ESCP Europe MBA in International Management Program and the

    Graduate Business Forum present the 36th annual, global

    Graduate Business Conference

    & Alumni Summit

    April 3-6, 2019

  • Background

    Since 1983, the Graduate Business Conference (GBC) is the only annual, global MBA and graduate business student leadership conference in the world. Hosted at a different university each year in collaboration with the Graduate Business Forum (GBF), the GBC brings together student leaders from the world's top business schools. By exposing student leaders to peers from across the globe, the GBC creates a unique environment to engage in dialogue and debate issues facing student leadership, management education and society.


    In 2019, the 36th annual Graduate Business Conference will be hosted by Graduate Business Forum member ESCP Europe. It will be a very special event, as the regular GBC program of global, student-leadership best practice sharing and management education will be complemented by the 200-year anniversary celebrations of ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in the world!


    Each year, the incoming and outgoing MBA and graduate business school student association presidents from the world's top business schools are invited to attend. And this year, schools are invited to send two additional student delegates. If your school would like to send more than four delegates, please contact us in advance at gbc2019@graduatebusinessforum.com.

  • GBC 2019: United in Diversity

    Theme: United in Diversity


    Host: ESCP Europe, Paris Campus


    Who Will Attend:

    • Elected student leaders of the student governments of the top 70 MBA programs and business schools in the world
    • C-suite executives, senior leaders and acclaimed thought-leaders from business, government and academia
    • GBC alumni from the past 30+ years

    In 2018, we were honored that His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was the official protector of the Graduate Business Conference. We will announce the speakers for GBC 2019 in due time. Please stay tuned!


    What to Expect:

    • NETWORK with fellow student leaders from the worlds' leading MBA programs and business schools. 
    • DEBATE effective student leadership and best practices to improve the quality of business education, the MBA / Masters in Management experience and engage peers in contributing to society during business school, in their communities and within the organizations they join upon graduation.
    • JOIN a historic moment as our host, ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in the world, celebrates its 200-year anniversary.
    • EXPLORE the topic "United in Diversity" including examinations of diversity, humanistic leadership, entrepreneurship and social impact.
    • LEARN in interactive sessions from some of the most inspiring senior executives and leaders in the world.
    • CELEBRATE the best student leaders in the world during the annual, global Student  Leadership Awards commemorative banquet and gala.

    Summary Schedule:

    • Tues., April 2, 2019: Arrivals / afternoon social mixer 
    • Weds.-Sat., April 3-6, 2019: Full-day conference activities, including the annual, global Student Leadership Awards commemorative banquet and gala on Friday evening
    • Sun., April 7, 2019: Departures / informal sightseeing


    • Standard Rate: US $275
    • Early Bird Rate (Register by February 3, 2019): US $225
    • Alumni-Exclusive, Weekend Rate (Friday-Saturday events only): US $125


    • Dinners (Tuesday - Saturday)
    • Breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks and snacks (Wednesday - Saturday)
    • Student Leadership Awards commemorative banquet and gala (Friday)
    • Exclusive networking, inspiration and tools to increase your impact as a leader
    • Curated, alumni-only events to complement the main conference experience
    • High-level speeches
    • Welcome gift bag and more

    Accommodations: ​Stay tuned for recommended local accommodations

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