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The Global Business School Network Appoints Juliane Iannarelli as its First Chief Impact Officer

The Global Business School Network (GBSN) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Juliane Iannarelli as its first Chief Impact Officer. 

This year celebrating its 20th anniversary, GBSN is a Washington D.C. based non-profit of nearly 150 leading business schools across 50 countries with a mission “to improve access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurship education for the developing world.” GBSN was built on the conviction that business knowledge and management skills are powerful drivers of economic and social development.

“Today our mission means helping business schools to build more inclusive and sustainable communities,” according to Soumitra Dutta, Chairman of the GBSN Board of Directors. “To do that we must help schools to work together with each other and connect with business, civil society, and government.” 

GBSN has been building programs that engage students, faculty, and leaders of business schools in meaningful activities that improve as well as develop economies across the globe.

As the first Chief Impact Officer, Iannarelli will lead the development and implementation of GBSN’s activities that align with GBSN’s vision — to enable business schools to profoundly impact sustainable development worldwide—through education, research, and community engagement.

“We achieve our mission by amplifying the existing commitments among our member schools around the world and creating opportunities for further collaboration and co-creation,” said Juliane Iannarelli. “I look forward to working to increase our community’s impact by building a more inclusive and connected global GBSN network.”

Iannarelli brings nearly 20 years of experience in global higher education. Prior to GBSN, she served as the senior vice president and chief knowledge officer at AACSB International, where she led the organization’s research team and agenda in support of thought leadership, advocacy, and global development objectives. Iannarelli facilitated innovation-focused workshops for thought leaders and led the association’s data benchmarking services and industry magazine. Juliane also serves in advisory roles for other mission-driven organizations, including Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM).

“I had the privilege of working with Juliane for 15 years,” said Dan LeClair, CEO of GBSN. “In addition to extensive knowledge of the industry, she has experience with the kind of programs and systems we’ve been building to support business schools in their impact initiatives.” 

GBSN Impact Communities connect faculty, students, administrators, and/or professionals in industry, civil society or government who share common professional and co-curricular experiences. Impact Communities amplify cooperation and engagement around a common research goal, theme, or challenge. Through peer to peer sharing and collective action, Impact Communities improve access to quality, locally relevant management education.

Central to the Chief Impact Officer’s role is leading efforts to better demonstrate impact and increase visibility of GBSN. Iannarelli will lead and develop the strategy behind programs that amplify cooperation and engagement across the network through GBSN Impact Communities.