Hosted by The YY Foundation

YY Foundation  

Alongside the Global Social Business Summit 2015, the Social Business Academia Conference is being organized in Berlin on November 3&4. It aims at stimulating discussion among academics and researchers working in the field of Social Business and its related areas. The goal is to foster the creation of an interdisciplinary and international academic and research community around this topic of growing international significance, as well as the enhancing capacity, quality and recognition of research in Social Business. Please find detailed information about the Academia Conference on the Social Business Pedia – the knowledge platform for Social Business.

Led by the Yunus Centre and facilitated by the Grameen Creative Lab, this year a collaborative approach is taken up to organize the Academia Conference. Over 30 university associates from all over the world will jointly elaborate on and implement the event this year.


Conference chair and LOCATION 


The Social Business Academia Conference takes place at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT). The ESMT is a prestigious, not-for-profit business school based in Berlin. The School itself was founded by 25 global companies and institutions, and will set a fitting stage for the GSBS Academia Conference.

Professor Bhattacharya, Professor of Marketing, Pietro Ferrero Chair in Sustainability, and Founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Business will be serving as Conference Chair.

Venue Address:

European School of Management and Technology

Auditorium Maximum - 2nd Floor

Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin, Germany


november 3

Moderator: Prof. Christine Volkmann, Chair of the Program Committee

08:30 – 09:00 am


09.00 – 10.00 am 

Welcome address by Hans Reitz, Co-Founder of the Grameen Creative Lab
Welcome address by the Conference Chair, Prof. CB Bhattacharya, ESMT

10.00 – 11.00 am 

Plenary: Social Business Centres Around the Globe
Moderator: Lamiya Morshed, Executive Director Yunus Centre

Australia: La Trobe University
Japan: Kyushu University
Thailand: Asian Institute of Technology
Malaysia: Albukhary International University
Bangladesh: Eastern Unviersity
Italy: University of Florence
USA: California State University - Channel Islands 

11.00 – 11.30 am

Coffee break / Exhibition

11.30 – 12.30 pm

Paper Presentations:
Social Business in Education & Training
Social Business in Environment & Disaster Management: Employment Perspective

12.30 – 02.00 pm 

Lunch break (included)

02.00 – 03.00 pm

Paper Presentations:
Social Business & Marketing
Social Business in Environment & Disaster Management: Data Generation

03.00 – 03.30 pm 

Coffee break / Exhibition

03.30 – 04.30 pm          

Group Work: Academic Program Development by Prof. Benedicte Faivretavignot (HEC) 

Paper Presentations:
Social Business and ICT

04.45 - 05.15 pm

School's out: Take away lessons and “My career plan?!” by Andreas Heinecke

05.30 - onward

Dinner & Networking

07.30 - 10.00pm


MKS Room Berlin: Change-Making Education. An MKS Room is a unique mix of a live concert and some talks with social entrepreneurs working on the education topic. (Location: Prachtwerk Berlin Ganghoferstr. 2)


Moderator: Prof. Cam Donaldson, Chair of the Scientific Committee

08:30 – 09:00 am

Historical Tour at ESMT / Laughing Yoga

09.00 – 09.30 am

Opening Day 2 by Prof. Cam Donaldson: Global Social Business Summits and Academia: Reflections and a look forward

09.30 – 10.30 am

Paper Presentations:
Entrepreneurship and Social Business
Social Business and Health I

10.30 – 11.00 am

Coffee break / Exhibition

11.00 – 12.00 pm

Panel Discussion: Social Business Teaching Formats & Future Perspectives
Moderator: Prof. Benedicte Faivretavignot (HEC) – Chair of the Academic Program Development Comittee

Prof. Andreas Heinecke (EBS Business School)
Prof. Robert Johnson (Becker College)
Prof. M. Jahangir Alam Chowdhury (University of Dhaka)
Prof. Gerhard Fischer (University of Colorado at Boulder)

12.00 – 01.30 pm

Lunch break (Included)

01.30 – 02.30 pm

Paper Presentations:
Social Business in Different Ecosystems
Financing Social Business

02.30 – 03.00 pm

Coffee break 

03.00 – 04.00 pm 

Paper Presentations:
Mapping the Field of Social Business
Social Business & Health II

04.00 – 04.30 pm                   

From Theory to Practice - Social Business Education Initiatives
The Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (Frank Crossan)
Kiron University (Markus Kressler)

Closing: Lessons Learned and School Year 2016

06.00 – 08.30 pm                   

Opening Session of the GSBS (public) at Tempelhof

Read more here

*The agenda is subject to change and will be finalized within the next weeks.


Academia Conference only

290 €

Academia Conference and GSBS main event

890 €


  • At least one of the authors will have to register and be present at the Conference to present it and publish it in the proceedings.
  • When registering for the GSBS on November 4-7, the Social Business Academia Conference on November 3&4 is included in the entrance fee.
  • Participants who only want to take part at the Social Business Academia Conference have to register themselves as well.



For general requests or queries regarding the GSBS Academia Conference, please write to

Planning and Organizing Committee
Professor Muhammad Yunus 
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Scientific Committee
Dr. Cam Donaldson 
Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

Host Committee
Mr. Hans Reitz
Co-Founder, Grameen Creative Lab, Germany

Program Committee
Professor Dr. Christine Volkmann
University of Wuppertal, Germany

Technical Committee
Dr. Pradeep Ray 
University of New South Wales, Australia

Academic Program Development Committee
Professor Benedicte Tavignot
HEC, France


November 11th, 2015

The Global Social Business Summit 2015 - in Berlin, Germany - has come to a bittersweet end. We thank all those who supported us throughout the process; all those who participated in the event; and all those who helped to spread the YY Spirit of the Social Business Movement in the days leading up to - and during - the event.

We can't wait to see all of you in China for the Global Social Business Summit 2016.

Find a selection of photos from the three days of the #GSBS2015 here.



6 Years of GSBS


Grameen Creative Lab YouTube Channel


On our website you can find the latest version of the agenda, session topics & speakers for the Global Social Business Summit 2015, The program is preliminary and subject to change. Stay tuned for the next updates!


Getting Around

The main venue for the Global Social Business Summit 2015 is the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany.