Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit: Entrepreneurs to lead the economy

Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit: Entrepreneurs to lead the economy

By: Rehab Ismail and featured on


HURGHADA, Egypt – 16 November 2017: The third annual Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit (EES) was launched on Thursday, by the International Labor Organization (ILO), in collaboration with “Canada’s Decent Jobs for Egypt’s Young People” project and the Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE).


The summit is under the auspices of the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation.


The summit witnessed speeches by Canada’s Ambassador to Egypt Jess Dutton, Governor of Red Sea Ahmed Abdullah, Vice President of Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE) Ahmed Osman, CEO of Tatweer Masr Ahmed Shalaby and President of the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (AAST) Ismail Abdel Ghafar.


The governor of the Red Sea welcomed the attendees and thanked Canada for supporting young Egyptian entrepreneurs by being a key partner in EES. Abdullah then followed by presenting some investment opportunities in the Red Sea governorate.


Moreover, a video-recorded message of Peter Jan Rooji, ILO Cairo director, was presented where he mentioned that this summit’s theme is “A whole world of opportunity;”adding that more opportunities will be generated to create better jobs for young Egyptians.


He added that such events gather entrepreneurs, employers, workers, academia and policy makers in order to share experiences and find creative ways to support their country’s economy with innovative solutions for the challenges it faces.


Dutton said that the world celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this week, where millions of youth are joining the growing movement of entrepreneurs. He expressed his pleasure that entrepreneurs are at the core of Egypt’s calendar and that Canada is a key supporter for the sector. He added that EES provides an opportunity to allow an exchange of knowledge between experts and practitioners.


CEO of Tatweer Masr, Ahmed Shalaby, announced that they are working to establish the first entrepreneurial college town community in Egypt, which will include a campus for international universities, who will provide education for different majors but with a core principal of entrepreneurship, to create a new generation of job creators instead of job seekers.


He also added that this project will be an attraction point for students from all over the world who are interested in entrepreneurship.


The Vice President of Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE), Ahmed Osman, said that MCSBE believes in group work. “We consider ourselves as a platform to support various initiatives.”


He added that the idea of EES started two years ago and they did not expect it to be a major hub for experts, educators and entrepreneurs from different parts of the world.


Osman thanked the ILO, Canadian government, Red Sea governor, and the Minister of International Cooperation for supporting the summit every year. He also thanked all the partners who allowed EES to be an international forum for entrepreneurship like German aid (GIZ) and USAID who are supporting the Nawah competition for young Egyptian entrepreneurs.


The Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit is held at Hurghada city from November 15 to 18.


The Minister of Industry receives the most influential award in the development of projects

The Minister of Industry receives the most influential award in the development of projects


The award is awarded annually to the world’s most influential figures in the field of small industry development. The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Eng. Tareq Qabeel, received the Presidential Award from the International Council for Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship.


The officials of the International Council praised the great efforts exerted by the Minister to develop and support the small and micro enterprises sector in Egypt through the establishment of the SME Development Agency and its adoption of a number of initiatives supporting this vital sector.


This came during the participation of the Minister in the activities of the Forum for the development of small and medium enterprises held within the activities of the “World Week of Entrepreneurship”, in cooperation with the International Council for Small Enterprises and the International Labor Organization


Sherine El-Shorbagy, Executive Director of the Export Development Authority, pointed to the need to work on four main axes to strengthen the SME sector in Egypt, including providing the necessary funding, launching a system of guidance, providing information on markets and facilitating the access of the sector’s products to the global supply chains. The stakeholders in the small projects in Egypt, which include the government, private sector and business development organizations.


Peter Van Goe, Director of the Technical Task Force for North African Countries and Director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Office in Cairo, said the organization is keen to strengthen the SME sector in Egypt by promoting these projects and expanding cooperation among all stakeholders in small and medium enterprises in Egypt .

In Memory of ICSB Board Member, Brian Gibson

In Memory of ICSB Board Member, Brian Gibson

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Brian Gibson, well known by many in the ICSB affiliate in Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) community and respected internationally in the ICSB global family for his contributions to the small business sector.


Brian was a pioneer of SEAANZ and actively engaged in much of the ‘behind the scenes’ work which has made the organisation the success it is today. While he only assumed a more public role in serving as President of SEAANZ 2010-2012, he also played a vital role as Editor of the SEAANZ journal “Small Enterprise Research” (2005-2007) and his dedication to the organisation and to the journal continued for many years after.


Recognition of his tireless efforts in the small business field came with his Presidency of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB 2008 – 2009) and later, award of the prestigious Wilford White Fellowship from ICSB.


Brian epitomized the four pillars of SEAANZ, effortlessly combining his firm belief in the value of education and research as informing and as being informed by policy and practice.


We are the poorer for his passing but he leaves us enriched by his dedication and vision to uniting Small and Medium Enterprise professionals in practice, education, and training and to promote SME development, communication, and dissemination of ideas and information.


We will miss you Brian!


President and Directors of SEAANZ

President and Directors of ICSB
ICSB Global Family


JSBM: An Update from the Editor

JSBM: An Update from the Editor

Dear Colleagues:


I have been remiss in not communicating with you on the current state of JSBM.  First, as many of you know, Michael Battaglia, JSBM’s business manager and the heart and soul of our operations, left in April to pursue an excellent career opportunity. In addition, the Ithenticate software was causing major problems with submission and the email at The George Washington University denied us access which virtually locked us out. Finally, we were able to respond to requests prior to entering our busy season for receiving proposed articles.  Since 2010, when we took over, submissions have annually increased to almost 700 articles.


We were fortunate in that Ayman Tarabishy Executive Director, of ICSB and I collaborated on selecting two individuals to replace Michael.  Sergio D’Onofrio,, to handle the JSBM operations and Jordyn Murphy,, to handle the day-to-day ICSB issues and concerns.  However, now that we have gained access to jsbm@gwu.eduplease use this email address, as there has been some confusion in getting emails sent directly to me and Sergio.  I believe that a number of you know Sergio from various ICSB and USASBE conferences. Jordyn is new to ICSB but very dependable and an extremely quick learner. That being said, we needed Michael to mentor both of them over the summer just to become familiar with the operations.


On the bright side, our 2 year impact factor rose to 2.876 and our 5 year impact factor rose from 2.868 to 4.342 (see attached).  We continue to make great strides toward once again being seen by scholars as an equal to Journal of Business VenturingEntrepreneurship Theory &PracticeInternational Small Business Journal and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.  Hopefully the various ranking groups, FT45 and the Association of Business Schools among others, will finally realize that the field has earned and deserves to have more of their quality journals listed in the top ranks.  In fact, JSBM is now an A in ABDC Rankings I am attaching the ranking table as of 10/22/2017.


For the first time, JSBM and Technovation collaborated on publishing a special issue on technology and entrepreneurship from both a policy and empirical viewpoint. Jonathan Litton and I served as the guest editors for the others respective journal.  Given the high volume of publishable articles in inventory, we have again produced a digital issue to complement our existing four issues.  The digital issue looks identical to a regular issue and in fact almost 90 percent of our subscriptions request digital copies versus hard copies.


Th move toward lowering the inventory and speeding up the length of time from submission to publication does affect impact on a journal.  We are working with some of our associate editorsto simplify the process of getting reviewers from JSBM’s and the web of science database.  If you are having difficulty with reviewers, let us know.


One area that seems to be causing concern and probably affects our ranking is the average number of days to review an article.  We have a number of outstanding articles which were received over 100 days ago.  Please if you are having problems making a decision, let us know. If we don’t keep this number relatively low authors will not submit since issues like tenure and promotion are severely impacted. As such, I have put a temporary moratorium on special issues so we can reduce the inventory still further.


We continue to exploring ways to recognize your support of the journal and the field.  I would appreciate any suggestions  I realize you all have very busy schedules, so I would encourage you to recommend future Associate editors to lighten the load and possibly replace you on the review board.


Due to your tremendous work, a number of top flight publishers are bidding for the right to publish JSBM beginning in 2020.  Finally, I am pleased to announce that the 2016-2017 Associate Editor of the Year is Martie-Louise. Verreynne.  We will be sending out her recognition plaque shortly.


Thanks again for all your hard work.


Have a great day,



Journal of Management Studies Special Issue: Corporate Entrepreneurship and Family Business: Learning across Disciplines

Journal of Management Studies Special Issue: Corporate Entrepreneurship and Family Business: Learning across Disciplines

This special issue seeks to determine the relevance that research findings from studies of CE have for family businesses and the relevance that findings from family business investigations have for CE. While the crossroad of the two fields of research is deemed as promising, it is the reciprocity of the two directions of scholarly contributions that represents the novelty of this special issue. Such area of inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed in management literature, but it has the potential to stimulate the contributions from a broad scholarly community as well as the interest of a quite vast readership. It could also substantially advance our scholarly understanding of both family business behaviour and CE.


Deadline (paper submission): June 15th, 2018


Guest Editors:
Tommaso Minola, University of Bergamo, Italy
Franz W. Kellermanns, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Nadine Kammerlander, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
Frank Hoy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

JMS Editor:
Riikka Sarala, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
More info at:
Special Issue Workshop – November 2018 at University of Bergamo (Italy):
To help authors advance their manuscripts, the proponents of the Special Issue will organize a special issue workshop. Authors of R&R manuscripts will be invited to present their papers and react to their colleagues’ papers during the workshop, but presentation at the workshop will not guarantee acceptance of the paper for publication in JMS. Attending the workshop will not be a precondition for acceptance into the Special Issue.JMS Manuscript Preparation Guidelines (see:
Aalto University School of Science invites applications

Aalto University School of Science invites applications

We are seeking to appoint a promising academic in the area of Entrepreneurial Leadership for a tenured or tenure track position in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Aalto University, Finland.


Aalto University is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities with a global reputation in technology, economics, and arts and design. The university champions pioneering, inter-disciplinary research and has extensive international links with universities and businesses.


As Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership, you will play an important role in the intellectual development of the entrepreneurship and leadership research and education at Aalto University. You will benefit from collaborating with leading scholars in the fields of entrepreneurship, strategic management and operations management. Aalto University will provide you generous research support, the university’s extensive international network, and excellent access to entrepreneurs and decision makers in the private and public sectors. In addition, we can offer the many benefits that come with living and working in one of Europe’s leading capital cities and centres of learning, with a world leading education system.


To find out more about the role, and how to apply for it, please go to


For additional information, please contact the Head of the Department, Associate Professor Risto Rajala, or the Department Vice Head for Research, Associate Professor Robin Gustafsson. In recruitment process –related questions, please contact HR-coordinator Eeva Käki. E-mails:


Closing date for applications: 27 October, 2017.