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International Conference on Leadership and Entrepreneurship


The Keynotes

Dr. Abdel-Maoula Chaar

Director of the Research Center at ESA Business School - Beirut.

Dr. Kossi Amessinou

An expert in digitalization, e-reputation, digital project management, digital currency, internet governance, and digital transformation.

Entrepreneurship education for engineers

Renewable energy and leadership

Emerging socio-economic systems through entrepreneurship as a means of development

Design thinking

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Doris Kiendl

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Doris Kiendl

Head of the Institute of International Management and Entrepreneurship / FH JOANNEUM

Dr. Bojan Jovanovski

Dr. Bojan Jovanovski

Senior Lecturer / FH JOANNEUM

Dr. Rodrigue W. Kabore

Dr. Rodrigue W. Kabore

Dean / Burkina Institute of Technology


February 22-23, 2023


In person


Burkina Institute of Technology

9:00 – 9:30


Registration check

9:30 – 10:00


  • Representatives of BIT and FH JOANNEUM
  • Short presentation on the achievements of the OeAD project “Entrepreneurship Education in Burkina Faso” by BIT staff members

10:00 – 10:30

Keynote 1

  • Dr. Abdel-Maoula Chaar
  • Title: Collective entrepreneurship at the service of community socio-economic development

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30

Panel Discussion

  • Knowledge Transfer – how entrepreneurship education can boost startups
  • The panel will consist of business leaders, representatives of educational institutions, NGOs, and policymakers.
  • Moderation: Dr. Rodrigue Kabore, BIT

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00

Round Table

  • Partnerships for Competitiveness and Excellence: Education – Business – Policy Makers and beyond

  • A discussion with local companies, startups, higher education institutions, public policymakers, and similar stakeholders to enhance the dialogue and strengthen collaboration


February 22-23, 2023


In person


Burkina Institute of Technology

9:30 – 10:15

Keynote 2

  • Dr. Kossi Amessinou
  • Title: Entrepreneurship in Africa’s Internet Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities! How to create a viable business in Africa’s Internet ecosystem?

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 – 14:00


  • Each workshop is addressed to a broad range of participants from different target groups. About 25 persons are expected in each workshop.
Workshop A

Entrepreneurship education for engineers

  • Why is it important?
  • How it can be embedded in the teaching?

Workshop Leader: Dr. Bojan Jovanovski

Language: English

Workshop B

Design Thinking

  • What is it and where can it be used?
  • How does it work?

Workshop Leader: Dr. Doris Kiendl

Language: English

Workshop C

Emerging socio-economic systems through entrepreneurship as a means of development

  • Discussion with a panel of local social or institutional entrepreneurs

Workshop Leader: Dr. Abdel-Maoula Chaar

Language: French

14:00 – 14:30

Closing of the Conference in Koudougou

18:00 – 20:30

Executive Education Conference in Ouagadougou




February 23rd. 2023



Main Topics


1) Renewable energies

    • Large impact at small scale. How to make solar energy affordable & accessible for everyone in Burkina?

    • Burkina > Europe – West Africa’s leapfrog jump to cheap energy?

    • Harnessing West Africas’s substantial renewable energy resources…day or night?

    • What’s in for me? How can organizations profit from renewables in West Africa?

    • Green hydrogen … Africa’s new gold?

2) Leadership

  • Leveraging business resilience in times of crisis and volatility
  • Panel: High-performance leadership – lessons from academia


  • International and regional organizations promoting entrepreneurial education
  • Researchers in the field of Higher Education and Innovation
  • Educational advisers (higher education)
  • Educational designers (innovative teaching methods and tools)
  • Educational consultants