African & Middle Eastern Capacity Building Workshop: How Business Schools can Successfully Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Students in the Region

Downtown Doha City Skyline, African & Middle Eastern Capacity Building Workshop 3
Downtown Doha City Skyline, African & Middle Eastern Capacity Building Workshop 3

Africa and the Middle East is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, which has led to the development of a thriving start-up scene. With the economic boom that growth promises, entrepreneurship and grassroot innovations can play a pivotal role in solving the region’s biggest challenges, such as poverty, unsafe drinking water and food scarcity.

Regionally developed innovations are best placed to make a sustainable impact in communities, as they emerge from real understanding of the local challenges and offer context-specific solutions. Recent innovations that serve the underserved members of society, such as M-Pesa or affordable baby delivery kits, are driven entirely by entrepreneurs and bring the region closer to the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty and zero hunger.

Business schools, as the hubs of knowledge and managerial training in the region, are in the best position to foster and encourage their students and graduates to innovate, helping build sustainable businesses that create better livelihoods for communities throughout the region of Africa and the Middle East.

In this workshop, the third dedicated towards African and Middle Eastern business schools, speakers will delve into their professional experiences in promoting entrepreneurship practices in their business schools and demonstrate how business schools can successfully implement initiatives to encourage entrepreneurship amongst their students and graduates.

Meet the speakers

Emmanuel’s area of specialization includes Public Sector Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Auditing. He has several dozens of articles published in international journals indexed as high impact factor. He has attended multiple conferences locally and globally where he presented papers of significance and led in group and syndicate sessions. He holds membership of more than thirty professional bodies and is a fellow of bodies such as Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and National Accounting Association. Until his appointment as Director of UNIZIK Business School in 2021, he had served as Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences and as Head of the Department of Accountancy, respectively in respectively in Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and was Associate Director of Research, UNIZIK Business School.

Mark J Peters

Associate Professor 
University of the Free State

Mark J Peters, speaker for the African & Middle Eastern Capacity Building Workshop

Mark Peters was born and educated in Ireland. He moved to South Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer with the Ford Foundation in 1985 and in 1989 joined Wits Business School as a junior faculty member. From 1989 – 2012 he has held several managerial posts such as head of school, head of Executive Education and senior faculty in Strategy, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. 

In 2012 he started his own consulting company facilitating strategy in companies and assisting companies meet their strategic objectives. 

In 2022 he was appointed Associate Professor at University of the Free State.

Muhammad Azam Roomi

Professor of Entrepreneurship
MBSC Business and Entrepreneurship

Muhammad Azam Roomi

An award-winning teacher and scholar and one of the thought leaders in the field of entrepreneurial leadership, Professor Roomi brings to his teaching and research 20 years of experience in helping entrepreneurial ventures survive and grow, including six ventures he co-founded and three he sold after scaling them up. 

His research and consulting have spanned a broad range of countries including the UK, Germany, KSA, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Honduras, and Pakistan. He has been the team leader for the KSA – Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report (GEM) since 2016.

Professor Roomi serves as an advisor to senior leaders at leading companies around the world and has been a director of both public and private company boards.  He received his Ph.D. from the Royal Holloway – University of London, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. 

Boumediene Ramdani

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Qatar University 

Dr. Boumediene Ramdani is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Research) at Qatar University (QU). He currently heads the Research and Policy unit within the Centre for Entrepreneurship & Organizational Excellence (CEOE) at the College of Business & Economics. Before moving to Qatar, Dr. Ramdani held positions at a number of UK institutions including University of Exeter, UWE-Bristol, and Cranfield University.

He was the director of Postgraduate Research at the Management Studies Department – Exeter University Business School. He regularly acted as an external examiner for The University of Manchester, University of Hertfordshire, and Regent’s University London. He supervised many PhD, MBA and MSc students. His research has been published in leading journals including: Journal of Business ResearchCalifornia Management Review, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Information & Management, and Australian Journal of Management among others.

He was also a visiting professor at University Jean Moulin – Lyon III (France), University of Deusto (Spain), and The University of West Indies (Jamaica). He regularly provides policy and strategic advice to a number of private and public institutions such as UNDP and The World Bank Group.

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