McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

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.

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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

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Undergraduate Fellows

The Global Business Fellows Program is an innovative joint program between the McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS). This program combines fundamental principles of business with required coursework in international affairs, economics, and languages.

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Summits and Speaker Series

The Global Business Initiative brings accomplished business leaders to engage the Georgetown McDonough community in dialogue about the challenges of leading global businesses in specific industries.

Global Business Initiative and Estee Lauder gen z network

Corporate engagement

Leveraging the reach of our Board and Georgetown’s global network the GBI has worked with Estée Lauder, Cartier and Lamborghini to provide our students transformational educational opportunities Estée Lauder, Cartier and Lamborghini

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Embassy Series

The Global Business Initiative aims to strengthen the nexus between international organizations and D.C. embassies and the Georgetown McDonough community. We encourage this collaboration through signature events held in our campus or at the host organization’s venue.

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Global Consulting

As a leader in global business education, Georgetown McDonough seeks to provide all students the opportunity to travel abroad to consult either within an industry or with specific Fortune 500 companies. Working in small teams, students partner with executives from multinational organizations to address complex business challenges.

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International Treks

Through treks, MBA students travel domestically and internationally to network with alumni, learn about specific industries, support local organizations, and engage with different cultures.

Global Business Advisory Board

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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Partnerships

Effat University is the first private institution of higher education for women in Saudi Arabia. Founded in 1999 by HRH Princess Effat Al Thunayan Al Saud the school is at the forefront of female educational development.

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.

Global Stories

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Tatiana Hadchiti (B’18)

“GBE teaches teamwork, organization, communication, and professionalism in addition to valuable consulting skills. It is a particularly unique and rewarding experience.”

Senior Learns Business Around the World
 Nicolas Pinga

“I knew I wanted to work in different countries and develop an international career. I focused on the financial services industry, and with the help of Georgetown’s strong network, I was able to find a job that suits my career goals and interests.”

MBA alumnus working in Sao Paulo’s Citibank Offices
 Philip Agbeko (EMBA ’15)

“We were motivated by our experiences at Georgetown University to create value, serve a niche need, and make a positive impact while delivering services. Our values emphasize our commitment to socio-economic development and align with the Jesuit principles of service to society and the community.”

EMBA Alumni Launch Global Management Consulting Firm Focused in Africa
Deepak Addanki (MBA’17)

“Deepak Addanki (MBA’17) came to the United States from a small town in Andhra Pradesh State, India, to pursue his MBA at the McDonough School of Business. During the fall of his second year, he studied abroad at the ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona, Spain. After graduation, he will join Amazon Europe as an operations manager in the United Kingdom.”

Alumnus Joined Amazon Europe After Graduation

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