EQUAL4EUROPE is implemented by an international consortium of business schools, universities, an international quality assurance agency for management education and an independent consultancy firm.   

 ESADE (Barcelona, Spain), The project leader 

ESADE is part of multiple initiatives to promote equality and equal opportunities for men and women. ESADE is part of the Global Compact initiative that promotes the implementation of 10 universally accepted principles to promote corporate social responsibility in different areas; ESADE is member of the platform HeForShe, a solidarity initiative of the UN to promote gender equality; ESADE is also promoting the WISE initiative (Women Innovators for Social Business in Europe), a training and development program aimed at entrepreneur women in Europe that wish to start up a business with social impact; and the training program PROMOCIONA, which objective is to increase the presence of female corporate directors. 


The ESADE team leads WP1 and the project management and administration activities, as well as WP6 – Gender Equality Plans and Assessment Tools. 

Erasmus University Rotterdam (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

The University’s Diversity Office sees gender as a key component of its efforts to further diversity and inclusion across the institution. Among others, this has led to the establishment of the Women in Academia course offered through the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organizations (ECWO). Although formally housed with the Rotterdam School of Management (Faculty of Management), ECWO has played an integral role across education & training, applied research, and advocacy within and beyond the University. The Centre has developed and run a number of master classes for students across the various campuses of the University, and it is repeatedly called upon to speak on gender bias—conscious and unconscious—to academics and administrative staff. It also runs an annual Women in Leadership conference for its growing network. Founded in 2014, ECWO was seeded by the successful launch of a women only MBA elective that saw some seventy female students attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a leadership and network development program over four years.  


Under the leadership of ECWO, RSM leads WP3 – Women in Research Organisations and Career Prospects. Next to this they will actively contribute to the outreach activities and the development of their GEP through WPs 2, 4, 5 and 6. 

Comenius University in Bratislava (Bratislava, Slovakia)

UNIBA has a specific Gender Studies Centre. It was established in June 2001, as the first institution in Slovakia of its kind, it focuses on research and teaching activities in the field of feminist theory and gender studies. The subject of its interest are especially the issues of gender identity, gender-specific differences and symbols which structure the relationships between women and men in a fundamental way and cause inequality between them as well as topics on feminist epistemology, methodology of feminist research and ´women in science´. The main objective of the Centre is to provide important knowledge, theoretical conceptions and reflection of problems tackling gender studies, support gender sensitivity for the existing structural inequalities between genders, which will lead to cultivation of critical thinking and ability of gender argumentation. 


Comenius University (UNIBA) is the WP leader of WP 5 – Gender in Research. Next to this they will actively contribute to the outreach activities and the development of their GEP through WPs 2, 3, 4 and 6. 

IEDC – Bled School of Management (BledSlovenia) 


Ethics and social responsibility have been main pillars of IEDC since its very beginnings, including gender equality within its core. For its 30th anniversary in 2016, IEDC held an international conference titled: Women Leaders, Agents of Change in Europe. The conference gathered 30 eminent speakers and over 130 top women leaders from 26 countries as participants. Because of the success of the conference, IEDC decided to continue with it as a yearly event. in 2017 IEDC organised with the conference in Cape Town in South Africa, in partnership between IEDC-Bled School of Management and its Coca-Cola Chair of Sustainable Development (lead by Prof. Mollie Painter Morland), titled: Women Leaders, Agents of Change in Africa. A book of proceedings from the 1st conference on Women Leaders was published by IEDC in 2018. 


IEDC is the WP leader of WP 4 – Improving the Gender Balance in Decision Making Bodies. They will also actively contribute to the outreach activities and the development of their GEP through WPs 2, 3, 5 and 6. 



European School of Management and Technology Berlin (Berlin, Germany) 


ESMT Berlin is committed to ensuring an environment in which diversity and equality are fundamental values. The school provides equal opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or disability. ESMT promotes excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. ESMT also values and ensures equal treatment for students and staff alike. This starts with the recruitment process and continues henceforth. ESMT acts according to the German law (General Act on Equal Treatment) which purpose is to prevent or to stop discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. It is available on the ESMT intranet pages. There are already several measures and initiatives in place which are implemented to ensure diversity and equality, including the ESMT Inclusive Leadership Roundtable, the ESMAT Women’s Academic Scholarship, the Women in Leadership Scholarship, Women in STEM Scholarship, Women in Leadership Programme and other.  


ESMT Berlin takes the lead in WP2 – Identification and Evaluation of Gender Issues. Next to this they will actively contribute to the outreach activities and the development of their GEP through WPs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. 

  INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) 


In 1967, INSEAD became one of the first business schools in the world to admit women to its MBA programme. By doing so, INSEAD effectively departed from the traditional business school model—as business schools were largely exclusive to men—and made a strong statement about gender parity in education. Both women went on to become highly successful leaders in finance and international business, respectively, paving the way for future generations of women at INSEAD. To honour this 50-year milestone, the school launched iW50 at INSEAD, a year-long celebration in which they honoured the past, present and future of women at INSEAD, while also reaffirming a commitment—held equally by men and women at INSEAD—to equip women for success at every career stage and in every organisation.  


INSEAD is one of the main contributors to WP7 – Assessment of Gender Equality Plans. They will also actively contribute to the outreach activities and the development of their GEP through WPs 2, 3, 5 and 6. 


EFMD (Brussels, Belgium) 

EFMD is a global, non-profit, membership-driven organisation dedicated to management development. EFMD is a network for schools and companies that aim to develop socially responsible leaders and managers looking for opportunities to connect. It is recognised globally as an accreditation body for business schools, business school programmes, and corporate universities. With the support of 960+ members across90 countries, EFMD act as a catalyst to promote and enhance excellence in management development globally. With a network of 30,000 management professionals from academia, business, public service, and consultancies, EFMD plays a central role in shaping global approach to management education and provide a unique forum for information, research, networking, and debate on innovation and best practice.  

EFMD provides recourses and expertise for the planning and execution of the project exploitation strategy under WP8, including elaboration of the exploitation plan, material and reports, delivery of relevant trainings and providing contacts with other networks and schools. 

Nehem (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

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Nehem helps educational and research institutions, universities, governments, companies and other knowledge-intensive organizations to solve social challenges. A few examples of challenges that Nehem is passionately engaged in are: Educational innovation, research projects, (inter)national collaboration and labor market issues  


Together with our clients we think about solutions and creating new opportunities. We also provide project financing and management. In short, Nehem takes care of everything to ensure that the result of your project is as great as possible. 


Nehem takes the lead in WP7: Assessment of Gender Equality Plans and will act as independent monitoring and assessment organization. Next to this, they will contribute extensively to WP8 (Sustainability, Dissemination and Exploitation).