Association of MBAs announce 2018 award winners

AMBAs present four AMBA Excellence Awards to world-leading students, graduates, and Business Schools

International Deans and Directors, distinguished MBA alumni and MBA students representing a wealth of AMBA-accredited Business Schools have met in London for the annual AMBA gala dinner and MBA Excellence Awards, hosted by The Association of MBAs (AMBA). The event was attended by 193 Business School leaders representing 74 Schools and 24 countries across the world.

The association hosted the annual gala dinner in London’s One Great George Street, where it presented four AMBA Excellence Awards.

The Awards celebrate the quality and achievements of post-graduate business education at the forefront of leadership excellence, recognising the talents and contributions made by AMBA-accredited Schools and their students. Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of AMBA, said: “The standards of innovation across all our award categories are a credit to our industry and tonight we celebrate the very highest achievements in leadership, from both Business Schools and their eminent MBA students.”

Antoinette Catonia Mia Bailey, a social entrepreneur with 10 years of management experience, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School won the Student of the Year Award.

During her MBA, Antoinette was elected President of the Student Association, Harvard Business School HPAIR Entrepreneurship and Technology delegate, and founded the InterMBA Asia initiative to create a sharing economy between Hong Kong’s best and brightest Business Schools. Antoinette has a proven track record in innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and social enterprise.

ABOVE: Student of the Year award winner, Antoinette Catonia Mia Bailey

She has also led multiple fundraising projects for social enterprises during her MBA programme such as the ‘Nurturing Social Minds’ programme run by a Hong Kong family’s philanthropic organisation, and as one of 12 finalists at the UBS Social Innovators APAC Summit in Singapore. Antoinette is currently in the process of launching a technology product targeting social impact and sustainability causes.

“I feel humbled, after seeing all the other candidates, and the great work they’re doing. It feels great and it really motivates me now to make an impact and help people to actually see the benefits of focusing on sustainability,” said Bailey.

The standards of innovation across all our award categories are a credit to our industry and tonight we celebrate the very highest achievements in leadership, from both Business Schools and their eminent MBA students

The MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award winner is Jack Langworthy, an MBA graduate from Copenhagen Business School, founder and CEO of NINAYO.com, an online trading platform for agriculture in East Africa. NINAYO allows farmers and markets to advertise to one another, drop a GPS pin in a map, and connect online.

NINAYO, launched in Tanzania in 2015, uses crowd-sourced data to provide actionable business intelligence for its users. NINAYO users, typically small holder farmers with an average annual income of $637USD (£447), are earning hundreds of US dollars (£70) more with this tool. NINAYO has partnered with the most successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to develop the preferred tool for agricultural trade for aid groups like the United Nations, United States Agency for International Development, and the farmers of East Africa. The mobile-friendly platform has over 22,000 active users and is providing access to over 16,000 tons of food. NINAYO was also endorsed in a speech by US former President Barack Obama during the seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship (GES) Summit in Silicon Valley on 25 June 2016.

ABOVE: MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award winner, Jack Langworthy

Langworthy said: “I want to dedicate this award to everybody who believes in entrepreneurs, people who believe in you all the way, thank you to the Copenhagen Business School. There were so many great people nominated, I wasn’t expecting to win, the Copenhagen Business School is a great value to me, I liked the international aspect, the focus on sustainability.”

The winner of the Innovation Award is Mona School of Business and Management, University of West Indies, for the Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab.

Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), University of West Indies is the only institution in the English-speaking Caribbean to house a Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab.

The lab provides a range of services that include data, analytics, communication, electronic trading and a wide array of economic data, and is equipped with a global financial markets simulator provided by StockTrak. This virtual trading room is the first of its kind in the Anglophone Caribbean and brings the School’s technical infrastructure on par with leading international Business Schools.

The Bloomberg component of the lab offers an array of information on financial matters as well as a chat system with the ability to execute trades. Users of the lab have access to volatility indices, global benchmarks, all the major market indices, a trading platform, and a wide range of portfolio analysis tools.

ABOVE: Innovation Award winners, Mona School of Business and Management, University of West Indies

Michael Williams, MSBM Executive Director said: “We’re overjoyed, AMBA is an elite group, and to be awarded number one is an honour indeed for our School. What it does for our School, in terms of reputation, it adds credibility to having an organisation such as AMBA acknowledge our work.”

The MBA Employer and Business School Partnership Award winners are Donbasenergo Public Joint Stock Company and International Management Institute (MIM) Business School. They have more than 10 years of cooperation.

After the 2014 revolution in Ukraine, Donbasenergo went into multi-staged transformation, meaning the partnership acquired a new nature, integrating various academic activities and consulting projects.

ABOVE: MBA Employer and Business School Partnership Award winners, Donbasenergo Public Joint Stock Company and International Management Institute (MIM) Business School

These ranged from top performers and talent pool representatives taking open MBA programmes at the School, to a series of corporate programmes which included people who reside in the occupied territories. MIM Business School participated in the establishment and current operations of the Internal Academy of the Donbasenergo.

The current partnership is also an instrument of the social coherence company wise and region wise. The MIM / Donbasenergo partnership sets the standard of business and educational organisation partnerships in Ukraine and across the national and regional markets.

Professor Iryna Tykhomyrova, MIM Business School President, said: “We’re elated to receive this award because this is a confirmation of our partnership and it is a new step for us. This partnership is an enhancement of our School, and we share values in our activities.”

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