Faculty Of Business Administration and International Trade
Nothing is Impossible: A Path to Success
A seminar entitled “Nothing is Impossible: A Path to Success” was organized on Monday 12th November, 2018 by the Department of Management & Marketing, Faculty of Business Administration & Foreign Trade.
The session was given by Dr Hayat Khatab, President of the Egyptian Paralympic Committee, President of Paravolley Africa, Member of the World Paravolley Organisation and Member of the CPISRA.
“What Is Impossible Can Make Things Possible”… This is the slogan of our two hosted Worldwide Champions in Para Power Lifting: Ms Fatma Omar and Mr Hany Mohsen. Our Worldwide Champions represented role models for our students and presented how they could really overcome disability and various challenges to gain their gold medals and maintain their success. The champions concluded the seminar by highlighting the importance of clear direction and objectives in life as well as the value of persistence and passion to overcome various challenges.
“Becoming an Entrepreneur” seminar
“Becoming an Entrepreneur” That was the title of the third seminar organized by the Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business Administration and International Trade. The session was conducted on Monday 22nd October, 2018 by Eng Mohamed Farag, Founder and CEO of Egyptian Swedish Air Conditioning Co.
As a successful entrepreneur, Eng Farag defined who is an entrepreneur and the different types of entrepreneurship. He gave real life examples of global successful entrepreneurs and confirmed the importance of entrepreneurship for Egypt’s economic development. Eng Farag illustrated the required stages to become a successful entrepreneur and to start the entrepreneurial career. The discussion was enriched by highlighting the importance of a sustainable business as well as the various challenges and opportunities to become an entrepreneur.
“Be Assertive for Better Communication Skills” seminar
“Be Assertive for Better Communication Skills” that was the title of the second seminar organized by the Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business Administration and International Trade. The session was conducted on Monday 15th October, 2018 by Dr Reham Aly, the Consultant Psychiatry, Director of International & Public Affairs Department, Compulsory Egyptian Medical Training Authority, Cabinet of Ministers, Egypt, Fellow of the Arab Board of Psychiatry, Egyptian Association of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, President.
In one of the most interactive sessions, Dr. Reham Aly declared that having good communication skillS doesn’t mean that people should suppress their opinions to get along with others. Communication is a two side equation: Express your opinion frankly but take responsibility for your actions. Taking responsibility for a person’s action is the main factor that makes people refine, reform and adjust their behavior and talk. People are very much inclined to be less aggressive and more civilized when they consider the reactions of others. A very fruitful discussion took place between the stage and the floor reflecting the thirst of students to be addressed with a “reason to reason” and “logic to logic” language and their readiness to respond positively to rational dialogues.
The 1st Environmental Awareness Session “Impact of Cellular Networks on Health and Environment”
On October 8th 2018, the Faculty of Business Administration & International Trade launched its Fall 2018 series of seminars after being re-conceptualized in light of the faculty social responsibility goals.
These goals include working on awareness raising besides professional skill raising, broadening the topic of interests to cover social and environmental concerns of students besides business ones and finally widening our target audience to encompass the whole university students alongside business students as a part of the social responsibility of the faculty.
In light of that new policy, the Management and Marketing Department commenced its program with a seminar entitled “Impact of Cellular Networks on Health and Environment” presented by Mr. Sherif Eissa, the Head of Environmental Sustainability at ORANGE. Throughout his valuable presentation, Mr Eissa clarified that the mobile industry is witnessing such a phenomenal growth, that – up to the World Bank estimation- 90% of world’s population lives within range of mobile networks. In Egypt -which is the second largest mobile market in Africa- the mobile users have reached 100 million users by July 2018. In view of those stunning facts, Mr Eissa explained some necessary technical issues about the electro magic fields, how the cellular networks work and what the frequency re-use is. He also shed some light on the network sites in Egypt and the world.
Mr Eissa presented some conclusions: First, he ascribed the very big concerns about mobile networks to lack of correct knowledge, absence of clear-cut research work results and exaggerated adverse effects by mass media. Second, Mr Eissa suggested that the mobile network concerns are countered by reports from specialized and independent global institutions like The IEMGMP (an Independent Expert Group of Mobile Phones), The NRPB: National Radiation Protection Board, and, above all, the WHO (World Health Organization).
On the issue on mobile network dangers, the WHO concluded that : ”Current scientific evidence indicate that exposure to low levels of RF fields, including those emitted by mobile phones and base stations, is unlikely to induce or promote cancers”. As Mr Sherif Eissa did not take a clear stand regarding the issue but just cast strong doubts on the validity of those concerns and charges to the mobile networks and their impacts on health. He concluded his presentation with some recommendations to face that problem including: the necessity to Increase the number of base stations by bringing them closer to ensure less emitted power, supporting scientific research works in telecommunication, minimizing phone call duration to around 6 minutes, taking extra precautionary measurements for children and switching off mobile phones inside hospitals to avert its functional effects on some precise electronic equipment.
After the valuable presentation, a very rich discussion took place between the stage and floor. The session ended with thanks to the guest speaker who was offered a trophy in the name of the faculty expressing its appreciation for his continuous and fruitful cooperation in the Environmental Awareness sessions.
“Corporate Treasury Management” seminar
On March 5th 2018, a seminar on “Corporate Treasury Management” was held by the Department of Management,Faculty of Business Administration and International Trade. The seminar was presented by Mr. Hesham Abouldahab, a corporate treasurer at Mansour Automotive Co. and was attended by about 140 students. It aimed at providing MIU students with an idea about a promising and currently growing activity in the Corporate business which is “Corporate Treasury Management CTM”. Mr. Abouldahab elaborated that the CTM is a mixture of financial, economic & business related activities responsible for the management of cash resources for any organization aspiring to achieve its strategic targets. He added that the primary goal of treasury management is to efficiently manage the cash and related financial assets of an organization to provide the financial flexibility needed to achieve the organization’s objectives in a manner consistent with its overall strategic plan. About the job of the Corporate Treasurers, Mr. Abouldahab clarified that they are currently playing an increasingly critical role as advisors to their organizations especially as the global/regional companies are looking to centralize the underlying flows to minimize the operating cash required for the effective cash management of the company. After his presentation, a rich discussion was opened between Mr. Aboueldahab and the students. It focused on how the function of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is practiced through the “corporate treasury management”. Mr Abouldahab also gave a hint about ‘Corporate Governance and Ethical Management Practices’ and he indicated with several examples that this is actually practiced through the anti- bribery and anti-terrorism policies as one of the main guidelines of the “Corporate Treasure Management” that aim at making sure that the corporate transactions, cash investments and products never being penetrated or vitiated by such criminal activities.
About Corporate Social Responsibility..Examples from Orange Egypt
As a part of its interest to continuously update the students with the recent developments in the field of business, the Management Department,Faculty of Business Administration and International Trade, held on 14th May, 2018 a seminar on a growing business interest in Egypt and worldwide, which is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The guest speaker of this seminar was Mr. Sherif Eissa, Head of Environmental Sustainability and Legal Regulatory Affairs at ORANGE Egypt. Mr. Eissa dedicated a considerable part of his presentation to explaining the concept of the CSR, stating that it simply means “broadening the scope of company commitments by taking account of the social, economic and environmental interests of the society”. The framework of that concept was outlined by some international protocols and documents like the UN Global Compact (the largest international CSR agreement in the world), the Global Reporting Initiative and the ISO 26000. As application of the CSR, Mr. Eissa browsed the various CSR activities of Orange Group Corporation which include organizing competitions for innovative entrepreneurship projects and innovations to use technology in serving society. They also include Enactus National competition, women empowerment, partnering with national and international NGOs and focus groups in many fields like fighting common ailments as diabetes and cancer, supporting better nutrition, online protection and safe usage of Internet and Autism. Orange Group Corporation also allocates a considerable interest to the environmental issues focusing on some areas like environmental awareness, climate change and responsible consumption. Those activities have covered serious topics like the radio waves, and tried to encourage projects in renewable and clean energy. After the presentation, the attendees raised some questions regarding the percentage of the Corporation profits dedicated to CSR activities, claiming it is still very modest in Egypt. Other attendees raised questions about the existence of independent entities in Egypt to inspect and asses the CSR activities. They also questioned the amount of the big communication companies’ expenditure on TV campaigns. At the end, the students and other audience showed their appreciation to Mr. Eissa for his outstanding presentation and for sharing his valuable experience.