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.


Ayman El Tarabishy

Congress Co-Chair
President & CEO, ICSB

Hartmut Meyer

Congress Co-Chair and Business Professor, FOM Germany

Thomas Heupel

Vice-Rector for Research, FOM Germany

Christian Meisel

Professor, Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal University

Hans-Josef Helf

Director, Akademie für den Mittelstand

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)

Skye Blanks

Chief Operations Officer, ICSB

Ana Bradic

Senior Project Manager

Kyle Lyon

Chief Information Officer