*This Agenda is subject to change


7:00 – 8:00

Impact Run (Optional)

8:45 – 9:00


9:00 – 12:00

Pre-Conference Workshops

Mainstreaming Resilience and the Precovery Mindset: The Next Generation of Global Management

Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Senior Advisor for 100 Resilient Cities in Resilience Finance, Senior Advisor and the Director of the Island Resilience Initiative for the Global Island Partnership, USA (Read Bio)

The Impact of Research

Cabells Scholarly Analytics

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 17:00

GBSN Members Meeting

Closed Session (GBSN Members Only)

17:30 – 19:30

Welcome Reception Hosted by Nova School of Economics and Business


9:00 – 9:30


9:30 – 9:45

Welcome Address

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

9:45 – 10:30

Keynote Address Transforming Africa Through 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
Simon Rey, Group Head/Vice President, Talent, Learning and Organizational Development, Ecobank Academy

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break and Group Photo

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
Michel Kalika, Co‐Director of Business Schools for Impact System, EFMD Global Network, Switzerland

Panelist: N.R.Parasuraman, Director, Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute for Management Development , India (Read Bio)

Shaping the Future of Work

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

Social Shared Value Creation by a Business School 

Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director, Henley Business School Africa, South Africa

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

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

14:30 – 15:30

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)
Sarah Singer, Director of Education Abroad, Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, USA (Read Bio)

Designing Management Education Programs for Family Owned 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)

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00

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

Ian Fenwick, Interim Deputy Director (External), 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)

19:00 – 21:30

Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner

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



Keynote Address

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)

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00

Plenary Session: The Role of Digital in Increasing the Impact of Business Schools 

Daphne Kis, CEO, WorldQuant University, USA
Lee Rubenstein, Vice President, Business Development, edX, USA (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)

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).