Waswa Balunywa, PhD.
Principal (Dean) Makerere University Business School – MUBS
Makerere University, Kampala (Uganda)


Professor Waswa Balunywa is presently the Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS). MUBS is an institution affiliated to Makerere University, one of the leading Universities. He is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and has a PHD in entrepreneurship from the University of Sterling in the UK. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Delhi. He has taught, researched and published in areas of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, General Management and Change Management. He is and has been a member of various Boards of Directors of various organizations including the Uganda’s Central Bank, Madhavani group, Uganda Airlines and several educational institutions.

VP Program


Issouf Soumaré, PhD.
Professor of Finance
Director, International Relations at
Faculty of Business Administration
Laval University, Quebec (Canada)


Dr. SOUMARÉ is Professor of Finance and the Director of International Relations of the Faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval in Canada. His research and teaching interests include international finance, risk management, financial engineering and numerical methods in finance. His theoretical and applied financial economic works have been published in leading international economics and finance journals. He worked for the African Development Bank (ADB) at the former Risk Management Unit from 1996 to 1998.  Prof. SOUMARÉ holds a PhD in Business Administration in Finance from the University of British Columbia (UBC, Canada).

VP 2017 Conference Chair and Program Co-Chair


Patricia Cummins, PhD. 
Professor of French at the School of World Studies
Fellow for Global Initiatives in the VCU Institute for Women’s Health
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (USA)


Patricia Cummins spent ten years in higher level administration as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Toledo and Dean of Arts and Humanities at SUNY College at Buffalo.  She came to Virginia Commonwealth University as a Vice Provost for Academic Affairs in 2000 with responsibility for international education, strategic planning, and institutional accreditation.  After returning to the faculty after 21 years in administration, her publications and institutional grants and contracts focused on international higher education reforms, partnerships, and the role of world languages.  She published 4 books and over 50 articles, and she gave workshops on business French, business English, inter-cultural communication and higher education reform in settings throughout Europe and North America, as well as in West Africa, China, Japan, India, and Iran.

She was Co-PI of a Bill & Melinda Gates grant (2012-16) facilitating HIV clinical trials in Ségou, Mali, and PI for the French West Africa Project (U.S. Department of Education) from 2012-16.  As Chair of the Richmond Sister Cities Commission, she encourages economic development and international collaboration among institutions of higher education as well as joint sponsorship of events like the award-winning 2013 Women, War & Peace in Africa conference.

VP Publication and Editor of JABER


Peter Rosa, PhD.
George David Chair of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at
University of Edinburgh Business School
Visiting Professor at the Makerere University Business School, Kampala (Uganda)


Professor Peter Rosa, BA (Dunelm); PhD (Dunelm), joined the University of Edinburgh Business School in November 2004 to take up the George David Chair of Entrepreneurship and Family Business. He has previously taught at the University of Stirling where he was Director of Research in the Scottish Enterprise Foundation (1987-1994); the Director of the full-time MBA (1996-1998); the Director of the Stirling University Centre for Entrepreneurship (2001-2004) and Head of the Department of Management and Organization. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Makerere University Business School since 2003. His research interests include entrepreneurship and economic development, particularly in the context of developing economies (Uganda, Sri Lanka), entrepreneurship and the black economy in Africa, habitual entrepreneurship and the formation of business groups, female entrepreneurship particularly the supply of female academic entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship and family businesses.

Associate VP Publication


Professor Constant Beugre, PhD.
Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship
Department of Business Administration College of Business
Delaware State University, Dover (USA)


Dr. Constant D. Beugré is a professor of management and chair of the department of business administration at Delaware State University, where he also has served as acting associate dean of the college of business. Previously, he was an assistant professor of management and information systems at Kent State University in Tuscarawas, a visiting fellow at Harvard University and a Fulbright scholar at Methodist University of Ghana. His research interests include organizational justice, entrepreneurship and neuro-organizational behavior.

Professor Beugré has published three books and more than fifty referred journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. His publications have appeared in Decision Sciences, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of General Management, and many other outlets. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Lyon (France), a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology at University of ParisX/Nanterre, and a PhD in management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

VP - Communication and Membership


Evelyn Odonkor, PhD.
Professor of International Business, American University of Paris and
Professor of Marketing and Management, and Head of International Exchange Program, Université Paris Dauphine (France)


Evelyn Odonkor has been a faculty member (Marketing & Management) at the University of Paris-Dauphine since 2002, where she is also head of international exchange for the Magistère Banque Finance, Assurance.  She recently joined the International Business Administration faculty at American University of Paris. Before her career in academia, she held several management positions in a host of industries. Professor Odonkor received her PhD from the University of Caen, her MBA from Seattle University and her Bachelor’s from the University of Washington.

Executive Secretary and Treasurer

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Pierre Yourougou, PhD.
Professor of Finance Practice
Syracuse University, Syracuse (USA)


Pierre Yourougou is professor of finance practice at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. He was formerly the manager of Whitman School of Management Africa Business Program which he co-founded in 2010.  Professor Yourougou has published in major finance journals and has taught corporate finance, investment, bank management, futures and options, international financial markets, international business in the Africa, Canada, USA, China and South Korea. Before joining Syracuse University, Professor Yourougou worked for the World Bank and the African Development Bank where he held various senior level positions.  Professor Yourougou holds a Ph.D. in Banking and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and an Executive Development Certificate from Harvard University.

Members of the Board at large

Co-Chair of 2017 Conference Local Committee

van-r-woodVan R. Wood (Ph.D.)
Professor of International Marketing
Philip Morris Endowed Chair in International Business
Virginia Commonwealth University


Van Wood is a specialist in international business having spent over 30 years involved in global marketing and trade.  Dr. Wood was educated at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (spending one year as an officer aboard a U.S. merchant vessel with many port destinations including Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong), the University of Washington (B.A. – Marketing 1973, M.B.A. – International Business 1975), and the University of Oregon (Ph.D. – International Marketing 1982).  His teaching, research and consulting focus on “globalization” and the selection and development of international markets.  He has published over 100  articles in numerous scholarly and practitioner focused journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of International Business Studies, International Marketing Review, Journal of Business Research, and  the IIE Networker (Institute of International Education – Bi-annual Journal for International Education Professionals). Dr. Wood has traveled and worked in over one hundred countries.



Peter Koveos, PhD.
Immediate Past President,
Kiebach Chair in International Business
Director, Kiebach Center for International Business
Executive Director of Africa Business Program
Syracuse University,


Peter Koveos is Professor of Finance and the Kiebach Chair in International Business Studies at the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. He has previously served as Interim Dean, Associate Dean for Master’s Programs, and Chairman of the Finance Department at Whitman. He is the Editor of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. His research interests are in the areas of international finance and the financial systems of economies in transition. His research has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of International Business Studies and other scholarly journals. He works closely with small businesses conducting business internationally and serves on the Board of the Central New York International Business Alliance.


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Ben Amoaku-Ado, PhD. 

The Economical Insurance Group Professor of Finance
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo (Canada)


Dr. Ben Amoako-Adu is The Economical Insurance Professor of Finance at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada. Ben earned his PhD in Finance from the University of Toronto, and MBA from Syracuse University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of investments, corporate finance, M&A, dual class shares, and banking. His research has been published in leading Finance journals in the US and Europe.



Professor Boris Urban, PhD. 

Director and Chair, Master of Management Degree (Entrepreneurship)
Graduate School of Business Administration (Wits Business School), WBS,
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)


Boris is a Professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration (WBS), Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management (CLM), University of Witwatersrand. He has more than 25 years of academic and professional experience in business, where he has practiced, taught and researched strategy, organizational behavior and entrepreneurship. Boris was the first appointed Chair in Entrepreneurship (Lamberti) at Wits and is a rated researcher.

Boris’s research is interdisciplinary and juxtaposes commercial and social issues. To advance scholarship his published works reflect a deepening understanding of the multifaceted nature of entrepreneurial behavior. His primary research agenda is to integrate the personal and social foci of causation within a unified explanatory structure to understand entrepreneurial behavior at the individual, organizational and societal levels. He continues to conduct independent, rigorous and internationally relevant research.


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Visiting Professor of Management,
Department of Marketing and Management,
School of Business,
State University of New York-Oswego,


Professor Atteya is a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at the State University of New York. She was a Research Professor at HEC School of Business, The University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Dr. Atteya has 20 years of experience in teaching and research in multi cultural environment and 30 years of expertise in Business and Management Consulting and Training.
She has published her articles in local, regional and international peer reviewed journals and presented her research papers in several conferences where she got a best paper award and letters of recognition.
She is the author of a number of books in the field of Management, Business and Organizational Behavior. She is also a reviewer in the Academy of Management and a number of peer reviewed journals.