GBSN Impact

Thank You To Our Founder, Guy Pfeffermann!

As many of you know, GBSN’s founder, Guy Pfeffermann, recently retired as GBSN’s CEO. Guy founded the Global Business School Network back in 2003 with a vision for the developing world to have the management talent it needs to generate prosperity.

Starting as a program of the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank, where Guy was Chief Economist at the time, we began with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Today GBSN is an independent 501(c)3 organization with member schools on 6 continents and a global mission.

“In over 40 years as a development economist at the World Bank I saw vast amounts of money, resources and human potential go to waste. It wasn’t just money these emerging markets needed, but human capacity to effectively manage resources and productively lead teams.”Guy Pfeffermann, Founder, GBSN

This video was produced as a tribute to Guy’s work and impact, not just on GBSN as an organization, but also to illustrate how he has touched the lives of many throughout the years.

Guy Pfeffermann will continue his work by serving on GBSN’s Board of Directors.

Thank you to everyone who recorded video messages from all over the world to make this video possible.

Tribute to Guy Pfeffermann’s Contributions to Global Economic Growth

GBSN is a member of the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), which is a consortium of 30 member NGOs that generate more prosperity through partnerships that bring together highly skilled volunteers with people around the globe seeking opportunities for self-reliance. Below is a tribute blog article to GBSN’s founder, Guy Pfeffermann, that VEGA recently published.

VEGA wishes to recognize Guy Pfeffermann, founder and head of VEGA Member Global Business School Network (GBSN), for his leadership and untiring commitment to generating economic growth by building institutional capacity through management training. After 15 years at GBSN, Pfeffermann is stepping down as executive director. GBSN was originally a program of the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank, but today it is an independent non-profit organization with a growing network of over 70 business schools across six continents.

Pfeffermann founded GBSN on the principle that skilled management is a critical component for social and economic development. Working as a development economist for 40 years at the World Bank, Pfeffermann observed a huge waste of resources in money and human potential due to lack of management talent. He also identified a gap in the international development community: efforts to improve management education were limited and the capacity building programs in place were insufficient. Often, the programs deemed as “capacity building” were short-term trainings for managers with no assurance of long-term sustainability or local relevance. GBSN’s vision for improved management education is through institutional capacity building. Redirecting to the institutional level ensures long-lasting impacts that address local needs, while also incorporating international best practices.

As a leader in advancing management education, GBSN leverages member expertise through institutional capacity building programs for business schools and entrepreneurship centers in the developing world. Through events and annual conferences, GBSN advocates for the value of quality management and facilitates knowledge sharing between member schools and the business education community. The Network has fostered greater activity and interest from high-income countries in the developing world and serves as a catalyst for partnerships between its affluent member countries and emerging market countries.

Under Pfeffermann’s able leadership, GBSN successfully aided in the formation of two “cousin institutions.” These institutions, The Association of African Business Schools (AABS) and African Management Initiative, share like-minded missions of expanding management education opportunities through capacity building and a commitment to excellence. The inception of AABS was made possible by the first-time convening of two-dozen African school deans in 2005 at a GBSN-organized conference held in Ghana. At this conference the heads of African business schools decided to form an association and sought GBSN’s support in its creation. Today, AABS is a thriving association of 45 African business schools.

Pfeffermann, a son of parents who rebuilt their lives after fleeing Nazi Germany, greatly appreciates the importance of human capital. He brought this personal experience to the philosophy behind GBSN’s human-centric mission. In his reflections on GBSN’s journey he says he holds a “deep conviction that the only dependable assets are vested in people.” At VEGA, we recognize Mr. Pfeffermann’s vision, commitment and impact on global development and economic growth. We wish him the best in his new role on GBSN’s board of directors.

Read more of Guy Pfeffermann’s reflections on GBSN’s journey.

Stephen Sacca, from MIT Sloan School of Management, will replace Guy Pfeffermann as GBSN’s new CEO.

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GSERM: A Milestone in my Research Journey

Every year The University of St. Gallen offers 10 scholarships to GBSN member schools in developing countries to attend its Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM). These scholarships are intended to encourage like-minded motivated scholars to learn and discuss research methodologies in their respective domains. I was fortunate to be one of scholarship recipients for participating at GSERM hosted by University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. I am pursuing my research in the area of accounting with specific focus on management control systems. I also work as assistant professor of accounting at Institute of Management Technology Nagpur in India. As a professionally qualified accountant form Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA), I used to work for an automobile major in India. My passion for teaching and learning behavioral aspects of accounting and control propelled me to take up a career in academia.

As a part of the program I took two courses in regression analysis at GSERM. The first course titled ‘Regression II Ð Linear Models’ was offered by Prof. Brian Pollins of Ohio State University. I had some prior background in statistics at graduate level where I had studied basics of regression analysis. Professor Pollins has excellent command over the subject. He discussed some advanced aspects of regression using matrix algebra approach. We were also made to use programming language “R” for in-class exercises and take-home assignments. It was for the very first time that I developed a deep understanding of concepts that work behind the regression equations. The course truly made me more and more curious about advanced topics and pushed me to read theoretical underpinnings very carefully. Another very useful course that I took at GSERM was ‘Regression II’ by Prof. Timothy McDaniel of Buena Vista University. Prof. Tim’s hand holding and patience helped us to dive deeper into advanced topics of regression analysis with confidence. His friendly teaching style also made many of us ask him lots of doubts and clarifications on our research data. Apart from regression I also picked-up some vital professional teaching skills from Prof. Tim which I’m now using in my classroom teaching at IMT. Both courses were based on intensive discussion and deliberation and effort was made by professors to strengthen the research foundation of participants. Moreover, there were workshop/preparatory lectures on “R”, matrix algebra and statistics for helping students to brush-up basics before attending the classes.

I lived in St. Gallen for over two weeks. It was a true “Swiss” experience in terms of hospitality. Not only the quality of teachers and participants but also the State-of-the-art campus makes the whole learning experience amazing. Support extended by Dr. Knopf Hans-Joachim, Sandra Thalmann, Carolina LeLaidier and other staff members was impeccable. From design of classrooms to meticulous planning of social events, GSERM journey makes you feel special. I made many new friends among participants. The networking opportunity was brilliant. The lovely cozy town of St. Gallen has so much to offer. I took out time from the busy schedule to enjoy things like city touring, bike riding, taking evening walks and making a short trip to mesmerizing Appenzell. I consider myself very fortunate to have been at GSERM 2017. I sincerely consider this program as being one of the milestones in my research journey.

Anil Kshatriya is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur

It was a true “Swiss” experience in terms of hospitality. Not only the quality of teachers and participants but also the state-of-the-art campus makes the whole learning experience amazing.Anil Kshatriya, Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur

The GSERM Summer School Was a Turning Point in my Doctoral Journey

 width=Receiving the Scholarship award that was offered to GBSN member schools from the Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) was not only a turning point in my doctoral journey but also an inspiring experience at a personal level. I am a doctoral fellow at the Strathmore University Business School in Kenya. My research area is Health Systems Leadership and Governance. I also facilitate applied leadership and management for Healthcare Managers and also as an executive coach. My passion and inspiration is to be a health system M&E expert in the near future and use this avenue to inform health policy in African context.

I am very grateful to GBSN and the University of St. Gallen for this transforming opportunity. I am very thankful to the University of St. Gallen for opening their doors for us to experience the world class learning environment and at the same time experience the Swiss culture which is priceless! To start with, I had this notion that I was well travelled and going to University of St. Gallen was another ordinary experience in an international context. Shock on me! I remember relating with my classmates that as soon as you land in Zurich, your “Amazing Race” journey starts; where each new task or experience was like conquering a new challenge which came with a lot of sense of accomplishment and pride; starting from adjusting to seamless transport system, going up and down the countless stairs on the hills which was very healthy, finding the registration office and finally the place of residence where I called home for two weeks. All these were journeys of discovery and self-reflection on what lessons and best practices such as culture of Independence, Responsibility, Accountability and Excellence the we can learn and take it back to our beloved countries in Africa with great potential of transforming our spaces, community, counties and country at large.

I acknowledge the high-performing team from the University of St. Gallen spearheaded by Knopf Hans-Joachim, Carolina, the catering staff and the rest of the team for creating a learning environment for genuine breakthroughs through seamless implementation of the GSERM Program. The very interesting international and multicultural environment gave us a perfect opportunity to connect with people from different countries and industries. I was blessed to participate in the Qualitative Data Analysis class by Paul Mihas and Qualitative comparative Analysis by Charles Ragin. The professors had undeniably deep academic knowledge and experience and yet also great human connectors that enabled me to apply learnt knowledge immediately to my research proposal. By the time I left the University of St. Gallen, I had completed my proposal especially on research methodology which was a shaky ground before I participated in the program.

In St. Gallen, I also learnt to practice work- life balance. Even though the classes were intense, everything perfectly fitted in its place. The networking breakfast, the outside BBQ lunches, the state of art gym, the seamlessly organized social activities such as the guided city tour of St. Gallen with great stories rooted in family values, the trip to the famous Appenzeller SchaukŠserei, the musical concerts at St. Gallen jazz festival; we were spoilt of choices.
Having said that, it is my bold statement to say that; “If you need a mind shift on how to approach research, GSERM is the way to go!” Will I attend other provided courses again? Absolutely yes!

Tecla Chelagat is a Doctoral Fellow at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya.

If you need a mind shift on how to approach research, GSERM is the way to go!Tecla Chelagat, Strathmore Business School

GBSN Attends Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduation

GBSN’s Network Engagement Officer, Fabienne Jolivert, attended the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduation yesterday in Baltimore, MD. Learn more about the 10,000 Small Businesses program below.



Nearly 60 Baltimore Small Business Owners Have Completed Program Aimed at Business Growth and Job Creation

Baltimore, MD – 2 Aug 2017 – Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies Michael R. Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein today announced a $10 million commitment to continue Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in Baltimore to help create jobs and economic growth. This $10 million commitment in Baltimore, a co-investment between Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg Philanthropies, marks the first-ever co-investment in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which provides a practical business education and access to capital and for small business owners. 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council Co-Chairs Warren Buffett and Dr. Michael Porter were also present at the announcement and were joined by local program partners.

The announcement today follows the completion of two back-to-back classes of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses special session in Baltimore that ran from January through July with 59 local small business owners. These business owners, who graduated today in an event at Baltimore Center Stage, participated in more than 100 hours of in-class training hosted at Johns Hopkins University, studying a business and management curriculum designed by Babson College. The curriculum covered accounting, human resources, negotiation and marketing, among other topics. The program also included one-on-one business advising and accounting workshops.

“Baltimore is an enterprising city and we are grateful to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Bloomberg Philanthropies for choosing to invest in our local entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Pugh. “Through this commitment, we look forward to accelerating their potential not only as business owners, but also as job creators and community leaders.”

“The success of the initial classes of 10,000 Small Businesses in Baltimore demonstrates that small business owners here are eager to get access to tools that will help their businesses grow” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. “Thanks to the support of Mayor Pugh and Governor Hogan, this co-investment with Bloomberg Philanthropies will enable even more small businesses to create jobs and contribute further to the local economy.”

“Small businesses make up the majority of American jobs. They’re engines of innovation and new ideas and they form the backbone of successful cities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg. “We should do everything we can to help them grow, which is why we are extending our support for the 10,000 Small Business program here in Baltimore.”

“The 10,000 Small Businesses program has a proven track record of success all across the country, and will have a real impact on Baltimore City,” said Governor Hogan. “Hundreds of Baltimore small business owners will have the opportunity to receive a world-class business education, along with hope and opportunity. It is all because this great program chose to invest in Baltimore, and today’s graduates chose to invest in themselves.”

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative offers:

  • Business and Management Education: Small business owners will have access to a free practical business education through which they will develop a business growth plan to help them increase revenues and hire new employees.
  • Access to Capital: The program is working to build the capacity of local mission-driven lenders to increase opportunities for business owners to access to capital.
  • Business Support Services: Business advising and networking will be offered to participating small business owners through partnerships with community-based and national business organizations, as well as the people of Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg L.P.

A consortium of higher education institutions, made up of the Community College of Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, and Morgan State University, will deliver the program and will work with local organizations to encourage small businesses to apply. Classes will continue to be hosted on Johns Hopkins University’s campus. Additionally, 10,000 Small Businesses is partnering with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to strengthen the capacity of local mission-driven lenders in Baltimore so those lenders can better serve new and existing small business owners. The Foundation is committed to increasing opportunities for local entrepreneurs, particularly those of color, who have limited access to capital.

The funding comes on the heels of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, which focuses on an extensive set of new and expanded programs intended to strengthen U.S. cities, promote bold leadership and create new opportunities for problem-solving in city halls.

To date nationally, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has reached more than 6,300 small business owners across 14 US education sites. Approximately 70 percent of participants report increasing their revenues just six months after graduating and approximately 50 percent of participants report creating net new jobs in this same time period. 85 percent of program alumni do business with each other, demonstrating the power of the peer-to-peer network created in the 10,000 Small Businesses classroom.

Eligible small businesses should have annual revenues above $100,000; be in operation for at least two years; employ at least two full-time workers; and have a desire to grow and create jobs.

The education program is free and applications for the next cohort are open and available at

Larry Hogan, Governor of MarylandLloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, Goldman SachsMichael R. Bloomberg, 108th Mayor of NYC, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Co-Chair, 10,000 Small BusinessesWarren Buffett, Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

IPADE Business School Celebrates 50 Years of Training Business Leaders

 width=When I received an invitation to Mexico’s IPADE Business School’s 50-years celebration, I accepted immediately. This was something I didn’t want to miss.

Alfonso Bolio, then IPADE’s Dean and Beatriz Guzman, their international relations director came to GBSN’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington D.C. They liked the “GBSN crowd,” a unique community of management school leaders from all over the world, ranging from Afghanistan to Cambodia as well as OECD countries. I also suspect that they enjoyed the spirit of openness, eagerness to learn from one another, and yes, fun.

IPADE Business School joined GBSN soon thereafter, and lo and behold, offered to host our 2011 Annual Conference. With the theme, “Generating leadership: developing human capacity in emerging markets,” the conference attracted over 140 participants from 30 countries. Apart from the superb quality of discussions, participants enjoyed IPADE’s lovely main campus, a former hacienda in the heart of Mexico City. The campus has modern classrooms blending harmoniously with ancient cobblestoned pathways. The Gala Dinner sponsors included a top Mexican wine producer, and several locally renowned chefs competed in producing dinner. I turned to one of my colleagues and said: “this hospitality is unsurpassable; next year we will have to have our conference on a raft in the Amazon, as no comparison will be possible.”

IPADE Business School was founded in 1967 to train leaders through innovative academics, a global focus, and social responsibility. Business ethics is IPADE’s core value. To date, over 35,000 students have graduated from IPADE.

IPADE is a remarkable school. Over the years, IPADE has enhanced the leadership and management skills of thousands of Mexican and other executives.
So, I arrived in Mexico last month with high expectations that very soon were vastly exceeded. On March 30th, 2017, IPADE celebrated 50 years since its founding. This date marks the beginning of a series of commemorative events and academic projects that will run the duration of 2017.

The first day’s event took place in a historic former monastery, Colegio de las Vizcainas, located in the heart of the city. To me, the most moving moment was listening to a student orchestra of the Panamerican University, of which IPADE is a part. The orchestra performed a symphonic piece by Samuel Zyman, a noted Mexican composer who teaches at the Juilliard School. The piece, entitled “Horizons: Sonorous Reflections toward Virtue” was composed specially for the occasion.

The schedule of commemorative events was created as a way to revisit and celebrate the history of IPADE, as well as the impact that the institution has had on thousands of businesspeople and leaders. The anniversary events were focused on strengthening IPADE Business School and continuing to solidify its position as the business school of reference in Mexico and Central America.The next day we convened at the campus. Altogether about a thousand persons participated, mostly IPADE alumni. Most important to me, I reunited with Bea Guzman and Rosa Garcidue–as who had done 99% of the work when IPADE hosted our conference back in 2011.

GBSN is proud to have such a school apart of our network. Rafael Gomez Nava, Dean, IPADE Business SchoolRafael Gomez Nava, Dean, IPADE Business SchoolGuy Pfeffermann is the Founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network

Greetings from Guy: An African Success Story

 width=I invite you to join me in celebrating a great African success story. Its central character, Mame Yauto Faye was recently awarded a prestigious Berkeley’s Oasis Award as one of three “women who are changing the Sahel.” The other protagonists are Amadou Diaw, Founder and President of Senegal’s Institut SupŽrieur de Management (ISM), Eric Guichard, Founder and CEO of GRAVITAS Capital, Michiel Leenders and Louise Mauffette formerly of Canada’s Ivey Business School; Lluis Renart of Barcelona’s IESE Business School; and last but not least, Conrad Person, Michael Bzdak and Rene Kiamba of Johnson&Johnson (J&J), the champions of that company’s Management Development Institute (MDI).

GBSN was the catalyst that brought these passionate people together. ISM Dakar, Ivey Business School and IESE Business School are GBSN member schools.


Amadou Diaw is a visionary leader, social entrepreneur before the expression gained currency. He has created ISM and has grown it into the foremost business school in francophone Sub-Saharan Africa. His pioneering story can be found in GBSN’s “Cutting a Path to Prosperity Ð How education pioneers are building better business schools for the developing worthÉ and why” (Download Here).Eric Guichard walked into my office one day in 2006 when I was working at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation. He had gone to high school and university in Senegal and completed his studies at Harvard Business School. In his words, this gave him a unique perspective on instilling innovative thinking and problem solving. He was keenly aware of the huge gap between the number of English language case studies and those available in French, let alone the extreme paucity of cases involving local protagonists in francophone Africa. Eric’s company, GRAVITAS Capital, most generously gave GBSN its first private grant, in order for us to partner with ISM in developing ten initial locally-rooted cases and teaching notes, the first such collection in francophone Africa.Eric Guichard, Founder and CEO of GRAVITAS CapitalMame Yauto Faye of ISM had been an early participant in a week-long GBSN pan-African faculty case teaching mentoring program, Teaching the Practice of Management, which is still being run today by the Association of African Business Schools.

Her’s is an extraordinary life story. In her words, “I am the youngest child of a very large family. My father imparted in me a passion for studies, from private primary school, public high school, Cheikh Anta Diop University where I earned an MA in English Studies with a major in African Culture and Civilizations. I went on to obtain a Master in Marketing & Communication, a Master of Research in Management & Organizations in Africa and an MBA in Strategy at Dakar’s Institut SupŽrieur de Management. I crowned my studies with a PhD in Business Administration from the US’s Atlantic International University. Thanks to our parents’ devotion and sacrifice all my sisters and brothers attended school through specialization.” Mame managed ISM’s case study initiative.Louise Mauffette and Michiel Leenders formerly of Canada’s Ivey Business School joined in. Motivated by a combination of curiosity about the case method and a desire to make it more effective and accessible for all participants, they had for decades researched and re-engineered the case method extensively and written books about case learning, writing and teaching. They also conducted case method workshops in many countries, including Kenya, where they worked under GBSN’s aegis. They sum up their motivation: “our greatest pleasure is to see these efforts bear fruit.”Work on the cases progressed, and in early 2007 Lluis Renart of Barcelona’s IESE Business School stepped in, and with Mame and her ISM colleagues, set out to do field work. They visited each of the companies involved, sometimes two or even three a day, and wrote first case drafts. He returned to Dakar later that year, faculty re-visited companies, and, coordinated by Mame, the team eventually finalized ten cases.

The cases were soon published, the first such collection in francophone Africa.Meanwhile J&J had been running MDI Ð a week-long senior management program for African medical personnel in English-speaking Africa. That program, part of J&J’s charity arm, was championed by Conrad and Michael at J&J headquarters and, based in Nairobi, Rene. GBSN collaborated with J&J, first in identifying African faculty who quickly replaced fly-in professors from UCLA; later extending MDI to francophone and lusophone Africa. ISM became the francophone MDI hub, and guess what? Mame Yauto Faye was put in charge of running ISM’s francophone program, the first cohort participating in 2016.Why am I telling this story? First, to celebrate Mame’s achievement. Second, to show how people who come together with a common aim can strengthen pedagogy at a young business school. Third to emphasize that it takes years to build local capacity Ð the only sustainable form of development; yet many aid organizations will only fund programs that show measurable outcomes within 3 years or so. Lastly, what are the outcomes ? Better-equipped ISM graduates and more effective medical services are truly improving African lives. My GBSN colleagues and I are very proud to be working with such exceptional women and men of good will.

Guy Pfeffermann is the Founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network

Greetings from Guy: The Power of Working Across Borders

 width=Last year, business schools in Kabul and Phnom Penh joined the Network as the first members from those countries, enriching its unique potential for melding experiences across far-flung regions of the world.

GBSN works in three intersecting areas: networking and knowledge sharing, capacity building programs and thought leadership, to promote the importance of management education in economic and social development efforts.

To enrich such international collaboration myself, GBSN staff, advisors and members present at international conferences in both the business education and development sectors. In 2016 my GBSN colleagues were active in Accra for our Annual Conference, Minsk for one of our capacity building programs DRIVES Belarus and Phnom Penh to explore experiential learning tactics through our one-day summit. GBSN has over a decade of experience working with business schools across Africa, Asia and other developing regions. I see a role for GBSN in finding needs and opportunities for further development that will improve the pipeline of talented managers and entrepreneurs for the developing world.

As a very personal way to illustrate our international reach over the last few years I list a sampling in alphabetical 30 of the places to which I traveled on GBSN’s behalf:

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Spoke at BAZE University


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Organized panel “Scaling up Business Education” at eLearning Africa Conference


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Visit to Indian Institute of Management and Infosys. Attended the Confederation of Indian Industry Conference

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Member School site visit to Fundaao dom Cabral


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Attended Online Education Berlin conference and hosted GBSN Experiential eLearning Summit: Shaping Global Leaders Through Practice &Partnership

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Visit to IEDC Business School


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Discussion with Government officials about creating a new business school


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GBSN 2009 Annual Conference Partnerships in Practice: Local Managers for a Globalized World


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Speaker at the CEEMAN Conference New Global Performance – Challenges and implications for Management Development

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Presented at the World Economic Forum Africa Economic Summit, Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy

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GBSN 2007 Annual Conference Nurturing Business Education in Africa at INSEAD


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Member School site visit to Ko Business School


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GBSN Annual Conference Making the Connection:
Management Education Powering Development at IMT Ghaziabad

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Presented at Tibetan Social Enterprise Workshop


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Informing leading business schools about GBSN


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Keynote speaker at Lagos Business School Anniversary Celebration


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Member School site visit to Lahore University of Management Sciences


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GBSN Annual Conference Disruptive Education Models for the Developing World at the Asian Institute of Management

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Presented at World Economic Forum Africa Economic Summit

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Moderated Keynote Dialogue at African Development Bank Annual Meetings

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Discussing GBSN with University of Lesotho Business School Dean


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GBSN Annual Conference Generating Leadership: Developing Human Capacity in Emerging Markets at IPADE Business School

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Corporate sponsorship meetings for GBSN Annual Conference

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GBSN Annual Conference Unlocking Potential: The Importance of Management Education at USIU Chandaria School of Business

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Spoke on behalf of business education at the Global Forum on Human Resources for Health

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Member School site visit to Institut SupŽrieur du Management



Attended the AACSB ICAM conference and hosted the GBSN Technology Summit at INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute

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GBSN Annual Conference Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship at the Mediterranean School of Business

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International Advisory Board Meeting at UmeΠSchool of Business and Economics

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Member School site visit to American University of Nigeria


In line with our international vocation the GBSN 2017 Annual Conference November 1-3 will be focused squarely on the intersections between business education and development.

I wish you all a happy and productive new year.

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Leaders in Business Education and Industry Gather at International Experiential Learning Summit in Cambodia

The Global Business School Network (GBSN) and the National University of Management in Phnom Penh held a summit to explore experiential learning approaches to management education in the Asia Pacific Region

PHNOM PENH Ð On August 1, 2016 nearly 60 leaders in business education and industry gathered at the Raffles Hotel le Royal to participate in a summit on “Learning by Doing: The Power of Experiential Learning in Management Education,” hosted by the National University of Management in Phnom Penh. Delegates explored approaches to applying experiential learning to management education and opportunities to increase multi-sector engagement in management education in the Asia Pacific region, particularly with the private sector. The summit was sponsored by GGear Co. Ltd. and IDP Education.

“Around the globe we in the education community hear the drumbeat from employers that they want mature graduates who have the soft skills necessary to thrive in a work environment. And from GBSN members on every continent we see the impact that consequential experiential learning opportunities have on students’ development. I’m grateful to the National University of Management for helping us bring GBSN’s second ‘Learning by Doing’ summit to Cambodia as part of our effort to expand access to experiential education at business schools around the globe,” said Page Schindler Buchanan, Chief Operating Officer at GBSN.

“Overall, the GBSN Summit on Experiential Learning was a success and we look forward to introducing more experiential and action learning projects into our business school curricula at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh,” said Dr. Hor Peng, Rector of National University of Management.

The Keynote Discussion featured H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport who was interviewed by Kerry Laufer, Director of OnSite Global Consulting at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

“The conference provides a platform for business schools, business leaders and policy-makers to meet and discuss to find ways how to improve management education to meet the needs of the rapidly changing landscapes of global business of the 21st century,” said H.E. Dr. Naron.

Following the summit, delegates from the US, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Singapore, South Korea and gathered for a reception with Julie Chung, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia.

“The U.S. Embassy is proud to support this important summit that brings together the best of American business schools with their colleagues in Cambodia and throughout Asia. Experiential learning in particular is a significant innovation that will help future business leaders bridge borders and thrive in their own communities. By fostering international dialogue and information transfer through events like this, the Global Business School Network is helping to strengthen ties between our schools, our students and our nations,” said Ms. Chung.


Summit speakers and facilitators included top U.S. and Asian business educators, prominent Cambodian entrepreneurs, and the Cambodian Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, providing varied perspectives on experiential education in Cambodia and across the globe.

Featured speakers included:

Bryan Andriano, Executive Director, Global & Experiential Education, George Washington University School of Business (USA)
Chang Bunleang, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Brown Coffee (Cambodia)
Michellana Jester, Lecturer & Faculty Course Manager, Global Economics & Management Group, MIT Sloan School of Management (USA)
Marc Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Global Initiatives, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (USA)
Deepa Krishnan, Professor, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (India)
Ravi Kumar, Associate Provost, Special Projects, Nanyang Business School (Singapore)
Kerry Laufer, Director, OnSite Global Consulting, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (USA)
Zoe Ng, Managing Director, Raintree Development (Cambodia)
Stephen Paterson, Senior Advisor &Program Coordinator for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, National University of Management (Cambodia)
Hor Peng, Rector, National University of Management (Cambodia)
Okhna Sok Piseth, CEO & Co-Founder, GGer Co., Ltd. (Cambodia)
Kristiana Raube, Executive Director, International Business Development Program
Executive Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (USA)
Eric Shih, Vice Dean for Faculty & Research, SKK Graduate School of Business (South Korea)
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About GBSN
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About The National University of Management

The National University of Management is the leading public university in Cambodia focusing on management and business administration. Currently, there are approximately 12,000 students enrolled in bachelor, masters and doctoral programs in areas such as finance & banking, accounting, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, tourism & hospitality, information technology, foreign languages and business law.

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