Excellence Awards 2022

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Excellence Awards 2022 Feature Image

With six categories for BGA members, validated and accredited business schools to choose from, the AMBA & BGA Excellence Awards 2022 will be our biggest-ever celebration of business school, student, and graduate achievement – and you will have numerous opportunities to showcase your achievements – especially in light of the challenges we’ve faced this year, as a global community. 

Winning, or being shortlisted as a finalist, is a fantastic way to tell the world about the great initiatives your school has launched. To maximise these opportunities to impress our judges and celebrate your success – as well as the success of your colleagues and peers – we have tried to make the entry process as simple as possible.

Select an award category to see finalists

The finalists list was shortlisted by AMBA & BGA’s senior management team. Our judges reviewed 59 shortlisted entries, selecting a winner (‘gold’) and, if appropriate, a ‘silver’ and ‘bronze’ 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. Below you can find more information about the categories and complete list of the gold, silver and bronze winners and finalists.

Best Business School Impact Award 2022

This award is designed to offer a platform through which BGA member, validated, and accredited 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.

Best CSR and Sustainability Initiative 2022

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.

Best Lifelong Learning Initiative 2022 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.

Best Business School Partnership 2022 in association with Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)

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.

Best Innovation Strategy 2022 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. This year, the judges are especially interested to find out how business schools have innovated and adapted considering the Covid-19 pandemic.

Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2022, in association with McGraw Hill Education

The Best Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award recognises business schools and the work they have been doing to create, incorporate and develop culture, diversity and inclusion practices into their business school, while balancing and involving fair working environments.

MBA Startup of the Year 2022 

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.




Sotirios Ptochos, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) for PEOPLE Technology Solutions (PEOPLE)




  • Nicholas Cory, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton (UK) for Absolar Solutions
  • Marcos Impala, Escuela de Negocios, Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA) (Argentina), for Tirr
  • Sofía Jiménez de Aréchaga, Escuela de Postgrados en Negocios – Universidad ORT Uruguay, for Mezcla

MBA Entrepreneur of the Year 2022

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.


Ximena Aleman, Escuela de Postgrados en Negocios, Universidad ORT Uruguay for Prometeo OpenBanking


Farwah Tapal, Esade Business School, Ramon Llull University (Spain) for Oraan


Moustafa El-Shenety, AUC School of Business, The American University in Cairo (Egypt) for Zilla Capital


  • Giacomo Bedetti, Graduate School of Business, MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy) for Orapesce
  • Diego Martin Bertezzolo, Escuela de Negocios, Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina) for Avancargo
  • Onaseye Onabolu, Aston Business School, Aston University (UK) for Sona Circle Refugee Recruitment

MBA Leadership Award 2022

The MBA Leadership Award will honour alumni from AMBA-accredited business schools who have been making an impact in the business world following their graduation.

The award will recognise the great work of these graduates through their achievements, performance, and recognition. This important award will give graduates the chance to stand out and showcase their work following graduation.



Theresa Grant, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), currently working at Municipal Partners


Zakhira Begaliyeva, Graduate School of Business, Almaty Management University (AlmaU) (Kazakhstan), currently working at Public Foundation ‘ITeachMe’ Center for Competence Development


Mansi Madan Tripathy, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) (India), currently working at Royal Dutch Shell


  • Yvonne Greeves, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (UK), currently working at NatWest Group
  • Ming Li, Business School, Central South University (China), currently working at Hunan Overseas Home Information Technology and Hunan Hi-soon Supply Chain
  • Pedro Luis Guerrero Riera, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)(Venezuela), currently working at Grupo Fastmed
  • Andrea Perrot, Escuela de Negocios, Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA) (Argentina), currently working at CEMIC University Hospital

MBA Student of the Year 2022 in association with insendi, a Study Group company

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.



Monique Farquharson, Aston Business School, Aston University (UK)


Patsy McNeil, UCL School of Management, University College London (UK)


Yunfei Yang, School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)(China)


  • Joy Chikaodiri Elekwuwa, Esade Business School, Ramon Llull University (Spain)
  • Ariel Olivari, Escuela de Negocios, Universidad del CEMA (UCEMA) (Argentina)
  • Jember Teklu TesfayAudencia Business School (France)

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