AUC Forum 2021

AUC Business (Virtual) Forum - 2021

For the second year, the AUC School of Business is organizing a high-level forum during February 8-9, 2021. The forum will include three roundtable discussions where renowned and distinguished scholars, practitioners from business and industry, and policymakers from Egypt, Africa, the Middle East, and other parts of the world will discuss timely and relevant issues.  These issues mirror the school’s themes and strategic directions, including business and management education in terms of academic degree and executive education, entrepreneurship, responsible business, and inclusive development.


Each roundtable will be conducted as a conversation (no formal presentations) and attended by 25-30 participants, including academics, business and industry leaders, and policymakers. Participation in the roundtable will be through personal invitations. In addition to the participants of each roundtable who will have the opportunity to either speak or contribute to the discussion, some guests, including academics, practitioners, and students, will be invited as observers.



The duration of each roundtable will be 90 minutes. The moderator of each roundtable will introduce the subject and objective(s) of the roundtable. This will be followed by opening remarks from each speaker (five-seven minutes each).  The moderator will then raise a few questions as listed in the program and address the issues raised by the speakers to set the stage for an open discussion among the roundtable participants. The moderator of each roundtable will be managing the discussion allowing each contributor to a maximum of three minutes for each comment, reaction, intervention, or to raise an issue/ask a question. At the end of each roundtable, the moderator will have five-seven minutes to wrap up the session and share the main highlights and issues raised.



The objective of each roundtable is to come up with directions, ideas, and recommendations that could represent the basis for a white paper or an action plan that could lead to a prospect for some research work, academic or executive education program(s), or a joint initiative or project between participants of the roundtable and their respective organizations.


Live Streaming

There will be live streaming of all roundtables on the AUC School of Business Facebook page and postings on different social media channels, including live-tweeting using #AUCBusinessForum


Roundtable 1

The Future Transformation of Business and Management Education: A Student Perspective

The period of the Covid-19 pandemic has changed how students are educated around the world and has reflected the importance of building resilience into our educational system. The connection with our students becomes more important and more challenging than ever before due to the changes in the learning environments. Because of the digital transformation of most educational activities, it turns to be essential to explore its impact on the requirements of the labor market, adding to the necessity to develop our students’ skills accordingly to fulfill such expectations.

Roundtable 2

Future of Work Roundtable

Artificial intelligence is driving digital transformation and is subsequently impacting the way we work and live. Adding to that is a new wave of disruption to the labor market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in accelerating the arrival of the future of work. While the future of work is a global topic, it is important to note that local context is crucial for any meaningful conversation about this issue.

Roundtable 3

The Impact of Disruption in Business Schools and Business and Management Education

This roundtable discussion examines and contrasts the different academic institutions engaged in business and management education and research from across different geographical regions; and the impact disruption has caused over the past year, and the plans to imagine the future in terms of organizational structure, quality assurance, programs offered, outreach activities, collaborative partnerships, thematic research, and the implications on different business and society at large. The primary question addressed is "How does disruption affect the role and impact business schools?"