About FOM Hochschule

The FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management is Germany’s largest private university. The business school is privately run, works in close co-operation with other universities, and is state recognized. With more than 42,000 students the FOM is the largest private university in Germany. Also it has the biggest economic and business sciences faculty in Germany.


The majority of students are working professionals. The range of courses offered centers on business, business administration, economic psychology and engineering. The FOM, founded in 1993, has traditionally close relationships with many major German companies.

About Magdeburg-Stendal University

The Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences is a public university of applied sciences with two locations. One location is situated in Magdeburg, the capital city of Saxony-Anhalt and the other one is located in Stendal.


The research focus of the university is in Engineering, water- and waste management as well as early childhood education.


Since the university’s founding in 1991, there are nowadays approximately 50 study programmes at three faculties in Magdeburg and two faculties in Stendal. There are around 3.700 students in Magdeburg and 1.800 in Stendal.

academy for medium-sized businesses

The academy for medium-sized businesses is a competence and education center.

With innovative and professionally qualified educational offerings, we are the educational partner for medium-sized businesses and stand for cross-industry and successful collaboration between associations and companies.


As a certified academy, we implement all further education and training offers together with our cooperation partners and highly qualified trainers, consultants and lecturers.


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As an academy for medium-sized businesses, we play a leading role in the further education sector through practice-oriented seminars and innovative ideas.


Rita Grant

Director of the School of Accounting, Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

Jeff Alves

Managing Editor, Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB)

Ana Bradic

Junior Project Manager

Ayman El Tarabishy

Congress Co-Chair ICSB President & CEO


Dr. El Tarabishy is the President & CEO of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and the Deputy Chair of the Department of Management at the George Washington University School of Business. Dr. El Tarabisy is an award-winning author and teacher. In 2019, the George Washington University New Venture Competition awarded Dr. El Tarabishy ‘Most Influential Faculty.’ Additionally, he is the only faculty member in the GW School of Business to teach in two nationally-ranked programs. Having developed the first Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Creativity courses offered to MBA and undergraduate students, El Tarabishy is constantly striving to find the perfect balance between tradition and modernization in his teaching pedagogy.

Ayman El Tarabishy, Congress Chair

Jennifer Kirkland

Director of Sponsorship


Jennifer Kirkland is an MBA candidate at George Washington University School of Business. A graduate of Douglass College for Women at Rutgers University, she has a passion for women’s issues and strives to help women be their best. She also has years of experience fundraising for nonprofit organizations. She is the Director of Sponsorship for the ICSB, a wife, a mom, and a curious questioner.

Hartmut Meyer

Academy Program Director


Dr. Hartmut-Heinrich Meyer is a professor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at FOM, Germany.

Skye Blanks

Project Manager


Skye Blanks serves as the Junior Project Manager for the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and specifically assists in the Knowledge Hubs (KHubs) project, which are institutions or networks, dedicated to capture, share and exchange development experiences with national and international partners in order to accelerate development for micro-small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). He also specializes in the ICSB’s Entrepreneurship certificate programs . In addition to being a project manager, Skye is pursuing a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and he is also pursuing a minor in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the GW School of Business. Before dedicating his work towards the ICSB, Skye worked abroad as a Research and Development Intern for the Barcelona based NGO, Asociación Bienestar y Desarrollo.

Skye Blanks

Kyle Lyon

Director of Registration


Kyle Lyon is the Junior Project Manager at the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and primarily oversees membership, registrations, and financial activities for the ICSB. In addition to his duties, Kyle is a junior currently pursuing a B.A. in Marketing with a minor in communications at the George Washington University School of Business. Before dedicating his work towards the ICSB, Kyle served as a Legislative Intern for the Office of Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Kyle Lyon