Standing Committees

Awards Committee

The role of the Award Committee (AC) is the review the awards currently offered by the academy and suggest a list of awards that should be institutionalized. The  AC will provide a description of each award and a set of selection criteria as well as the process to be followed for the selection of the winners. The description of each award will be posted on the AABD Website and will be read at the formal presentation of the award. The AC will solicit nominations for each award and make recommendations for the winners to the Executive Committee.

The AC consists of the most recent past President, Executive Secretary, and three other members appointed by the Executive Committee.

Composition

Dr. James B. Abugre, University of Ghana

Dr. Kofi  Dadzie, Georgia State University (Chair)

Dr.  Norma Juma, Wahburn University

Dr. Alphonso Ogbuehi, Stockton University

Dr. Ayodele C. Oniku, University of Lagos 

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee (FC) is in charge of the development of the organization’s budgeting and financial planning, the creation of the organization’s internal controls, the preparation and distribution to the executives and board members of timely, accurate, and user-friendly financial reports. The FC shall also look at ways of improving payments of registration fees and membership fees as well as find fund raising opportunities for the Academy.

The FC consists of the VP for Finance and Treasurer (Chair), the President, and a maximum of three other members appointed by the Executive Committee.

Composition

Dr. Richard N. Hayes, Hofstra University (Chair)

Dr. Simon P. Sigué, Athabasca University

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee (MC) is responsible for growing the Academy’s membership. The MC shall coordinate membership-dues- payment, review academic, professional, and institutional membership privileges, develop incentives for the different membership groups, promote academic, professional, and institutional membership growth and retention, and make recommendations as to the eligibility for elections.

The MC consists of the VP for Membership, the VP for Communications, and a maximum of five other members appointed by the Executive Committee.

Composition

Dr. Kobby Mensah, University of Ghana

Dr. Hellen Otieno, Strathmore University (Chair)

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee (CC) is responsible for the planning and organization of the annual conference in collaboration with the Conference Chair. The CC also shall  assess conference hosting proposals and make recommendations to the Executive Committee.

The CC consists of the President (Chair), the VP for Finance and Treasurer, the VP for Communications,  the Program Chair,  and the Proceeding Editors, and, if necessary, an appointed member by the Executive Committee.

Composition

Dr. Theresia Dominic, University of Dar Es Salaam

Dr. Ayantunji Gbadamosi, University of East London

Dr.  Richard N. Hayes, Hofstra University

Dr. Kobby Mensah, University of Ghana

Dr. Simon P. Sigué, Athabasca University (Chair)

Dr. Pantaleo D. Rwelamila, University of South Africa

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) develops and implements with the approval of the Executive Committee activities that contribute to the professional development of members. Examples of such activities include the development and delivery of training workshops and programs,  mentorship programs, networking,  maintenance of an online repository that provides useful information and resources to members (e.g., free online courses, grant information, visiting scholar positions, job opportunities  …).

The PDC consists of the VP, and four members appointed by the Executive Committee.

Composition

Dr. William Darley (Chair)

Dr. Norma Juma, Washburn University

Dr. Jacob Musila, Athabasca University

Dr. Robert Rugimbana, Tshwane University of Technology

Dr. Aihie Osarenkhoe, University of Gävle

Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee (BDC) develops, implements, and oversees with the approval of the Executive Committee activities that generate revenue for AABD. The BDC also assesses business proposals submitted by members or other service providers willing to partner with AABD to deliver income generating services and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee. The BDC advises the Executive Committee and/or speaks on behalf of AABD on topics and matters of general interest that affect business development and education in Africa.  The BDC shall help to articulate positions that advance the mission of the Academy.

The BDC consists of the President, the VP for Finance and Treasurer, and a maximum of five other members appointed by the the Executive Committee.

Composition

Prof.  Richard N. Hayes, Hofstra University

Prof. Simon P. Sigué, Athabasca University

Terms of references applicable to all Standing Committees

1. Terms of Office
The term of office ends with the swearing in of the new Executive Committee. Standing Committee members serve at the discretion of the Executive Committee. Appointed members may be reappointed to the same Standing Committee for only one additional successive term at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

2. Reporting Relationships
Standing Committees report to the Executive Committee. Each Standing Committee shall provide a quarterly report to the Executive Committee, as well as submit an annual written report to the Board prior to the annual meeting.

3. Liaisons
Standing Committees shall liaise with other committees when appropriate or as needed.

4. Meetings
Each Standing Committee shall meet at the call of the Chair, at least annually at the time of the annual conference, and conduct correspondence and teleconferences at the discretion of the Chair.

5. Quorum
A quorum shall be a simple majority of the Committee’s members.

6. Financial Arrangements
No committee member shall be remunerated for serving as a committee member. However, as all members of AABD, a committee member can be remunerated for special activities performed for AABD, especially activities that generate revenue such as those initiated or coordinated by the BDC. Finally, with the approval of the Executive Committee, a committee member can be reimbursed for expenses incurred in performing an AABD business.