Unique Conference at Al Akhawayn Focuses on Islam, Business, and Management


Ifrane, November 17, 2011-- A number of eminent guest speakers are attending the conference on “Practical Wisdom for Management from the Islamic Tradition” at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane from November 17-18, 2011.

Organized in collaboration with international organizations such as the Academy of Business in Society (EABIS), the European Foundation for Management Development, and Yale University, the conference's opening day featured remarks by His Excellency Ahmed Taoufiq, Moroccan Minister of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Professor Gillbert Lessen, President of EABIS, and participants from different international universities and institutions over the world, including the University of Nevada in the United States, Manchester Business School in the UK, the University of Oxford, and the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE.


“The choice of the conference theme does not denote an intellectual luxury or snobbism. On the contrary, it shows the will to fill a certain gab and acknowledges that in the legacy of Islam there is a source of wisdom that may be explored and updated,” said Minister Toufiq in his opening remarks. He further stated that “when establishing Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, His Majesty the late King Hassan II made it a unique university that embodies Islamic heritage and culture within universal values.”

The presentations during the conference revolved around the importance of the use of wisdom as rooted in Islam, the impact of religion on business decision-making, Islamic banking and finance, and management and human resources development practices and spirituality in Islamic tradition.

“Our academy is a worldwide network of business schools and universities and Al Akhawayn University is a member of this network. We are studying the importance of wisdom in management from various traditions, the Christian, the Jewish, the Hindu, the Buddhist, and here in Morocco the Islamic tradition. We believe that these traditions have wisdom that can be applied to enrich management education and business…the successful business person is also a wise business person,” commented Professor Gillbert Lessen, President of EABIS.