ICSB Gateway Partners

ICSB, founded in 1955, is the oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted to small businesses internationally. ICSB works with various stakeholders including for profit and non-profit companies, governments, universities, and members to be the premier global platform in support of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

Recently, ICSB launched our new Gateway Program. The ICSB Gateway Program offers the very best of ICSB initiatives, conferences, and programs bundled up in one easy package. Below, we would like to recognize our ICSB Gateway Partners.

Ahmed Osman

Ahmed Osman

President-Elect, ICSB

Ahmed is the President-Elect of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). He was recently appointed as Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Egypt Affiliate. Ahmed is also the President & CEO of CHROME Project Management, a Project Management firm working with several Government and Private organizations on construction and real estate development projects in Egypt. He holds both a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering with Honors and a Masters Degree in Engineering and Management from The University of Birmingham, UK and is a certified Project Management Professional from The Project Management Institute, USA.

Ahmed Shalaby

Ahmed Shalaby

CEO & Managing Director, Tatweer Misr

Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Shalaby, Ph.D. is the Managing Director of Tatweer Misr and a Member of its Board of Directors, a position he has held since Mid. 2014 when the company was established. Drawing on his extensive planning and business management experience, Dr. Shalaby supervises the day to day management of the company, including the business development and the strategic planning for Tatweer Misr’s major projects. In addition to his work with Tatweer Misr, Dr. Shalaby is also a Professor of Architecture and Urban Development at the Department of Architectural Engineering at Cairo University, Egypt.

Rico Baldegger

Rico Baldegger

Director and Professor, HEG-FR

Prof. PhD Rico J. Baldegger is Director and Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR), Switzerland. He has studied at the Universities of St. Gallen and Fribourg, Switzerland. His research activities concentrate on innovative start-ups, the entrepreneurial behavior of individuals and organizations, as well as the phenomenon of rapid-growth companies. He has published several books and articles and, since the beginning of the 1990s, he has been the manager of a business for company development. Moreover, he is a serial entrepreneur, as is demonstrated by the many companies he has created.

Jeffrey Alves

Jeffrey Alves

ICSB Committee Member

Dr. Alves served as Dean of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership at Wilkes University from 2011 to 2016, following nearly fifteen years as the Allan P. Kirby, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies, and Director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Alves earned his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.  He is a Sam M Walton Free Enterprise Fellow and advises the thirteen-time Regional Champion Wilkes University Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Team. In 2012 he was named to the SIFE Hall of Fame for Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows. He is the author of numerous books and professional articles related to small business failure, entrepreneurship, small business management, and management and entrepreneurship pedagogy. In addition, he is active on several loan committees and boards of directors. He also served as President of the professional organization of USASBE and was elected as Fellow for his commitment to entrepreneurship education.

Ines Gabarret

Ines Gabarret

Associate Dean of Faculty, ESSCA

Inés Gabarret holds a PhD in Management Science, with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. With international experience as a manager for large multinational groups, she worked for several years in Brazil and Argentina before joining France in 2004. Since 2016, she has held a Higher Doctorate (H.D.R.). In her career, she has also been a business creator, which allows her to combine theory and practice in her teaching and research. She publishes research articles in internationally recognized journals and regularly participates in academic events. She is based on the Essca Paris campus. She is the Associate Dean of the Faculty, Research Coordinator and Head of the Master of Entrepreneurship.

Adnane Maalaoui

Adnane Maalaoui

Director for entrepreneurship programs, IPAG

Adnane Maalaoui is Director for entrepreneurship programs at IPAG Business School. His researches mainly focus on entrepreneurship issues and especially on disadvantaged entrepreneurs (elderly, refugees, disabled entrepreneurs, etc.). He is interested in topics such as: entrepreneurial intention and cognitive approach to entrepreneurship. He mainly applies those questions to cases of diversity and social entrepreneurship. Adnane is the author of 20+ articles published in academic journals and in edited books. Adnane is also the author of a french series of French speaking MOOCs on entrepreneurship.

Roberto Parente

Roberto Parente

Professor, Salerno University

Roberto Parente is Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Salerno (Italy). He’s the Director of the Master M2I “Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation” , and previously he was in charge of the Master RISS “Tech Transfer in Life Science”. He is the Founder and Director of LISA Lab a Research Centre whose main topics are: Science Based startup; Students Entrepreneurship; Finance for innovation. Roberto is Clab Chief of his University, actively promoting the culture of innovation and Entrepreneurship among students and researchers. Through Lisa Lab he regularly organize Labs and acceleration programs for start up. He’s member of the Italian Association for Universities’ Technology Transfer and he’s one of the co-Authors of the yearly Report on Tech Transfer in Italy. He has been member of the ICSB Global Faculty, and Head of the Italian group of Research on “Humane Entrepreneurship”.

Hartmut Meyer

Hartmut Meyer

Professor, FOM Germany

Hartmut Heinrich Meyer (BA Hons Business Administration, BA Hons Business Law, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy) is a Lecturer at the FOM University and Member of the Research Board for SME and Entrepreneurship. At last the year he was visiting professor at the Henan College of Finance and Taxation in Zhenghou. He is research follow of the  International Council of Small Businesses (ICSB) and the Institute for Small Business Research and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). Within Germany, he is further a board member of the local Chamber of Commerce, the German Hotel and Restaurant Association as well as the German Consulting Association for SMEs.

Ki-Chan Kim

Ki-Chan Kim

Professor, Catholic University, Korea

Ki-Chan Kim is a professor of business administration at the Catholic University of Korea and chairman of the Innovation-driven Economy Division, the National Economic Advisory Council(NEAC) to President in Korea. He got a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Seoul National University and researched as a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, Harvard University and MIT, and a Distinguished Professor at George Washington University. He also served as board member, the advisory member at Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Mobis, and the Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business. He was president at Korea Association of Small Business Studies, Korea Automobile Industry Association, Asia Council of Small Business(ACSB), and International Council of Small Business (ICSB). He received numerous awards including the Best Paper Award of the Korea Management Association and the Maekyung Paper Award of the Maeil Business Newspaper.

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