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Global Business School Network Participates in United Nations Conference on Trade and Development World Investment Forum to Launch Business Schools for Impact Program

An UNCTAD initiative in collaboration with GBSN, CEMS and international business schools will develop a new program to educate tomorrow’s leaders about how business can address poverty

GENEVA – Today the Global Business School Network (GBSN) is participating in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Forum in Geneva to launch the Business Schools for Impact program, a collaboration between UNCTAD, GBSN, the Global Alliance on Management Education (CEMS) and top international business schools around the world.

GBSN CEO and founder, Guy Pfeffermann will speak at a session discussing the challenges associated with investing in low-income countries and the role that business schools can play in advancing sustainable development, including strengthening businesses at the base of the pyramid.  GBSN member schools participating in the Geneva forum include

  • Wim Naude, Dean, Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands
  • Javier Yanez, Dean, Universidad de los Andes School of Management, Colombia
  • Alfons Sauquet, Global Dean, ESADE, Spain
  • Vinika Rao, Executive Director, Emerging Markets Institute, INSEAD, Singapore
  • Enase Okenado, Dean, Lagos Business School, Nigeria

The Business Schools for Impact program was unveiled during a private interactive session earlier this year that convened schools, teachers, students, corporates, impact investors and social entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges associated with investing in low-income economies and the implications for the business school curriculum. 

“GBSN is proud to be one of UNCTAD’s collaborating partners in this venture that will help to provide business schools worldwide with materials, insights and information to prepare their students to invest in and operate successful businesses in the developing world,” said Guy Pfeffermann, CEO of GBSN.  

About the Business School for Impact Project

In the outcome of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2010, government leaders asked the private sector to accelerate its contribution to poverty eradication, including by adapting its business models to the needs and the poor. This project was developed in response to this call and had set the goal to discuss how business schools can better prepare students to engage in inclusive businesses in low income environments.

About GBSN

The Global Business School Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening management, entrepreneurial and leadership talent for the developing world through better access to quality, locally relevant education. GBSN harnesses the power of a network of nearly 70 leading business schools that share a dedication to our mission to build management education capacity for the developing world.  Through international events and local capacity building projects GBSN facilitates cross-border networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration. GBSN programs tap the expertise of our member schools to advise, train and mentor developing world institutions and educators. More information is available at


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