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GBSN is Turning 10!

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Thursday, December 20, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Guy PfeffermannBelow is a picture of the Washington DC headquarters of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation where GBSN was born. 

It’s hard to believe that at our annual conference in Tunis (June 10-12, 2013) this year we will celebrate our tenth birthday together. The theme is of utmost importance: Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship. I hope you will join us and co-hosts Babson College and the Mediterranean School of Business. This conference will be more than a celebration, it will be a unique opportunity to convene with international colleagues to share, learn and brainstorm how we can improve and scale up management education for the developing world.

IFC Building, Washington, DC

This has been a terrific year for GBSN. Throughout the 2012 our members and friends made significant contributions to our mission to build management education capacity by presenting webinars, writing articles, sharing research, producing videos and participating in capacity building programs, all to share their expertise with their colleagues around the world. 

  • New cases were produced to help train Kenyan agribusiness entrepreneurs and health care workers battling HIV/AIDS in Africa.  

  • Faculty in Malaysia learned how to implement cutting edge action-based learning techniques. 

  • A wealth of knowledge and expertise about case teaching and writing was shared (and archived) during Case Method Month in September.

  • And the African Management Initiative launched this year identified critical gaps in management talent in Africa and is already working to fill them through innovative training and support.

We were inspired and energized by the contributions of students to our MBA Challenge Video Contest showing how they are using business skills to make a difference in the developing world. So much so that for 2013 we’ve decided to open up the contest to any student of business or entrepreneurship, not just MBAs.

We welcomed a number of leading business schools into the network and were honored by additional commitments by several schools to be Executive Board Members. Our new member schools are:

Our new Executive Board Members include:

Last but not least, this year’s annual conference in Delhi was a resounding success. It brought together educators from over 30 countries around the theme "Management Education Powering Development.” The connections and ideas that came out of that gathering have already born fruit, in new international collaborations between schools and at least one new program here at GBSN.

For the success of 2012, and of the past decade, I thank our members, our partners and supporters. I look forward to seeing all of our friends, old and new, at the celebration in Tunis (seen in the picture on the left) as we come together once again to share ideas and plant new ones for the next decade.

Team GBSN wishes you and your families a wonderful new year.


Guy Pfeffermann is the CEO and founder of the Global Business School Network.

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