ICSB Ballot


Voting closed on May 27, 2018

Greetings from the ICSB Immediate Past President, Dr. Luca Iandoli.

One of my roles as the Immediate Past-President is the chairing of the Nominating Committee for the next slate of officers. We have made the election process as transparent as possible and below you will find an online form to submit your ballot.

The current ICSB Board of Directors are:

Voting members
*President – Robert Lai (Taiwan)
*President-Elect – Geralyn Franklin (USA)
*Immediate Past-President – Luca Iandoli (USA)
*Senior Vice-President, Finance & Control – Ahmed Osman (Egypt)
*Senior Vice-President, Development – Winslow Sargeant (USA)
Affiliate Representative – Mark Schenkel (USA)
Affiliate Representative – Lu Feicheng (China)
Affiliate Representative – Eileen M Figueroa Rivera (Puerto Rico and the Caribbean)
Affiliate Representative – Silke Tegtmeier (Europe)
Affiliate Representative – Hermawan Kartajaya (Indonesia)
Wilford White Fellows and Past-President Representative – Charles Matthews (USA)
*Indicates an elected position.

Non-voting members
Vice-President (VP), J. Hanns Pichler (Europe)
Vice President (VP), Mohammad M. Al-Zuhair (Kuwait)
Vice President (VP), Jeffrey Alves (USA)
Vice President (VP), Elissa Grossman (USA)
Vice President (VP), Anthony Mendes (USA)
Vice President (VP), Alex DeNoble (USA)
Vice President (VP), Olli Vuola (Europe)
Vice President (VP), Michael Battaglia (USA)
Vice President (VP), Katia Passerini (USA)
Vice President (VP), Milla Wu (ROC Taiwan)
Vice President (VP), Ruben Ascua (Argentina)
Vice President (VP), Ki-Chan Kim (Korea)
Vice President (VP), Steven Hsu (ROC Taiwan)
Vice President (VP), Ahmed Shalaby (Egypt)
Vice President (VP), Rita Grant (USA)
Vice President (VP), Amr Abouelazm (Egypt)

In this year’s election, voting will be accepted for the position of President-Elect, Senior Vice President for Finance and Control (2 year term), and Senior Vice President for Development (2 year term).

The position of President-Elect is a one (1) year term, followed by subsequent one (1) year terms as President and then Immediate Past-President. The positions of SVP for Finance and Control and SVP for Development carry two (2) year terms.

Please remember that all nominations were vetted by the ICSB Nominating Committee before appearing on the ballot.

We welcome all ICSB members to submit their ballot by May 27, 2018.

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: Individual identification is required by the ICSB By-Laws to confirm current voting status as a member. ICSB will not share names of voters once their status is confirmed by the Nominating Committee.


For the position of President-Elect

Ahmed Osman

Ahmed Osman is the Senior Vice President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and President of The Middle East Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (MCSBE), the official host of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Egypt. Ahmed is also the 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 is also a board member of the Egyptian Micro, Small and Medium Development Agency and has been instrumental in the launch of the Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit since 2015 as well as Nawah Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. Most recently he collaborated with the Egyptian Government as Technical Advisor for the launch of Share Masr- Egypt’s street food vending initiative which will be rolled out across 200 locations in Egypt during 2018 which will create over 5000 micro businesses. He is also working on developing Egypt’s first entrepreneurial college town with a major real estate developer in Egypt in partnership with ICSB.

Ahmed is a recipient of the ECIS Award for International Understanding.

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For the position of SVP Finance & Control

Rita Grant

Rita Grant, Associate Professor in the School of Accounting at Grand Valley State University, teaches financial and international accounting.  Her research interests include entrepreneurship, family-owned business and international financial reporting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has previously served on the ICSB Board in a variety of positions.

M.B.A. Accounting, Michigan State University
A.B.D. Accounting, Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Michigan State University
B.A. Mathematics and Business, Hope College.

Teaching Areas:
Financial Accounting
International Accounting
Family-Owned Business

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Dr. Eileen Figueroa Rivera

Dr. Figueroa Rivera has more than 25 years of experience in business administration in the construction area. As an Administrative Partner, she made consultancy of documentation to formalize and legalize the company business; review financial statements, project and activity reports; direct and coordinate organization’s financial budget activities; establish and implement departmental policies, goals, objectives, and procedures. Dr. Figueroa also determined staffing requirements, interviewed, hired and trained new employees. She was in charge of staff in the areas of: organizational structure, employment, compensation, employee database maintenance, payroll, benefits administration, employee relations such as training and development along with policy and procedure development.

Dr. Figueroa completed a doctoral degree in Business Administration (DBA) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce and her contribution in her research was directed to exemplary leaders and their relationship with emotional intelligence. She has a Master’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix with two specializations, Management and Human Resource (MBA, SPCL/HRM). Her Bachelor’s degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce was in Science (BS).

Since 2013, Dr. Figueroa has taught business administration and entrepreneurship to undergraduate and graduate students in three of the most prestigious High Education Institutions in Puerto Rico. She is also an active member at the metric sector of Echar Pa’Lante, a movement focused on the change of Puerto Rico through the education and development of the business sector. Her other roles include President of CEE of Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico (CIAPR), active member of Human Capital Executive Research Board (HCERB), Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), New Jersey Renal Coalition, Quality Insights Renal Network 3, The Compassionate Friends – National, Los Amigos Compasivos – San Juan Chapter and a proud President of ICSB, Puerto Rico and Caribbean Affiliate.

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For the position of SVP Development

Vicki Stylianou

My activities over the last twenty plus years have been all about growing small businesses and entrepreneurship. This has included being an owner, operator, adviser and investor in numerous small businesses in different countries, through to being involved in education, training, research, policy development and advocacy on behalf of small business. This broad and varied experience and expertise could be leveraged for the benefit of ICSB and its members and the international community of small businesses.

ORGANIZATION: Institute of Public Accountants, Australia (IPA). IPA has offices throughout Australia and in London, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. There are over 35,000 members in over 80 countries. Approximately three-quarters of members either work in or are advisers to small business/SMEs.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (politics and philosophy), Master of Business Administration (International Business), Diploma of Financial Planning.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Admitted to practice as a barrister, solicitor and proctor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia; and the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Currently holding an unrestricted practicing certificate.

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: 2007 – Present: Executive General Manager, Advocacy & Technical, IPA

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Dr. Olli Vuola

Dr. Olli Vuola is Head of Aalto Ventures Program (AVP), a strategic university-wide entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University, Finland. In five years, he has ramped up AVP from 0 to more than 20 000 event participants and to more than 2 500 individual students in its academic program. As an entrepreneur, company executive, owner, program director, advisor, and board member, Dr. Vuola has been involved in multiple SMEs and growth companies to create the new scalable business.

He has almost 20 years of leadership experience in different types of organizations as Head of AVP at Aalto University, Director of Cerntech at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics CERN, Director at TeliaSonera, a large corporation, and CEO of an SME called Neapo. He has lived and worked in various countries including Finland, France, Israel, Palestine, Switzerland, and the USA. Dr. Vuola has been a Member of the Board or Chairman of the Board in multiple companies such as 4TS Corporation, EasyLED, Fixcel Group, HUB Logistics, Nordic Soya, and Taova, as well as in non-profit organizations such as the US-based Malta Conferences Foundation that uses science diplomacy and entrepreneurship to build cross-border collaboration in the Middle East.

Positions of trust include Member of Jury of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year EOY, Member of the Government Foresight Report group of the Finnish Prime Minister, TeliaSonera representative to the European Industrial Research Management Association EIRMA, Delegate to the CERN Finance Committee, Head of the Nordic Delegation to the ESRF Purchasing Committee, and Member of the Student Parliament of Helsinki University of Technology. Dr. Vuola received his PhD in Management from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2006, and his MSc in Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in 1996. He has been Visiting Scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Executive in Residence at Aalto University (Finland), and Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management and Technology Policy at Helsinki University of Technology (Finland).

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ICSB By-Laws Article VII: Annual Election


ICSB By-Laws

SECTION 4. Election: Officers and applicable Directors shall be elected by mail, fax or electronically verified ballot. Election ballots shall be mailed by the Executive Director, or designee, to all voting members no less than ninety days prior to the opening date of the World Conference. Only properly marked ballots received by the Executive Director prior to 30 days before the opening date of the Conference shall be counted for purposes of election.

SECTION 4A. Affiliate Proportional Electoral Voting:

  1. Each ICSB Affiliate of record on 30 December of the year immediately preceding an ICSB annual election receives one electoral vote per 50 members. If an affiliate has less than 50 members, the ICSB board may approve 1 electoral vote under special circumstances. Electoral votes per Affiliate are based on the most recent affiliate membership numbers for which the International Office (IO) has billed and payment has been made by the Affiliate (dues paying members).
  2. Irrespective of the number of members an Affiliate achieves, a maximum of 20 Electoral votes will be awarded to any one affiliate.
  3. Each Affiliate must have a 10% of their total affiliate members voting in order to have its proportional electoral vote(s) counted. If an affiliate does not achieve 10% votes from their membership, its member votes will be added to those in the International Member Pool.
  4. For purposes of the ICSB annual election to the Board only, the International Member Pool will consist of unaffiliated international ICSB members and members from affiliates that have not achieved their electoral vote(s) due to lack of attaining 10% voting members.
    The members who did cast a vote will be added to the international pool. A total of 50 members (international members plus members from Affiliates not achieving 10% voting members) will count as one electoral vote for the international pool. In the event, there are less than 50 unaffiliated international members either with or without the additional affiliated members, the International Member Pool will receive one (1) electoral vote.
  5. For Affiliates achieving a minimum of 10% member voting, a majority vote within the affiliate for a candidate results in that candidate taking the electoral vote(s) awarded to that Affiliate.
  6. If there is a tie within the Affiliate, the Affiliate President’s initial vote will be used to break the tie. In the event the Affiliate President has not voted, the next highest ranking Affiliate Officer vote will serve as the tie-breaker. In the event there are no ranking Affiliate Officers from which to choose, the Affiliate President, without knowledge of the election results to that point, will be called upon by the ICSB Executive Director to cast a deciding vote.
  7. The candidate for each office receiving the highest number of electoral votes from all the affiliates is elected.
  8. If there is a tie in electoral votes for any candidate, the overall number of popular votes a candidate received will serve as the tie-breaker.

SECTION 5. Verification of Election Results: Members of the Nominating Committee in attendance at the World Conference shall verify the election results by examining all ballots to ensure that no improprieties exist in the final results.

SECTION 6. Election Results: Results of the annual election shall be announced at the World Conference during the Business Meeting and published in the ICSB Bulletin.

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