I had an amazing visit to Tunis in preparation of the
upcoming GBSN Annual Conference, Education,
Employment and Entrepreneurship.
Our team is thrilled with the plans so far, and we think you will be
too! I believe a picture speaks a thousand words, so I thought I would share my
experiences of the visit through photos.
Lisa’s Top Ten
Reasons to Attend the GBSN Annual Conference in Tunisia
(as told from photos
of her visit)
10.) Every detail,
from an agenda of fascinating speakers and topics, to the logistics of the conference
rooms has been given considerable thought and planning.
The team hard at work. Houda Ghouzi, MSB Faculty and Leila
Triki, MSB Faculty join me in discussing the details of the agenda.
9.) After a long day of networking and learning
about new innovations in entrepreneurship education, return to your balcony,
have a cool drink, relax and enjoy the view.
View from my hotel room balcony at The Residence Hotel, the
location of the GBSN Annual Conference.
8.) Visit the new
modern building of the Mediterranean School of Business and learn about their
programs in entrepreneurship and business management.
The team in front of the new MSB building in downtown Tunis.
7.) Attend the GBSN
Member’s only meeting and learn about our impact over the last ten years as
well as strategize for our plans for the next ten years. This will be a highly participatory meeting
with breakout sessions and discussions.
View from the meeting room at the MSB campus in Tunis that
will hold the member’s meeting.
6.) During the
conference site visits, learn more about Axe Finance, a credit risk software
company. Come discover how they have
grown by 30% in this last year, and why it is so difficult to hire a business
specialist, as compared to an engineer, in Tunisia.
Out in front of the AxeFinance office building in downtown
5.) Learn about the
great challenges of being an innovative entrepreneur, starting a new video
gaming business in Tunis. One (of many) of his greatest challenges? Hiring creative employees.
Picture hanging on the wall of the DigitialMania. "How do you encourage individuals to be
creative, when they have lived a life without freedom and are forced into
4.) The food will be
The team worked hard to taste all of the delights of
Tunisia! (A tough job). One of my favorites? The desserts with a french influence.
3.) Learn about
accessing finance with a visit to Tuninvest, a private equity firm with investments
throughout the Middle East and Africa. Greatest
Challenge, I ask? "Viable and creative
projects.” Hmm, creativity and
innovation seems to be an on-going theme.
Learning about the portfolio of investments with Tuninvest
2.) Opportunity to
learn more about the business environment in the MENA region. Through discussions, plenaries, breakout
sessions and site visits, this is the opportunity to share the greatest
challenges in management education, and how business schools are using
innovation and entrepreneurship education to address unemployment.
And the number one reason to attend the GBSN Annual
Conference in Tunisia?
1.) Loads of
As always, the audience at the GBSN Conference will be
diverse. Last year in India we had over 30
countries and 60 business schools represented.
We envision we will surpass those numbers this year. During tea breaks, opening receptions,
lunches, site visits and breakout sessions, meet new and interesting
individuals from business schools, NGO’s, businesses and the public sector.
A Tunisian tea break.
GBSN 2013 in Tunisia, it is not to be missed!
Lisa Leander is the Membership Officer with GBSN overseeing
the Annual Conference, Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship, co-hosted by
the Mediterranean School of Business and Babson College. Please feel free to leave her questions and
comments about her stay. For more
information on the conference and registration, please visit