GBSN Beyond 2021


Tracks: October 1-29

Conference: Nov 15-17


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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.

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. This is an opportunity to explore pressing questions and collectively take action to develop sustainable solutions.

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 feature keynotes, panel discussions, lightning talks, workshops, and networking activities that generally focus on four themes: humanitarian logistics, climate change, healthcare, and human rights. The entire event hopes to answer questions like: How do we upskill, collaborate, and innovate across sectors with a need so urgent and vast? How can collaborative, cross-disciplinary thinking be leveraged to solve big problems?

Early bird Registration is Open

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

With an innovative approach to what a virtual conference can be, we encourage you to join us at GBSN Beyond 2021 for a variety of engaging learning experiences, knowledge exchanges, content and opportunities to connect with diverse perspectives. 

GBSN Beyond 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 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 learning experience with various sessions, networking opportunities and workshops.

Educators Track

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.

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

Leadership Track

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

Featuring Impact Roundtables and the Going Beyond Awards

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. 


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?

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