Global Business Initiative

Georgetown's Global Business Initiative seeks to distinguish McDonough as the premier destination for global business education by partnering with other schools and companies in Washington, D.C., and around the world.


A Message from GBI Director Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.

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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. GBI seeks to make Georgetown McDonough the premier destination for global business education by working 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.

Georgetown’s Global Business Initiative’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 and Baratta Chair in Global Business

Global Business Advisory Board

GBI BOA members

The Global Business Initiative has assembled an outstanding team of business professionals from across the world to advise the dean on Georgetown McDonough’s global mission.

Chaired by Maximo J. Blandon (MBA’88), the Global Business Advisory Board leverages resources to improve and expand on the school’s ability to enhance its position as a leader in global business education and research and as a thought leader in the field of global business management.

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The Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association (GRLA) is a student-run organization that focuses on educating students about the retail and luxury industries as well as increasing opportunities for them within those fields.

Global Alumni Network

All Georgetown University alumni, graduate students, and undergraduate seniors can access Georgetown’s Global Alumni Network, which contains over 20,000 active members worldwide.

Georgetown McDonough provides a curriculum that prepares our students to excel on the global stage. These students and alumni are already embracing their global potential.

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