Association of MBAs awards world-leading MBA students, graduates, and Business Schools

Publication date: 05 February 2018
Article type: Press release






Association of MBAs awards world-leading MBA students, graduates, and Business Schools


On 2 February 2018, international Deans and Directors, distinguished MBA alumni and MBA students representing a wealth of AMBA-accredited Business Schools met in London for the Annual AMBA Gala Dinner and MBA Excellence Awards (#GALA18), hosted by The Association of MBAs (AMBA), and sponsored by Peregrine Academic Services, The Wall Street Journal, and Liaison International.

AMBA hosted a glittering Gala Dinner in London’s One Great George Street, where it presented four AMBA Excellence Awards:

The AMBA Excellence Awards and Gala Dinner 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.

AMBA’s Gala Dinner was attended by 193 Business School leaders representing 74 Schools and 24 countries across the world.

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, proudly sponsored by The Wall Street Journal.

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, which aims 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.

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.

Antoinette Catonia Mia Bailey added: ‘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.’

The MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award winner is Jack Langworthy, an MBA graduate from Copenhagen Business School, founder and CEO of, 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 Expa Labs in Silicon Valley to develop the preferred tool for agricultural trade for aids 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.


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

The winner of the Innovation Award (sponsored by Liaison International) 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.

Michael Williams, MSBM Executive Director said: ‘We’re overjoyed, AMBA is an elite group, and to win this award is an honour 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.

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.’


Awards selection process

The Finalists list is shortlisted by AMBA’s senior management team who reviewed 73 entries. Our Judges reviewed 22 applications, selecting a winner and a ‘Highly commended’ for each award. Our judging panel is made up of AMBA board members, business experts, Deans, and management leaders. All of our judges are selected based on their experience and qualification.


Notes to Editors

For more information, images or interviews, contact David Woods-Hale, Head of Communications at AMBA


The Full list of winners and finalists:

Student of the Year Award, proudly sponsored by The Wall Street Journal

Winner: Antoinette Catonia Mia Bailey, CUHK Business School

Highly Commended: Juan Víctor Fajardo, IESA


Christy Tan, Alliance Manchester Business School
Elyse Krumholz, SDA Bocconi School of Management

Glory Enyinnaya , Lagos Business School

Jennifer Wascak, Westminster Business School

MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award

Winner: Jack langworthy for, Copenhagen Business School


Amir Reuven Kaplan, IE Business School

Emmanuel Aidenehi Okosun, Lagos Business School

Gabriel Méndez Labbé, Facultad de Economía y Empresa UDP
Gerardo Salandra, CUHK Business School

Innovation Award

Winner: Mona School of Business and Management, University of the West Indies

Highly Commended: Amsterdam Business School


IEEM Business School

Imperial College Business School

QUT Graduate School of Business

Westminster Business School

MBA Employer and Business School Partnership Award

Winner: Donbasenergo Public Joint Stock Company and International Management Institute (MIM) Business School


Beijing He Zhonghe Information Technology Co and Business School, Central University of Finance and Economics

Iberdrola and University of Strathclyde

INTEL and Gdansk University of Technology, Faculty of Management and Economics


Facts about the AMBA Gala Dinner and Excellence Awards

  • 239 attendees
  • 193 Business School leaders
  • 74 Business Schools
  • 24 countries represented


About AMBA

The Association of MBAs is the impartial authority on postgraduate management education and is committed to raising its profile and quality standards internationally for the benefit of business schools, students and alumni and employers. AMBA established that vision in 1967 and it's as relevant today as it was more than 50 years ago:

  • Our accreditation service is the global standard for all MBA, DBA and Master's degrees, currently accrediting programmes from the top 2% of business schools in more than 85 countries.
  • We are the only professional membership association that connects MBA students and graduates, accredited business schools and MBA employers throughout the world.
  • Through our proprietary research centre we produce a rich body of reports exploring global trends in the sector and drivers of thought leadership.
  • Networking opportunities online and in person are offered across all continents with corporate partners, alongside access to a database of career advice and knowledge and an MBA jobs portal.
  • Accredited business schools, their students and alumni are provided with access to a range of exclusive services and benefits, including superior world-class events and training.
  • All of our diverse stakeholder groups are integrated through contributions to our online community.