The GBSN Academic Leadership Council is the premier level of membership. Member schools on the Academic Leadership Council are strong advocates of the GBSN mission and wish to provide support to the organization so that our efforts with top business schools from around the world who are committed to strengthen business education for the developing world.

ESCA Ecole de Management

Founded in 1992, ESCA Ecole de Management has conducted a successful experience in its mission as a higher education institution in the fields of administration and management. An institution initially created to support the development of enterprises by training high-level executives in various managerial positions, the School has been able to adapt progressively to the rapid changes of the Moroccan economy.

Based in Casablanca, ESCA Ecole de Management’s mission is to contribute to the development of an emerging economy and its progress in a globalization context. To this end, ESCA Ecole de Management prepares entrepreneurial and socially responsible managers who are able to contribute to the performance of firms and their internationalization. In this perspective, the School also seeks, through its intellectual contribution, to foster innovative management practices that are specific to emerging countries.

Institut Supérieur de Management of Dakar (ISM)

Established in 1992, ISM is the first private business school in French-speaking Africa. In accordance with both domestic values and international standards, Groupe ISM aims to provide high quality education to Africa’s future managers and business leaders, for Africa. Recognized by the State of Senegal since 1995, its diplomas were accredited in 2005 by CAMES, making the ISM Group the first private higher education institution to have a diploma validated by this inter-African accreditation body. A year later, in 2006, the ISM was accredited as the UEMOA Regional Center of Excellence, making it the first private African school recognized by the West African Economic and Monetary Union.

In partnership with schools of the Studialis-Galileo group such as Digital Campus and IESA arts & culture, ISM offers Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Law, Management, Financial Engineering, Supply Chain, Network Engineering, Arts & Culture and Digital. By 2020, the ISM will have trained 20,000 students working in all sectors of African economies, as its slogan goes: “Today ISM, Tomorow the World.”

Ivey Business School, Western University

Founded in 1922, Ivey Business School’s mission is to develop business leaders who think globally, act strategically, and contribute to the societies in which they operate. Since its inception, the case study method has been the keystone of the school’s approach to learning. Ivey is the largest producer of business cases after Harvard Business School, and the world’s foremost producer of Asian case studies. Top-tier Canadian and International business schools use Ivey cases to support discussions on business theory.

Ivey Business School (Ivey) offers degree programs at the undergraduate level (Honours Business Administration) and post graduate levels (MBA, MSc, Executive MBA, and PhD) as well as non-degree open enrollment and customized corporate programs through its Executive Development facilities in London, Toronto, and Hong Kong. Ivey is affiliated with Western University with its main campus located in London, Ontario. The business school also has three executive teaching facilities: Ivey’s ING Leadership Centre located in the Exchange Tower in Toronto’s financial district, the Spencer Leadership Centre in London, and the Cheng Yu Tung Management Institute in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where it offers both Executive MBA and Executive Development programs.

Lagos Business School, Pan-African University

Founded in 1992, Lagos Business School is a community of people committed to creating and transmitting management and business knowledge based on a Christian conception of the human person and of economic activity and relevant to Nigeria and Africa at large.

LBS strives to be a world-class business school which will have a significant impact on the practice of management. In order to achieve this mission the School seeks to: provide high potential professionals with a general management education which stresses professional ethics and service to the community through the practice of management, have a positive impact on the professional and ethical standards of business management in Nigeria, make intellectual contributions which support the practice of management, contribute to the advancement of the management disciplines and create high quality teaching materials.

MIT Sloan School of Management

The MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the world’s leading business schools. MIT Sloan is devoted to its mission: to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice.

An education at MIT Sloan prepares students for the next step, equipping them with the tools needed to lead a team, manage a complex organization, or found a company. Fueled by the groundbreaking work of its faculty in such critical areas as finance and policy, innovation and entrepreneurship, technology, healthcare, and sustainability, students leave MIT Sloan ready to take your career to the next level.

Strathmore Business School

In its endeavor to transform leadership in Africa in the 21st Century, Strathmore Business School (SBS) has taken the responsibility of influencing leadership of public and private sectors in the continent. This is its overarching mission at SBS; Service to Society through the development of international executive business management and leadership programs.

Since its inception in 2005, and coming at a time when the world and Africa face extraordinary challenges, SBS’s mission to develop transformative business leaders is even more relevant. The bewildering rate of change in new ethical and governance challenges increases the demand for great ethical leaders with a passion for excellence. Such leaders will make wise decisions that balance short-term considerations with the achievement of long-term objectives. All this, while playing out in a globalized environment, demands that the leaders are not only aware of their local challenges, but are also prepared to fight it out in an international arena, both in the East African region and beyond. By the use of globally tried and tested teaching methodology using case studies, using both local and international faculty, while at the same time partnering with local industry experts who draw and localize the experiences on the ground, we ensure that our programs foster a culture of continuous learning.

University of St. Gallen

The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates thinking. HSG members will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relevance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable them to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to their own personal development. “From insight to impact” is not just its message; rather, it is a promise aimed at the outside, against which we can be measured. At the same time, it is also a motivation aimed at the inside.

The University of St.Gallen does not only provide its students with purely technical knowledge but also with a basis for personal development. For this purpose, HSG does not only offer a wide range of specialist electives but further options in contextual studies, such as several foreign languages. Its students can go on an exchange semester at approx. 200 partner universities worldwide.

Ecobank Academy

Operating in all sub-Saharan Africa regions, Ecobank Academy is one of the largest corporate universities in Africa. Each year Ecobank Academy trains more than 14,000 in 40 countries (36 in Africa and 4 out of Africa).

While it has state of the art campuses across the continent, Ecobank Academy has been an early adopter of digital and virtual learning, and it offers its programs using virtual instructor-led, eLearning and instructor-led.

Founded in 2012 and became operational in 2014, Ecobank Academy is the first truly pan-African corporate university and is the epicenter of structured, innovative, and sustainable learning.