Cross-Border Coffee Break: Teaching Responsible Leadership and Sustainable Development at IMT Dubai

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18 September 2018
09:00 - 10:00


Developing leaders is what business schools aspire to contribute to society. There has been a lot of conversation around the future of business education and what role institutions play in economic development. Research shows that business schools need to fundamentally transform their purpose to serve society by providing responsible leadership for a sustainable world, and becoming themselves a role model and a showcase for transformation.¹

This Cross-Border Coffee Break will feature an example of how a professor at GBSN member, IMT Dubai Business School, Dr. Gita Bajaj, mobilized a group of MBA students to develop a cost-effective sustainable solution to bring light to rural Kenyan villages and in the process improve healthcare, and create opportunities for employment. With the blessings of Mama Sarah Obama and good wishes from Former President Barack Obama, the students’ project “Light up Kenya,” was launched on July 16, 2018. This project will light up 600 households in the villages of Siaya County with the help of inexpensive renewable solar energy.

This virtual presentation will feature perspectives from stakeholders:

MBA Student Representatives
Sriram Radhakrishnan, Samprikta Sahu and Adhithyan Anabalingam

Project Partner
Ken Aim, CEO, SOWO Foundation

Project Sponsor
Gaurav Kaushal, Business Head, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd., Kenya

Faculty Project Guide
Dr. Gita Bajaj, Professor of HR & Communication, Chairperson MBA (Dual Country Program), IMT Dubai Business School


¹ Katrin Muff, (2013) “Developing globally responsible leaders in business schools: A vision and transformational practice for the journey ahead”, Journal of Management Development, Vol. 32 Issue: 5, pp.487-507,


Wednesday, October 10, 2018
9:00am EDT


Cost: FREE
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