By Rafiq Vayani
DUBAI: Under the patronage of Her Excellency Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Zayed University will host the UN-supported Principle for Responsible Management Education 8th Annual MENA Regional Conference this November 28th & 29th in-line with Vision2021.
We look to further Zayed University’s commitment to excellence and development first established by the UAE’s founder and University’s namesake, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May God Rest His Soul), and the visionary example of the nation’s Vice-President and Prime-Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “This conference is designed to integrate with Vision2021 initiatives using an innovative take on development. The aim is to bring together academics, private-sector stakeholders and public-sector sustainability advocates to discuss, share and design the future of Societies, Economies and Partnerships within the MENA region” says Conference Chair, Dr. Wasseem Abaza, Assistant Professor at Zayed University.
Throughout the conference, participants will be able to share and learn about the best of what the UAE has achieved in terms of Sustainability and use this to co-create and design practical initiatives to further the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) in their respective organizations.
Working with the University of Dubai, the American University of Sharjah and the Institute for Management Technology, expert panelists will come together to discuss Social Enterprise, Diversity in Business and Responsible Business and Sustainable Research.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Chris Laszlo. Dr. Laszlo was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Management and in 2012 was selected to be a “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America™. He is the founder of the concept of Sustainable Value and the author of numerous books including “Flourishing Enterprises”, recognized as one of the top sustainability books in the world. As a co-founder and managing partner of Sustainable Value Partners, he provides advisory services to senior leaders in the world’s largest companies such as UBS Bank, Orange/France Telecom and L’Oreal and holds hundreds of seminars at leading business schools such as INSEAD, Darden School of Business, Cornell University and Kenan-Flagler Business School.
About PRME: The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a UN-supported initiative founded in 2007 as a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world and to equip today’s business students with the ability to deliver change tomorrow. With over 650 signatories worldwide, it is the premier educational platform for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and encourages business colleges and management to become advocates for an inclusive sustainable economy.