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.

2020 will be known as the year of realization. The COVID-19 pandemic compelled us to acknowledge a global need for communication and cooperation as existing inequalities present multiple challenges. 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, leaders in business, civil society, government and academia 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]. In order to create a space to tackle these critical challenges, GBSN is pleased to host the second GBSN Beyond: Virtual Conference Reimagined.

Covid has demonstrated how connected everything is—across borders, sectors, and disciplines. It’s not just about global health, it is an economic crisis, logistics challenge, racial justice problem, and more. Similarly, the SDGs are not defined by silos and are, by design, not the responsibility solely of government. Indeed, the kind of innovation we need will happen mostly at the intersection of different perspectives. We are in the middle of an incredible learning moment. Covid has produced many experiments and, in some ways, is demonstrating that large scale systemic transformation is possible. We are facing an important opportunity to reach beyond business and convene across sectors and disciplines, as well as across industries and borders.

GBSN Beyond features three parallel track experiences during the month of October, leading up to a 3-day virtual conference, November 15-17. These tracks engage Learners, Educators, and Leaders. 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 rights. GBSN 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.

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

GBSN Beyond is a premier international forum that convenes over 2,500+ participants from over 50+ countries. With an innovative approach to what a virtual conference can be, we encourage you to join us at GBSN Beyond for a variety of engaging learning experiences, knowledge exchanges, and opportunities to network and connect with colleagues from across the globe. 


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 can collaborative, cross-disciplinary thinking be leveraged to solve big problems?

Humanitarian Logistics

Climate Change


Human Rights

3 Parallel Tracks


Each parallel track includes a core experience coupled with sessions, networking opportunities and workshops.

Educators Track

For scholars, lecturers, and university faculty across disciplines who want to connect with like-minded colleagues on teaching innovations, research and pedagogy needed serve communities.

Featuring the Microsimulation Development Lab

Learners Track

For students of all levels, professionals, and lifelong learners across disciplines who are committed to reskill, innovate, upskill, collaborate and learn how to make a positive impact on society.

Featuring The HUMLOG Challenge Student Competition

Leaders Track

For leaders, managers, pioneers, and change agents from academia, government, business, and civil society who are looking to collaborate on cultivating talent needed to tackle problems.

Featuring The GBSN-EFMD Going BEYOND Awards


  • HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah

    Founder and Chair Woman
    Intisar Foundation
  • David Capodilupo

    Assistant Dean, Global Programs
    MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Rahul Choudaha

    Director of Industry Insights & Research Communications
  • Courtney Davis Curtis

    Assistant Vice President for Risk Management and Resilience Planning
    University of Chicago
  • Soumitra Dutta

    Former Founding Dean
    Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
    Board Chair
  • Jikyeong Kang

    President and Dean
    Asian Institute of Management
  • Carl Manlan

    Vice President of Social Impact
    Visa Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa
    United Arab Emirates
  • Steven Pope

    Group Head of Trade Facilitation, Go Trade
    Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Mike Posner

    Director, Center for Business & Human Rights; Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance
    NYU Stern School of Business
  • Amédée Prouvost

    Senior Advisor
    Chapelle Consulting
  • Karen Sherman

    Akilah Institute
  • Peter Tufano

    Peter Moores Professor of Finance
    Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
    United Kingdom

Innovation is insight in action.

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. 

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