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Lisa's Top 10 Reasons to Attend the GBSN Annual Conference in Tunisia

Posted By Lisa Leander, Monday, April 22, 2013
Lisa LeanderI 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 Tunis.

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 conformity?”

4.) The food will be amazing.

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 Management.

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 networking opportunities.

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

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