AMBA’s MBA Awards Season – best MBA student, entrepreneur and innovative MBA programme awarded

Publication date: 04 November 2014
Article type: Press release

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The Independent MBA Student of the Year Award winner is Marta Rodrigues Cordeiro e Cunha from Porto Business School, a working mother and retail innovation expert. The MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award winner is Grainne Barron, an MBA graduate from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, founder of Viddyad and one of the most influential female technology business leaders in Ireland. The winner of the MBA Innovation Award is Hult International Business School, for the world’s first MBA programme designed in collaboration with global business leaders and employers.

The three AMBA annual MBA awards - The Independent MBA Student of the Year Award, MBA Innovation Award and the MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award, presented at AMBA’s Annual Awards and Gala Dinner in London last week, celebrate the quality and achievements of MBA education.  

Marta Rodrigues Cordeiro e Cunha, a student of the Executive MBA 2013/2014 at Porto Business School and Innovation Manager for Sonae Distribuição, the largest Portuguese retailer, is the winner of The Independent MBA Student of the Year Award.  

Andrew Main Wilson, AMBA Chief Executive said: “Marta scored highly on so many fronts: she is an effective leader, an outstanding all-round innovator, the ‘ideas guru’ for her company and an inspirational role model to other ambitious professional working mothers.”

Gala Awards 2014The MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award winner, Grainne Barron, founder of Viddyad and an MBA graduate from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has demonstrated how successful women in technology can be by setting up a cloud-based platform which enables people to make their own video ads. It is also the second time in three years that UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has won AMBA’s MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award, which clearly indicates the quality of their MBA programme and its focus on creativity and entrepreneurship.

MBA Innovation Award Winner went to Hult International Business School for their new MBA curriculum, the world’s first MBA programme to be designed in collaboration with global business leaders and employers. Hult redesigned their One-Year MBA curriculum to fully integrate the teaching of critical ‘soft skills’ and measure their development in a systematic and comprehensive way.

Andrew Main Wilson added: “The MBA has long been recognised as the most practical all-round formal qualification for business leaders. In this nanosecond world, where organisations are demanding success in ever shorter time scales, the fact that Hult International Business School created an MBA programme in close consultation with leading employers designed to deliver performance-ready MBAs to make a major impact in their roles from day one, is both extremely impressive and much in tune with the needs of modern business.”

About AMBA Awards:

The Global AMBA Awards celebrate MBAs at the forefront of leadership excellence. To recognise the talents and contributions made by accredited schools and their students to the MBA arena and the wider community, the Association of MBAs presents three annual awards to outstanding business schools, start-ups and students who represent the true value of accredited MBA programmes. All our awards are designed to be entered or nominated by our accredited business schools from around the world.

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About the Association of MBAs (AMBA):

AMBA is the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education and the only global MBA-specific accrediting body. Established in 1967, it sets the global standard for accrediting MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. The Association currently accredits programmes at 222 schools in over 70 countries worldwide. AMBA is also a professional membership association with thousands of MBA members in over 100 countries, connecting MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers worldwide.

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