The Community Engagement Day is sponsored by Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University.

Social Innovation

As a community of international business scholars from around the world, we have been blessed in many different ways. Since 2010, AIB has established a rich tradition of giving back and/or engaging with the host city community. All too often, we fly into/out of a city and spend virtually all our time interacting with other IB scholars from around the world and have minimal contact with our host societies. In 2015, the AIB Executive Board unanimously decided to include Community Engagement Initiatives as an integral part of the annual meeting. Community engagement not only allows us to contribute to the social development of the host city but also the opportunities to connect with and learn from and engage with peoples in these places. In short, we can create win-win situations with community engagement projects. Depending on the location, we may do something different. This can be anything as simple as visits to local companies or NGOs to more active engagement.

In our 2010 Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, we raised money to support the victims of landslides that occurred in Rio in April of that year. At our 2011 Meeting in Nagoya, we provided relief to those affected by the post-tsunami/earthquake in Japan. Most recently, at the 2014 Meeting in Bengaluru, we arranged visits to two NGOs dedicated to the cause of abused and working children in India and raised funds for under-privileged women in that city.

In the 2016 Meeting in New Orleans, the AIB 2016 Community Engagement Team is pleased to offer three unique opportunities for our participants to gain first-hand experience in one or more of the following projects. The Community Engagement Day, on June 27, will open with an inspirational seminar on the post-Katrina reconstruction of New Orleans offered by Lieutenant General Honoré. This will be open to all attendees including those participating in the consortia or PDW held that day. The event will start at 7:30am and end at 8:45 am. There are two visits organized for the afternoon of the same day. One is a visit to the Port of New Orleans to learn how the international logistics operation work and the other is a tour of a non-profit organization, called "Propeller". Details of all these events are available below. Seats are limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The members of the AIB 2016 Community Engagement Team are grateful to all these organizations and the many members who were instrumental in orchestrating this.

Come, join us! We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!


AIB 2016 Community Engagement Team

Len Trevino, Loyola University of New Orleans (Co-Chair)
Mazhar Islam, Tulane University, New Orleans (Co-Chair)
Stewart Miller, University of Texas, San Antonio (Co-Chair)
Nakiye Boyacigiller, Sabanci University (AIB Immediate Past President)
Rosalie Tung, Simon Fraser University (AIB President)
Susan Mudambi, Temple University
Charles Dhanaraj, IMD (AIB 2016 Program Chair)

Community Engagement Event 1: Inspirational Seminar on New Orleans

Lt. General Honoré

Remembering Post-Katrina Reconstruction of New Orleans Community: What can AIB Scholars Learn?

An inspirational seminar by. Lt. General Russel L. Honoré

Lieutenant General Russel Honoré will discuss emergency preparedness as well as post disaster recovery. As leader of Task Force Katrina, Lt. General Honoré, also known as "Category 5 General" managed the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the hurricane that struck the Gulf Coast in the summer of 2005.


Location: Sheraton Hotel
(Room to be announced)
Date: Monday, June 27, 2016
Time: 7:30am-8:45am
(Light breakfast will be provided)
RSVP Required (No Fee)
Deadline: May 31, 2016
Session Chair: Len J. Trevino
Loyola University New Orleans

Community Engagement Event 2: Visit to the Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans is the sixth-largest port in the United States on volume of cargo handled. It has the longest wharf in the world, 2.01 miles (3.4 km) long and can accommodate 15 vessels at one time. During the visit, a coordinator from the port will escort the group and explain different operations of the port. The tour will be for about one and half hours. Please visit the Port of New Orleans website for more information.


Location: Port of New Orleans
(Bus transportation provided)
Date: Monday, June 27, 2016
Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
(Buses depart at 12:30)
Required ($10 fee)
Limited to first 35 participants 
Session Chair: Stewart Miller
University of Texas, San Antonio

Community Engagement Event 3: Visit to Social Innovation Lab "Propeller"


Propeller is a New Orleans based nonprofit social entrepreneurship incubator and accelerator. They support startups in four sectors: Food security, Water Management, Healthcare and Educational Equity. Since 2011, the nonprofit supported 90 new ventures in these sectors. During the visit, the participants would be able to meet some of the startups and get to know about the overall function of the organization. The tour will be for about one and half hours. Please visit Propeller website for more information.


Location: Propeller, New Orleans
(Bus transportation provided)
Date: Monday, June 27, 2016
Time: 12:30pm-3:00pm
(Buses depart at 12:30)
Required ($10 fee)
Limited to 25 participants 
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Session Chair: Susan Mudambi
Temple University