Nicole Zefran

Africa Powering Digital Transformation

Digital transformation plays a central role in the sustainable development of Africa. Yet the continent does not yet have the tech talent to enable this transformation. How do we develop the skills to support the needed investment? How can business, academia, government, and civil society work together to create an environment that unlocks the full potential of Africa’s aspiring entrepreneurs? Can business schools and universities take the lead in connecting diverse talent needed to accelerate innovation? The fifth and final session in the Talent for Africa series aimed to answer these questions.

New Member Spotlight: Geneva School of Economics and Management

GBSN promotes the expertise and interests of our members by providing a platform to communicate news and open opportunities to global audiences and share how they are innovating in management education to the benefit of their colleagues around the world. The New Member Spotlight series serves as a way for new member schools to introduce themselves to the network.

GBSN Partners with Peaqs for the Africa Business Plan Challenge

GBSN is pleased to present its’ Africa Business Plan Challenge in a completely virtual format and has teamed up with Danish Edtech Startup Peaqs, in providing a platform to facilitate the competition. Peaqs is not so much a system for the organizers, as it is for the competition itself where student entrepreneurs continuously upload, display and refine their business cases in a kickstarter-like fashion. Judges, mentors and other key stakeholders can also logon and interact with the entrepreneurs via a comment function and a gamified stock market, where they play the role of ‘investors,’ and can allocate their funds in support of the projects they think are the best.

Leading High Performing Teams in Turbulent Times

Professor Manfred Kets de Vries and professor Graham Ward from INSEAD have a discussion on how the psychodynamic orientation to leadership can be helpful to guide people through the present crisis. Referring to Kets de Vries’ recent eBook, Journeys into Coronavirus Land: Lessons from the Pandemic, leadership in times of crisis is one of the subjects.

New Member Spotlight: Western Governors University

WGU remains true to these roots with a principal mission to “expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers.”

New Member Spotlight: Athena School of Management

GBSN is pleased to welcome one of our newest members, Athena School of Management. Athena School of Management is one of India’s most exclusive Business Schools located in Mumbai. Athena’s vision is to create Future Leaders in Business & Society who have the ability to “ask the right questions”. Their pedagogy focuses on Experiential Learning, International Exposure, Corporate Interface & Character Building. Athena has been ranked as India’s Best Emerging Business School in 2019 & 20. Athena is the only Indian Business School to be shortlisted as a Finalist for the AMBA Excellence Awards 2021 in the Business School Impact Category.

New Member Spotlight: Stanford Seed, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies

GBSN is pleased to welcome one of our newest members, Stanford Seed, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. Stanford Seed is a Stanford Graduate School of Business initiative that partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives, with the ultimate vision of ending the cycle of global poverty. The program was established in 2011, implemented in West Africa in 2013, in East Africa in 2016, and expanded to India and Southern Africa in 2017.

Sustainability Expert Appointed LUMS’ Pentland Centre Director

The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), a GBSN member school, is set to welcome a new Director in the upcoming year. Jan Bebbington, a Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development, joins the Pentland Centre from the University of Birmingham. She was Head of the School of Management at… Read more >