Capacity Building Workshop | Ahmedabad: Using Modern Simulations to Enhance the Student Learning Environment

Kalupur Swaminarayan Mandir, a hindu temple in the old city of Ahmedabad - Gujarat, India
Kalupur Swaminarayan Mandir, a hindu temple in the old city of Ahmedabad - Gujarat, India
MONDAY 4 March 2024 | 9:30 - 17:00 | Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad

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What does an effective simulation look like, and how can AI-powered simulations revolutionize practical, interactive, and personalized learning in business schools? With the advent of more advanced and interactive technology, business schools are increasingly adopting simulations to comprehensively test their students’ skills in areas like sales, finance, collaboration, and teamwork. However, many institutions have yet to fully embrace simulations as a key component of practical learning.

Executive with virtual reality glasses at office
Indian team working together and looking on a screen of laptop

In this capacity-building workshop, we aim to unite business schools to explore the transformative potential of AI-powered simulations. These simulations represent a leap forward in hands-on learning, offering unparalleled personalization and real-world relevance. We will provide practical examples and strategies for integrating these advanced tools into educational programs. Attendees will collaborate closely with peers from other Indian business schools, fostering a shared learning and innovation environment.

Schools can expect to learn how to:

  • Appreciate the Value: Understand the profound impact that simulations, especially those enhanced with AI, can have on the student learning journey, offering a more immersive and adaptive educational experience.
  • Utilize AI Assistants: Learn how to integrate AI assistants within simulations to provide advanced, personalized learning experiences. These AI elements can tailor scenarios to individual student needs, offer real-time feedback, and simulate complex business environments.
  • Choose and Implement Simulations: Master the art of selecting, designing, and implementing effective business simulations in various programs. This includes understanding the technical requirements, pedagogical alignment, and integration strategies that make simulations an integral part of the curriculum.
  • Assess Impact: Develop methods to assess the effectiveness of simulations in enhancing student and graduate achievements. This involves understanding how to measure learning outcomes, engagement levels, and the overall impact on career readiness.
  • Leverage in Accreditation: Learn how to effectively use simulations and their outcomes in the BGA validation and accreditation processes. This includes understanding how simulations contribute to meeting educational standards and enhancing the reputation of the institution.

This workshop is provided free of charge, however, please note that it is limited to 50 participants
and only those who register first will be guaranteed a space.

Workshop programme

10:00 — 10:30

Registration and refreshments

12:00 — 13:00

Omkumar Krishnan, Professor of Marketing Management, IIM Kozhikode

13:00 — 14:00


14:00 — 15:00
16:00 — 16:30

Refreshments and networking

Meet the speakers

Andrew Main Wilson


Andrew Main Wilson

Andrew is Chief Executive of AMBA & BGA. AMBA accredits 291 Business Schools in 75 countries and provides membership to 60,000 MBA students and graduates in 150 countries.  

Andrew was Chairman of United Nations PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) for three years, from 2016 to 2018. He commenced his career with Thomson Holidays (now TUI), then the world’s largest travel tour operator.  

He became Marketing and Commercial Director of Thomas Cook and then Sales and Marketing Director of Citibank Diners Club. He subsequently joined the Institute of Directors (IoD) as Chief Operating Officer.  

He has interviewed more than 100 of the world’s most influential leaders in the fields of business, politics, sport, and entertainment, including Bill Gates, Baroness Thatcher, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jack Welch, Sir Richard Branson, and Sir David Attenborough. Andrew has also visited 178 of the world’s 200 countries, on a global journey to become the first person to visit all 200 countries and tell the story, in images and words, of the most inspiring travel experiences on Earth.  

Omkumar Krishnan

Professor of Marketing Management
IIM Kozhikode

Biography coming soon.

Varun Patil

Country General Manager
Cesim Business Simulations

Varun Patil, Country General Manager - Cesim Business Simulations

Varun currently serves at the Business Head of Cesim’s India Operations. An outright simulation and analytics enthusiast, he has been involved in designing learning experiences which cater to specific needs of the Indian education sector. Cesim India now works with over 100+ educational Institutes and corporates.   

Prior to joining Cesim, he was the co-founder of an advanced analytics company catering to financial institutions in the risk management domain. He has worked closely with the Indian start-up ecosystem, first at Zoomcar during its early stages and subsequently involved in assisting start-ups raise funds. He collaborates intimately with consulting firms in business strategy in the domain of mobility solutions and has worked as the lead strategy consultant for India specific initiatives of MNCs.

His current focus is on making solutions which have a demonstratable impact on the thinking abilities of simulation users. 

Veijo Kyosti

Veijo Kyosti, CEO of Cesim

Veijo currently serves as the CEO of Cesim Business Simulations Ltd. A pioneer in the world of simulations, he has been crafting and implementing simulation-based programs since the late 1990s. Under his leadership, Cesim has ascended to be one of the premier global providers of business simulations tailored for higher education.

He collaborates intimately with Cesim’s academic clientele, often facilitating train-the-trainer workshops and leading simulation courses for both executive programs and degree courses around the world. His roster of engagements includes institutions like Aalto Business School, IFP Paris, Glasgow University, Shanghai University, Fudan University, and many others.

Victor Hedenberg

Membership Director

Victor is the membership director at AMBA & BGA, responsible for the growth of the business school and student & graduate networks, as well as the services and benefits business school receive upon joining. Having joined AMBA & BGA in 2016, Victor has been involved in numerous successful projects including the AMBA Development Network (ADN), the launch of the Business Graduates Association and its membership and accreditation offering, and the enhancement of the student and graduate membership services offered to AMBA & BGA’s 65,000+ members. He has a strong passion for entrepreneurial management education that emphasises out-of-the-box thinking and responsible management principles.

Victor is a Swedish national educated at Hillsdale College in the US. He holds a degree in economics and business administration. 


Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad

This BGA Capacity Building workshop will be taking place at:

Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad
17A, Ashram Road,
380 014, India

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sabarmati Riverfront and the UNESCO World Heritage City from Hyatt Regency Ahmedabad. Conveniently situated in the heart of the central business district, the hotel is just 8 kilometers away from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD). Explore hotel parking and transportation options by clicking here.

Meet our sponsor

Cesim Business Simulations

Cesim is the world’s leading provider of multilingual, multidisciplinary business simulations that help educators improve student engagement and employability. Our simulations put responsible management into action as an integrated part of business strategy and reward long-term value creation. Schools in more than 40 countries are already improving their learner success with Cesim.

Cesim was born 25 years ago from the realization that business and management was learned in silos. Learners seldom got to experience competitive dynamics, the interactions between different functions, or what it means to cope with uncertainty. The theoretical foundation of the business simulation methodology is experiential learning, and our mission is to make this available and affordable to the widest possible audience with relevant content.

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Victor Hedenberg

Membership Director


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