2013 - a year of MBA successes
A round-up of the year's MBA highlights
Cass MBA students and alumni have enjoyed an exceptional year, scooping top honours at some of the most prestigious awards within the MBA community.
Past students strengthened ties at a series of exciting alumni network events. Meanwhile current MBA students were treated to insights from high profile guest speakers and inspired to develop their own projects.
The Cass Alumni World Forum in May celebrated the talent and diversity of the school's former students. At the event, Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, and Cass alumnus, Professor Liu Mingkang memorably tackled the question of whether the Chinese renminbi could challenge the US dollar as the world's reserve currency.
In July, full time MBA student Chusana Prasertkul and her husband launched a second branch of their Thai street food start-up GRAB. With the business growing steadily, plans are already in motion to set up a third store near Bank.
At the start of the new term, British adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes gave a special guest lecture to a fresh cohort of students preparing to embark on their MBA journey.
In September, Cass teamed up with the Prince's Trust to offer an Executive MBA scholarship to an entrepreneur who had set up their own business after completing the charity's enterprise programme. The chosen candidate was Bronwyn Lowenthal, who started her retail clothing company Lowie in 2002.
Continuing the entrepreneurship theme, Tom Stephens won the Muhtar and Defne Kent Prize in Entrepreneurship. The prize, open to MBA and EMBA students, was judged on the basis of the most entrepreneurial final-year business mastery project. Mr Kent, Chairman and CEO of the Coca Cola Company, is an alumnus of the School.
Cass alumni Izindi Visagie and Beth Hepworth were shortlisted in the MBA Star category of the 2013 Women of the Future Awards. While judges recognised both women for their exceptional vision, talent and promise, Beth was awarded the MBA Star title in October.
October also witnessed the graduation of The Worshipful Company of Marketors scholar 2012/2013, Kendal Peterson Mott. Kendal received a certificate from the Company Master at the annual Bowden Charter Dinner at the Plaisterers' Hall. Her Business Mastery Project (BMP) will now be marketed by the Company, a key element of the scholarship.
There was further recognition for Cass student's BMPs when Neil McFarren picked up the Urwick Cup from the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants for his analysis of the consulting sector. Alok Pandya won the Tallow Chandlers Prize for his BMP, a strategy for the pricing of new homes, presented by the Worship Company of Tallow Chandlers.
Last month, Simo Dragicevic was announced as the winner of this year's Association of MBAs 'Entrepreneurial award'. Simo caught the attention of judges with his data analytics business Bet Buddy, a company which helps gaming companies to better understand their customers through sophisticated, data-driven insight.