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

31st CEEMAN Annual Conference

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Leadership for a Sustainable World


CEEMAN’s signature event brings together deans and directors of its member and partner organizations from all over the world, focusing on topics of key importance for management development. Featuring outstanding keynotes, presentations and interactive roundtables from academia and business, the Conference also includes side events such as company visits, poster session for faculty and researchers, accreditation sessions, and the CEEMAN Annual Meeting.

The 31st CEEMAN Annual conference took place on 20-22 September 2023 at Almaty Management University (AlmaU).
Address: 227 Rozybakiyev Street, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

 About Almaty
Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan with a population of about 2 million with about 9% of the countries population located in one city, it is certainly a hustling and bustling place to be. It also used to be the former capital of the country, until 1997 when it moved to Astana. It is the largest commercial and financial centre of Kazakhstan, where about a third of Kazakh businesses are registered. 

Almaty is a vibrant metropolis nestled against the backdrop of majestic mountains. Known for its cultural diversity, historical landmarks, and thriving economy, Almaty offers a captivating blend of tradition and modernity. From exploring the picturesque landscapes of the nearby Tian Shan mountains to indulging in the city's vibrant food scene and shopping districts, visitors to Almaty can immerse themselves in a truly unique experience.

About the host
Almaty Management University (established in 1988, AlmaU, Almaty, Kazakhstan) is an entrepreneurial, socially responsible university that strives to become a globally recognized university with a broad development profile (comprehensive) for people striving for sustainable development society. The university cooperates with more than 150 universities and associations around the world. AlmaU is committed to the principles of the third mission, the UN SDGs, promotes the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the UN Academic Impact. 

AlmaU is accredited by IQA CEEMAN (2010-2022), Graduate School of Business and School of Hospitality and Tourism of AlmaU are accredited by international accreditation BGA (2021-2026). The university is in the top 3 business schools in Central Asia in the Eduniversal ranking, ranks 1001+ in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022. AlmaU is the only higher education institution in Central Asia whose MBA programs are accredited by AMBA (2013-2026). GSB AlmaU is in the top 250 best business schools in the world and in the top 40 in Asia according to the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2023, the AlmaU EMBA program takes 23rd place in the QS Executive MBA 2022: Joint programs (and 2 ranks in the world in terms of alumni profile). 

Since the beginning of 2021, AlmaU has been a member of the Cintana Education Alliance, a global network of universities, and a partner of Arizona State University, jointly implementing a long-term strategic partnership. The academic partnership is aimed at creating and scaling high-quality educational programs in the region.  


Please find the conference program below.
Program of the 31st CEEMAN Annual Conference


Mette Morsing
Director to Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, UK
Read CV of Mette Morsing
Christoph Stückelberger
Founder and President of Globethics, Switzerland
Read CV of Christoph Stückelberger
Michael Crow
President of Arizona State University, USA
Read CV of Michael Crow

Speakers and Panelists

Zoltán Buzády - poster session moderator
Associate Professor of Leadership, 
Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Business Administration, Hungary
Read CV of Zoltán Buzády
Assylbek Kozhakhmetov
Founding President of Almaty Management University and Vice-President of CEEMAN for Central Asia, Kazakhstan
Read CV of Assylbek Kozhakhmetov 
Danica Purg
President of CEEMAN and IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia
Read CV of prof. Danica Purg
Gulnara Kurenkeyeva
Rector, Almaty Management University, Member of the International Accreditation Advisory Board AMBA & Member of the Asia Pacific Advisory Council of AMBA & BGA
Read CV of Gulnara Kurenkeyeva
Haiying Lin
Full Professor, Arizona State University, Hainan Uni/Arizona State University Joint International College (HAITC)
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Dinara Sejiaparova
Country Manager of UN Global Compact in Kazakhstan, Member of AlmaU Board of Trustees, Kazakhstan
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Serhat Burmaoglu
Dean, Faculty of Economics and Management, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Kyrgyzstan
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Lisa Frölich
Sustainable Supply Chain Expert, Germany
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Irina Sennikova
Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at RISEBA University and Vice President of CEEMAN Board, Latvia
Vlastimil Samek
Representative, the United Nations Department of Global Communications Head, the United Nations Information Office in Kazakhstan
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Aigerim Kaumenova
Vice Rector for Global Partnerships, Almaty Management University, Chair of the UN PRME Chapter Eurasia, Kazakhstan
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Xiaobo Wu
Director of National Institute for Innovation Management, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, Zhejiang University, China
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Rob van Tulder
Professor of International Business-Society Management, Rotterdam School of Management, the Netherlands
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Janez Škrabec
CEO of Riko, d.o.o., Slovenia
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Aurora Díaz-Soloaga
Senior Lecturer, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
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Haifeng Huang
Distinguished Professor at Changzhou University, Co-Chancellor at China Institute for Responsible Management Education and Sustainable Development, Global Co-Founder at Ecological Development Union International, China
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Hemachandran Kannan
Director of the AI Research Centre and Area Chair of the Analytics Department at Woxsen University, India
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Yerkin Tatishev
Chairman of AlmaU Board of Trustees and Chaiman/Founder at Kusto Group, Kazakhstan
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Christine Jojarth
Advisory Council at Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), USA
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Brendan Duprey
Founding Director of the Sustainable Kazakhstan Research Institute and Associate Professor in Sustainable Development at Narxoz University
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Peter McKiernan
Professor of Management, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
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Dorota Dobija
Professor of Accounting, PhD program director and Head of the Department of Accounting, Kozminski University, Poland
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Saloni Sinha
Communication and Theatre faculty member at Birla Institute of Management Technology, India
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Abdurasul Yusupov
CEO Team University, Uzbekistan
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Andrew Beklemishev
VP IDC, Member of AlmaU Board of Trustees, Kazakhstan
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Louise Whittaker
Deputy Dean and Executive Director GIBS Business School, South Africa
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  • 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 5 at the latest by bank transfer upon receipt of the pro-forma invoice from CEEMAN. 

Cancellation of participation (in writing) must be received before 4 September 2023 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.

Sponsors & Partners


The Coca-Cola Company is a leading global beverage company refreshing consumers with more than 500 brands of carbonated and still beverages. More than 1.9 billion portions of its beverages are consumed in more than 200 countries every day, making them universal, crossing borders and cultures. Coca-Cola is on a mission to help collect and recycle every bottle or can for everyone it sells by 2030, championing sustainability globally. Pairing perfectly with a multitude of various meals, Coca-Cola is a symbol, not only of American but also of cuisines from around the world now. Coca-Cola is involved in numerous community programs and sponsorships, supporting causes from education to recycling. Constantly evolving, Coca-Cola introduces exciting new flavours and packaging designs, keeping up with the latest trends. This beloved drink has transcended its liquid form to become a symbol of joy, unity, and optimism worldwide. Coke is more than just a tasty beverage; it's a Cultural Icon and Catalyst for Change!
ETS Global B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is the international arm of ETS that brings ETS expertise to educational and business communities around the world. At non-profit ETS, teams are passionate about their mission to advance quality and equity in education for all people worldwide because they believe in the power of learning. ETS teams strive to provide innovative and meaningful measurement solutions that improve teaching and learning, expand educational opportunities, and inform policy. At ETS Global B.V., we bring expertise to educational and business communities around the world, including companies, language schools, academic institutions, and public service organizations. ETS Global serves 80 countries across Europe, South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. ETS Global B.V. offers a range of ETS products, services and learning solutions, including English-language assessments, standardized assessments, training, and consulting. 

The purpose of Unlocking Eve is to unlock integrated leadership in all for a balanced and healthier world. Their two main objectives, tied to UN SDG goals of health & well-being, and gender equity, are: to increase the number of women in decision making roles in healthcare, and to advance "integrated leadership" as the new leadership profile of excellence. At Unlocking Eve, they collaborate with a global community to develop a new culture of leadership. All in the face of a polycrisis that threatens our environment, health and social justice. Nowhere is the need for this new model of leadership more evident than in securing the health of the world’s citizens. Unlocking Eve unites the power, passion and partnership of co-founders and healthcare executives Eva McLellan and Kaye Vitug. Driven by purpose, these two transformative leaders have almost 25 years in the healthcare industry. They value being of service and delivering impact to broader communities and ecosystems. With backgrounds in science and mathematics, their transformative insights are data-driven and grounded in research and real-world experiences across nine different countries.

The company Riko is an internationally established engineering company providing comprehensive technological solutions in the fields of industry, power generation, logistic systems, transport infrastructure, building construction, environmental protection, and information technology. Riko's highly qualified professionals provide comprehensive services and strong management concepts designed to deliver outstanding and economical results, which in turn has earned us the long-held confidence of customers and partners alike. An extensive array of successful projects and collaborative undertakings has earned Riko an excellent reputation and solid market position in wider region. All of Riko's operations and activities are based on a well-defined bundle of core values, which translates into a system that develops and supports sustainability in every aspect and in all project phases. 

Platonus LLP successfully operates at the market of IT-technologies for more than 15 years, leading automation of academic processes in technical and professional, higher and post-graduate education. Main objective of our Company is to create strong, positive and long-term partnership pwith each client, by virtue of being ready to offer state-of-the-art solutions. We offer finished products for automation of academic process, which comply with normative-legal acts of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan for higher and postgraduate education, and are actively used by higher education institutions. Using accumulated experience, innovative technologies and professional skills of best specialists, the Company solves tasks at any level: creation of software, development and maintenance of academic process management systems, mobile applications. 

Sunpaper has been successfully operating in the Kazakhstan market since March 2009 and is registered as a domestic product manufacturer with certificate CT-KZ. Initially, the company focused on producing professional paper products for use in dispenser installations in restroom facilities. This direction was a priority because professional products were not being manufactured in Kazakhstan, providing the young company "SUNPAPER" with an opportunity to carve out its niche in the Kazakhstani market. Today, our enterprise operates in three main directions: Production of professional products for use in public places for the "HoReCa" segment, including napkins, roll paper towels, and "jumbo" toilet paper. Production of industrial products tailored to the technical specifications of customers (participation in major tenders). Production of household products for use in domestic settings, ensuring quality that is on par with imported counterparts available in Kazakhstani supermarkets. An important and valuable experience for our enterprise is our five-year partnership with the foreign partner TWI. Our primary clients currently include "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" - the Kazakhstani railway, JSC "Air Astana," JSC "QAZAQ AIR," JSC "KazMunaiGaz," administrative buildings of the President's Administration, JSC "Sberbank," the KFC restaurant chain, Kazakhtelecom, and retail chains such as Prime Plaza, Mango, Sputnik, Aport, and Mega. Our partners also include the FMCG company "Prima Distribution." TOO "Sunpaper" supplies products to the EXPO-2017 pavilions and the MEGA SilkWay shopping center. Today, our products can be found in all cities of the Republic of Kazakhstan, serving both the retail and corporate segments of the market. The opening of our office in Astana in 2013 allowed us to attract new clients, including business centers "Mobil Realite" and "Mobil Management." Our enterprise actively participates in state programs for the development of monocities for 2012-2020, the "Business Roadmap 2020" program (participants in the industrialization map - priority projects), as well as within the framework of the first direction of the "Support for New Business Initiatives" program. 

The EMPATIA Corporate Wellbeing Platform implements employee support programs, including psychological support. Our service is like having a consultant always by your side. You don't need to spend time commuting, worry about your appearance, or change specialists if the office and infrastructure seem uncomfortable. It has been proven that the effectiveness of remote consultations is comparable to in-person meetings. People all over Russia and beyond, even in the Far North, use our services. We have a very strict selection process for specialists. It's not enough to have a diploma, even from the best university in the country, or to be a skilled educator. To collaborate with us, you need years of counseling experience. Our psychologists at PONIMAYU regularly undergo individual and group supervision. Whether you come to us as an individual or as part of an employee support program, we adhere to an ethical code and will not disclose the information you share. The themes of inquiries for internal statistics are always anonymized. Even if the employer requests it. Even if they demand it. Confidentially, and no other way. 

Tibetskaya is one of the first water brands in Kazakhstan that has won the hearts of many consumers thanks to its impeccable quality and uniqueness. The history of this water spans nearly thirty years, and during this time, it has established itself as one of the most unique and high-quality water brands on the market. "Tibetskaya" water is sourced from high-altitude springs located in the picturesque region of Almaty. The water goes through several stages of filtration and purification to remove excess minerals and impurities, leaving only a fresh and pure taste. closely collaborates with educational institutions, assists career centers in automating their processes, and provides young talents with opportunities for employment. At the same time, Beam is expanding its presence in the field of recruitment and hiring, offering domestic job platforms to employers with a specific target audience and additional HR services. Our company firmly believes that students and graduates are the future leaders in all fields. We aim to create the most favorable environment for their development by offering employment opportunities in the best companies in Kazakhstan. 

EF Education First – is the largest private educational institution in the world, with EF branches represented in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1965, EF Education First is a global association of education companies that shares a common mission of opening the world through education, offering language, academic, cultural exchange, and educational travel programs. At EF Education First, team believes that the world is better when people try to understand one another. Since 1965, EF has helped millions of people see new places, experience new cultures, and learn new things about the world and about themselves. In Kazakhstan the company provides two focus area: Academic study. EF provides university preparation programs, such as: Accelerated College Degree Program, University Foundation and Pre-Master/MBA/PHD programs. Students who attend EF schools go on to study at the world’s best universities. Learn a language. An EF language course can help you talk to the world, in English and other widely spoken languages. EF has fully accredited schools in 50 of the world’s most exciting cities, where you can learn 8 the most popular languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

Efes Kazakhstan, a part of Anadolu Group, is the leader of beer category in Kazakhstan with wide range of portfolio. Out of 30 years of Kazakhstan`s independence, Efes Kazakhstan has been in the market for 25 years and is one of the first international investors in Kazakhstan. As a part of sustainable development strategy, Efes Kazakhstan aims zero environmental impact considering its carbon emissions and waste. The company increases social impact through mid and long-term community investment projects and continues to partner with young entrepreneurs and supporting their dreams wherever possible. Efes Kazakhstan believes in diversity and inclusion through awareness and inclusive culture.

ABC Universe is a leading company in the Republic of Kazakhstan, specializing in the international cultural student exchange program, Work and Travel USA. ABC Universe has two offices in the Republic of Kazakhstan, located in Astana and Almaty. Our company provides the most advantageous and high-quality conditions for young people who wish to work and travel to the United States of America. Our mission is to help young individuals fulfill their dream of working and traveling in the USA by providing the best experience and support at every stage of the program. We proudly collaborate with prominent and respected sponsors in the United States. Our primary partners in the USA include Alliance Abroad Group and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Thanks to these partnerships, our students gain access to the best job placements, professional support, and numerous opportunities for cultural exchange in the USA. We also take pride in partnering with leading companies and organizations in Kazakhstan to ensure the best experience for our clients. Among our partners in the Republic of Kazakhstan are CenterCredit Bank, Transavia company, and the global airline Lufthansa. These partnerships provide our clients with convenient payment options, the ability to arrange the program in installments, and favorable conditions for flights to the USA. Our Advantages:

  • The most competitive price in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Best job placements: We collaborate with reliable employers offering diverse job vacancies across America.
  • Support and preparation: We provide training and detailed program information, as well as continuous support in the USA.
  • Convenience and safety: We ensure safe living and working conditions and assist with all necessary documentation.
  • Cultural exchange: We promote cultural exchange and organize various events and meetings for our participants.
  • Flexible approach: We tailor the program to the individual needs of each client and provide personalized service.
  • If you dream of Work and Travel USA and are looking for a reliable partner to make this dream come true, contact ABC Universe. We will be delighted to help you take the first step toward unforgettable adventures in the United States of America!

National-style accessories are becoming increasingly in vogue in Kazakhstan. Adili, the brand offering fashionable accessories with a national ornament, is introducing elements of that style into everyday life. The company has an online store (, where customers can browse through a charming collection for women and men.  In seven years, the Adili brand has gained customer loyalty and recently launched the innovative project of digital printing on natural fabrics. With the help of new technology, the company started producing home textiles under the Adili Textile label. The company offers an ecologically clean product made in Kazakhstan. Adili currently has stores in Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau and the capital. The company plans to open more shops throughout the country and continue creating trendy and elegant collections.

Our vineyards are located in the south-east of Kazakhstan at the foot of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains, an hour and a half drive east of Almaty at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level. The large difference  between daytime and nighttime temperatures in summer allows the grapes to ripen evenly, while maintaining a good level of acidity at full ripeness. The area of vineyards from which we harvest is 170 hectares. These are mostly 40-year-old Soviet-planted vineyards that have been abandoned for 20 years. Despite the lack of care for such a long time, they remained healthy. The unique feature of this vineyard is that the vine grows here on its own root, which allows you to produce authentic wines with a good concentration of aromas and taste. We also have 49 hectares of vineyard 2006-2008. planting with vines of French origin on the grafted root, grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and others. We carry out all operations with grapes manually. Assa Valley is one of the unique "clean" terroirs of the world. No phylloxera, no serious diseases of grapes. Old vines of European sorts growing on their own roots, high-altitude terroir, granite soils. Such combination is unlikely to be found anywhere else. To fully unlock the potential of this land is a big, long–term task that our team is working on systematically and competently. Felt is made by matting and pressing together wool fibers through a process known as felting. This involves applying heat, moisture, and pressure to the wool, causing the fibers to interlock and create a dense fabric or material called felt.


Depending on your citizenship, you may enter the Republic of Kazakhstan with visa or without visa, but subject to immigration registration (the latter is usually done by the hotel). Check if you need visa to Kazakhstan here: 

Contact for visa related matters: Ms. Aigul Kospanova,, T.+7727 313 30 83, ext. 158. Please note that the last day to obtain a visa for Kazakhstan is August 26.


Sabina MešićProject Manager
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