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Speakers at International B-School Conference Focus on How Management Education Powers Development

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The Global Business School Network Annual Conference, hosted for the first time in India by the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad features leaders in management education and development from India and around the world

Delhi, India – At the 7th Annual Global Business School Network Conference, hosted by the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad June 11 – 14 at the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi, prominent speakers from India and around the globe will share their thoughts on the conference theme: Making the Connection: Management Education Powering Development.

Delegates from business schools in over 30 countries will be present, along with leaders in development, education and industry to join the discussion on how the economic and social progress of the developing world can be promoted through an improvement in management education. The conference is sponsored by HDFC, Godrej Industries, Mahindra Mahindra, GMAC, IFC, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, and the Chandaria foundation, with additional support from SIFE International and online media partner MBA Universe.

"Quality management education that combines international best practice with local relevance is essential for India, and indeed the rest of the developing world, to build the businesses, entrepreneurs and services our country needs to move forward in today's global economy. This conference is an ideal opportunity for Indian educators to meet with leaders in management education from around the world to build partnerships, and share their experiences and knowledge. I am proud of the role IMT Ghaziabad has taken as a leader in internationalizing management education in India and look forward to a productive and enlightening conference with GBSN,”said Shri Kamal Nath,Union Cabinet Minister of Urban Development, who will be speaking during the opening ceremony on June 12.

"I could not be more excited about the impressive line up of speakers we will have at the GBSN conference this year, from Minister Kamal Nath to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women entrepreneur Seema Kholsa to the deans from prominent international business schools coming to India from all over the world. Our organization was founded on the principle that management education is critical for the developing world to move forward, and also on the concept that by sharing ideas, resources and talents, we can make a real difference in people’s lives. Each of the people who will present at the GBSN conference contribute to this important conversation about how good management is fundamental to the success of economic and social endeavors,” said Guy Pfeffermann, founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network.

"IMT was founded with a vision for management education leading to social transformation. IMT is delighted to join hands with GBSN to lead an honest dialogue to focus on a simple topic: how management education has and will improve the lives of millions, holistically and sustainably,” said Bibek Banerjee, Director of IMT Ghaziabad. "In the backdrop of increasing international flows of goods and services, capital, people and information, a universal education with a local flavour will truly satisfy the needs of the world and its economy. Keeping this in mind, we at IMT have always been enthusiastic to build bridges and break barriers by forming international linkages and collaborations with institutes all over the world.

The conference is being held in India for the first time this year, allowing delegates the opportunity to not only network and share best practice around management education, but also see first hand how business in India is innovating and solving management challenges in various ways.

"The Indian economy's potential will be realised if India improves its abilities to get things done. In short, India needs better managers to lead teams, design program strategies and implement projects on time. Indian management schools must produce more practical managers. Moreover India needs ethical managers with motivation to improve the world for everyone, not merely their personal bottom-lines. The discipline of Management must be a vocation with higher aspirations, not a mere calculus of numbers," said Arun Maira of the Planning Commission of India, who will be the keynote speaker on June 13, a day that will focus on Industry in India.

Speakers at the GBSN conference will also include (partial list):

Mr. Analgit Singh, Founder & Chairman of Max India Limited

Dr. Soumitra Dutta, Incoming Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

Prof. Steven DeKrey, Senior Associate Dean, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Dr. Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School & Director, Association of African Business Schools

Dr. Pankaj Chandra, Director, IIM Bangalore

Aparajita Ramakrishnan, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Jim Dean, Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Member of the GBSN Board of Directors

Dr. Pramod Mantravadi, Director of Custom Programs, Centre for Executive Education, Indian School of Business

Dr. Anjali Sastry, MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. Robert Kennedy, Executive Director, William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Dr. Ashok Som, Associate Dean and Director of the Global MBA ESSEC Business School

Raj Agrawal, Director, Centre for Management Education, All India Management Association

For more information on the GBSN conference speakers and agenda, please visit the conference website at www.gbsnonline.org/2012.

About the Global Business School Network

Since2003 GBSN has been a leader in promoting management education as a critical component in successfulinternational development strategies. GBSN connects and engages a network of top international business schools, plus corporate and NGO partners, who are committed to improving lives through the advancement of management education. Harnessing the power of this network, GBSN builds management education capacity for the developing world.

GBSN’s experience in designing and implementing capacity-building programs for management education institutions make the organization a uniquely qualified partner to agencies undertaking new projects in the developing world. GBSN’s expertise and broad network provide the ability to deliver significant results in a cost-effective manner. By working with numerous partners, GBSN leverages the strengths of top international business schools to accelerate development efforts.

More information is available at www.gbsnonline.org.

About the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

Established in 1980, with a vision of creating intellectual capital relevant to the evolving techno-civilizational context, the Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad (IMT) has developed into a leading management school in India. IMT strives to contribute meaningfully toward the cause of inclusive globalisation and inter-connectedness, and stands out uniquely in the field of management education in terms of their education philosophy of scholarship grounded in contextual reality. Located adjacent to New Delhi in the National Capital Region of the country, it has a distinct locational advantage of having access to industries, NGOs, government departments and academic institutions across all sectors.

Since its creation, IMT has consolidated its base of intellectually motivated faculty, and generations of entrepreneurial and hardworking student body, to scale new heights and achieve new glories. IMT has been consistently ranked in the "Ivy League” of B-Schools in India by most major and credible media groups including the Economic Times, Business India, Outlook and Career 360.

IMT believes that in the space of scholarship and education, exchange of ideas through collaborations lead to superior outcomes of growth and development of all stakeholders of the profession. Currently, IMT has more than 70 working relationships with various universities across the globe, and engages in regular, meaningful and substantial exchange of ideas and knowledge.

On the face of unprecedented and fundamental changes in the interconnected world, IMT prepares its students to embrace dynamism and enterprise to create positive value for society. In doing so IMT creates not just managers, but leaders who are aligned with the current and future needs of the global economy and who create a difference to the world around them.

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