Executive Certificate in Agribusiness Management

Date:
Apr 08 - Oct 08, 2017
Application Deadline:
Mar 05, 2017
Venue:
LUMS, Lahore

Agriculture is central to robust economic growth, development and alleviating rural poverty in Pakistan.  According to a World Bank report, national average yields of major crops like wheat and rice in Pakistan are only 55% of progressive farmer yields, the highest achievable yields in the country. This inability to realize the full potential is rooted in a number of contributing factors, including: slow adoption of technology and modern practices; inefficient management; infrastructural and supply-chain bottlenecks, financing, economic and policy lapses.

This modular executive certificate program is designed to provide participants with leading-edge managerial know-how and skills essential to operate successfully in an agribusiness environment. During the program the participants will gain understanding of the agribusiness economics, technological trends, and market dynamics; enabling them to recognize opportunities and create value for their businesses and respective organisations. 

This program was developed by LUMS in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan as part of a Creating Shared Value initiative. 

 

 

 

 The certificate program is designed to deliver following key learning objectives:  

  • Develop ability to assess agribusiness economic environment and value chain; plan and formulate strategies to achieve enterprise targets
  • Develop entrepreneurial abilities essential for recognizing and capitalizing on value creation opportunities
  • Acquire management knowledge, tools and techniques useful in making sound business decisions.
  • Develop business plan for starting up new agribusiness venture
  • Appreciate impact of market forces, technology and global trends on agricultural enterprises and the importance of managing risks
  • Develop and sharpen leadership competencies to motivate and effectively manage human resources
  • Benefit from the weekend structure of the program, while allowing participants to hold their full-time jobs
 

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND MODULE COVERAGE
The duration of the program is 24 full-days of class contact on alternate weekends, excluding field trips. The weekend model makes this program highly suitable for working professionals.

 

 

 

The program is designed for: 

  • Agribusiness managers, processors, producers, providers of agri-credit, farm managers and others involved at various stages of the agricultural produce value chain.

  • Other stakeholders in the agriculture sector, including: potential and current investors in high-value agriculture, livestock and dairy farming, and agribusinesses; agriculture commodity traders and exporters; and managers of agricultural input producers (seed, fertilizers, chemical, feed, etc.) 

  • Professionals of life sciences, food sciences, researchers at private and government institutions related to agriculture who desire to acquire cutting-edge business knowledge relevant to agribusiness.

The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals; the alternate weekend structure of the program allows the participants to hold their full-time jobs.

A minimum educational qualification of a bachelor’s degree and atleast 2 years of experience is required for participation.

ECAM PARTICIPANT PROFILE
ECAM program participants have included executives from various agribusiness segments, agri entrepreneurs, farm owners, and others involved in the agribusiness value chains. Diversity of program participants brings together enormous experiences and agribusiness knowledge, creating an enriching learning environment and networking opportunity. Participant diversity is a distinctive strength of the ECAM program.

 

 

 

Program Director
FAZAL JAWWAD SEYYED
Visiting Faculty
PhD, University of Arkansas
Research Interests:
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management; Asset Pricing and Capital Markets; Financial Markets Structure and Efficiency; Information Content of Bond Rating; Behavioural Finance
Co-Program Director
MUHAMMAD SHAKEEL SADIQ JAJJA
Assistant Professor
PhD, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Research Interests:
Supply Chain Management; Technology and Innovation in Supply Chain Relationships; Social and Environmental Compliance in Supply Chain Relationships; Operations Management
Additional Faculty
MUHAMMAD ABDUR RAHMAN MALIK
Assistant Professor
PhD, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Research Interests:
Creativity; Motivation and Performance Management Systems
ADNAN ZAHID
Assistant Professor
PhD, CASS Business School, City University
Research Interests:
Status Consumption; Acculturation; Gender; Religion and Consumer Culture

ANJUM FAYYAZ
Assistant Professor, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Business Communication
PhD, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark
Research Interests:
Institutional Theory; Private Sector Development; Corporate Social Responsibility; Development Aid Intervention; Family Businesses; SME Clusters and Networks Development

ASAD A. ALAM
Assistant Professor
MBA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Interests:
Entrepreneurship; Extensive Research Experience in Business Growth Strategies; Business Development and Private Equity Funding
MUHAMMAD ADEEL ZAFFAR
Assistant Professor
PhD, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Research Interests:
Development of Decision Support Systems; Technology and Innovation Diffusion; Social Networks and their Impact on IS Strategy and IS Diffusion; Agent-based Computational Economics; IS Pedagogical Issues and Network Location Models in the Context of Disaster Response and Recovery Systems

MUHAMMAD LUQMAN AWAN
Teaching Faculty (SDSB)
PhD Scholar, University of Stirling Scotland
Research Interests:
Sales Force Management; Industrial Marketing & Channel Management

MUHAMMAD SHAKEEL SADIQ JAJJA
Assistant Professor
PhD, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Research Interests:
Supply Chain Management; Technology and Innovation in Supply Chain Relationships; Social and Environmental Compliance in Supply Chain Relationships; Operations Management
SYED ZAHOOR HASSAN
Professor
PhD, Stanford University
Research Interests:
Information Systems Development Methodologies; Global Software Development; Information Technology Utilisation Effectiveness; Management of Technology
TANVEER SHEHZAD
Associate Professor
PhD, Finance RuG (NL) FRM
Research Interests:
Financial Intermediation and Banking; Financial Inclusion; Risk Management; Corporate Finance and strategy; Economic Policies and Economic Management
Program Fee PKR 290,000
* Program fee includes tuition cost, reading material, tea and lunch served during the program. 

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is arranged on request and as per availability at Rausing Executive Development Centre. The residential fee for participant's stay  at REDC-LUMS is PKR 9,000 per night for participant (inclusive of breakfast and dinner). You are, however, requested to inform us of the time of your arrival and departure.

We offer single bed accommodation at the Rausing Executive Centre. Each bedroom with attached bathroom is equipped with mini-fridge, writing desk and direct dial STD/ISD telephone and cable TV. All bedrooms at REC are internet-ready. Please note we do not provide accommodation for drivers accompanying participants.

ADMISSION PROCESS
Applications will be screened with regard to their suitability for each program. Kindly ensure that your complete online application form reaches the office by the deadline. Incomplete application forms will not be entertained.

PAYMENT
Payment is due upon receipt of the acceptance letter along with the invoice. Please ensure that the payment reaches the office BEFORE the start of the program. Space in the program may only be ensured after we receive the fee.

Our preferred mode of payment is by cheque/banker’s draft payable to Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Please send the cheque to:
Marketing Manager
Rausing Executive Development Centre
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Opposite Sector "U", DHA, Lahore - 54792
Tel: +92-42-35608119-8243

* LUMS is a non-profit organization under section 2(36) of the Income Tax Ordinance 2001. Accordingly, under section 100C (2) (d), the income of LUMS is not tax deductible/collectable.

SUBSTITUTES/TRANSFERS AND REFUNDS
If you are unable to attend a registered course we will accept a substitute until two working days before the program. Substitute candidates will be subject to the same selection process as the original candidate. If you wish to cancel your name from a program, please notify in writing at least five working days before the program. Course fee will be refunded after deducting an application-processing fee of PKR 40,000/-. There will be no refund for cancellation received after the withdrawal date or in case of no-show.

It is possible to transfer to another program within 2 years. The deposited fee will be carried forward after deducting the application-processing fee of PKR 40,000. Please note that only one transfer is permitted. After 2 years the deposited fee will be forfeited. Transfers should be notified at least five working days before the program.

All notifications of cancellations, substitutes and transfers must be confirmed in writing.

Note: REDC may cancel or postpone a program due to insufficient enrolment or unforeseen circumstances. In this case, University will refund registration fee and is not responsible for any other related charges/expenses including cancellation/change charges by airlines and travel agencies. In case of postponement, the fee may be transferred to the rescheduled offering of that program or any other program as an alternate to refund. The University reserves the right to make changes in its program policies and fees at any time.

 

“ECAM is really a certificate course which is helpful to convert Agri-business from non-strategic, non-planned business to a real management business”

Dr. Umer Farooq - DRDF

 

“A very comprehensive and value adding program, giving a true insight of the future lucrative aspects in agribusiness”

Mr. Haroon Tahir - Angro Hub (Pvt.) Ltd.



“The program has equipped us with new concepts and tools that are very helpful in improving and implementing agribusiness decisions”

Omair Haassan Bodla - Bodla Agri Farm

 

 

 

TALKS BY INDUSTRY EXPERTS
The key feature of the program is speaker sessions with leading industry experts, policy makers and agribusiness leaders and senior executives from diverse business segments.

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING - FIELD TRIP
Field visits and interactions with agribusiness experts is an intgral part of ECAM program, providing a good blend between theory and practice of agribusiness management. below are few examples of field visits of the ECAM participants during 2014 - 15.

  • Mitchells Farms and Shahsabz Agro Farm (Rinala Khurd)
  • Ali Tareen Farms (Lodhran)
  • Mumtaz Khan Manais Farm (Tibba Sultan Pur)
  • Mango Pulp Extraction (SMEDA – Multan)
  • University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (Pattoki)
  • Arjumand Shakir Farms and JDW Orchids (Rahim Yar Khan)
  • Crescent Cotton Products (Jaranwala)
  • Ayub Agriculture Research Institute & University of Agriculture (Faisalabad)
  • Zahid Kinnow Orchards & Processing Facility (Sargodha)
  • Nishat Dairies (Sukheki)
  • Izhar Farms (Kalar Kahar)
  • Monsento Research Centre (Manga Mandi)
  • Oasis Farm (Manga Mandi)
  • Pine Dairy (Sheikhupura)

SPECIAL FEATURES