Powering the Energy Transition: A Tale of Two Hemispheres


Part I: Setting the Stage

Part II: Repurposing Legacy Assets

Part III: Technology

Part IV: Skills & Development in Business Education

Part V: Regulatory Environments

Part VI: Financing the Energy Transition


Julie LaBelle, jlabelle@gbsn.org


Forging the path towards net zero from a North to South perspective.

Join the GBSN for Energy Transition Impact Community as we convene a multi-part virtual series to explore key elements of the energy transition journey, through the lens of the global north and global south. Hear from leaders from academia and industry about the enduring challenges and emerging opportunities on topics ranging from, repurposing legacy assets, financing, regulation, technology, and the role of business schools in the development of related skills.

Sessions will bridge attention to common goals with deep dives into critical nuances that differentiate the energy transition stories unfolding in different parts of the globe. 


  • Gregory Bean

    Director, Guiterrez Energy Management Institute
    Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
  • Sarah Craig

    Programme Manager Energy Transition
    Rotterdam School of Management
  • Dr. Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal

    Associate Professor – Department of Technology and Operations Management
    Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University
  • Lwazi Ngubevana

    African Energy Leadership Centre (AELC), the Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand
    South Africa
  • Maurice Radebe

    Head and Director
    Wits Business School
    South Africa

Key Dates

Part I: Setting the Stage | Tuesday, 2 May at 10:00am EDT

Leaders from academia and industry will help to set the stage for our series looking at the energy transition journeys in the global north and south. We will explore differences in energy transition pathways through a north/south lens,  and in areas where pathways intertwine with common purpose and opportunities for shared learning and collaboration across a global network of business schools and their industry partners.

  • Singapore: 10:00PM
  • Beijing: 10:00PM
  • Sao Paolo: 11:00AM
  • Washington DC: 10:00AM
  • Lagos: 3:00PM
  • Cape Town: 5:00PM
  • Dubai: 7:00PM
  • Mumbai: 8:30PM

Click here for more information and to register

Part II: Repurposing Legacy Assets | Tuesday, 27 June

More information coming soon.

Part III: Technology | Tuesday, 25 July

More information coming soon.

Part IV: Skills Development in Business Education | Thursday, 10 August

Part V: Regulatory Environments | Tuesday, 12 September

More information coming soon.

Part VI: Financing the Energy Transition | Thursday, 12 October

More information coming soon.

About the Co-Hosts

About the Global Business School Network

Founded in 2003 by the World Bank, today the Global Business School Network is an independent global non-profit 501(c)3 with headquarters based in Washington, D.C. Economies and societies grow on the success of organizations that create meaningful jobs, increase wealth and well-being, and generate innovations to improve society. These organizations are created by resourceful entrepreneurs and run by competent, responsible leaders and managers. Our role at GBSN—the reason why we exist—is to ensure that the developing world has the management talent (leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs) it needs to generate prosperity.

Within the context of the emerging economies mission, GBSN builds activities, programs and projects that enable the creation of new knowledge, provide meaningful international experiences, and build relationships that can transform management education, as well as provide broad visibility to our member schools as a champion and change maker for economic and social development. More information visit www.gbsn.org

About C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

On July 12, 2000, a sixty-year-old business school, formerly known as the College of Business Administration at the University of Houston, received the largest up-front award to any single college in the history of the university. Eighty-one year-old Ted Bauer endowed the college with a gift of $40 million. The business school took his name, becoming the C. T. Bauer College of Business. The Bauer College has flowered into a true alma mater – “nourishing mother” – energizing the university with new vigor, depth and richness implied in the words.

The endowment is heavily weighted into attracting and retaining world class faculty, developing innovative curriculum and special programs. The revised undergraduate curriculum debuted in Fall 2004. By 2005, the faculty was double its 2000 size. Five graduate certificate programs were launched.

Ted Bauer’s gift touched thousands of lives and inspired unprecedented support from corporations, alumni, and individuals, who are, in some cases, not Bauer graduates. In 2004, Compass Bank created the Charles E. McMahen Endowed Chair in Accountancy & Taxation. In 2005, Michael Cemo and Lanny Sachnowitz created Professorships in Marketing. Ted Bauer’s commitment continues to power our quest for excellence as we create an environment from which tomorrow’s business leaders are emerging.

More information visit www.bauer.uh.edu.

About Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

With its mission to be a force for positive change in the world, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) has firmly established its reputation over 50 years as one of Europe’s most international and innovative business schools.

RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class portfolio of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programs encourage people to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

More information visit www.rsm.nl.

About Wits Business School, University of Witwatersrand

Wits Business School is the graduate school of business administration of the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa.

The School offers a variety of postgraduate academic programmes and executive education programmes as well as weekly public seminars. WBS also designs tailor-made, in-company programmes, partnering with client organisations to develop management capacity.  With a full suite of programmes on offer, WBS delivers innovative, transformative, and immersive learning experiences using generative thinking methodologies.

The School’s aim is to deliver leaders who can fashion the future of Africa and raise the values-bar on how business is done on the continent. Learning is therefore relevant to the challenges and opportunities that we face on this continent, providing students with a deep understanding of the complexities of doing business in Africa within a global context.

More information visit www.wbs.ac.za.