The American University in Cairo The School of Business scooped the coveted Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Award, at the world-renowned Association of MBAs (AMBA) and Business Graduates Association (BGA) Excellence Awards 2022/23, for the AUC Egypt Women on Boards (WoB) Observatory.
The AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022/23, which were held on December 9, 2022, at the five-star Biltmore Hotel in London, brought together leading lights from the global business education community to celebrate excellence and commend achievement among business schools, MBA students, and graduates, suppliers, and employers.
The ceremony was attended by more than 210 business school leaders, as well as category finalists, judges, and members of the media.
The Best Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative award recognizes business schools that have been striving to create, incorporate and develop culture, diversity, and inclusion practices into their institution while balancing and involving fair working environments.
With the progressive objective of accelerating and improving the gender balance of corporate boards in Egypt and the MENA region, the AUC Egypt Women on Boards (WoB) Observatory progressive objective is the acceleration and improvement of the gender balance of corporate boards in Egypt and the MENA region, through sensitizing male board members to gender issues, qualifying women from different sectors to be appointed to corporate boards, and advocating for policy and legislative changes that institutionalize gender diversity on corporate boards.
Initiated in 2017, The Women on Boards Observatory, is a unique partnership of government, business associations, research institutions, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Its flagship activities include producing the annual Women on Boards Monitoring Report, developing the Egyptian Board Ready Women Database, offering board placement services to companies, building the capacity of women in first line and mid-level management to be fairly promoted within their respective corporates and conducting awareness, and advocacy activities.
Disrupting explicit and implicit gender bias patterns, the AUC Egypt WoB Observatory continues to achieve a scalable and replicable impact that crosses borders and resonates with the national, regional, and global commitments to gender diversity and inclusion.
Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association (AMBA & BGA) said: “On behalf of the AMBA and Business Graduates Association (BGA) team, I would like to congratulate the finalists and winners of this year’s Excellence Awards.
“This year, the competition was stronger than ever. The entries who have made the final shortlist in each category should feel proud of their achievements.
“Additionally, the students and graduates who have been shortlisted as finalists today have all used their qualifications to achieve a spectrum of impressive results, in terms of the positive impact they have made to business, education, and society as a whole.
“It was thrilling to be able to celebrate the AMBA networks achievements in person at our Gala Dinner – our first in-person awards ceremony since 2020.
“I also want to take the opportunity to thank our sponsors, Barco and Kortext. Their support for our awards – and the business education sector – is greatly appreciated.”
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Awards selection process:
The finalists were shortlisted by AMBA & BGA’s senior management team. A panel of judges then reviewed the 59 shortlisted entries, selecting a winner and a highly commended entry for each award. Our judging panel is made up of AMBA board members, business experts, deans and management leaders.
All of our judges were selected based on their experience and qualifications.
Complete list of the winners, highly commended and finalists with further information about the categories:
Best Innovation Strategy Award 2022/23, in association with Barco
The Best Innovation Strategy Award is a celebration of innovation and radical thinking in business education delivery across all areas of the business school and has been developed to recognise and reward game-changing new practices, risks and creativity.
- TBS Education (France) for ‘The Blind Search (TBS)’
- Wrexham Glyndŵr University (UK) for ‘North Wales Business School Simulation Suite’
- University of Leicester School of Business (UK) for ‘Online Sustainability Challenge (OSC)’
- Shantou University Business School (China) for ‘Innovation in Teaching, Assessment and Social Responsibility’
Best Lifelong Learning Initiative 2022/23, in association with Kortext
The Best Lifelong Learning Initiative Award recognises the efforts of business schools that are reinventing teaching and learning among students, graduates, alumni networks and custom and executive education.
- Universidad Externado de Colombia (Colombia) for ‘Privilegios Program’
- Shantou University Business School (China) for ‘The lifelong learning platform of the MBA Education Center’
- School of Business, the American University in Cairo (Egypt) for ‘Community-based learning Econ 3071’
- Berlin Professional School, Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany) for ‘Learning outside the classroom: events and initiative, and the Synthetic Hybrid Online Model’
Best CSR and Sustainability Initiative 2022/23
The Best CSR and Sustainability Initiative award honours business schools that are taking the initiative in creating a sustainable future and teaching students about social values, as well as making a positive impact in practical and measurable ways.
It gives Schools a chance to showcase their innovative and original CSR and sustainability initiatives on a global stage.
- School of Business, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China) for ‘Training Global Talent with CSR Competency and a Sense of Sustainability’
- School of Business, the American University in Cairo (Egypt) for ‘Hack 22’
- Audencia Business School (France) for ‘Gaïa by Audencia: a school for social and ecological transition’
- MCI The Entrepreneurial School (Austria) for ‘MCI Earth Day 2022’
- POLIMI Graduate School of Management (Italy) for ‘Training initiatives to support Ukrainian students in dealing with these difficult times and to be prepared to rebuild their country’
Best Business School Partnership 2022/23
The Best Business School Partnership award recognises organisations that have adopted a proactive, innovative approach to strategic collaboration. Partnerships can, for example, be with another business school/group of Schools, an employer, a consultant, education partner or technology provider, a social impact group, an individual, a charity, or another organisation.
- Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands) with Dutch Brazilian Chamber of Commerce
- Dongwu Business School, Soochow University (China) with Soochow Securities
- POLIMI Graduate School of Management (Italy) with The Mind At Work
- AESE Business School (Portugal) with PwC Portugal
- UPF Barcelona School of Management, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) (Spain) with CaixaBank
- Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (Canada) with Kinaxis
Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2022/23
The Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award recognises business schools that have been striving to create, incorporate and develop culture, diversity and inclusion practices into their institution, while balancing and involving fair working environments.
- The American University in Cairo (AUC) School of Business, (Egypt) for ‘AUC Egypt Women On Boards (WoB) Observatory’
- Essex Business School, University of Essex (UK) for ‘Open to All: Essex Business School’s “Inclusive Events Guide”’
- Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (China) for ‘Centre for Female Leadership and Student Career Development’
- Graduate School of Business, Almaty Management University (AlmaU) (Kazakhstan) for ‘GSB AlmaU “Limitlessly Capable” project’
BGA Business School Impact Award 2022/23
This award is designed to offer a platform through which BGA member, validated, and accredited business schools can demonstrate their stakeholder impact – encompassing students and graduates as well as the wider communities in which they operate. Such impact can be demonstrated through programme design, social outreach programmes, alumni relations, careers services and so on.
- Athena School of Management (India)
- Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
- Wrexham Glyndwr University (UK)
- Arden University (UK)
MBA Startup of the Year 2022/23
The MBA Startup of the Year award encourages and promotes the value of startup business strategy and innovation, in the current competitive climate and showcases its importance in the global market.
The MBA Startup of the Year award is open to both private and public sectors. This award is designed to celebrate innovative business strategy – taking something from idea to action. Judges will be more interested in the idea and potential of the venture, and its plans, rather than any financial or monetary results in the early stage.
- Damien Demoor, Audencia Business School (France) for Greenov
- Ingrid Briggiler, School of Business, Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina) for NUME: Nuevo Método
- Ravi Ranjan, Aston Business School, Aston University (UK) for Voilo
- Brian Marrinan, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland) for Team ABC Ventures
- Luca Renzi, POLIMI Graduate School of Management (Italy) for iZ Renewable Luxury – Società Benefit
- William Clarke, Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland Business School (New Zealand) for Learn English Live
MBA Entrepreneur of the Year 2022/23
The MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award celebrates the achievements of successful alumni in innovative world-class business strategy, but also showcases business schools that are nurturing a spirit of enterprise and ambition.
This award is a fantastic way to highlight the success of accredited business schools that promote entrepreneurship in their MBA cohorts. The award is also a chance for individuals to impress high-profile judges who are already at the forefront of global entrepreneurship.
The MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award is one of the most distinguished awards in the industry. AMBA has developed the MBA Entrepreneur of the Year award to encourage and promote the value of entrepreneurship in the current competitive climate and to highlight its importance in the global market.
- Jérôme Pasquet, Audencia Business School (France) for Peek’in
- Jinlong Ming, School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) for Anhui Conch New Materials Technology
- Oluwaseun Funmilayo Alley, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University (Nigeria) for Fez
- Vishal Tilak, Milpark Business School (South Africa) for Avapro
- Isabel Sousa Pereira, Porto Business School, University of Porto (Portugal) for LAKS
- Michael John Magdongon, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (Netherlands) for Strabo
MBA Leadership Award 2022/23
The MBA Leadership Award honours alumni from AMBA-accredited business schools who have been making an impact in the business world following their graduation.
The award recognises the great work of these graduates through their achievements, performance and recognition. This important award gives graduates the chance to stand out and showcase their work following graduation.
- Kerry McLaverty, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin (Ireland)
- Dalia Mohamed Ibrahim, School of Business, the American University in Cairo (Egypt)
- Kush Kanodia, Kent Business School, University of Kent (UK)
- Che Jianxing, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (China)
- Erik Hiep, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (UK)
MBA Student of the Year 2022/23
AMBA’s MBA Student of the Year award plays a pivotal role in supporting AMBA’s pledge to promote the MBA as the leading international business qualification.
The MBA Student of the Year award recognises students who have shown exceptional career potential and who AMBA believes can act as ambassadors for the high quality of accredited MBAs and the opportunities these programmes provide for students from a wide range of different personal and professional backgrounds.
This award doesn’t just reward ‘straight-A’ students but also focuses on leadership potential and career progression.
- Fardod O’Kelly, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin
- Miriam Bazan Peregrino, ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University (Spain)
- Nkem Marian Igwe, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (UK)
- Aveek Choudhury, Indian Institute of Management Indore (India)
- Chiamaka Ibeh, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University (Nigeria)
- Darren Evans, Kent Business School, University of Kent (UK)