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Global Business Initiative: Welcome

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A Welcome from Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D., Professor of Operations


Known around the world for its emphasis on international business, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business created the Global Business Initiative (GBI) to ensure the school’s global mission is evident throughout all aspects of the student experience — from the undergraduate to the MBA to the Executive Education programs.

Located in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, Georgetown McDonough offers our students unparalleled access to global executives in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. GBI seeks to make Georgetown the premier destination for global business education. In order to create more transformational opportunities for students, GBI works to expand the school’s touchstone Global Business Experience and form partnerships with schools, organizations, and companies in Washington, D.C., and around the world.

GBI’s work is invigorating — and necessary. I like to tell people that business has no borders. In this age of globalization, it’s crucial that Georgetown McDonough educates future business leaders capable of making complex business decisions in a global environment. The Global Business Initiative exists to make that possible.

Thank you for your interest in GBI. I look forward to welcoming you to our robust global business network.



Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D., 
Professor of Operations
Director, Global Business Initiative