MUNPlanet: Our community is eager to find out more about you and your conference. Could you please introduce yourself and your project?
Michael Battaglia, ICSB SVP for Operations. 61st annual ICSB World Conference June 15-18, 2016 in NJ/NY, USA. Refer ICSB 2016 | 61st annual ICSB world conference - June 15-18, 2016
MUNPlanet: For the ones in hurry, can you tell us in one sentence why your conference should be in everyone's calendar?
Access to an audience of international opinion makers who directly impact the actions of hundreds of thousands of current and potential small and medium enterprises; present and debate cutting-edge research on a wide variety of entrepreneurship related topics.
MUNPlanet: With young businesses booming all around the place, entrepreneurship seems to be the hottest topic around to build an event around?
Entrepreneurship has a very important role to play in the sustainability of our world. Today, more than ever, companies are looking at their core business, as well as philanthropy, advocacy and partnerships, to support society in ways that also contribute to profitability.
MUNPlanet: Students attend conferences such as yours to improve some of their existing skills or acquire the new ones altogether. What are some key skills that the participants will be able to improve/acquire by attending your conference?
Professional development, networking, knowledge of the latest global trends in small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
MUNPlanet: Behind every great project, there is a great organizing team. Tell us more about yours and share a few tips on what makes it outstanding?
Truly global event. ICSB conferences combine the theoretical and conceptual skills of the research and university communities with the practical knowledge and real world expertise of business managers and policy makers to allow for a higher level of understanding among all participants.
MUNPlanet: What does your perfect participant look like? What is their academic background, what are their interests, etc.
Anyone interested in Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Particularly educators, scholars, students, NGOs and government officials.
MUNPlanet: New York is THE city, well, for everything. How will having such a hot tourist attraction affect the number of attendees, in your opinion?
Since 2005, the ICSB has held successful world conferences in Washington, DC (2005), Melbourne, Australia (2006), Turku, Finland (2007), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (2008), Seoul, South Korea (2009), Cincinnati, OH USA (2010), Stockholm, Sweden (2011), Wellington, New Zealand (2012), Ponce, Puerto Rico (2013), Dublin, Ireland (2014) and Dubai, UAE (2015). This year, due in part to the location and the collaboration with the United Nations (UN), we expect approximately 750 delegates representing over 60 different countries.
MUNPlanet: What do you have prepared for participants after the conference hours?
Each day includes optional and scheduled social activities. Each year, many participants frequent social areas nearby the venue to continue networking.
MUNPlanet: Can we look forward to more projects like this in the future?
Yes, ICSB hosts their World Conference every June. This year represents the 61stannual meeting. ICSB 2017 will be hosted in June 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
MUNPlanet: How do you see new technologies, especially communities such as MUNPlanet, changing the landscape of knowledge and education in the coming years?
Online communities like MUNPlanet provide a valuable resource to individuals around the world, as technology has shortened our barriers and events like the ICSB World Conference can truly cater to an international audience. Every culture is different and it's important that we all work together around mutual respect and understanding.
MUNPlanet: What is the most important lesson that each of your participants will be taking with them once the conference is over?
Main theme is The Role and Impact of Small and Medium Enterprises in Implementing the New Sustainable Development Goals. Delegates will take away best practice from the world’s leading organizations like the UN, in terms of how they are tackling this subject. The conference will also provide an opportunity to create new meaningful connections. A big reason why many ICSB members come back each year, is to visit friends and re-connect with colleagues through the ICSB global network.Michael, thank you for devoting your time to MUN Spotlight and telling us more about you and your conference. MUNPlanet is looking forward to your event and strongly advises all MUNers to check it out. Good luck and we wish you all the best!
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