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The Global Business School Network & EFMD Present Joint Conference on Management Education in Africa

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The Global Business School Network (GBSN) and EFMD will hold a joint conference in Africa hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and supported by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) exploring what quality management education looks like in the developing world context.

In Accra, Ghana on November 4 – 5, 2014 the conference, “Quality in Context: Management Education for the Developing World,” will convene leading educators from around the globe.  The conference will focus on the realities students, companies, governments and civil society face in Africa and throughout the developing world, and how business schools can shape their programs to ensure they are providing effective, accessible management education in these markets. Pre-conference events on November 3 will include the GBSN Annual Members Meeting and an EFMD Accreditation Seminar held at the CEIBS Africa campus in Accra.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to meet with international colleagues that share an interest in strengthening management education in emerging markets.  Sessions will address the specific needs of market sectors, such as agribusiness and health, as well as the growing presence of technology, models for international collaboration in education, and how to meet increased demand for local management talent by multi-national companies.

GBSN, a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve management education for the developing world, and EFMD, the leading global network for business schools and companies, are at the forefront of the effort to improve access to quality, locally relevant education around the world.  This first-ever joint conference between the two organizations is a seminal event in the advancement of management education in Africa and throughout the developing world.

“For over a decade, GBSN has worked with business schools, companies, governments and foundations to enrich the pool of skilled managers, entrepreneurs and leaders for the developing world,” said Guy Pfeffermann, founder and CEO of GBSN.  “By building the capacity of business schools in regions like Africa, we are able to support sustainable, high quality relevant education that makes a real difference in the prosperity of local people and their communities. We are thrilled to be working with EFMD for our 9th annual conference to address this important issue.”

“This year marks the 30th anniversary of EFMD’s ground-breaking work as one of the first international organisations working to develop management skills and capacity in China.  Now three decades later China is a powerhouse in the world economy and everyone is asking the question - will Africa be next? There is enormous potential and an abundance of resources, people, entrepreneurial spirit and hope for the future,” said Prof. Eric Cornuel, the CEO and director general of EFMD. "Events like this are vital in engaging key stakeholders from business, business schools, NGO’s & local government in a dialogue to share ideas and form alliances. We are delighted to work with GBSN and the host schools in Ghana to stage this important event.”

For more information on this event please visit or or contact Page Buchanan, GBSN, at or Griet Houbrechts, EFMD, at

About GBSN

For over a decade the Global Business School Network has worked to address the crippling waste of talent and resources in the developing world caused by a severe shortage of people with business and management skills.  Harnessing the power of an international network of over 60 leading business schools, GBSN facilitates cross-border networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration that strengthen management education for developing countries. For example, GBSN’s programs have helped to develop hundreds of local teaching cases in Kenya, establish a new business school in Pakistan, and bring cutting edge teaching techniques to a school in Malaysia. For more information please visit

About EFMD

EFMD is a leading international network of business schools and companies (820 members / 82 countries) at the forefront or raising the standards of management education and development globally. EFMD runs the EQUIS and EPAS accreditation systems as well as the EFMD Deans Across Frontiers development programme (EDAF) and is one of the key reference points for management education worldwide. More information about EFMD is available via, the EFMD blog and @EFMDnews on Twitter.

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