GBSN Beyond 2021


Tracks: October, 2021

Virtual Conference: Nov 8-10


Hosted on HUBB event platform.


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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.

Existing inequalities have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID–19[1]. 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[2]. Researchers warn the longer the delay, the more disorderly, disruptive and abrupt the policy responses to climate change will inevitably be[3]. Pre-pandemic numbers indicate approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 are likely to occur as a result of the climate emergency while areas with weak health infrastructure – mostly in developing countries – will be the least able to cope[4].

Every business school can act now to capture insights in the form of new curriculum content for the future we are building. Let’s translate current experiences into the lessons for sustainable development, and #buildbackbetter. By connecting business schools to business, government and civil society we hope to make a difference now.

How do we upskill, collaborate, and innovate across sectors with a need so urgent and vast? How are universities, businesses, and governments preparing for a new age of lifelong learning?

At GBSN Beyond, we hope to collectively explore multi-sector collaboration in developing talent needed for society. GBSN’s focal point is on people development. To #buildbackbetter, we must collectively build trust, understand the role of each stakeholder and embrace the notion of adaptability. The goal is to go local, developing talent within the context of local community.

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

The extreme effects of technological progress on the world economy, combined with demographic change and globalization, have led to a critical societal problem: how to arm people with the needed skills to have a hand in the economy – now and in the future. 

GBSN Beyond 2021 is a premier international forum that convenes over 2,500+ participants from over 50+ countries that include:


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


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


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


How do we upskill, collaborate, and innovate across sectors with a need so urgent and vast?

Diversity and Inclusion

Climate Change


Human Rights

3 Parallel Tracks

October 1-29, 2021

Business and business schools can and should have a positive impact during the crisis and in shaping the world that will emerge from it.

Complex problems are best solved when a group leverages diverse perspectives, expanding the possible solutions through multiple inputs. Join us to collectively tackle some of the critical challenges our societies face.

GBSN Beyond brings together educators, learners and leaders from business, academia and civil society to collectively develop sustainable solutions to some of the complex problems our societies are facing.

Educators Track

For scholars, lecturers, trainers and academic faculty across disciplines who are looking to connect with like minded colleagues on teaching innovations.

Featuring a Microsimulation Development Lab

Learners Track

For students and professionals and lifelong learners across disciplines who are looking to reskill, upskill and learn how to business can make a positive impact on society.

Featuring a the HUMLOG Student Competition

Leadership Track

For leaders from business, education, government and civil society who are looking to collaborate on developing talent that is needed today.


Sessions, keynotes, discussions and activities at GBSN Beyond will be designed to address questions within the following 4 sub-themes.

Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

  • How can collaborative, cross-disciplinary thinking be brought to solve big problems?
  • How can business educators partner with colleagues in science and engineering to create sustainable solutions while preparing technical graduates with entrepreneurial leadership skills?
  • How can the stakeholders in these traditional sectors engage with educators to meet their goals and address changing economic realities?

Technology and Big Data

  • How can information and communication technologies (ICT) bring entrepreneurial thinking into traditional sectors?
  • How do technologies like big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and/or block chain offer entrepreneurial leaders levers for change?

Sustainable and Ethical Leadership

  • How can educators create globalized leaders who can respond to and anticipate disruptive economic trends?
  • How can entrepreneurial leaders incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals in systemic change?
  • How can entrepreneurial leaders navigate changing geopolitical realities while working in traditional sectors?
  • How do ethical entrepreneurs lead in entrenched systems of traditional sectors?

The Tools of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • What are the methodologies and tools that can be used by entrepreneurial leaders to innovate in established companies and sectors?
  • How can educators provide meaningful educational experiences that offer knowledge and skills students will apply throughout their careers?

Registration will open in early June.

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