Buniess and Economics at RISEBA University, Latvia
    • Digitalization: Nikos Mylonopoulos, Associate Professor of Digital Business at ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece
    • Sustainability: Lisa Frohlich, President of CBS International Business School, Germany
    • Understanding Work: Emerging Expectations vs. Established Wisdom: Walter Jochmann, Managing Director Kienbaum International GmBH, Germany
  • 15.30 – 16:00    Three Scenarios Debrief, moderated by Irina Sennikova 
  • 16:00 – 16:30    Coffee break 
  • 16:30 – 17:15    Final Plenary Session: 'Business Schools on Mars and other more likely scenarios for the future' by Andrew Crisp, Owner of CarringtonCrisp
  • 17:15 – 17:30    Closing Observations by the Conference Chair (Drikus Kriek)
  • 19:30                 Gala Dinner at Lake Bled


If you have not booked the hotel in Bled yet, we would kindly prompt you to do it as soon as possible as the hotels at the destination are quite full. We have arranged discount prices with Sava Hotels and you can use their registration links or alternatively use for your accommodation.

Please note that before entry to Slovenia, make sure you check the relevant travel information. You can find more info here.

For more info on the conference, assistance with visas and logistics, please write to CEEMAN Office at .


  • EUR 790 for CEEMAN and Alliance partner members
  • EUR 1100 for non-members

*Poster session presenters are entitled to a 10% discount on the participation fee.

The fee includes attendance of the sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks, welcome drink, lunches and dinners (on Thursday and Friday), for 1 person as specified in the conference program, as well as transportation between the conference venues (e.g. dinners). The fee does NOT cover travel, airport shuttle, accommodation, participation of accompanying persons, or sightseeing tour. Payment of participation fee should be settled by September 6 at the latest by bank transfer upon receipt of the pro-forma invoice from CEEMAN. 

Cancellation of participation (in writing) must be received before 5 September 2022 if fees are to be refunded. After that date no refunds will be made. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to send a replacement; however, prior notification is required. If you register for the event and never send the cancellation of participation in writing, you are obliged to pay the full fee, even if you do not attend the event.



For all relevant information, please contact CEEMAN Office.
Tel: +386 4 57 92 505