GBSN 2014 Annual Conference: Quality in Context: Management Education for the Developing Wolrd




Conference Events

3 November 2014:
GBSN Members Meeting
(GBSN Members Only)

EFMD Accreditation Seminar
(Open to all)
NEW Location: IESE Business School

4-5 November 2014:
GBSN + EFMD Joint Conference
(Open to all)
NEW Location: IESE Business School



All of your questions about the new location and logistics answered here.
>> Frequently Asked Questions


Conference Sponsors

Title Sponsor


Event Sponsor

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women

Session Sponsor

eLearning Africa

Patron Sponsor


Welcome Reception Sponsor

MIT Sloan

In-Kind Sponsor




Conference Secretariat
Phone: +32.2.789.23.00

Phone: +1.202.628.9040

Phone: +32.2.629.0810


NEW LOCATION: The 2014 Africa Conference has been moved from Ghana to Barcelona, Spain due to the ongoing and tragic crisis surrounding the Ebola virus

The new venue for the conference will be Barcelona, Spain and we warmly thank IESE Business School for stepping in to offer their facilities at such short notice and being so supportive of the network. The conference will take place on the initially planned dates of 4th-5th November 2014, with the GBSN Members Meeting and EFMD Accreditation Seminar on 3rd November 2014.


This section includes information about the conference venue, accomodation, Barcelona,Dress Code, getting around and visas.


IESEIESE Business School
Avinguda de Pearson, 21
Barcelona, Spain






The EFMD Registration and Housing Office (c/o MCI Brussels) has secured preferential room rate(s) for your stay at various hotels at walking distance from the venue.

Note: Full stay pre-payment in EUR will be required to guarantee your Torre Girona Hotel booking, whilst Hotel Sansi booking should be processed by contacting the hotel directly (further information below). 

During your registration, you will be able to reserve your hotel room. Should you wish to extend your hotel stay outside the conference dates or make any changes to a reservation, please contact MCI Benelux at



Hotel Sansi Pedralbes
Avinguda de Pearson, 1-3
08034 Pedralbes, Barcelona

Distance to IESE: 200 meters - 4 min walk
Conference Room Rate: €140 per night + VAT

Fully Booked





Hotel Princesa Sofia

Hotel Princesa Sofia
Plaça de Pius XII, 4
08028 Barcelona

Distance to IESE: 1.6 km - 25 min walk
Conference Room Rate: €115.50-136.61 per night

Fees include breakfast.

No arrangement for preferential rates have been accommodated by EFMD but the hotel is offering a 20% discount on room bookings. To process your reservation, click here.



Torre Girona Hotel
Passeig dels Til·lers, 19
08034 Barcelona

Distance to IESE: 850 meters - 15 min walk

Fully Booked





Cancellation Policy:

All reservation modifications have to be submitted in writing to All changes are subject to the availability and at the discretion of the hotel. The EFMD Registration and Housing Office (c/o MCI Brussels) reserves the right to accept or refuse a change, based on hotel availability.

In the event that changes are not made in strict compliance with the below cancellation policy, guests will be directly and fully responsible for all fees and/or changes imposed.

For any modifications on arrival or departure dates from the original reservation, the EFMD Registration and Housing Office (c/o MCI Brussels) reserves the right to apply the cancellation policies below:


About Barcelona

IESE Rated as Europe’s most livable city by the Financial Times, Barcelona is fast establishing itself as one of the major European capitals. It provides a stimulating setting for learning and an enriching experience.

Just 20 minutes from downtown Barcelona and with the Mediterranean Coast and Pyrenees Mountains nearby, IESE Business School’s location provides excellent opportunities for recreational activities.



Dress Code

The dress code is business casual for the conference. The gala dinner is business professional, cocktail attire. The average daytime temperatures is about 62°F (17°C) , whereas the average minimum temperatures could drop down to 46°F (8°C). November is generally cooler in Barcelona, we strongly recommend to bring some warmer clothes and a jacket.

Getting Around

All International flights are through Barcelona El Prat Airport. On your way home, please plan a MINIMUM of two hours to check-in at the international airport, and a minimum of fifteen to thirty minutes to travel to the airport. If you are traveling during rush hour, please plan to give yourself a minimum of thirty to forty-five minutes.

>> Click here for detailed information on traveling from the airport to the IESE Business School campus


Travelling by Taxi is a low cost and convenient way to get from the airport to the city centre, especially if you have a family or a lot of luggage.

You will find a taxi rank outside any of the main terminal exits Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (and of the 3 buildings of Terminal 2 - T2A, T2B or T2C). Look for the sign pointing to the nearest taxi rank. The taxis operate all night and there are several hundred of them so you don't have to worry about not being able to catch a cab.

The journey to the city centre will take you between 20 to 30 minutes depending on road conditions. If you are travelling from Terminal 1 rather than Terminal 2, this will add an extra 4 km to your journey and take approximately 5 minutes more.

Expect to pay around  €25.00  for the journey into the centre from T2 and  €30.00  for your journey from T1. There will also be an additional surcharge charge for each bag you're carrying. You'll find the rates displayed inside the cab.

All official Barcelona taxis are black and yellow and are required to charge you only the value on the meter (Plus any surcharge. Surcharges include a supplement for travelling from the Airport, or to or from the port, all surcharge rates are displayed in the back of the taxi).


Name of Company

Phone Number

Taxi Barcelona
Fono Taxi

+34 93 013 0106
+34 933 00 11 00

The taxi service in Barcelona is generally very good, clean and reliable.

Who Requires a Visa?

Countries that DO NOT NEED a visa:

You belong to one of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia Herzegovina (only when holding a biometric passport), Brazil, British nationals (Overseas), British overseas territories citizens (BOTC), British overseas citizens (BOC), British protected persons (BPP), British subjects (BS), Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) (only when holding a biometric passport), Japan, Korean Republic, Liechtenstein, Macao Special Administrative Region, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaca, Montenegro (only when holding a biometric passport), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands (passports from the US), Panama, Paraguay, St Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia (only when holding a biometric passport), Seychelles, Singapore, Taiwan (only holders of passports which contain identity card number), Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, and Venezuela

You hold a passport from The European Union, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland

You hold Travel Documents issued under the Geneva Convention of July 1951 by one of the following countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

You hold a valid residence permit in any of the Schengen member states. You are entitled to re-enter the Schengen area without a visa on production of your proof of residence and your passport

Countries that NEED a visa PRIOR to arrival:

Participants from all other countries must apply for a tourism visa (B-2). Tourist visa holders are not to engage in any form of employment or trade in Spain. The standard processing time for a visa takes a minimum of 5 business days, although for the following nationalities, processing time will take a minimum of 4 weeks: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Congo, North Korea, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan (applies only to holders of service passports), Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Russian Federation (applies only to holders of service passports), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Sri Lank, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen

Please contact your local embassy or consulate for details regarding your visa requirements.