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SLU podcast features 39 Country Initiative founder Paul Beamish 

November 2023

While visiting Saint Louis University to accept an award honouring his 39 Country Initiative, Ivey Professor and 39 Country Initiative founder Paul Beamish was invited to speak with Todd Hovermale, host of SLU International Business Now. The resulting podcast, The 39 Country Initiative: Improving Global Access to Educational Materials, covers case study accessibility in countries with a per capita GDP of less than $2,000 a year, how the project originated and developed into the wide-reaching initiative that it is today, and the needs and goals of the 39 Country Initiative moving forward.

Watch the full podcast below.

Faculty and students at Saint Louis University send shipment of 10,000+ books to LUMS, Pakistan

November 2023

Five years after taking on the mission, the Boeing Institute of International Business has collected and shipped over 10,000 books to the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) in Pakistan, as part of the 39 Country Initiative. The video below shows only a small fraction of the coordination and manpower that goes into each shipment.

Thank you to BIIB Director Hadi Alhorr for spearheading this project and furthering the reach of the 39 Country Initiative.

Benin Workshop on Ivey Cases and the 39 Country Initiative

July 2023

Ivey Prof. Elie Chrysostome travelled to the African country of Benin to host an information session for area business school deans in July, 2023. During this session the participants discussed the 39 Country Initiative and the availability of Ivey Publishing's cases at no cost for those in the 39 countries. The many benefits of teaching with cases were also highlighted, and an overview of some of the cases that might be of particular interest to students in Benin was given.

Other speakers at this one day event included:

  • Dr Robert Miwonouko, Academic Director, ESGIS-Benin
  • Prof. Virgile Ahyi, President of the Association of Private Universities of Benin (UNEPES)
  • Prof. Amen Abiassi, former director of ISCID Business School (University of Littoral Cote d’Opale, Lille, France)
  • Dr Alexis Abodohoui, Laval University, Canada

Thank you to Prof. Elie Chrysostome for organizing and facilitating this event.


Group photo of local business school Deans at information session for 39 Country Initiative in Benin

Prof. Elie Chrysostome (centre, in navy) with deans from area business schools in Benin, July 2023

Participants listen to information presented on the 39 Country Initiative

Participants listen to information presented on the 39 Country Initiative

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