Founder and CEO
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Email: gpfeffermann at gbsn.org
In 2003 Guy Pfeffermann founded the Global Business School Network on the principle that skilled management is critical to successful international development.
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After 40 years as an economist at the World Bank, including 15 years as Chief Economist of the International Finance Corporation, he saw too often how lack of management talent was impeding economic and social development in communities throughout the developing world. Now as CEO of GBSN, which started at the IFC and is today an independent nonprofit, Guy oversees programs and events that harness the expertise and passion of a worldwide network of leading business schools to strengthen the institutions and educators who deliver management education for the developing world. GBSN’s unique approach pairs a robust network of experts with efficient administration to build institutional capacity, foster collaboration and disseminate knowledge, all aimed at promoting management education that delivers international best practice with local relevance.
Born in Montauban, France, Mr. Pfeffermann received his Licence en Droit et Sciences Economiques in Paris in 1962 and was awarded first prize, Concours General, a French national inter-university essay competition. He was a Besse scholar at St. Antony's College, Oxford from 1962-65 and received a B.Litt. (Oxon.) in 1967 for his thesis: "Industrial Labour in Senegal," which was also published as a book.
From 2000-2003 he was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. From 2003-2007, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the GlobalGiving Foundation. He published "Paths out of Poverty – The Role of Private Enterprise in Developing Countries (IFC, 2000). He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS). Guy is also a member of the African Management Initiative's Advisory Panel. His most recent publications include “Technology, Education and the Developing World” in nBizEd, a publication of the AACSB (July/August 2013) and “Cutting a Path to Prosperity – How Education Pioneers are Building Better Business Schools for the Developing World… and Why” (with co-authors, 2013). Guy is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management.
Page Schindler Buchanan
Chief Operating Officer
Email: pbuchanan at gbsn.org
Page is responsible for enhancing strategic partnerships and cultivating opportunities for GBSN to build management education capacity for the developing world. Page manages the development and implementation of GBSN’s networking and capacity building activities, as well managing the overall operations for the organization.
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Over the past decade Page has worked in a variety of sectors managing training programs, developing communications strategy, building institutional relationships and coordinating advocacy efforts. She joined GBSN as Communications Officer in 2011 and moved into her current role as Director of Operations in 2013. Her work prior to GBSN includes Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit management services organization, a US Member of Congress, the Federal Communication Commission's National Broadband Plan, and a financial literacy and tax preparation nonprofit. In addition to managing and promoting GBSN’s networking and capacity building activities, Page regularly gets her hands dirty preparing and serving breakfast at Miriam's Kitchen, a nonprofit that serves chronically homeless people in Washington, DC.
Page earned her Bachelors degree in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Masters degree in Media Psychology and Social Change from Fielding Graduate University. She lives in Washington DC.
Senior Program Officer
Email: lleander at gbsn.org
Lisa is the go-to person for all things regarding GBSN membership. She coordinates GBSN webinars, the annual conference and special events with member schools. Lisa also manages the implementation of various GBSN capacity building programs.
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Lisa has ten years of experience supporting capacity building development projects in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Over this time she has managed government contracts, World Bank programs and USAID projects. Her strong skills in proposal writing, program management and financial management have led to successful project outcomes in developing regions that include India, Jordan, Mexico, Botswana, Tanzania, and South Africa.
In her current role as Membership Officer Lisa oversees international networking activities for management educators, member recruitment and special events, including the GBSN annual conference. She is constantly looking for new ways to engage business schools in capacity building efforts, while helping them to expand their knowledge and networks. Lisa joined GBSN in 2008 as a Program Officer for the Karachi Education Initiative Project. In this role she managed an international advisory board and drafted a strategic plan for a new business school in Pakistan. Prior to GBSN she worked as a Senior Program Associate with Higher Education for Development (HED) where she oversaw twenty-six global higher education partnership grants and managed the USAID-funded Executive MBA Partnership program, which enhanced the existing Executive MBA program at Alexandria University in Egypt. She also designed and oversaw the impact assessment of the USAID-funded Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships (TIES) program in Mexico. Lisa holds a Bachelors degree in History and Spanish, and a Masters degree in International Development from George Washington University.
Email: nzefran at gbsn.org
Nicole does marketing and event planning for GBSN's networking events and capacity building activities. Nicole also provides logistical support for GBSN’s network activities, communciations, programs and overall office operations.
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Before joining GBSN in 2013, Nicole served as a Public Affairs Intern for Share Our Strength working on their national campaign No Kid Hungry. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. She also worked in the government sector as a Public Affairs Intern with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). With CNCS, she provided support for their 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service and their MLK Day Service Campaign. Nicole has experience in web design, marketing, and broadcast communication. Nicole earned her Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from Ohio University focusing on both public relations and organizational communication. She is currently working towards earning her Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.