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)

8:20 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 I Keynote: Risk Mitigation and Disaster Response Systems

  • Amedee Prouvost, Former Chief Operational Risk Officer, The World Bank, USA (READ BIO)

9:05 I Stakeholder Dialogue: Risk Management and Resilience Planning

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


10:20 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 mobilise 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)

11:25 I Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for SDG Acceleration

  • 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)


1:00 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)

1:45 I Global Innovation Index2021: Tracking Innovation through the COVID19 Crisis

  • Soumitra Dutta, Co-Founder, Global Innovation Index, 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 (READ BIO)

2:45 I How Simulation Can Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

  • Led by Capsim Management Solutions Inc.

4:00 I Global Value Chains, Emerging Markets, and International Business Education

TUESDAY, 16 November

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

  • Moderator: Prof. Himanshu Rai, Director, Indian Institute of Management Indore, India (READ BIO)
  • 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)
  • Soh Wai Lin, Christina, Dean, College of Business; Nanyang Business School, Singapore

7:00 I Emerging Economies’ response to COVID-19: A Case of SONJO in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • 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 I Healthcare Leadership in 2021: Paving the Way for 2030 & Beyond

  • 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
  • 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 I KEYNOTE: The New Corporate Human Rights Agenda

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

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

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

9:20 I Tackling New Frontiers of Corporate Responsibility

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

10:45 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)
  • Richard R. Smith, PhD, Professor of Practice and Vice Dean for Education and Partnerships, Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, USA (READ BIO)

11:15 I Art as a Vehicle for Social Change

  • 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, Ivey Business School, Canada (READ BIO)

12:20 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?

  • Wilfrid Meijnhardt, Policy Director RSM · Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
  • Sharon Bligh, Director, Health & Wellness, Consumer Goods Forum, France (READ BIO)

2:05 I Stakeholder Dialogue: Business, Poverty and Climate Action: Promoting People-Centered Solutions in Africa

  • 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)

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.

3:00 I Sustainable Finance and Investment

  • 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)
WEDNESDAY, 17 November

6:00 I Stakeholder Dialogue: Gender Equity in the Workplace

  • Vinika Rao, Executive Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute and Gender Initiative; Director, Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia, Singapore (READ BIO)

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

  • 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

8:00 I Trusted Cloud Principles for Human Rights Protection

The Trusted Cloud Initiative seeks to partner with governments around the world to resolve international conflicts of law that impede innovation, security, and privacy, and to establish and ensure basic protections for organizations that store and process data in the cloud. Through this initiative, cloud service providers commit to working with governments to ensure the free flow of data, to promote public safety, and to protect privacy and data security in the cloud.

  • 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)

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

Hear about the findings from a joint study run by CarringtonCrisp and LinkedIn.

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

9:30 I Stakeholder dialogue: The Future of Work

  • Michaela Rankin, Deputy Dean International, Monash Business School, Australia (READ BIO)
  • Peter Thomson, FutureWork Forum, USA (READ BIO)

10:15 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 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



12:15 I Key Challenges to Sustainable Humanitarian Supply Chains

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

12:25 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 Schoo, France
  • Andrea Davis, Senior Director | Global Emergency Management, Global Security & Aviation, Walmart, USA (READ BIO)

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

  • Richard McCracken, Executive Director, The Case Centre, United Kingdom (READ BIO)
  • Karthik Ramanna, Professor of Business and Public Policy, Director of the Master of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, United Kingdom (READ BIO)

2:00 I GBSN Beyond Awards Ceremony

  • The HUMLOG Challenge Top 3 Teams
  • Capsim Microsimulation Top 3 Simulations
  • Going BEYOND Awards Top Nominations

2:45 I Closing Sequence