*This Agenda is subject to change


7:00 – 8:00

Impact Run (Optional)

10:00 – 13:00

Pre-Conference Workshops

Research Impact for the Developing World

How do we achieve more relevance for research in local contexts? Should we actively address social problems and not just business ones? To what extent are the solutions we propose actually actionable? How do we deal with the constant pressure to perform vis-a-vis traditional metrics (e.g., citations, impact factors) while still conducting more useful research? These and other questions are fundamental to shaping the future of business school research for the developing world. Unless we are more thoughtful and proactive about the development of research models globally, we will fall short of our potential for positively impacting business and management in the growth markets of the future. This workshop uses agile-style thinking to engage a large group in thinking about the impact of research and to facilitate ideation around this topic to develop ideas that will help member institutions gain a competitive advantage in the global business school space.

Simon Linacre, Director of International Marketing & Development, Cabells Scholarly Analytics, USA (Read Bio)
Paul Phillips, Professor of Strategic Management, Kent Business School, University of Kent, United Kingdom (Read Bio)

Data Benchmarking as a Strategic Tool to Manage Internationalization

International recognition and competitive positioning in global markets have become strategic imperatives for business schools. Schools that are the front-runners now benchmark extensively their institutions and programs from an international perspective. They follow indicators from rankings and accreditations, which are an important and influential feature of the management education landscape, touching most providers and stakeholders. Benchmarking of peers and competitors contributes strongly to effective strategizing processes and reinforces the School’s international identity and brand image. The workshop will draw on participants’ experience to show how data benchmarking can and should be used to lead and manage internationalization.

Mathias Falkenstein, Principal CEO, Higher Education Management Group, Germany (Read Bio)
Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director RSM at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (Read Bio)

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 17:00

GBSN Members Meeting

Closed Session (GBSN Members Only)



17:30 – 19:30

Welcome Reception Hosted by Nova School of Business and Economics


8:15 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15

Welcome Address

Dan LeClair, CEO, Global Business School Network, USA (Read Bio)
Daniel Traça, Dean, Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal (Read Bio)

9:15 – 10:00

Keynote Address Building a 21st Century Business Education: The Example of Human Rights

Global companies have an enormous impact on people and communities all over the world. They are drivers of economic growth (or decline) and environmental sustainability (or degradation), for example. And they are critical to improving (or eroding) respect for human rights. What kind of business education is being demanded by these responsibilities in the changing global landscape? This session addresses this question as it relates to the most pressing issues at the intersection of business and human rights. 

Michael Posner, Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance, Professor of Business and Society, Director, Center for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business, USA (Read Bio)
Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Research Director, Center for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business, USA (Read Bio)

10:00 – 10:45

Keynote Address Transforming Africa Through Corporate Learning: The Ecobank Approach

Leaders in academia, government, business and civil society must cultivate innovative ways of operating and co-operating, if we are to leverage the needed financial, technical and managerial resources to achieve impact. This keynote will address three key areas: the role of education in changing the landscape of Africa’s health and financial inclusion; How corporate universities can scale impactful learnings for communities with a purpose; and How the private sector can partner with business schools to scale high-impact/low-cost learning to development and public sector leaders.

Carl Manlan, Chief Operating Officer, The Ecobank Foundation, Togo (Read Bio)
Simon Rey, Group Head/Vice President, Talent, Learning and Organizational Development, Ecobank Academy, Togo (Read Bio)

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break 

11:00 – 11:30

Networking: Innovation Marketplace

11:30 – 12:30

Breakout Sessions

Impact Assessment: Measuring the Right Things Better


Griet Houbrechts, Senior Advisor, AHRMIO Administrative Officer, EFMD Global Network, Belgium (Read Bio)


Ian Fenwick, Director, Sasin School of Management, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (Read Bio)
Ramon O’Callaghan, Dean, Porto Business School, Portugal (Read Bio)
Nilanjan Sengupta, Chairman, Centre for Development Studies; Professor, Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, SDM Institute for Management Development in Mysore, India (Read Bio)

Shaping the Future of Work

Automation and globalization are coming for your jobs, and they’re going to get them. At least, that’s a popular perception about what the future holds for work.  But, what if we can collectively design the shape and form future work will take, and what kind of society we want to live in? In this session we will explore how scholars, technologists, business and labor leaders, politicians, and others can work together to better understand the relationships between technology, work and society and to build a new social contract that provides more equitable, sustainable and fulfilling work for the future. The session will draw on the experience of the MIT Institute-wide initiative, the Taskforce on the Work of the Future, that seeks to understand this process, and provide policy guidance to ensure that the gains from technology lead to shared prosperity. 


Emilio J. Castilla, NTU Professor of Management, Professor, Work and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (Read Bio)
Pedro Miguel Raposo, Faculty, Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics, HR Director, Bank of Portugal, Portugal (Read Bio)


Stu Krusell, Senior Director, Global Programs, Senior Lecturer, Behavioral and Policy Sciences Global Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (Read Bio)

Social Shared Value Creation by a Business School 

Shared value is a management strategy in which companies find business opportunities in social problems. Shared value creation is an important strategy in many organizations and should be core to the strategy of a business school. The triple bottom line approach to sustainability places focus on economic value creation, environmental value creation and social value creation. To understand the social value creation component better, it can be looked at from a social resource-based view.

Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director, Henley Business School Africa, South Africa (Read Bio)
Milton Sousa, Associate Professor, Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal (Read Bio)

Multi-Sector Collaboration: Developing Holistic Training Tools to Address International Security Challenges

The Erasmus Plus funded project ISM-KA has been coordinated by the Rotterdam School of Management in collaboration with NOVA School of Business and Economics and seven other partners since 2017. The project aims to offer a holistic approach of training to the leaders of the future who are faced with more and more security challenges in their organizations. The project has developed a Master, MOOC, Security Multilogue Platform and a Horizon Scanning Tool. This breakout session will showcase the outcomes of the project and share how the business schools involved in this project helped contribute to its success.

Gabriele Jacobs, Endowed Professor in Organisational Behaviour and Culture, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Read Bio)

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Plenary Session: Solution Room

The Solution Room is a plenary session that lasts 60 minutes. It is designed to provide peer-supported advice and solutions to an institution’s most pressing challenge. The presenters will pose a challenge that ESMT Berlin is facing. Conference attendees will be divided into groups of 10-12, and each group will be given 20 minutes to brainstorm creative solutions to address the challenge. Groups will have the opportunity to present their solution. Following the presentations, the presenters will offer overall feedback to the audience, ultimately selecting the best solution presented.  

Nick Barniville, Associate Dean, Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin, Germany (Read Bio)
Houda Ghozzi, Co-founder and Program Director
Open Start-up Competition Tunisia, Tunisia (Read Bio)

15:00 – 16:00

Breakout Sessions

Magnifying Impact: The Role of National Resource Centers in Internationalizing Business Education

The 15 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) are national resource centers in the U.S. that increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic competitiveness. Partnerships with Community Colleges (CCs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) are key to magnifying the impact of the CIBER grants. This presentation will demonstrate ways in which the broader impact of the portfolio of activities––faculty development, student programming, research, capacity building for business––is measured, and share best practices for outreach to the CC and MSI communities.

Rebecca Bellinger, Executive Director, Center for Global Business, Robert H. Smith School of Business University of Maryland, USA (Read Bio)

Designing Management Education Programs for Family Owned Businesses

Family managed businesses are the key form of organization of most businesses in the world, and management education in most countries have failed to address the special needs of this segment, given that dynamics of family and business play an equally important role to play in such businesses. Further, such a segment presents additional unique opportunities for business schools to influence practice through research and consulting opportunities. This session will explore the what, why and how of a management education program for family businesses. 

Tulsi Jayakumar, Professor of Economics, Chairperson of the Family Managed Business Program, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, India (Read Bio)

Evaluating the SDG Impact of Global Business Schools

How can new technologies be used to measure the impact of a school and its faculty? The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 provide a compelling set of standards by which business schools could potentially evaluate their positive impacts in the world. The SDG Dashboard––a technologically innovative, new reporting and data analytics tool developed by the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University––allows business schools to showcase and share their SDG‑related best practices in the impact areas of Teaching, Research, Partnerships, Dialogue, and Organizational Practices.

David S. Steingard, Associate Director of the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics, Saint Joseph’s University Erivan K. Haub School of Business, USA (Read Bio)

Lessons Learned from the ISM-KA Project: How Can Business Schools Contribute to Solving Security Challenges

This breakout session is a practical workshop for business schools that want to apply the lessons of the ISM-KA project in their context. The workshop will focus on cooperation between business schools in developed countries and developing countries to address international security challenges.

Gabriele Jacobs, Endowed Professor in Organisational Behaviour and Culture, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Read Bio)

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30

Plenary Session: Innovation Showcases

Evolution of a Sustainable Business Program: Lessons and Insights

The Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA at Colorado State University’s College of Business was developed as a niche program of innovative business solutions to address some of greatest global challenges. This showcase highlights the motivations, challenges, and lessons learned from 12 years of the program. While discussing the varied challenges of interdisciplinary degrees, success stories will be shared making the case for an integration of social and environmental content into core MBA courses.

Sanjay Ramchander, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Colorado State University College of Business, USA (Read Bio)

Impact through Innovation: The SCG Bangkok Business Challenge

The second largest economy in Southeast Asia, Thailand is conveniently located to be a hub for continental ASEAN. A regional leader in tourism, automotive, electronics, Thailand has shown a resilient economy despite going through tensed political situations in recent years. Despite such revolutions and protests against the government, the Thai startup ecosystem is now immersive, diverse and thriving. The tech-savvy Thai population also offers a favorable testing ground for social commerce, Fintech and other innovations. Recognizing this economic trend early on, the significance of student engagement and stakeholder collaboration, Sasin founded the SCG Bangkok Business Challenge, which marked the first postgraduate startup competition in Southeast Asia. This innovation showcase will explore how a business school can tangibly design an action learning module to enable effective engagement, innovation, and impact among a wide group of stakeholders.

Ian Fenwick, Director, Sasin School of Management, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (Read Bio)

University Social Responsibility Indicators System

Currently there is no system of global indicators of social responsibility for university institutions, which can measure the commitment and performance of these institutions in the field of sustainable development. This showcase presents a proposal of University Social Responsibility indicators developed by a group of recognized professors of Ibero-America, aligned to the most important international sustainability standards.

Gustavo A. Yepes-Lopez, Director of Management and Social Responsibility, School of Management, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Colombia (Read Bio)

19:30 – 22:00

Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner

Location: Palace of the Rock of the Conde d’Óbidos



Keynote Address: Impact Beyond Business

What is the real purpose of business schools? How do we begin to think about their impact beyond traditional metrics? Who, and what are our targets, and how do we more purposefully engage them? Peter Tufano of Oxford’s Saïd Business School will explore these and other questions based on his experience as a dean, social entrepreneur, and policy advisor. 

Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (Read Bio)

9:45 – 10:45

Plenary Session: Innovation Showcases

MBAs Meet NPOs: Finding Reciprocity in Impact

B-schools are compelled to rethink curricula and design pathways for meaningful social engagement. Consequently, Stellenbosch Business School (USB) requires every MBA student to undertake a management and governance project with a non‑profit organization (NPO). Students are instructed to refrain from taking a consultative or advisory stance, and instead encouraged to learn from how NPOs respond to society’s systemic sustainability challenges. The presentation will share what USB has learned from analyzing 201 social engagement assignments with reference to: student take-aways about the role and impact of NPOs; a shift in student self-perception of responsible leadership; and USB insights gained into educational and social impact innovation.

Arnold Smit, Head: USB Social Impact, Associate Professor in Business in Society, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa (Read Bio)

Social Competences Development in Multi-Disciplinary and Experiential Learning Program

Business requires not only technical know-how but also the social competences that make employees more efficient, resulting in a more successful working environment. In order to develop these competences, Universidad EAFIT launched Kratos––a multidisciplinary program based on experiential learning and challenge-based methodologies. Undergraduate students participate on a voluntary basis with the program committee largely composed of B-School faculty.

Sara Aguilar-Barrientos, Academic Coordinator Undergraduate Program in International Business, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia (Read Bio)

Societal Impact in the MBA Curriculum: From Foundations to Applications

Incorporating societal impact in the MBA curriculum requires both useful applications and solid intellectual foundations. This presentation will outline how INSEAD approached this through the introduction of three mini-core courses on Business and Society (the intellectual foundations), the piloting of an experiential SDG Bootcamp, and other curricular innovations. It will also highlight the need for central coordination and facilitation of curriculum design and student engagement even though much of the innovation will come through bottom-up initiatives of faculty, staff, students and alumni. At INSEAD, this strategic coordination and facilitation role is provided by the recently created Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society.

Timothy Van-Zandt, Professor of Economics, INSEAD, France (Read Bio)

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00

Plenary Session: Leveraging Digital to Scale Impact

In a world of increasing digital disruption, how do universities and business schools themselves leverage digital innovation to scale impact. This session explores different approaches and motivations for embracing digital, leading to greater value. Panelists represent a leading MOOC provider, an international not-for-profit advancing global education in data sciences, and an alliance of business schools who share a vision that online learning should have the same transformational impact as the very best face-to-face course. 


Tim Mescon, Executive Vice President and Chief Officer of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Headquarters
AACSB International, The Netherlands (Read Bio)


Daphne Kis, CEO, WorldQuant University, USA (Read Bio)
Lee Rubenstein, Vice President, Business Development, edX, USA (Read Bio)
Francisco Veloso, Dean, Imperial College Business School, United Kingdom (Read Bio)

12:00 – 13:00

Breakout Sessions

Driving Socio-Economic Development in the 4th Industrial Revolution: The Role of Business Schools

Disruptive technologies hold a tremendous potential for addressing critical socio-developmental challenges while also posing critical challenges for business organizations, governments, and the society at large. Business schools occupy a pivotal position of actively fostering all-round human development through teaching and industry engagement. A central issue remains: how can business schools and management education effectively drive the socio-economic development within the context of the fourth industrial revolution in emerging economies? In this session participants will explore ways through which business schools can serve as change agents in emerging economies. 

Akintola Owolabi, Professor of Cost and Management Accounting, Lagos Business School, Nigeria (Read Bio)

How Can Business Schools Generate Impact in Their Core Business?

A demonstration of how Brazilian business school, Fundação Dom Cabral, has promoted sustainable development in its chain of programs and projects. Executive education can and should have a relevant role in social transformation. Through market data, problems with the education sector will be presented before discussing the proposed solution together with the process of measuring an institution’s impact. A live mapping based on UN SDGs on the executive education sector will be conducted.

Ricardo Siqueira Campos, Associate Dean for Sustainability and Social Projects, Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil (Read Bio)
André de Menezes Lara Resende, Guest Professor, Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil (Read Bio)

Innovation Approaches at the Narxoz Business School

The Narxoz Business School (NBS) is shifting the paradigm for higher education in Central Asia. With the launch of the Qazaq Research Institute for Futures Studies (QRIFS) and the Creative Cities Institute (CCI), NBS is not only positioning itself as a regional leader but also transforming the foundations of business education by centering student learning around unique, research-driven institutes.QRIFS is an “indisciplinary” research-based and practice-driven learning lab designed to further futures studies and strategic foresight across Qazaqstan, Central Asia, and beyond. CCI is crystalized to have a transformative voice in socioeconomic development, not only in Qazaqstan but beyond its borders.  A notable feature of CCI is teaching and research on Industry 4.0. Applications of AI and cognitive science in the field of business best practices and at the same time focusing on entrepreneurial capacities is a prime motive of CCI’s vision. This breakout session offers an inside look at both QRIFS and CCI with details on how we are scaling innovative approaches across our BBA, MBA, and DBA programs. Additionally, we will facilitate an exercise and dialogue aimed at envisioning the futures of business education.

Jayarethanam Pillai, Dean of Graduate Programs , Director of Creative Cities Institute, Narxoz Business School, Kazakhstan (Read Bio)
John Sweeney, Director, Qazaq Research Institute for Futures Studies, Narxoz Business School, Kazakhstan (Read Bio)

13:00 – 14:00

Closing Lunch


Site Visits (Optional)


Wave by Wave 

Join a group of participants to experience Wave by Wave, a surf-based therapeutic intervention called surftherapy, which combines the benefits of surfing and contact with nature to a therapeutic intervention in order to promote indicators such as emotional regulation, stress management, resilience, reduction of behavioral problems and others wellness and mental health promoters. (Pre-registration is required).


Casa do Impacto

Take a visit to Casa do Impacto, an Incubator for the new generation of entrepreneurs who believe in sustainable business models that are capable of creating social impact. (Pre-Registration is required).