The 2017 GBSN Annual Conference was a great success. Over 150 leaders in business education, industry, development and government gathered in Washington D.C. to participate in a 3-day conference on the Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development, co-hosted by the American University Kogod School of Business, The George Washington University School of Business and the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

We had the pleasure of welcoming: 

  • 63 universities from 33 countries, from Afghanistan to Senegal, Kenya, Brazil, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Finland, Cambodia, Philippines, etc.
  • Colleagues from the private sector, including Johnson & Johnson, Chevron, and Goldman Sachs
  • Private entrepreneurial enterprises, including CollaborateUp, One Planet Educational Networks, Development Finance International, Vital Voices, Solafrica, Inspiring Capital and Codirect Ltd.
  • Peer organizations, including representatives from EFMD, The Center for Global Enterprise, AACSB International, AMREF, and the African Capacity Building Foundation
  • Colleagues from the development sector, including representatives from The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, USAID, and the Brookings Institution

Stay tuned for the Executive Summary.

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About the Conference

“Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development,” the 2017 GBSN Conference in Washington D.C., will focus on the innovative and interdisciplinary ways business schools are collaborating with academia, businesses, NGOs and the public sector to advance economic development and expand opportunities.

Conference participants will examine the role business schools play in economic and social development, and assess the evolution of education in the face of recent world events, discussing questions such as:

How have Business Schools integrated social and environmental issues into their curriculums?
What are the cross-sectorial initiatives within business education that drive or reinforce economic development?
How are schools responding to fears of the perceived impact of globalization?


Sessions at the GBSN Conference will address these questions and many more, highlighting opportunities and challenges in the areas of the five sub-themes:

1. Collaboration/Interdiciplinarity

Focusing on inter-academic collaboration and integrated approaches to business education that foster stronger technical skills and broader perspectives in graduates.

2. Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)

Presenting successful PPP models that facilitate long-term economic development.

3. Sustainability and the UN Global Goals

Highlighting how business and management institutions are working towards creating a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world.

4. Impact Measures

Revisiting how we measure outcomes and successes in business and economic development.

5. Globalization/Localization?

Analyzing the dilemma of global and local strategies and the implications for the sectors of education, business and development.

This Interactive Agenda Will Feature

  • A Cross-Sector Dialogue

    with local business and development professionals, students and alumni to explore the opportunities and challenges at top of mind for these key stakeholders

  • Speakers from industry, business education and international aid sectors

    with an interest in reinforcing ties within the business and development ecosystems

  • Innovation showcases

    of business schools solving complex economic and educational challenges through partnership and innovation

  • Presentations of research

    on management education and its impact on development for low income and emerging communities.

  • Lots of networking

    opportunities to develop new ideas, partnerships and projects

Who Should Attend?

  • Business School Deans, Faculty and Program Directors from developed, emerging and frontier markets with an interest in building international connections and developing their school’s program quality, market relevance and regional impact
  • Development Professionals Management Consultants focused on economic development and social impact.
  • Government officials looking for wider stakeholder collaboration
  • Corporate HR, Training and Development Managers who want to better connect with and understand business schools

Stay tuned to this page and follow us @gbsnonline on Twitter and on Facebook for updates on registration, agenda and conference logistics.

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The Global Business School Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening management, entrepreneurial and leadership talent for the developing world through better access to quality, locally relevant education. GBSN harnesses the power of a network of nearly 70 leading business schools that share a dedication to our mission to build management education capacity for the developing world.


Kogod School of Business at American University is a leader in business education in the Washington, DC area. Kogod offers a myriad of undergraduate programs, as well as a Full-time MBA and seven specialized master’s degrees. Our programs, which are rooted in experiential learning, prepare graduates to work and lead in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.


GW’s School of Business is an international leader in education and research, which prides itself on training future leaders to be global problem solvers and socially responsible managers.


The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate; full-time, part-time, online, and executive MBA; specialty masters; PhD; and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community.

Co-Host Committee

Representatives from each co-host institution supporting the conference

Bryan Andriano
Executive Director
Global & Experiential Education
The George Washington University
School of Business

Rebecca Bellinger
Managing Director
Office of Global Initiatives &
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland

Jolie M. Roetter
Director of Global Learning Programs
American University’s Kogod School of Business

Robert Sicina
Executive in Residence
The American University Kogod School of Business

Steering Committee

International Committee of Experts supporting the Conference

Jean-françois Fiorina
Associate Dean
Grenoble Ecole de Management

Thami Ghorfi
ESCA School of Management

Kellie Kreiser
Executive Director, Thunderbird for Good
Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University

Ravi Kumar
Shaw Chair Professor and Associate Provost (Special Projects)
Nanyang Technological University

Charlene Lew
Senior Lecturer
Gordon Institute of Business Science
South Africa

Lisa Miller
Director, Tuck Go – Global Insight Expeditions
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Michaela Rankin
Deputy Dean International
Monash Business School

Jawad Syed
Dean and Professor of Organizational Behavior
Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Science