AMBA & BGA unveils the shortlist of MBA students, graduates and Business Schools for the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2020

The Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (AMBA & BGA) has revealed the 30 shortlisted finalists for the 2020 AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards.

The AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards and Gala Dinner celebrates the quality and achievements of post-graduate business education at the forefront of leadership excellence, recognising the talents and contributions made by AMBA-accredited Business Schools, their students and graduates.
There are six categories: the MBA Student of the Year Award; the MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award (Private Sector); the MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award (Third Sector); the Business School Innovation Award; and the Business School Impact on Community and Society Award, as well as a new category for 2020: the Business School Careers Strategy Award.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and gala dinner in London on 7 February 2020 in front of an audience comprising prestigious business leaders, international deans and directors, distinguished MBA alumni and journalists.

The shortlisted entries are as follows:

MBA Student of the Year Award

The MBA Student of the Year Award plays a pivotal role each year in supporting our pledge to promote the MBA’s position as the leading international business qualification.

• Carla Mariana Chávez Castellanos, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), Venezuela
• Mecia Petersen, Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, UK
• Monika Lemajic, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
• Shivani Ghai, UCT Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa
• Udochuku Richson, IE Business School, Spain
• Vincent Weber, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain

MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award

This award highlights the success of Business Schools in fostering entrepreneurship among their MBA and executive MBA cohorts, and is a chance for individuals to impress a panel of high-profile judges who are already at the forefront of global entrepreneurship.

MBA Entrepreneurial Venture (Third Sector)

• César Coasaca, CENTRUM PUCP Business School (Peru) for Inventum
• Comfort Onyanta Alli, Lagos Business School (Nigeria) for Vixens Unique Ideas
• Xia Yixin, School of Business, Jiangnan University (China) for Wu Xi Beizhe Wenhua Chuanbo

MBA Entrepreneurial Venture (Private Sector)

• Goke Lawrence Egunjobi, Lagos Business School (Nigeria) for i-impact Products & Services
• Hany Soliman, The American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business, Egypt, for Engineering Group for Innovation
• Kris Lindahl and Hal Salvesen, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University (UK) for Digital Future Capital
• Sharon Cunningham, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland) for Shorla Pharma
• Shrenik Paras Parmar, Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham (UK) for Proodle Solutions

Business School Innovation Award

This award is a celebration of innovation and radical thinking in business education delivery across all areas of a Business School and has been developed to recognise and reward game-changing new practices, risks and creativity with relevance to programmes available at AMBA-accredited and/or BGA member Business Schools. It promotes the value of taking risks in pursuit of the new in different categories such as teaching, learning, recruitment and alumni relations.

• Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (UK) for ‘Emergency and disaster management training’
• Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London (UK) for ‘“World’s first” live holographic university lecture’
• MIP Graduate School of Business, Politecnico di Milano (Italy) for ‘FLEXA: a new digital mentor for personalised lifelong learning’
• NEOMA Business School (France) for ‘ExE (Experiential education)’
• Paris School of Business (France) for ‘Virtual reality in marketing courses’
• Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) for ‘Science Park partnership’

Business School Impact on Community and Society Award

The Business School Impact on Community and Society Award honours AMBA-accredited and BGA member Business Schools that share AMBA & BGA’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and that are passionate about making a difference.

The Award recognises Business Schools that are taking the initiative in creating a sustainable future and teaching students about social values.

• Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon (India) for ‘Karma yoga: selfless action for community benefit’
• Indian Institute of Management Indore (India) for ‘Traffic management project for Indore City, India’
• Mannheim Business School, University of Mannheim (Germany) for ‘Where’s Amir? An example of a social sustainability project as part of the Mannheim MBA’
• Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia (Malaysia) for ‘Community development and engagement: (re)connecting with community empower the gifted: autism’
• Paris School of Business (France) for ‘Acting Beyond Knowledge: a CSR initiative’
• Porto Business School, University of Porto (Portugal) for ‘Reducing the School’s environmental footprint’

Business School Careers Strategy Award 2020

This award recognises institutions that share AMBA & BGA’s passion for proactive and innovative approaches to graduate recruitment, talent management and succession planning. It is open to any AMBA-accredited and/or BGA member Business School working strategically and collaboratively in terms of recruitment and talent development in the business education arena.

• ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University (Spain)
• Hult International Business School (US)
• Lagos Business School (Nigeria)
• Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University (UK)


For more information visit or contact:

• David Woods-Hale, Director of Marketing and Communications, AMBA & BGA –

• Ellen Buchan, Communications and Insight Assistant, AMBA & BGA

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