Conferences

Call for Session Proposals

Lead conversations that explore new models, discuss societal challenges and develop solutions by preparing a session proposal for GBSN Beyond: Together In-Person and Online. Our highly interactive sessions probe participants to address the inequalities in global supply chains, access to healthcare and education, agriculture, food security, and more. We invite you to help shape the collective response to some of our most critical challenges by leading sessions that promote peace and diplomacy, advocate for globalization, and respond to climate change. Let’s translate current experiences into lessons for sustainable development.

Pivot. Shift. Disrupt. Buzzwords employed for years as descriptors of the ways in which business would adjust, shape, and innovate in sometimes proactive and often reactive ways. However, the biggest disrupter of the last century was not industry specific nor selective in its interruption. Some of the loudest pre-pandemic forecasts all came to bear in an accelerated fashion as Covid–19 wreaked havoc around the globe. Inequality in global supply chains, access to healthcare, agriculture and food security, all emerged in a perfect storm to expose our shortcomings. These events accessorabted by war and the trajectory of nationalism, have left us with much to do. 

What is clear is this: If we just improve access to what already exists, we are not doing enough –– we are not doing our jobs. A siloed approach to this confluence of challenges will be a dereliction of our collective duty. The ways in which we collaborate, do, and teach must change if we are to promote peace and diplomacy, advocate for globalization, and respond to climate change. As leaders in business and business education this is not only our responsibility but a task fully within our abilities to lead. This is at the heart of GBSN Beyond. We will confront these challenges together –– in-person and online.

GBSN seeks a diversity of perspectives for conference sessions across 4 sub-themes in 5 interactive format types.

Session Formats

Keynote Address

Individual ted-style talks by leading experts and industry leaders from across the globe. These sessions are prominently scheduled each day of the conference.  Duration: 20 mins talks with 20 mins Q&A

Stakeholder Dialogues

Deep-dive Dialogues that focus on a theme, but have liberty with regard to regional or topical focus. Panels must include at least two different stakeholders, such as: Educator, Gov’t Official, Civil Society Rep or Industry Professional. Duration: 60 mins

Skill-Up

Sessions focused on individual learning and skills development beyond the pandemic. This could take the form of a design thinking exercise, group activity or similar approaches. Duration: 90 mins

Innovation Showcases

Short talks featuring a single speaker that focuses on an innovation related to one of the themes. Presenters should relate to the modern learner, focused on expanding their knowledge in a quick & flexible way. Duration: 7-10 mins

FIREstarter

Provocative, subject-driven moderated dialogues with one-two speakers. The speakers will use daring prompts and questions in order to spark discussion and engagement. Duration: 30 mins

PechaKucha / Ignite

Focused on the idea of “talk less, show more” to share stories and experiences, presenters should reflect that authentic experience of an individual, team or a community related to a conference theme. Duration: 8 mins

Key Dates.

July 15, 2022

Call for Proposals Opens

August 31, 2022

Call for Proposals Closes

September 2, 2022

Selected speakers are notified

September 9, 2022

Selected speakers to confirm acceptance 

How to submit a proposal?

Session proposals are required to be submitted through the online form. Submissions must include:


  1. Proposed Session Title
    (15-word limit)
  2. Preferred Session Format
    One of the listed formats (Keynote, Firestarter, Stakeholder Dialogue, Bite-Sized Innovations, PechaKucha/Ignite, Skill-Up)
  3. Session content overview
    that includes the objectives and what participants will take away from the session (250-word limit)
  4. Additional Resources
    If applicable, will be available for attendees to access on the virtual platform
  5. Audience Engagement Each session must include an interactive element (i.e polling, icebreakers, etc.)

General Information.


1. Applicants may submit more than one proposal.

In the case of multiple submissions, only one proposal can be selected for inclusion on the conference agenda. Every effort will be made to ensure diversity is represented on the agenda.

2. GBSN Membership is not required to submit a proposal.

However, priority consideration is given to proposals that include faculty or staff from a GBSN Member School.

3. Do speakers have to pay the registration fee?

Speakers whose proposals are chosen are still encouraged to register their institution for the virtual and in-person conference. GBSN does not pay speakers fees and does not cover travel expenses.

4. Will there be modifications made to session proposals that are accepted?

GBSN reserves the right to recommend changes to session submissions upon consultation with applicants and consideration of the overall program.

Conference organizers require one-time permission to publish the works on the conference platform and to share presentations online.

6. Speakers can participate virtually and in-person.

Session proposals can include speakers who are able to travel to attend the conference in-person as well as those who are only able to join the session virtually via the virtual event platform.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2022


Questions?

Questions regarding the Call for Proposals and the submission process may be sent to beyond@gbsn.org.

Sponsorship & Partnership

Sponsors


Get involved. Be noticed. Make a difference.

​We have many sponsorship and partnership opportunities at GBSN Beyond, with a variety of options for visibility, engagement and collaboration. Because it is virtual, GBSN Beyond convenes over 2,500+ online participants and over 150+ in-person participants from all corners of the world. Benefits include speaking opportunities, a leading role in the Social Logistics Challenge and the microsimulation development lab, access to a virtual innovation marketplace, digital visibility, and more!


Move the Needle on the Mission

By supporting GBSN Beyond, your organization directly contributes to the acceleration of the development of new programs and the improvement of current programs and initiatives that will deliver solutions to critical challenges as well as offering activities that facilitate learning and development that helps to close the skills gap.

Share your Impact Story

Reach new audiences and solidify existing relationships by exhibiting virtually and / or in-person at GBSN Beyond’s Virtual Innovation Marketplace. Showcase your impact initiatives and your organization’s message on a global platform from one location.

Institutional Benefactor

Support students, faculty, administrators and entrepreneurs from the developing world by offering them the opportunity to participate in GBSN Beyond by becoming an institutional benefactor.

Be a Change Maker

Support activities that enable the creation of new knowledge, provide meaningful experiences, and build relationships that can transform management education, as well as provide broad visibility to your organization as a champion and change maker for economic and social development.

Sponsorship & Partnership

Each Circle of Giving package offers the opportunity to actively engage and support activities that directly contribute to making an impact on communities across the globe in the areas of healthcare, sustainable energy, human rights, sustainable finance, financial technology, and humanitarian logistics. In addition, build your organization’s reputation with students, faculty and leaders in global higher education as well as professionals from business and civil society. 

Intersection of Business, Academia and Civil society

GBSN Beyond brings organizations to the center of business, academia, government, and civil society. Be at the table as GBSN Beyond participants collectively explore multi-sector collaboration in developing talent needed for society’s critical challenges.

2,500+

participants

100+

organizations

50+

Countries represented

20+

Sessions

“For over a decade, MIT Sloan and GBSN have shared the same ambitions and goals to broaden our reach and understanding of global challenges, opportunities, and approaches.  GBSN’s relevant themed conferences, speakers, and interactive sessions, continue to challenge ourselves to understand, learn and research how higher education will positively impact our shared environment.”

–  David Capodilupo, Assistant Dean, Global Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management

Why should I Sponsor or Partner?

Support GBSN Beyond to affiliate your organization with a dynamic, innovative experience that draws the attention of students, faculty and leaders from academic institutions; professionals from government, civil society and private industry from all over the world. Your support also helps GBSN continue its important work, improving management and leadership talent with education and training.

  1. Enhance your network with influential educators, students, and leaders in the development, corporate and public sectors
  2. Build awareness and maximize exposure of your organization, activities, impact and services to a global and diverse audience
  3. Observe and discuss the latest data, market trends and research findings on the future of global talent development, employability and education, including the impact of COVID-19
  4. Directly participate in the development of actionable solutions

Circles of Giving.

Choose from a variety of packages that offer various benefits and opportunities and gain the biggest value with the largest impact for your organization.

Leadership Circle
USD
$
15,000
Impact Circle
USD
$
10,000
Community Circle
USD
$
8,000
Most Popular!
Mission Circle
USD
$
5,000
Innovation Marketplace
USD
$
3,000
Benefit CategoryLeadership CircleImpact CircleCommunity CircleMission CircleInnovation Marketplace
Event Accessx4 in-person conference ticketsx3 in-person conference ticketsx2 in-person conference ticketsx1 in-person conference ticket

Unlimited virtual event accessUnlimited virtual event accessUnlimited virtual event accessUnlimited virtual event accessUnlimited virtual event access
BenefactorOffer x1 institutional registration for school in the developing world Offer x1 institutional registration for school in the developing worldOffer x1 individual in-person registration to a social entrepreneur
VisibilityAcknowledgement during session and logo on cover slideAcknowledgement during session and logo on cover slideLogo on cover slide
Speaking opportunity Speaking opportunityDesign a pre-conference track related session
Sponsor main conf sessionSponsor main conf sessionSponsor main conf session
full page AD in printed program½ page AD in printed programLogo placement in printed conference program
Logo placement on login dashboard, website and
registration page
Logo placement on login dashboard, website and
registration page
Logo placement on login dashboard, website and
registration page
Prominent Logo placement in Main LobbyProminent Logo placement in Main LobbyLogo placement in Main Lobby
Dedicated page to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.Dedicated page to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.Dedicated page to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.Dedicated page to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.Dedicated page to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.
Innovation MarketplacePrime Location, Virtual Booth with
Live video chat, lead generation and data analytics
Prime Location, Virtual Booth
with Live video chat, lead generation and data analytics
Virtual Booth with
Live video chat, lead generation and data analytics
Virtual Booth with
Live video chat, lead generation and data analytics
Virtual Booth with
Live video chat, lead generation and data analytics
Table at in-person exhibition spaceTable at in-person exhibition spaceTable at in-person exhibition space
GBSN Members Meeting VisibilitySpeaking opportunity during members meetingSpeaking opportunity during members meetingSpeaking opportunity during members meeting
Logo on members meeting webpage & all marketing materialsLogo on members meeting webpage & all marketing materialsLogo on members meeting webpage & all marketing materials
Social Media Visibility1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn before GBSN Beyond1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn before GBSN Beyond
1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during 3 tracks 1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during 3 tracks
1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during conference 1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during conference
Sponsor Lightning ReelVideo Reel played during plenary session (virtual and in-person)Video Reel played during plenary session (virtual and in-person)Video Reel played during plenary session (virtual and in-person)
Email CommunicationsLogo placement in all GBSN Beyond emails Logo placement in all GBSN Beyond emailsLogo placement in all GBSN Beyond emailsLogo placement in track related emails and Beyond Bulletin
GBSN PodcastAD placement in GBSN Podcast x1 episode OR participate in an episode w/ a thought leader from your organizationAD placement in x1 GBSN Podcast episode
GBSN eNewsletterAD placement OR featured article in x1 eNewsletter issueFeatured article in x1 eNewsletter issue
Promo Video VisibilityVisibility in x1 GBSN Beyond Promo Video Visibility in x1 GBSN Beyond Promo Video
Swag BagsInclude item(s) in the Virtual Swag Bags (i.e vouchers, software trials, online courses, publications, gift cards, etc.)Include item(s) in the Virtual Swag Bags (i.e vouchers, software trials, online courses, publications, gift cards, etc.)Include item(s) in the Virtual Swag Bags (i.e vouchers, software trials, online courses, publications, gift cards, etc.)Include item(s) in the Virtual Swag Bags (i.e vouchers, software trials, online courses, publications, gift cards, etc.)Include item(s) in the Virtual Swag Bags (i.e vouchers, software trials, online courses, publications, gift cards, etc.)
Include item(s) in the swag bags for the in-person conferenceInclude item(s) in the swag bags for the in-person conferenceInclude item(s) in the swag bags for the in-person conference
Networking & Health & Well-BeingBranded sponsor of x1 conference networking session and x1 Health & Well-Being SessionBranded sponsor of x1 conference networking session and x1 Health & Well-Being Session

Contact Us

Interested in sponsoring or becoming a partner? Contact us.

Practical Information


GBSN Beyond can be accessed both virtually and in-person. The in-person portion will be hosted in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Leading academic faculty, leaders and administrators, professionals from industry and civil society are invited to join us in-person in The Netherlands. The virtual components will be hosted on the Whova event platform. Once registration is complete, individuals will be provided access to the virtual platform.

To help you prepare, we have provided a variety of practical information below.

In-Person Participation


Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum’s vintage ships and exhibits trace the city’s seafaring history. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood is home to canalside shopping and Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for bold, modern architecture.

Locations

GBSN Members Meeting

Luiss Business School Amsterdam Hub

Nieuwe Herengracht 103, 1011 RZ

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Phone: +31 6 85222369

Welcome Reception, Conference Programming

Artis

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Accommodation

GBSN recommends staying at one of the following hotels. Each hotel is within walking distance from the bus pick-up point, the Artis Zoo and the LUISS Business School Amsterdam campus.

De Jonker Urban Studios & Suites

Plantage Middenlaan 40II, 1018 DG Amsterdam

Price: Between EUR 130 – 190 / night

Proximity to
Luiss Amsterdam Hub: 7 minutes walking
Artis: 6 minutes walking

Discover the ultimate home away from home experience at de Jonker Urban Studios & Suites which is located in a historical building in the city centre of Amsterdam. The Studios and Suites are placed in the gorgeous, newly renovated monumental building that emanates a typically Amsterdam feel – the characteristic staircase and original beams are still prominent features. De Jonker Urban Studios & Suites, is located across the street from city zoo Artis.

The Lancaster Hotel Amsterdam

Plantage Middenlaan 48, 1018 DH Amsterdam

Price: Between EUR 140 – 180 / night

Proximity to
Luiss Amsterdam Hub: 7 minutes walking
Artis: 7 minutes walking

An impressive monumental building that is full of special details. The Lancaster Hotel Amsterdam is located in the Plantage neighborhood. A green part of central Amsterdam, where the hotspots just keep popping up. The Amsterdam zoo Artis is located right across the street. All rooms are equipped with comfortable beds that have a wonderful mattress and excellent quality pillows – everything you need to completely relax during a weekend break or night away.

Hotel Park Plantage

Plantage Middenlaan 26, 1018 DE Amsterdam

Price: EUR 110 – 150 / night

Proximity to
Luiss Amsterdam Hub: 7 minutes walking
Artis: 6 minutes walking

Park Plantage is located in one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The hotel is a blend of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of timeless elegance, with comfortable and stylish rooms. Hotel Park Plantage prides itself on giving each guest personal attention. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, a TV, free high-speed wifi, an en-suite bathroom, and more.

Visa Information The Netherlands

For traveling to the Netherlands, foreign nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland are exempt from the visa requirement. For some nationalities outside the EU there is no visa requirement either. 

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland

Outside EU/Schengen Area

If you want to stay in the Netherlands for less than 90 days, you may need a short-stay Schengen visa. Whether you need a visa to visit the Netherlands depends on your nationality. If you are not a national of one of the countries listed above, then you may need a short-stay Schengen visa. This allows you to stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period.  You can use the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Schengen Visa Advisor to see whether you need a visa or not. Even if you do not need a visa, you must still meet certain conditions in order to visit the Netherlands. These can be found on the website of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).

Please contact Emma Martens at emartens@gbsn.org if you need any conference documentation for a visa application.

Covid-19 Information and Requirements for The Netherlands

EU/Schengen Area

​​There are no coronavirus-related restrictions for entering the Netherlands for travelers who live in the EU/Schengen area or in a country participating in the EU travel rules scheme. The EU entry ban applies to other travelers who live outside the EU/Schengen area, but there are some exceptions.  The following countries are considered EU/Schenden area:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland

Outside EU/Schengen Area

An EU entry ban applies to residents of countries outside the EU/Schengen area. There are some exemptions, for example for people with proof of vaccination. This proof of vaccination must meet certain requirements.

Fully vaccinated means: the vaccination schedule consists of a single dose and this single dose has been administered (Janssen); OR the vaccination schedule consists of 2 doses and: Both doses have been administered, or 1 dose has been administered and it has been confirmed that the person vaccinated had previously been infected with the virus SARS-CoV-2.

Booster vaccination means: a booster vaccination is an additional dose you received after completing your primary vaccination. Validity begins immediately after booster vaccination – proof of vaccination is valid immediately after receiving a booster dose. No end date for validity after booster vaccination – proof of vaccination is valid indefinitely after you receive your booster vaccination.

Vaccination certificate means: If you do not live in the EU, you are subject to the EU entry ban and cannot travel to the Netherlands, unless:

  • You can show a valid, paper vaccination certificate, or
  • You can show a digital vaccination certificate issued by a country taking part in the EU Digital COVID Certificate system (ec.europa.eu).

*Note: Proof of vaccination is valid for 270 days after you received the final dose of your primary vaccination. After you receive your booster vaccination, your proof of vaccination is valid indefinitely.

Transportation

Travel By Air
The major airport in Amsterdam is Schiphol (AMS). The airport is approximately 30 minutes from the conference venue by taxi and approximately 40 minutes via public transport. 

Travel By Train 
If you are traveling by regional train, the main station in Amsterdam is Amsterdam Central. This station is approximately 10 minutes from the venue via public transport or 15 minutes via taxi.

Public Transport in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam and throughout the Netherlands, the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart) is used for travel on trams, buses, metros and trains. You purchase a card that can be reused and recharged with credit at any time. Cards are available at GVB ticket vending machines, GVB Tickets & Info locations, and select newsstands and supermarkets.

Dress Code

The dress code for the conference is business casual. The dress code for the Gala Dinner is national dress.

Please note, residents in Amsterdam and Rotterdam typically get around by biking or walking. Packing comfortable shoes to be able to get around by walking and/or biking is recommended.

Weather in Amsterdam in November 

Temperatures in The Netherlands in November are mild-to-cold and you should expect some rain. The Dutch climate is quite cool and wet year-round but is unlikely to feel exceptionally cold to travelers from northern parts of similar climate countries. Average daytime temperatures in November are around 45°F (7°C) with highs around 50°F (10°C) and lows of 42°F (5°C). We recommend packing a warm jacket and an umbrella or raincoat.

Additional Logistics Questions

If you have any additional questions please reach out to the GBSN Beyond team at beyond@gbsn.org.

Registration

To emphasize our commitment to inclusivity and access, the base registration package includes one ticket to the in-person conference AND unlimited virtual access to both the pre-conference track experiences and the conference program for the institution’s community.

GBSN membership is not required to register for GBSN Beyond. Members receive exclusive access to the GBSN Members meeting and a reduced conference registration rate. Registration is open to all business school educators, students and administrators, professionals from industry, aid organizations, and civil society, policy makers and representatives of foundations, aid agencies, NGOs and government officials.

Registration Rates

Early bird Deadline: September 12th

Base Registration Package

Member Registration Package
1,100
  • x1 In-person ticket
  • unlimited virtual access for institution
  • 3 Pre-conference Track Experiences
  • 3-day Conference Program
Non-Member Registration Package
1,350
  • x1 In-person ticket
  • unlimited virtual access for institution
  • 3 Pre-conference Track Experiences
  • 3-day Conference Program

Add-Ons

Additional In-Person Ticket
(Member Rate)
800
  • x1 In-person ticket
  • GBSN Members Only Meeting
  • Full Conference Access
  • Welcome Reception
  • Gala Dinner
Additional In-Person Ticket
(Non-Member Rate)
950
  • x1 In-person ticket
  • GBSN Members Only Meeting
  • Full Conference Access
  • Welcome Reception
  • Gala Dinner

My institution is registered, and I have a registration code.

Individuals from institutions that have already registered and purchased the base registration package still must submit an online registration form to gain access to the track activities and the virtual conference event platform. Please enter your institution’s unique code to ensure all fees are removed.

Click here to see if your institution is registered.

Online & Track Access for
Leaders, Administrators, Faculty
I have my institution’s code.
Online & Track Access for
Students from all disciplines
I have my institution’s code.

Registration Process

To Register an Institution:

This step only needs to be completed ONCE per institution. Once a school has registered, individuals from the school can register themselves to gain access to the virtual platform. To register an institution select one of the following options.

  • Member Institution Registration: If the institution is a GBSN Member (Check the member list)
  • Non-Member Institution Registration: If the institution is NOT a GBSN Member

**Once an institution is registered, Emma Martens will provide relevant marketing materials to share with your students, faculty and administrators to encourage participation**

To Register Yourself:

This step must be completed by any individual who wishes to participate in any portion of GBSN Beyond 2022. Your school must be registered to select one of the following options:

  • Additional In-Person Registration: If you are an Individual whose institution  IS registered looking to attend the in-person portion of the conference
  • Online Individual Access: If you are an Individual whose institution IS registered looking to access the online portion of the conference

* Additional Institution Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor an additional institution you may also select this option.

Questions?

All queries related to registration should email beyond@gbsn.org or Emma Martens at emartens@gbsn.org.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does an organization pay for a registration fee and provide access to its staff, students, faculty, etc.?

The first person completing the registration will be prompted to pay during the registration process. Once registration and payment are complete, GBSN event staff will provide a unique code to share with individuals along with instructions on how to register with the institution’s unique code.

How many individuals can register per organization?

Once an organization is registered, they may have as many participants involved in each track as they would like as well as an unlimited number of individuals accessing the virtual conference.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes. As part of our commitment to access and inclusivity we are excited to offer a limited number of scholarships for schools in developing countries. Please click here to apply. The number of scholarships we are able to offer is dependent on event sponsorship.

Can I attend the virtual conference without participating in the pre-conference track experiences?

Yes, all registered participants can participate in the conference virtually regardless of track participation. Some sessions have capacity limits, so reserve your spot early.

Can I register as an individual to participate virtually?

Yes. If a registration package has already been purchased, individuals can register to participate in the track experiences and the conference virtually.

Can I register more than one individual to attend the in-person conference?

Yes. The base institutional registration package includes one in-person ticket as well as unlimited institutional access to the virtual platform. Additional in-person tickets can be purchased.

The Social Logistics Challenge

Quick Links

2021 Teams

2022 Judges

Contact

Maddie Handler, Program Coordinator

mhandler@gbsn.org

In the wake of COVID-19 in 2020, GBSN pivoted to the online conference GBSN Beyond Virtual Conference.  With the HUMLOG Institute at Hanken School of Economics, the team introduced the HUMLOG Challenge: a solution-based virtual team competition. The Challenge that was presented to students was to identify a systematic supply chain issue within the local community and suggest an innovative solution that would help alleviate medical and/or food supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic

In 2021, the GBSN team continued with the GBSN Beyond Virtual Conference, and again worked with the HUMLOG Institute to bring students the HUMLOG Challenge.  2021’s competition posed students to develop solutions around community disaster resilience. Students were prompted to choose a natural disaster relative to their geographical region and address the community’s preparedness response and level of resilience.

Both 2020 and 2021 demonstrated the incredible potential for business students within the network to develop engaging and creative solutions in regards to humanitarian logistics: a branch of logistics dealing with the preparedness and response of a disaster management system.  In year one, that disaster was COVID-19 and in year two, that disaster had to be a natural disaster.

In 2022, students will be challenged with the fundamental reminder of the definition of logistics: coordinated separate activities which combine to one organized movement of goods, services, and people.  This challenge incorporates this essential philosophy of logistics into the new and innovative study of social logistics, which aims to introduce a social (human) factor in the systems and to apply logistics principles and methods in solving problems within society.

The shift from the HUMLOG Challenge to the Social Logistics Challenge is a demonstration of the development of the competition.  Social Logistics is both a new frontier and a unique opportunity for business students to truly interact with other disciplines and utilize one another’s expertise to create business solutions with a focus on social responsibility and awareness. Through this Challenge, students will learn that social logistics aims to introduce a social (human) factor in the systems and to apply logistic principles and methods in solving the problems of society.

GBSN hopes to leverage the strengths of Social Logistics, which includes the traditional supply chain knowledge and humanitarian logistics, while also incorporating communication, programming, and technology.  The Social Logistics Challenge will continue the tradition of a team-based virtual competition, which encourages cross-disciplinary and multi-university collaboration. 

Inclusive in this experience will be student-only networking sessions and open office hours for the GBSN team and experts to assist students in solution development. This virtual competition will also include in-person components, if possible, including a live panel of preliminary and final round judges.

How does it work?

Register your team by September 15.

We encourage multi-disciplinary, teams of 2-5 students from different schools disciplines, and levels. Schools are welcome to have more than one team.

If your university is registered for GBSN Beyond 2022, you are qualified to register a team.

Identify a local problem.

Utilize your logistical knowledge and training to improve a societal access problem.  Be sure to identify the community of this problem, the multiple stakeholders involved, and most importantly, how this solution supports one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Identify a local problem.

Develop your solution.

Develop a unique and implementable solution that can be used in a locally-relevant context. Demonstrate that solution in a creative format.

Develop your solution.

The Challenge.

Identify and define a social logistics problem or challenge within a community and develop an implementable business solution that addresses the problem. Social logistics introduces a social (human) factor in systems and applies logistics principles and methods in solving problems within society. The Solution Package should illustrate local relevance to its community, what stakeholders are involved, and most importantly, how this solution supports one or more of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Deliverables

Each team will prepare a Solutions Package that will incorporate both written and visual elements. Teams will submit a written report and a visual creative illustration.

Solution Package

Written Report.

The written report must be no longer than 5 pages in length (double spaced) and must be in English or with English translations. It should be submitted as a Word Document or PDF and should be separated into the following:

  • Problem Statement: 
    • Understanding the problem as it relates to its context.
    • Proof of research
  • Solution Development and Implementation
  • Define the UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

Solution Package

Creative Illustration.

Illustrations could include any digital format, such as videos, powerpoint presentations, interviews, podcasts, etc. They can be submitted in PowerPoint, Google Slides, MOV, MP4, JPEG, and PNG. Teams are encouraged to think out of the box, engage local participants in their field work, and capture local perspectives from key stakeholders. However, the illustration must be in English or with an English translation and if videos are submitted, they must be limited to 3 minutes in length. Students must identify the following:

  • The region represented
  • Problem identified
  • Proof of research
  • The solution and implementation plan

Judging Criteria

Each solutions package should illustrate and consider the following:

  1. The solution must solve a problem related to access
  2. The solution must clearly demonstrate components of logistic studies including, but not limited, to supply chain management
  3. The solution must benefit society whether on a local or cross-border scale
  4. The solution must demonstrate a clear understanding of multiple channels and stakeholders involved in the implementation
  5. The solution must clearly and actively incorporate one or more of the 17 SDGs

Judging Process

Judging for this competition will happen in two phases. Preliminary judging that determines the Top Five teams, and the Final judging that determines the overall winner. Preliminary judges will review all submitted deliverables to ultimately determine the following:

  • How well your team describes the problem and its local relevance
  • Whether or not your team demonstrates creativity
  • Whether or not the solution your team develops is feasible
  • How your solution addresses one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Team MIT Sloan presentation in 2021 HUMLOG Challenge.

The top 5 student teams will present their projects live to a panel of international judges. 

10-minute pitch presentation delivered LIVE to judges.

  • All team members must participate in the LIVE pitch for the team to be eligible to win the prize. Participation is defined as a minimum of 1 minute of speaking during the presentation. 
  • Teams can include supplemental materials to support their LIVE presentations in the finals round, including their creative illustration.

A 15-minute Q&A with the judges.

  • All team members must be present for the LIVE pitch presentation and virtual Q&A.
  • Judge and team participation will be moderated by a GBSN staff member to keep time and ensure equal distribution of participation between judges and teams.
  • The LIVE Pitch Presentations and Q&A portion will be recorded and broadcasted LIVE for the public to watch.

*The GBSN Team will be providing “open office” hours and rehearsals for teams.

Examples of Qualifying Solutions

The following are a few examples of qualifying social logistics solutions:


Example 1

As GBSN has learned from working with CIPE in Papua New Guinea, starting a business is challenging due to economic climate, government regulations, and local support. A student team from PNG could develop a solution surrounding logistically establishing a business incubation site in their local community.

Example 2

Ethiopia is a large producer of honey wine, known as Tej, however, local sellers are having difficulty storing and selling large quantities to wholesalers, especially in the current war-torn environment. Student teams could collaborate to configure a plan for mass production of Tej to assist their local economies, while keeping the businesses safe.

Example 3

Crane and Company has been providing paper for the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing since the late 17th century.  As the digital age becomes more apparent and less businesses take cash, there are several problems that can arise.  Several emerging economies, especially in the Caribbean and Latin America still rely on the US dollar for forms of payment. How can students find a solution to help the printers, distributors, and users of cash?

Example 4

Even in very economically developed countries, such as Australia, people become equal in the wake of climate change. Floods, droughts, and wildfires are among the largest forces to affect Australia’s natural habitat. How can students develop a safety preparedness logistics solution to protect the natural environment in the event of these wild occurrences and keep people safe?

Example 5

In the United States, school and mass shootings have unfortunately become widely prevalent. California has set itself apart with more shootings than any other state. A logistical solution could explore the supply chain of guns in specific cities within the state, including a look into which stores are selling weapons, and how they are abiding by the law. 

Example 6

As we all know, the invasion of Ukraine has affected nations across the globe, especially in neighboring European countries.  As countries, such as Germany, are sanctioning Russian oil, there is a massive effect on transportation within the country.  German students could look into alternative transportation logistics or even gas/oil supply chains within their communities that do not support the war.

Example 7

Education in several countries in Africa is a challenging feat, but especially in territories affected by militias and war, such as in Northeastern Nigeria, affected by Boko Harem. How can students come together to develop a solution that helps children in these areas achieve education safely?

Example 8

In the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, refugees depend on food assistance, usually in the form of vouchers.  Oftentimes, these are not always the most nutritious foods, rather they are inexpensive and easy to ship.  What solutions can be developed by teams to provide nutritionally sustainable foods to these camps?


GBSN Beyond


Business schools are ideally placed to be the nexus between government, business and civil society in shaping a collective response to our most critical challenges.

Pivot. Shift. Disrupt. Buzzwords employed for years as descriptors of the ways in which business would adjust, shape, and innovate in sometimes proactive and often reactive ways. However, the biggest disrupter of the last century was not industry specific nor selective in its interruption. Some of the loudest pre-pandemic forecasts all came to bear in an accelerated fashion as Covid–19 wreaked havoc around the globe. Inequality in global supply chains, access to healthcare, agriculture and food security, all emerged in a perfect storm to expose our shortcomings. These events accessorabted by war and the trajectory of nationalism, have left us with much to do. 

What is clear is this: If we just improve access to what already exists, we are not doing enough –– we are not doing our jobs. A siloed approach to this confluence of challenges will be a dereliction of our collective duty. The ways in which we collaborate, do, and teach must change if we are to promote peace and diplomacy, advocate for globalization, and respond to climate change. As leaders in business education this is not only our responsibility but a task fully within our abilities to lead. This is at the heart of GBSN Beyond. We will confront these challenges together –– in-person and online.

A vibrant hub of exchange, learning, collaboration and discussion.


The COVID-19 pandemic compelled us to acknowledge a global need for cooperation as existing inequalities present multiple challenges. In order to create a space to tackle these critical challenges, GBSN Beyond was born in 2020.

In its third year, GBSN Beyond is a premier international forum that convenes over 2,500+ registrants online and over 150 participants in-person from over 35+ countries. With an innovative approach to what a conference can be, GBSN Beyond provides a variety of engaging learning experiences, knowledge exchanges, and opportunities to network and connect with colleagues from across the globe. 

GBSN Beyond features three parallel track experiences delivered virtually during the month of October, leading up to a 3-day conference. This year, the parallel track experiences will be held virtually and the 3-day conference will be online and in-person, hosted by both Rotterdam School of Management and LUISS Business School, November 7-9. This year, the conference will offer the opportunity to participate in person and virtually. These track experiences are designed to engage Learners, Educators, and Leaders. The conference offers a program of keynotes, panel discussions, lightning talks, networking activities, and more.

ACADEMIA

University leaders, including Rectors, Deans, Directors and Administrators from developed, emerging and frontier markets.

INDUSTRY

Professionals from industry dedicated to addressing economic and social challenges effectively and efficiently.

GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY

Professionals from industry, aid organizations, and civil society dedicated to addressing economic and social challenges effectively and efficiently.


Pre-Conference

3 Parallel Track Experiences

Educators Track

Featuring the Microsimulation Development Lab

for scholars, lecturers, trainers, and university faculty across disciplines who want to connect with like-minded colleagues on teaching innovations, research and pedagogy needed serve communities and develop talent the world needs now.

Learners Track

Featuring the Social Logistics Challenge

for graduate and undergraduate students from relevant disciplines, professionals and lifelong learners who are committed to reskill, innovate, upskill, collaborate and are interested in making an impact in their community.

Leaders Track

Featuring the GBSN-EFMD Going BEYOND Awards

for professionals who lead organizations  in academia, government, business and civil society who are interested in cultivating talent needed to tackle today’s problems and collaborative initiatives that deliver solutions.

Conference

November 7-9, 2022 I Amsterdam & Rotterdam, The Netherlands

This year GBSN Beyond will deliver a variety of engaging learning experiences, knowledge exchanges, and opportunities to network and connect with colleagues from academia and industry from across the globe though an innovative hybrid environment. Historically, GBSN’s Annual Conference has been hosted at member institutions around the world. Our pivot to a virtual conference in 2020 allowed us to be more inclusive and engage a wider and diverse audience. As travel restrictions begin to ease around the world, we are taking everything we learned from our past virtual conferences and past in-person conferences and employ them to deliver GBSN Beyond Together In-Person & Online.

The in-person conference will be hosted in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam co-hosted by the Rotterdam School of Management and LUISS Business School. Leading academic faculty, leaders and administrators, professionals from industry and civil society are invited to join us in-person in The Netherlands.

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Co-Hosts

Resources: HUMLOG Competitors

Welcome to the 2021 HUMLOG Competitors Resource Page!


DATE & TIME

Conference: Nov 15-17

LOCATION

HUBB

CONTACT

beyond@gbsn.org

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ABOUT
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
SPEAKERS
RACE2IMAGINE
Educators Track
Learners Track
Leaders Track
Registration
Sponsors
FAQs
RESOURCES: HUMLOG COMPETITORS
going beyond awards
Q&A Video

Informational Kick-Off Meeting Recording
Q and A Session with Final Judges

Meet the Judges

Gyöngyi Kovács
Pete Gomez

Amédée Prouvost
Dr. Armand Bam
Courtney Davis Curtis

Student Team Intro Videos

Team AI.GRID Asian Institute of Management

Last Year’s Top 3 Team Presentations

Winning Team: Team Los Andes
2nd Place Team: Team WU (Wirtschaft Universitat Wien)
3rd Place Team: Team GIM (Goa Institute of Management)

Blogs

Strengthening Disaster Resilience: The 2021 HUMLOG Challenge

Click here to read GBSN’s CEO, Dan LeClair’s article.

National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the Importance of Paradigm Shifts for Today’s Natural Disaster Responsiveness

Click here to read GBSN’s Program Development Coordinator, Gianluca-Viorel Moldovan’s article.

Informational Webinars

SONJO: Minimizing the Adverse Health and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 through Social Capital in the Digital Era

Access the Student Handbook

2021 HUMLOG Student Handbook

Articles

  • Mechanics of Humanitarian Supply Chain Agility and Resilience and Its Empirical Validation 
    • Supply chain agility assisting with humanitarian resilience
    • The humanitarian supply chain is a complex network of NGOs, government, military, police, action aids, logistics service providers with zero tolerance attitude to provide relief to the victims of a catastrophic event or disaster in forms of providing eating materials, medicines, medical support and to ensure quick recovery or increase supply chain resilience
  • Building an Effective Disaster Management Plan
    • Quick read on business resilience with a ten-step process
    • Operational risk management
    • “Form of weather-related events, pandemics, fire, flood, labor actions, port closures and motor vehicle accidents, to name a few.”
  • Mitigation Processes
    • Supply chain resilience in correlation to practitioner based disaster management processes
    • Provides a generic integrated framework for supply chain resilience with demonstrations from Hurricane Katrina
  • FEMA’s Supply Chain Resilience Guide
    • “Quickly reestablishing flows of water, food, pharmaceuticals, medical goods, fuel, and other crucial commodities is almost always in the immediate interest of survivors and longer-term recovery.”
    • Emergency operations plans
    • Community lifelines

Guides

  • ARD-C Toolkit
    • The ARC-D toolkit is used to determine the level of a community’s disaster resilience, in two parts:
      • Part A assesses the general context of the community, capturing local population data, governance structures, built environment and ecosystem attributes, vulnerable groups, and major risk scenarios.
      • Part B assesses the community’s disaster resilience level to a chosen risk scenario through a consensus-based focus group discussion, guided by 30 key questions, each linked to a particular resilience component.
  • Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
    • The Framework was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015 and aims to achieve the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries over the next 15 years.

Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics

Race2Imagine

DATE & TIME

Conference: Nov 15-17

LOCATION

Zoom Events

CONTACT

beyond@gbsn.org

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ABOUT
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SPEAKERS
RACE2IMAGINE
Educators Track
Learners Track
Leaders Track
Registration
Sponsors
FAQs
RESOURCES: HUMLOG COMPETITORS
going beyond awards

Existing inequalities have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID–19. Our world after the global pandemic is likely to see the proliferation of these inequalities unless we focus on the inclusive management of our multiple challenges. From access to healthcare and education to the all-encompassing disruptions of climate change, as leaders of management education we have to forge a response that recognizes and addresses with intent the disparate ways these issues affect various populations.

GBSN and Universidad de los Andes are partnering to engage university communities (students, faculty and leaders of organizations) across the globe during the month of October, leading up to GBSN Beyond. Race2Imagine is an opportunity for university communities across the globe to convene, exchange and celebrate community impact, while also offering an opportunity to directly participate in the development of proposals and actionable solutions that can be applied in different contexts.

Race2Imagine features three sessions focused on healthcare, climate change and human rights. Each session aims to facilitate the exchange of impact stories from different perspectives: students, faculty and leaders from different institutions to  share their story about an initiative they have undertaken within their local community that addresses a challenge related to one of the four GBSN Beyond themes: human rights, healthcare and climate change.  These convenings will also  share their vision about the strategies, actions and initiatives that need to be undertaken in the near future across different contexts. 



Session #1: Friday, 15 OCTOBER I 8:00 am – 10:00 am EDT

Race2Imagine aims to facilitate the exchange of impact stories from different perspectives: students, faculty and leaders from different institutions and government and civil society professionals to  share their experience within their local community that addresses challenges related to healthcare.  

This convening will share visions of the strategies, actions and initiatives that need to be undertaken in the near future across different contexts. Co-hosted with Miami Herbert Business School, guest speakers will explore and compare approaches to university-health system collaboration to achieve impact, using the example of informing the response to COVID-19.

Session #2: Friday, 22 OCT I 11:00 am – 13:00 pm EDT

This session provides a venue to discuss the role of forests in climate change. It features case studies on the enhancement of forest carbon stocks through both afforestation and reduced deforestation strategies -afforestation of otherwise degraded lands removes carbon from the atmosphere, while avoiding deforestation  reduces the influx of carbon into the atmosphere while preserving biodiversity. The ultimate goal of this session is to stimulate a reflection on how businesses may constructively engage in the use of nature-based solutions to help solve the climate crisis.

Session #3: Friday, 29 OCTOBER I 8:00 am – 10:00 am EDT

This seminar will invite participants to reflect on how  business research can have a positive effect on the promotion of human rights. To do this, the seminar will leverage the research experience of a group of professors who developed a study during the Colombian peace process with the FARC group. 

Co-hosted with Geneva School of Economics, the seminar will feature panel discussions exploring academic and industry insights on human rights in illegal mining; human trafficking; drug trafficking; refugee rights; etc.  

GBSN Beyond FAQs

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A sponsor booth can only have one video loaded to the player on the page. However, you can upload more videos for attendees to download and play in a separate window. This article will help walk you through how to do just that.

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Virtual Conference

The virtual conference will offer a program of keynotes, panel discussions, lightning talks, networking activities, and more, that generally focus on four themes: humanitarian logistics, climate change, healthcare, and human rightsGBSN Beyond will bring together members of academia, business, government and civil society to collectively explore new models, discuss challenges and develop solutions. Let’s translate current experiences into lessons for sustainable development.

Conference Program

Please note, this agenda is subject to change. All times are displayed in EASTERN TIME. The event platform will automatically display in your local time.

MONDAY, 15 November

8:00 I Opening Plenary

Dan LeClair, CEO, Global Business School Network, USA (READ BIO)

Soumitra Dutta, Board Chair, Global Business School Network, USA (READ BIO)


8:10 I WELCOME ADDRESS from Our Sponsors

  • David Capodilupo, Assistant Dean, Global Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (READ BIO)
  • Jonathan Levin, Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA (READ BIO)
  • Karen Spens, Rector, Hanken School of Economics, Finland (READ BIO)

8:20 I Keynote: Enabling Community Impact with Partnerships that Support Small & Medium Businesses

In this exchange, Carl Manlan will discuss how enabling small and micro businesses (SMBs) support individuals, households and communities. There are a number of critical enablers to access to markets such as financial education, digital payments that are in need of greater partnerships to advance economic transformation. Strengthen partnerships on core capabilities for purpose is at the core of SDG17. As such, more than ever, we require multi-stakeholders coalition to bring their strong assets to enable collaboration for human progress.

Carl Manlan, Vice President of Social Impact, Visa Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa, United Arab Emirates (READ BIO)


8:45 – 9:05 I Keynote: Risk Mitigation and Disaster Response Systems

We’ve built a powerfully connected world, which has generated great progress for humanity. But that world also is more volatile and uncertain than ever. How do global leaders across business, government, and civil society mitigate risk and respond quickly, effectively, and efficiently to major disasters? What role should universities and business schools play? Few people are in a better position to address these and related questions than Amédée Prouvost, who until on a few months ago served as the Chief Operational Risk Officer of the World Bank.

Amédeé Prouvost, Senior Advisor, Chapelle Consulting; Former Chief Operational Risk Officer, The World Bank, USA (READ BIO)


9:05 – 10:00 I Stakeholder Dialogue: Risk Management and Resilience Planning

Building on insights from Amédée Prouvost’s Keynote address in the previous session, this panel examines the roles and responsibilities of universities and business schools when it comes to risk. How are academic leaders managing risk and resilience for their own institutions? How are they preparing current and future leaders across sectors to plan for and address risk? What have we learned from our experiences in the last 18 months that can help us respond to risk and disasters more equitably and build more resilient organizations and communities?

  • Ulrich Hommel, Founding Partner & Managing Director, XOLAS, Senior Advisor, EFMD Global, Germany (READ BIO)
  • Courtney Davis Curtis, Assistant Vice President for Risk Management and Resilience Planning, University of Chicago, USA (READ BIO)
  • Amédeé Prouvost, Former Chief Operational Risk Officer, The World Bank, USA (READ BIO)

10:00 I INNOVATION BREAK


10:25 – 11:20 I Deans Panel: Climate Crisis and The Role of Business Schools

With GBSN Beyond following the COP26 summit we must ask what role business schools should play in the face of the climate crisis. This Deans’ Panel on Climate Change will identify the good work being done in the business education sector but more importantly highlight what needs to be done, discuss the impediments to climate progress, and explore ways to move those impediments. How do we mobilize collectively within management education, with the necessary urgency to address the challenges so starkly outlined in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report.

  • Peter Tufano, Former Dean, Oxford Said Business School, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
  • Jikyeong Kang, President & Dean, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines (READ BIO)
  • Jean-François Manzoni, President, IMD Business School, Switzerland (READ BIO)
  • Sanjeev Khagram, Director-General and Dean, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University, USA (READ BIO)

11:20 – 12:20 I Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for SDG Acceleration

How can business schools contribute to achieving the SDGs by collaborating with business and civil society, as well as government. Featuring leaders from three GBSN partners, this session will explore the challenges and opportunities of business schools working across sectors, especially as it relates to sustainable development in emerging economies. Learn about, and get involved with GBSN programs that connect students and faculty to development opportunities across sectors.

  • Moderated by: Dan LeClair, CEO, Global Business School Network, USA (READ BIO)
  • Steve Pope, Head of Go Trade Program, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Germany (READ BIO)
  • Josephine Anan-Ankomah, Group Executive for Commercial Banking, Ecobank, Togo (READ BIO)
  • Ashish Kumar Deo, Senior Advisor, Commercial Solutions GAIN, United Kingdom (READ BIO)

12:20 – 12:50 I THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF BUSINESS SCHOOLS

The Positive Impact Rating measures how business schools solve societal challenges. The PIR was created by concerned business school experts and global NGOs – WWF, Oxfam, UN Global Compact – and international student associations. The unique methodology lets students assess their schools on positive impact across 20 questions in seven relevant impact dimensions. The 2021 Edition of the PIR saw 9000 students from 47 schools located in four continents and 21 countries participate in the survey. Join this session to hear how business schools use the PIR: to define their positive impact, to move from competition to collaboration, and as a tool for change. 

  • Dr. Thomas Dyllick, Director at The Institute for Business Sustainability, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland (READ BIO)
  • Dr. Varun Nagaraj, Dean, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, India (READ BIO)

12:50 – 13:30 I COVID Disruption: Education Evolving

Remote, in-person, hybrid, or all the above? COVID has disrupted how we teach and learn. Is it a beneficial (if unwelcome) nudge towards the future? A knowledge roadblock? Join us for an exploration of lessons learned and thoughts on where management education is heading after (during?) the age of COVID.

  • Ezra Zuckerman Sivan, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (READ BIO)
  • Stuart Krusell, Senior Director, Global Programs; Senior Lecturer, Behavioral and Policy Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (READ BIO)
  • Karen Bysiewicz, Esq., Director, Leadership Programs, Stanford Seed, USA (READ BIO)

13:40 – 14:35 I Global Innovation Index: Tracking Innovation through the COVID19 Crisis

Utilizing the recently-released 2021 edition of Global Innovation Index (GII), this session focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on innovation. Moderated by GII co-founder, Soumitra Dutta, panelists will explore what we are learning about innovation and its various drivers, including the role of business education and research, and especially in emerging economies, where GBSN’s work is targeted.

  • Soumitra Dutta, Co-Founder, Global Innovation Index, Former Founding Dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, GBSN Board Chair, USA (READ BIO)
  • Enase Okonedo, Vice Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria (READ BIO)
  • Veneta Andonova, Dean, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (READ BIO)
  • Sherif Kamel, Dean and Professor Management, The American University in Cairo School of Business, Egypt (READ BIO)
  • Rebecca Salt, Director, Global Initiatives, Amazon Transportation Services, USA (READ BIO)

14:40 – 15:30 I How Simulation Can Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

Technology has been steadily improving our ability to provide realistic and meaningful, yet safe, experiences for learners. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this transformation. This session reveals how businesses as well as business schools have been innovating with simulations and expanding their use, as well as what it could mean for the future of experiential learning. Led by Capsim Management Solutions Inc.

  • Matt Shell, Market Development Manager | Capsim Management Simulations Inc., USA (READ BIO)
  • Erich C. Dierdorff, Professor, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Driehouse College of Business, DePaul University, USA (READ BIO)
  • Hayley Pearson, Executive Director: Faculty, and the Director of the MBA Programme at Gordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa (READ BIO)
  • Hélène Michel, Professor to department Management & Technology, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France (READ BIO)

TUESDAY, 16 November

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6:00 – 7:00 I Asia Deans Panel: The Leadership Role of Business Schools as Catalysts for Sustainability

The Asia-Pacific Region has not been on track to achieve any of the Sustainable Development Goals and COVID-19 has only worsened that outlook. At the same time the economic center of gravity continues its migration eastward and we continue to witness the remarkable rise of higher education across the diverse countries of the region. Deans from the region discuss the role of business schools in catalyzing sustainable development in business and in their country, region, and beyond. They discuss the contextual factors which are helping or hindering these efforts, as well as the importance of collaboration across schools and with industry, government, and civil society organizations.

Moderator: Prof. Himanshu Rai, Director, Indian Institute of Management Indore, India (READ BIO)

Dr. Xiang Bing, Founding Dean, Professor of China Business and Globalization, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China (READ BIO)

Simon Wilkie, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics; Head of Monash Business School, Australia (READ BIO)

Christina Soh, Dean, College of Business; Nanyang Business School, Singapore (READ BIO)


7:00 – 7:20 I EMERGING ECONOMIES’ RESPONSE TO COVID-19: A CASE OF SONJO IN YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA

During the COVID-19 pandemic, developed countries have provided subsidies to their society and business. In developing countries this may not be the case as financial resources are much more limited. This has been exacerbated, in some countries, by the minimum role of the government in tackling the pandemic. It leaves people to develop a social capital to help themselves to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19. SONJO is a social capital, based on volunteerism, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia during the COVID-19 pandemic. SONJO has more than 1800 members spread over 20 WhatsApp groups (WAGs), covering 20 programs in health, economy, and education. SONJO aims to help vulnerable people of the impacts of COVID-19 in Yogyakarta.

  • Rimawan Pradiptyo, Head, Department of Economics Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (READ BIO)
  • Gumilang Sahadewo, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (READ BIO)

7:30 – 8:25 I HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP IN 2021: PAVING THE WAY FOR 2030 & BEYOND

Healthcare delivery around the world faced with long-present challenges of affordability, access, quality, and efficiency. As the pandemic has proven, communicable diseases, in addition to the ageing population and the steady increase in non-communicable diseases, continue to pose a threat, especially in emerging economies. In this session, we will discuss:• The regional and global issues of health care in 2021 and beyond•The imperative for business schools to play a role in healthcare leadership •Discuss the programs offered in healthcare by GBSN partner schools•Identify and highlight key challenges and trends for which we should prepare our students as healthcare leaders.

  • Renata Schoeman, Associate Professor: Leadership, Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa (READ BIO)
  • Maurice Goodman, Chief Medical Officer, Discovery Health, South Africa (READ BIO)
  • Sarang Deo, Professor Operations Management; Executive Director, Max Institute of Healthcare Management, Indian School of Business, India (READ BIO)
  • Magdalene Rosenmöller, Senior Lecturer of Production, Technology and Operations Management ; Director, Center for Research in Healthcare Innovation Management, IESE Business School, Spain (READ BIO)

8:30 – 9:00 I KEYNOTE: THE NEW CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS AGENDA

The business issues associated with human rights are not only increasingly important, but also more complex and challenging than ever. The issues cut across social, technological, political, as well as economic domains. We welcome insights about business and business education from the head of human rights efforts at the world’s largest home furnishing retailer, who also is co-chairing the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights. The session is an initiative of the Global Business School Network for Human Rights, a GBSN Impact Community operating in collaboration with the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Julia Olofsson, Head of Human and Child Rights at Ingka Group (IKEA), Sweden (READ BIO)


9:00 – 9:20 I Demand for Graduate Management Education: New Insights from GMAC Research

This timely session offers valuable insights from the annual GMAC survey of business school admissions offices about the factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, shaping the graduate management education candidate pipeline and what it means for business schools around the globe. Get an exclusive preview of the anxiously awaited 2021 report, which will officially be released the day after this session.

Rahul Choudaha, Director of Industry Insights & Research Communications, GMAC, USA (READ BIO)


9:20 – 10:15 I Tackling New Frontiers of Corporate Responsibility

This session will discuss how to meet changing public and regulatory expectations towards the private sector to protect human rights, and support agendas on sustainability and Build Back Better post the COVID-19 pandemic. It will provide participants from business, government and civil society with ideas and tools to improve corporate responsibility and engagement strategies and human rights due diligence to keep pace with current developments in legislation and norms. The pandemic has seen novel interventions by companies help combat the effects of COVID-19 at the community level while the pandemic has made the vulnerabilities of the system even more visible. The planed EU Directive on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence is setting the path towards new development. What are examples that companies and training programmes can use to go beyond Do No Harm, and respond to pressures? Speakers will draw on the findings from the research programme the UN Business and Human Security Initiative.

  • Linda Benraïs, Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law and Mediation, ESSEC; Director of the Governance and Conflict Resolution, ESSEC Business School, IRENE, France (READ BIO)
  • Maria Prandi, Founder and Director, Business and Human Rights, Spain (READ BIO)
  • Dr. Mary Martin, Director and Senior Policy Fellow, UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE IDEAS, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
  • Antonio Fuerte Zurita, Specialisterne, Spain (READ BIO)

10:15 – 10:45 I KEYNOTE: Dr. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili

Human capital development, economic and social justice, transparency and governance have been dominant themes in the influential career of Dr. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili. In this session, she shares insights on teach of these themes and how they are connected, by reflecting her experiences in Nigerian government, Transparency International, the World Bank, and more.

  • Dr. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, President, Human Capital África and Senior Economic Adviser, África Economic Development Policy Initiative, Nigeria (READ BIO)
  • Darius Teter, Executive Director, Stanford Seed, USA (READ BIO)

10:45 – 11:25 I The Role of Liberal Arts in Business Education

  • Howard Thomas, Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management & Management Education at Singapore Management University, Singapore (READ BIO)
  • Michelle Lee, Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education; Associate Professor of Marketing; Academic Director, SMU-SUTD Joint Program, Singapore Management University, Singapore (READ BIO)
  • Rick Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Practice and Vice Dean for Education and Partnerships, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, USA (READ BIO)

11:30 – 12:15 I Art as a Vehicle for Social Change

Art not only plays a vital role in society as a source of joy but it also plays a key role to encourage people to change. People around the world are drawing lessons from various forms of arts such as performing arts (theatre, music, dance etc), visual arts (drawing, painting, photography etc) to teach leadership, communication skills, create awareness about social issues & most importantly to ins till empathy. Moreover, the year 2021 is the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. In this context, it is pertinent to deliberate the need for business schools across the globe in using these art forms to make their graduates aware about grand challenges and encourage them to take up actions.The multi-stakeholder panel will foster dialogues on the importance of arts in various issues e.g. human rights, climate challenge and discuss various examples of arts integration into the business school curricula and other activities to advance the 2030 agenda.

  • Divya Singhal, Professor and Chairperson, Centre For Social Sensitivity and Action, Goa Institute of Management, India (READ BIO)
  • Fernanda Carreira: Head of the Integrated Education Program at the Center for Sustainability Studies, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil (READ BIO)
  • Katell le Goulven, Founding Executive Director, Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, INSEAD Business School, France (READ BIO)
  • Okan Pala, Co-director of Sustainability Platform, Ozyegin University, Turkey (READ BIO)
  • Abby Litchfield, Senior Associate at Network for Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School, Canada (READ BIO)

12:20 – 13:00 I Research for Business Sustainability

This session focuses on the role that business school research can and should play in transforming business for sustainability. It explores the challenges and opportunities from both a business perspective and an academic perspective, and where they intersect. What are some ways we can work together across sectors to strengthen the positive impact of research on sustainable development?

  • Wilfred Mijnhardt, Policy Director RSM, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands (READ BIO)
  • Sharon Bligh, Director, Health & Wellness, Consumer Goods Forum, France (READ BIO)
  • Mette Morsing, Head, Principles for Responsible Management Education, UN Global Compact, Switzerland (READ BIO)

13:00 – 13:30 I UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME: STABILITY DURING COVID AND BEYOND?

Learn the latest results from an on-going field research project in Kenya showing that even a modest universal basic income can help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations survive crises like COVID-19. UBI also provides positive benefits in connection to food insecurity, physical and mental well-being, and the viability of entrepreneurs.

  • Tavneet Suri, Louis E. Seley Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (READ BIO)
  • David Capodilupo, Assistant Dean, Global Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA (READ BIO)

13:30 – 14:00 I From Quality to Impact: Reflecting SDG Engagement in Journal Metrics

Following a meeting at GBSN’s 2019 conference in Lisbon, David Steingard and Simon Linacre have been working on a methodology for analysing how a journal has engaged with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This has resulted in a new metric – SDG Impact Intensity™ – the first academic journal rating system for evaluating how journals contribute to positively impact SDG. SDG Impact Intensity™ provides a rating of up to three ‘SDG wheels’ to summarize the SDG relevance of articles published over a five-year period (2016-2020). Findings show that journals well-known for academic quality performed badly when assessed for SDG relevance, while journals focused on sustainability issues performed much better.

  • Simon Linacre, Director of International Marketing & Development, Cabells Scholarly Analytics, USA (READ BIO)
  • David Steingard, Associate Director, Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Center for Business Ethics, Department of Management, Erivan K. Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University, USA (READ BIO)

14:00 – 14:55 I Business, Poverty and Climate Action: Promoting People-Centered Solutions in Africa

Although climate change is a global phenomenon, its negative impacts are more severely felt by poor people and poor countries. They are more vulnerable because of their high dependence on natural resources, and their limited capacity to cope with climate variability and extremes. The objective of this session is to contribute to a global dialogue on how businesses can respond and mitigate the many adverse effects of climate change in Africa while aiding poverty reduction efforts.

  • Franklin Ngwu, Associate Professor and Director, Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre, Nigeria (READ BIO)
  • Philip Thigo, Director for Africa, Thunderbird School for Global Management, Arizona State University, USA (READ BIO)
  • Douglas Brew, Head of Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainable Business for Africa, Unilever, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
  • Tiekie Barnard, Founder and CEO, Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) and Shift Impact Africa, South Africa (READ BIO)

15:00 – 16:00 I SUSTAINABLE FINANCE AND INVESTMENT

How can the finance and investment sector do more to accelerate the transformation of business for sustainability? What are the obstacles and opportunities? What role do business schools and scholars play? How can we work together in business schools to build capacity and capability in the sustainable finance space around research, teaching, and engagement, and how that may differ from what we normally do? Panelists will address these and other important questions in this indispensable discipline.

  • Iain Clacher, Pro Dean for International; Professor of Pensions & Finance, Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
  • Andrew Karolyi, Dean; Professor of Finance and Harold Bierman Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, USA (READ BIO)
  • Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Associate Professor of Finance, Department of Accountancy and Finance, University of Otago, New Zealand (READ BIO)
  • Viviane Torinelli, Co-founder, Brazilian Research Alliance on Sustainable Finance and Investment (BRASFI), Brazil (READ BIO)

WEDNESDAY, 17 November

* All times are in eastern standard time

6:00 – 6:50 I An Inclusive Recovery: Gender Equity Key to Post PANDEMIC Resilience

Inequalities between women and men in the world of work have been exacerbated during COVID-19 and will persist beyond the pandemic. 13 million fewer women will be employed in 2021 compared to 2019, while men’s employment will have recovered to 2019 levels according to the ILO. The UN reports set backs to global efforts to achieve most gender-related SDG targets, especially those relating to SDG 3 regarding Good Health and Well-being and SDG 5, gender equality. The culture within business cannot be separated from the culture within business education. How do we proactively center gender equity in our recovery efforts?

  • Adwoa Bagalini, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, World Economic Forum, Switzerland (READ BIO)
  • Vinika Rao, Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute and Gender Initiative; Director, Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia, Singapore (READ BIO)
  • Dr. Alice Klettner, Senior Lecturer, UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia (READ BIO)
  • Marie-Thérèse Claes, Professor, Head of the Institute for Gender and Diversity, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria (READ BIO)

6:50 – 7:10 I Keynote: Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda Former President of the Republic of Malawi


7:10 – 8:00 I Women’s Leadership: Innovative and Equitable Entrepreneurship

Already challenging for anyone, anywhere, the journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur can be particularly difficult for women in many low and middle income countries. This session will explore efforts to enable and empower women to start and lead businesses in especially complex environments, where solidarity can be as important as knowledge and skills. How can we truly make leadership, management, and entrepreneurship education more relevant and accessible to women?

  • Karen Sherman, President, Akilah Institute, USA (READ BIO)
  • Her Highness Sheikha Intisar AlSabah, Insitar Foundation, Kuwait (READ BIO)
  • Patricia Ithau, Regional Director, Stanford Seed East Africa, Kenya (READ BIO)
  • Olayinka David-West, Associate Dean and Professor of Information Systems, Lagos Business School, Nigeria (READ BIO)

8:00 – 9:00 I INNOVATION Break


9:00 – 9:30 I Mad Max or the Wild West: what is the future of lifelong and executive education?

In the next decades, a myriad of forces will continue to disrupt and displace, as well as create new opportunities for massive numbers of workers worldwide. They will need to learn new skills. Meanwhile, technology and other factors are transforming the higher education ecosystem. This session provides insights from The Future of Lifelong and Executive Education joint research by CarringtonCrisp and LinkedIn and will focus on helping business schools and universities to navigate the opportunities and challenges in the rapidly growing marketplace of adult learners.

  • Andrew Crisp, Founder and Owner, CarringtonCrisp, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
  • Andrew Cohen, Enterprise Account Executive – Education Vertical, LinkedIn, USA (READ BIO)

9:30 – 10:20 I Stakeholder dialogue: The Future of Work

A lot has been said about the future of work and the skills that will be required. But we haven’t talked enough about the differences across sectors and countries. This session is designed to consider these differences and what they mean for universities and business schools. How will the future of work be different in Africa versus the Europe? What does this mean for our views about the skills and competencies we need to develop? This has implications not just for the workplace and workforce but also raises important questions about what and how we teach in management education.

  • Martin Moehrle, Director Corporate Services & CLIP, EFMD Global, Belgium (READ BIO)
  • Michaela Rankin, Deputy Dean International, Monash Business School, Australia (READ BIO)
  • Peter Thomson, FutureWork Forum, USA (READ BIO)
  • Amolo Ng’weno, CEO, BFA Global, Kenya (READ BIO)

10:20 – 11:00 I Keynote: Impact of Remote and Hybrid Work on the Culture of Innovation

Has hybrid work put us at risk for social disengagement? Is it threatening to deplete one of our most important and relevant resources—our social capital? Perhaps more than ever, how we are connected is a critical determinant of success and well-being. Based on years of research and experience across major global companies–and leveraging the discoveries from the pandemic’s grand experiment with remote work–this session will explore the future of hybrid work and its impact on performance, productivity, learning, and innovation.

Michael Arena, Head of Global Talent, Amazon Web Services, USA (READ BIO)


11:00 – 12:15 I DEANS Networking Session, sponsored by GMAC

This invitation only* session, sponsored by GMAC, will convene Deans from leading schools across the globe to engage in conversations around the challenges and opportunities for business schools in our current environment. In this 75-minute session Deans will reconnect with peers and discuss key issues that matter most to you. This session offers a place to share creative thinking and innovative solutions your school is implementing to overcome obstacles. 

Sangeet Chowfla, President & CEO, Graduate Management Admission Council™, USA


11:00 – 12:00 I Business, Privacy, and Human Rights: The Example of Trusted Cloud Principles for Human Rights Protection

Issues related to privacy and human rights have always been complex, involving multiple stakeholders in business, government, and civil society. Recent advances in technology have made these issues even more important to address. This session will explore these areas of concern and examine how they can be addressed with the help of universities and business schools, using the example of the just released Trusted Cloud Principles for Human Rights Protection.

  • Mike Posner, Director of the Center for Business and Human Rights; Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance, NYU Stern School of Business, USA (READ BIO)
  • Alexandra Givens, President & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology, USA
  • Hasan Ali, Assistant General Counsel, Strategic Projects & Cloud Initiatives at Microsoft, USA (READ BIO)

12:00 – 12:15 I INNOVATION Break


12:15 – 12:25 I KEYNOTE: Health Supply Chains & Humanitarian LOGISTICS

The issues associated with the global supply chain have been at the top news agendas throughout the pandemic. These issues take on greater importance, and complexity, when it comes to health and humanitarian logistics and can be especially challenging to address in developing world contexts. Our keynote speaker has spent a career in this space, with PSA a leading consulting organization, UNICEF, United Nations Population Fund, and Oxfam GB.

Pamela Steele, Supply Chain Transformation Director, Pamela Steele Associates, USA (READ BIO)


12:25 – 1:20 I Stakeholder dialogue: building sustainable humanitarian supply chains

  • Moderator: Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim, American University in Cairo School of Business, Egypt (READ BIO)
  • Prashant Yadav, Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD Business School, France (READ BIO)
  • Andrea Davis, Senior Director | Global Emergency Management, Global Security & Aviation, Walmart, USA (READ BIO)
  • Pamela Steele, Supply Chain Transformation Director, Pamela Steele Associates, USA (READ BIO)

1:20 – 2:00 I Making Business School Cases More Balanced and Diverse

In the hands of experienced teachers, case studies are an effective way to acquire knowledge and develop skills for managing in organizations. But there are critical gaps in the portfolio of cases available to educators worldwide. Most cases are not written to address challenging issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. There are not enough cases that are relevant to learners in emerging economies. Case libraries underrepresent the critical connections between government, civil society and business. This session explores these gaps and efforts to close them.

  • Richard McCracken, Executive Director, The Case Centre, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
  • Rebecca Weintraub, M.D., Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, USA (READ BIO)
  • Bas Koene, Assistant Professor, Department of Organization and Personnel Management, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands (READ BIO)

2:10 – 3:00 I GOING BEYOND AWARDS Showcase


3:00 – 3:45 I GBSN Beyond Awards Ceremony

The HUMLOG Challenge Top 3 Teams

Capsim Microsimulation Top 3 Simulations

Going BEYOND Awards Top Nominations

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