About us

Advancing Business Education

ABE is a not-for-profit skills development specialist and awarding organisation providing internationally recognised learning, credentials and quality assurance in the fields of business, entrepreneurship and employability. 

We are a strategic partner of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council and a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies.

How we started

ABE was founded in 1973, originally with the name The Association of Business Executives.  The organisation had a clear social purpose: to improve business education for aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries. This mission required courage, resilience, and the determination to make a difference - all of which have become defining features of the ABE way.

What we do today

Over the last five decades we have built a network of international partners across four continents.  Together we develop skills that support businesses, empower individuals, reduce gender inequality and tackle extreme poverty.   Our expertise in operating transnationally, often in challenging environments, makes us a partner of choice in the deployment of economic capacity building projects.

Our skills development expertise also helps employers transform their workforce with our training solutions, whilst our work with schools develops business and entrepreneurial know-how in children.  Through our network of high-quality accredited TVET centres, we enable adults to become professionally qualified business practitioners at any age or stage in their career, frequently providing a pathway to higher education for people to whom it would not otherwise have been accessible.  Since we started around 1.5-million people globally have gained an ABE professional business qualification

We are constantly updating our business education products and services to help organisations and individuals develop the skills needed to adapt to a rapidly changing environment in both established and emerging economies and, in this way, we are contributing to the development of a more skilled global workforce.

As a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping improve economic opportunity, we care deeply about having a positive impact on the environments in which we operate.  As a result, we fund and make freely available world-class research around issues such as sustainable entrepreneurship.  See our latest research here.

Our Mission

We exist to empower people to transform their lives and communities through gaining high-quality business, management and entrepreneurial skills.

Our Vision

  • To be the pioneering provider of curriculum solutions which help bridge the global skills gap.

  • To lead the market in customer experience and value-for-money, and to have that commitment at the heart of everything we do.

  • To be passionate about making our educational programmes accessible, by working with strategic partners all over the world.

  • To deliver the highest quality experience in all that we do.

  • To ensure that ABE credentials are innovative and recognised by universities and employers.

  • To be focused on responding to the evolving needs of our learners, clients and centres.

  • To be the international first-choice awarding organisation in the arena of business and entrepreneurship.

  • To always act with integrity, openness and respect for others.

Our President: Dr Edward de Bono

Nominated for the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2005, ABE’s president, Edward de Bono, is regarded by many as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation and the teaching of thinking as a skill.  He is the originator of the concept of Lateral Thinking and has written over 70 books which have been translated into over 40 languages. 

Our trade memberships

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Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council

This is a not-for-profit membership organisation with a mandate from Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote intra-Commonwealth trade, investment and the role of the private sector across the 53 member countries.  ABE is a strategic partner.


UK Skills Partnership

ABE is affiliated to the UK Skills Partnership: a collective of leading organisations in the UK skills sector, working together to offer integrated solutions in vocational skills development to international partners around the world.   

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Federation of Awarding Bodies

ABE is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies: a trade association representing the collective interests of the UK’s qualifications and assessments industry.