A message
to our ICSB

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to join ICSB by supporting our 65th World Congress event held in Paris, France. ICSB has always been at the forefront of academic research, acting as organizers, promoting the newest and best trends for entrepreneurs and small businesses interested in pursuing entrepreneurial outcomes. The onset of the COVID-19 health, humanitarian, and economic crises, however, led ICSB in a different direction, one in which we began to embody and practice the trends we sought to promote.

We are so thankful for our incredible partners, IPAG, ESSCA, and OECD, who have helped make this event come to life in its new hybrid format.

It brings us great joy to see how small businesses and entrepreneurs can step up to bring opportunity to adversity. This global event will be the first of its kind. An entire week dedicated to the comprehensive engagement of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Bringing together practitioners, researchers, policy makers, youth actors, and entrepreneurship champions, we will engage a collective, representing over 100 countries and cultures, to create real, lasting, and humane change throughout the world.

Thank you for being a part of this ICSB journey. Welcome to the Family!

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Senior Sponsorship Director

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.

President & CEO, ICSB
2021 World Congress Chair

Dr. El Tarabishy is the President & CEO of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and the Deputy Chair of the 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.

Profesor of Entrepreneurship, IPAG
2021 World Congress Co-Chair

Adnane Maalaoui is Director for Entrepreneurship programs at IPAG Business School. His researches mainly focus on entrepreneurship issues and especially on disadvantaged entrepreneurs (elderly, refugees, disabled entrepreneurs, etc.). He is interested in topics such as: entrepreneurial intention and cognitive approach to entrepreneurship. He mainly applies those questions to cases of diversity and social entrepreneurship. Adnan Maalaoui is the author of 20+ articles published in academic journals. Likewise, he is the author of articles published in professional journals, and in edited books. Adnane is also the author of a series of French speaking MOOCs on entrepreneurship.