First Keynote Speaker Announced for ABS Annual Conference 2015


We are delighted to announce that the Association of Business Schools’ Annual Conference will take place on 9-10 November 2015, in Manchester. We have secured our first keynote speaker, and encourage you to reserve your place.

Speakers at the conference always include leaders in business education, business and government. For 2015 our first keynote speaker, a business school graduate and author on management, has an outstanding background in business and sport:

Ferran Soriano is the Chief Executive Officer of the Premier League's Manchester City F.C, Major League Soccer's New York City F.C, and the A League’s Melbourne City F.C. He was previously the Vice-President and General Manager of F.C Barcelona. Ferran is an MBA and business studies graduate from ESADE, the New York RPI and Université Catholique de Louvain of Belgium. Ferran has also published a book on management ideas from the world of football, called ‘Goal: The Ball Doesn’t go in by Chance’. Ferran’s speech will be given under Chatham House rules.

Last year’s event was our largest to date and this year already promises to stimulate and inspire.

To be on our reservation list please contact us by emailing Melissa Jumbo on

The venue will be announced in the coming weeks. We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester in November.