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ISM PhD candidate Dr. Bisola Onajin-Obembe will speak at the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) International Conference on Global Surgery Implementation in Africa. The conference will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 1-3, 2017. It aims to raise awareness and organize funding for a national global surgery policy in African countries. According to Professor Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, President of the PAAS, “even in middle income countries, there is a significant unmet need with regards to surgically treatable conditions. The consequence of this is an increased burden of disability and increased poverty.” For more information about the conference, go to
On January 19, 2017, ISM DBA candidate Dillis Viney successfully defended her dissertation titled "Developing Innovative Fundraising Strategies for Residential Care of Autistic Adults in the United Kingdom." The defense jury was made up of Professor Nicholas Harkiolakis (adviser), Professor Kimberly Reeve (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research). Also in attendance were Sir Ken Olisa (Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, UK) and Professor Matthew Andrews (ISM’s Director of Academic Affairs).
On January 10, 2017, ISM PhD candidate Ronald Jean Degen successfully defended his dissertation titled "Cognitive Framework of High-Growth Entrepreneurs and Reasons for the Almost Complete Absence of High-Growth Ambition of Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in Brazil." The defense jury was made up of Professor Nicholas Harkiolakis (adviser), Professor Christian Adendorff (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research).

We are pleased to share the ISM Annual Newsletter (below). We hope you enjoy the opportunity to see some pictures from graduation, to read an interview with ISM’s founder, to learn more about Dean Baena’s vision, and to celebrate the many achievements from the past year.

 ISM Newsletter


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DBA alumnus (Class of 2014) and PhD candidate O. Uche Ofili co-authored an article that was recently published in the European Scientific Journal. The title is “Obstacles to Entrepreneurship in Albania, Georgia, Morocco, Nigeria, and Pakistan.” Uche joined the ESJ editorial committee in December 2016.

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