Signature Sponsor


Event Sponsors

Feature Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors


Sponsorship Information

The Annual GBSN Conference is a premier international forum attracting some of the world’s foremost management educators from around the globe, as well as leaders in the development, corporate and public sectors to share ideas and network with a focus on strengthening management education for the developing world.

The 2017 Conference focuses on the innovative and interdisciplinary ways business schools are collaborating with academia, businesses, NGOs and the public sector to advance economic development and expand opportunities around the globe. Conference participants will examine the role business schools play in economic and social development, and assess the evolution of education in the face of recent world events.

Who will be there?

Business School Deans, Faculty and Program Directors from developed, emerging and frontier markets interested in building international connections and developing their school’s quality, relevance and impact
Development Professionals focused on management issues and economic development
Government officials looking for wider stakeholder collaboration
Corporate HR, Training and Development Managers who want to better connect with and understand business schools

Why should I sponsor?

Sponsor the GBSN Annual Conference to affiliate your company with a dynamic, innovative event that draws the attention of leaders in international development, government and global management education. Your support also helps GBSN continue its important work ensuring the developing world has the management talent it needs to generate prosperity.
Previous GBSN Annual Conference sponsors include: Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program, MIT Sloan School of Management, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Ecobank Ghana Ltd., Emerald Publishing, GMAC, International Finance Corporation, and Safaricom, among others.

Who is GBSN?

The Global Business School Network is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to strengthening management, entrepreneurial and leadership talent for the developing world through better access to quality, locally relevant education. GBSN harnesses the power of a network of over 70 leading business schools in 36 countries that share a dedication to our mission to build management education capacity for the developing world.

Sponsor Packages


Signature Sponsor
Limited Availability

4 registrations + opportunity to name 4 scholarships for developing world faculty
Premium Networking Hot Spot* location
Full-page advertisement in the conference program
Opportunity to give a Welcome Address
Featured logo on conference materials, website and signage
Opportunity to include promotional material in conference portfolios
Choice of one free Be Remembered add-on opportunity

Event Sponsor
Limited Availability

2 registrations + opportunity to name 2 scholarships for developing world faculty
Premium Networking Hot Spot* location
Half-page advertisement in the conference program
Featured Logo on conference materials, website and signage
Opportunity to include promotional materials in conference bags
Choice of one free Be Involved add-on opportunity

Feature Sponsor

2 registrations
Networking Hot Spot*
Quarter-page advertisement in the conference program
Logo on conference materials, website and signage
Choice of one free Be Noticed add-on opportunity

Supporting Sponsor

1 registration
Networking Hot Spot*
Logo on conference materials and website

*Networking Hot Spots are a fresh take on an exhibit table. A Networking Hot Spot includes a high top table in a high traffic area with space for you to promote your company and spark conversations. Limited Premium Networking Hot Spots are available for Signature and Event Sponsors.

Sponsor Add On Opportunities

How it works: The following add-ons provide sponsors with additional visibility and engagement with conference participants and are available on a first come, first served basis. Sponsors must choose a package listed above before they are eligible to select an add-on. Signature, Event and Feature Sponsorships each come with a free add-on as listed.

Be Remembered$10,000/Included in Signature Sponsorship

Water Bottles (SOLD OUT) – Be the face of sustainability for the conference. Reusable water bottles and filling stations branded with your logo, given to all participants to use and take home. Bottles provided by GBSN.
Conference Bags (SOLD OUT) – Be the brand that means business. Portfolios branded with your logo filled with conference materials for each participant to use and take home. Portfolios provided by GBSN.
Pre-conference Breakfast Session (2) – Be the best (and only) game in town for breakfast. Host a branded breakfast session before the conference starts November 2 or 3 for up to 50 participants on a topic of your choice. GBSN provides promotion, registration, catering and logistics for your exclusive session.

Be Involved$5,000/Included in Event Sponsorship

Post-Conference Site Visit (2) – Be part of participants’ D.C. experience. Brand one of the site visits on November 3 for up to 30 people (i.e. Networking Tour sponsored by Your Company). You may work with GBSN to incorporate other forms of visibility during the site visit.
Lanyards (SOLD OUT) – Be in every networking moment. Conference name tag lanyards branded with your company’s logo. Lanyards provided by GBSN.
Networking Tea Break/Lunch (1) – Be the break they’ve been waiting for. Branded signage featured throughout food service area. Lunches are served in a stand-up networking style.

Be Noticed$2,500/Included in Feature Sponsorship

Charging Station (1) – Branded signage at the cell phone charging station
Session Rooms (6) – Branded signage featured at a breakout room Nov. 2 & 3
Cloak Room (1) – Branded signage at the cloak room (it will be chilly in November)
Registration/Information Desk (1) – Branded signage at the registration desk

“The reason that we partner with GBSN is because we share a common worldview. Most notably, we have the common goal of developing leaders who can apply international best practice with local relevance. We do this as a business, but we also do it as a philanthropy.”
Michael Bzdak, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson


For more information on sponsorship contact

Fabienne Jolivert