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

29th CEEMAN Annual Conference

Trieste, Italy

Management Education at the Crossroads


The 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference took place on 22-24 September 2021 in Trieste, Italy in a hybrid format. The conference topic was Management Education at the Crossroads.

Beautiful and cultured, Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan city. The destiny of Trieste has always been linked to its unique geographical position between the Mediterranean Sea, the Balkans and the Central Europe. The city maintains echoes of the glorious Roman, Medieval and especially Habsburg past, which made it “the little Vienna on the sea”. In its characteristic mixture of languages, peoples, religions and architectures, one easily feels its combined Central European and Mediterranean souls. Famous for its literary and cultural tradition, Trieste has acquired international prestige for the excellence of its Science System, thanks to 30+ Research Institutions ranked among the most important in Europe. Not surprisingly, Trieste has been chosen as the European City of Science 2020.

The conference was organized in cooperation with MIB Trieste School of Management, an international Business School founded in 1988 as a non-profit Consortium, on the initiative of high profile companies and the academia. With its large choice of Master’s degrees (accredited in Italy and abroad) and of Executive and Corporate Programs, the School trains young talents from all over the world, qualifies and updates managers, entrepreneurs and executives from both local and multinational companies. Leading firms (among which Allianz, Generali, illycaffè, KPMG, E&Y, Fincantieri, AON, BNP Paribas) actively collaborate with the School for sponsorships, internship activities, training, consultancy projects and research. Enhance talent, develop skills, strengthen leadership to make people and businesses grow: with this attitude MIB Trieste has been working for over 30 years in Italy and in the world.

You can read more about how the event went here.


Wednesday, 22 September
Pre-conference events

09:30  Transfer from hotels to company visits
10:00 - 12:30 Company visits and discussions about actual leadership topics in their organizations (illycaffè and others)
13:30 - 14:00 Lunch at MIB Trieste
14:00 Conference registration open at MIB Trieste, coffee, networking
14:30 - 17:00 Individual Dean2Dean meetings at MIB Trieste
17:30 - 19:00 Poster session for faculty and researchers (set up at 16:00)
19:00 - 20:00 Welcome reception at MIB Trieste

Thursday, 23 September
29th CEEMAN Annual Conference - Day 1 - Management Education at the Crossroads

09:15 Transfer from hotels to MIB Trieste
09:30 Registration open at MIB Trieste, coffee
10:00 - 10:30 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference Opening 
10:30 - 11:00 Management Education at the Crossroads: The Choices and Issues 
11:00 - 11:30 Discussion
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 - 12:30 The Growing Competition 
12:30 - 13:00 Discussion
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Panel: Perspective from Customers 
15:00 - 16:00 Group Work: Which way forward? What are the obstacles, and how to navigate? 
16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:00 Feedback from Groups
17:00 - 17:15 Coffee break
17:15 - 18:45 CEEMAN Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
19:30 - 22:00 Dinner

Friday, 24 September
29th CEEMAN Annual Conference - Day 2 - Management Education: Where Are We Heading?

09:15 Transfer from hotels to MIB Trieste
09:30 Coffee, networking
10:00 - 10:15 Introductory words by the Conference Chair 
10:15 - 10:55 Keynote: Technologies’ Future Role in Management Education and Which Organizations Will Be Leading It 
10:55 - 11:15 Q&A session
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 13:00 Panel: Views and Experiences from Italian Business Schools 
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Panel: Best Practices from CEEMAN Network
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Session of the Alliance of Management Development Associations in Rising Economies. Where do we stand in our part of the world: which road ARE we on? Which road SHOULD we be on and what changes are needed and planned?
17:30 - 17:45 Closing observations by the Conference Chair 
20:00 - 23:00 Gala Dinner 

Saturday, 25 September
You can join a half-day Trieste sightseeing tour or a full-day trip to Venice. Additional costs apply.


Dominique Turcq
Founder of Boostzone Institute, France
Technologies’ Future Role in Management Education and Which Organizations Will Be Leading It

Prof. Dominique Turcq is the Founder and the President of the Boostzone Institute, a research and consulting center, dedicated to understanding the management implications of the major changes happening in the world of work due to technological and sociological forces. His career spans across academia (as a professor at HEC, ESCP and INSEAD in France, IIST in Japan), business (SONY, SVP strategy at Manpower), government and administration (special advisor to the Ministry of Trade, the Economic Planning Commission, the Ministry of Industry) and consulting (Partner at McKinsey & co). Dr. Turcq graduated from HEC in France and studied in Japan. He holds a PhD in management from HEC University in Paris and a PhD in Corporate Sociology from Paris University Sorbonne. His main fields of counseling to large companies’ executive committees include in particular: the impact of major forces on strategy, organization and operations; the needs for a collaborative culture and its implementation; organization change management in a fast changing and uncertain external environment. His book “Augmented Management” was published in digital format in French and in English in 2013, and his latest book “Le travail à l’ère post digitale: A quoi ressemblera le travail en 2030?” was published in 2019.


Derek F Abell
Founding President of ESMT-Berlin, President of CEEMAN IQA Accreditation Committee, Germany
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Andrea Ampo
Head of Learning Technologies Lab, MIB Trieste, Italy

Tim Baxter
MBA Director, MIB Trieste, Italy

Massimo Bergami
Dean of Bologna Business School, Italy

Paolo Bocardelli
Dean of LUISS Business School, Roma, Italy

Cristiano Borean
CFO of Generali Group, Chairman of MIB Trieste, Italy

Diego Bravar
President of Bio Valley Investment, Member of the Board or MIB Trieste, Italy

Guido Bortoluzzi
Core Faculty in Open Innovation Strategies, MIB Trieste, Italy

Zoltán Buzády - poster session moderator
Associate Professor of Leadership, 
Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Business Administration, Hungary

Marta Drozdowska
Vice-Rector, University of Business in Wroclaw, Poland

Massimiliano Fedriga
President, Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

Federico Frattini
Dean of MIP Politechnico di Milano School of Management, Italy

Nicola Kleyn
Dean of Executive Education, RSM Rotterdam School of Management, the Netherlands, Board member of CEEMAN and the Alliance

Edson Kenji Kondo
President of ANGRAD, Brazil

Assylbek Kozhakhmetov
Assylbek Kozhakhmetov
President of Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan

Virginijus Kundrotas
President of BMDA, Lithuania

Seán Meehan
Dean of MBA Program, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland
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Sergey Myasoedov
President of RABE, Russia

Vladimir Nanut
CEO & General Director, MIB Trieste School of Management, Italy
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Matjaž Novak
Dean of Faculty of Management, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Stefano Pilotto
Core Faculty in International Management, MIB Trieste, Italy

Andrzej Popadiuk
President of FORUM, Poland

Danica Purg
President of CEEMAN and IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia
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Claudio Rivera - poster session moderator
Deputy Dean, RTU Riga Business School, Latvia

Mark Smith
Director Elect of the University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa

Josef Taušer
Dean of Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics Prague, Czechia

Andres Toledo
President of CLADEA, Peru

Andrea Tracogna
Dean of MIB Trieste School of Management, Italy
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Francesco Venier
Dean of Executive Education, MIB Trieste School of Management, Italy

Marco Vergeat
President of ASFOR, Italy
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Grafton Whyte
Chair of AABS, Africa

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Olga Veligurska - program and logistics CEEMAN Director
+386 4 57 92 505
Slađana Milašinović - support in TriesteHead of IQA Office
+386 4 57 92 535
Živa Žmavc Thongvanh - support with online platformHead of Projects
+386 40 699 979 (WhatsApp)