The GBSN Annual Conference is a premier international forum attracting some of the world’s foremost management educators from around the globe, as well as leaders in the development, corporate and public sectors to share ideas and network with a focus on strengthening management education for the developing world.

The conference is a unique opportunity to network and to learn about trends and best practice in delivering management education around the globe. GBSN’s annual conference rotates location and welcomes nearly 200 attendees and is usually held the first week of November. Previous GBSN conferences have been held in the U.S., France, Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, India, Tunisia, Spain, Philippines, Ghana and Portugal.

Upcoming Conference

2020 Annual Conference
Nov 11-13, 2020 I Miami, Florida

Host a GBSN Annual Conference

  • Provide adequate meeting space to hold all sessions for the conference (including plenary and break-out sessions)
  • Provide appropriate technology for the conference including reliable internet connection (wifi), projectors, screens etc.
  • Assign a dedicated logistics team to work with GBSN on conference planning.
  • Provide marketing support in promoting the event regionally and internationally and secure at least 40 registered paying attendees from the host country.
  • Cover all costs associated with conference catering (including the welcome reception) and coffee breaks.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled conference calls with the GBSN team.
  • Provide support in identifying and communicating with potential local and regional sponsors.
  • Provide overall in-country logistics support (i.e. securing hotel room blocks, transportation etc.)

Hosting the GBSN annual conference is an opportunity to support the advancement of management education for the developing world, while providing your institution international recognition among the world’s foremost management educators from around the globe, as well as leaders in the development, corporate and public sectors.

Please note that the opportunity to host an annual conference is reserved to GBSN members only. 

Past Conferences

2019 Annual Conference

Measuring the Impact of Business Schools
Nova School of Business and Economics
Lisbon, Portugal

2018 Annual Conference

Transforming Traditional Sectors: Educating Entrepreneurial Leaders to Drive Systemic Change
Strathmore Business School and the Chandaria School of Business, USIU
Nairobi, Kenya

2017 Annual Conference

Intersections of Business Education and Economic Development
Kogod School of Business, American University; George Washington University School of Business; Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Washington D.C., USA

2016 Annual Conference

Markets Shaping Management Education
Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
Accra, Ghana

2015 Annual Conference

Disruptive Educations Models for the Developing World
Asian Institute of Management
Manila, Philippines

2014 Annual Conference

Quality in Context: Management Education for the Developing World
IESE Business School
Barcelona, Spain

2013 Annual Conference

Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship
Mediterranean School of Business
Tunis, Tunisia

2012 Annual Conference

Making the Connection:
Management Education Powering Development
 Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
New Delhi, India 

2011 Annual Conference

Generating Leadership: Developing Human Capacity in Emerging Markets
IPADE Business School
Mexico City, Mexico

2010 Annual Conference

Innovation for Impact: Business Schools at the Crossroads of Development
Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Washington D.C., USA

2009 Annual Conference

Partnerships in Practice: Local Managers for a Globalized World
Cape Town, South Africa

2008 Annual Conference

Unlocking Potential: The Importance of Management Education
Nairobi, Kenya

2007 Annual Conference

Nurturing Business Education in Africa
Fontainbleu, France

2006 Annual Conference

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Hanover, New Hampshire USA