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 participate in the social development of the host city but also to connect with, learn from, and engage with peoples in these places. Depending on each location, AIB will seek appropriate opportunities. This can be anything as simple as visits to local companies or NGOs to more active engagement.

For the 2017 Meeting in Dubai we are pleased to offer three unique opportunities for our participants to gain first-hand experience in one of the following activities. Please note that all three are UAE government facilities, therefore a security clearance will be required. Once you secure your spot using our registration system, you will be asked to send a copy of your passport to membership@aib.msu.edu so that the security clearance can be processed.

Please note that the three events run parallel to each other. So please only sign up to ONE of these events. Also, these events run on the same day and time as the other pre-conference events. So if you are attending any of our Consortia, you will not be available to attend these visits.


Community Engagement Event 1: International Humanitarian City


The International Humanitarian City (IHC) was established in 2003 by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who felt that the UAE could put its expertise and strategic location to good use and become the nucleus of global humanitarian work. IHC is the only nonprofit, independent, humanitarian free-zone authority hosting a community of members comprised of UN Agencies, Non-Profit Organizations, Intergovernmental Organizations, and Commercial Companies working as One for Humanity. Today, the IHC has grown to become the largest humanitarian city with the most diverse members, with the broadest and most efficient reach, and the most diverse offering. The IHC puts Dubai’s strength to work to serve the most vulnerable across the globe. The IHC team strives to provide them with a wide range of services including facilitating emergency preparedness; response and evacuation; licensing and one-stop-shop for all government services; secure and cost efficient warehouses and facilities; access to partnerships and fundraising; the development of a humanitarian data bank and innovation lab, and last but not least, visibility and support to their major projects. For more information, please visit: http://www.ihc.ae/.

 

Location: International Humanitarian City
(Bus transportation provided from JW Marriott Marquis)
Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017
Time: 8:20am-12:30pm
(Buses depart at 8:20)
Capacity: 25
Registration:
 
Required ($10 fee - security clearance required)
Deadline: June 23, 2017
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Community Engagement Event 2: The Family Village (AMAF Orphanage Project)


AMAF Photo

The AMAF Family Village provides a real home for orphaned children providing a psychologically stable family environment. It accommodates up to 120 orphaned children with full-time mothers assigned to groups of children, giving them all the love and care they require. Each house is a bonded family unit with siblings and a mother and all the necessary amenities. In addition, aunties help to become a part of children's lives, while a grandmother oversees the day to day running of the village. The village provides a community living atmosphere to enable children to grow up and be contributing members of society. The Village contains 16 villas accommodating up to 8 children per villa, sectioned out by age groups including a fully equipped nursery for young babies – up to three years of age with a kindergarten and a Medical facility run by a resident nurse and an administration. For more information, please visit: http://www.amaf.gov.ae/amaf/family_village

 

Location: The Family Village
(Bus transportation provided from JW Marriott Marquis)
Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017
Time: 10:00am-1:30pm
(Buses depart at 10:00)
Capacity: 25
Registration:
 
Required ($10 fee - security clearance required)
Deadline: June 23, 2017
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Community Engagement Event 3: Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA)


JAFZ

Jafza is one of the world’s largest free trade zones. Jafza has grown from 19 companies in 1985 to more than 500 in 1995 and over 7,000 today, which includes more than 100 Global Fortune 500 enterprises. It sustains over 135,000 jobs and attracts more than 20% of the UAE’s foreign direct investment; while exceeding 50% of Dubai’s total exports, with a trade value of $69 billion. In 1996, Jafza became the first free zone to be awarded ISO certification. In 2007 Jafza commissioned the largest Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system in the region, processing close to a million transactions a year, including visas, licenses, leases and other services. For more information, please visit: http://jafza.ae/

 

Location: Jebel Ali Free Zone
(Bus transportation provided from JW Marriott Marquis)
Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017
Time: 8:45am-12:30pm
(Buses depart at 8:45)
Capacity: 25
Registration:
 
Required ($10 fee - security clearance required)
Deadline: June 23, 2017
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