UK team secures double GBC victory
Exeter University’s ‘The Indivisibles’, comprising Kate Beattie, Adam Broadbent, Ronald Liong and Ben White, celebrated their win at CIMA’s Global Business Challenge 2012 in Sri Lanka by declaring: “This has been an amazing experience. The journey has been incredible. We are so proud to have been able to stand shoulder to shoulder with some very talented upcoming business leaders.”
The competition is designed to bring out the best in potential young business leaders and provide them the opportunity to showcase their talent on a global platform.
The team won from 22 finalists and an initial 100 entries. The finalists present a response and consultative advice to issues faced by a hypothetical company, as well as a promotional video.
The panel of judges comprised global business leaders from some of the world’s leading organisations. This year, these included finance professionals from Barclays, Unilever Sri Lanka Limited, Achievers Lanka Business School and Shine Group.
Allison Kirkby FCMA, CGMA, CFO of Shine Group, who helped judge the event, said: “The UK stood out, as they had gone deeper and broader into the range of issues being faced by the ‘Board of Directors’.
Whereas most other teams had focused just on the financial issues, the UK team also embraced industry, ethical and organisational issues, and proposed some really smart solutions to them.” The UK team celebrated a double victory as they also won the Judge’s Choice Video Competition.
The Patriots from University-Dasmarinas in the Philippines won the People’s Choice Video Competition.
Australia and New Zealand commended with runner-up prizes
Eva Consulting from the University of New South Wales picked up second place at the CIMA Global Business Challenge (GBC).
The team overcame stiff competition from 20 other talented regions and just missed out on being crowned global champions.
Eva Consulting are a group of undergraduates majoring in Maths, Commerce and Law.
The team consists of Andrew Gao, Jared Goh, Paulette Lo and Christine Zhou.
Their motivation for participating in the CIMA Global Business Challenge derives from the opportunity to showcase their business talents on a global scale and to network with renowned industry leaders.
Eva Consulting said of their success: “Our participation has been a fantastic journey and we would like to pay tribute to our mentor Brian Barfitt and the university for their support.”
Third prize in the competition went to the team from New Zealand, New Dimension Consulting.
The team, Hannah Cleaver, Brian Maxted, Barrett Owen and Rhiannon Snell, said they were driven to take part by the opportunity to showcase their business talents on a global scale and to network with renowned industry leaders.