Congratulations to the winner & finalists of Henley Challenge 2014

21 February 2014

Congratulations to the winner & finalists of Henley Challenge 2014

On Wednesday 19 February, Henley Business School hosted its second annual student competition, the Henley Challenge. Following an evening of strong presentations from finalists on the theme ‘Honest profit…Corporate daydream or imperative?’, Abhishek Mandal, a Henley Full-time MBA student, was announced as the competition winner.

On Wednesday 19 February, Henley Business School hosted its second annual student competition, the Henley Challenge. Following an evening of strong presentations from finalists on the theme ‘Honest profit…Corporate daydream or imperative?’, Abhishek Mandal, a Henley Full-time MBA student, was announced as the competition winner and presented with a cheque for £1,250 to share between him and his chosen charity.

The Henley Challenge is a competition open to all students from Henley Business School, who are studying in the UK, and encourages the use of knowledge, skill and creativity. A packed crowd of students, faculty members and colleagues from across the School gathered at Wednesday’s event to watch the five finalists.

Five finalists, chosen by a panel of staff and academic judges, gave short presentations on the theme in front of the live audience of enthusiastic supporters who then voted for their favourite team. The finalists were:

  • Abhishek Mandal
    Full-time MBA
  • Aditya Sen, Alexandra Voskoboynikova, Chakkaphat Krongsomboon & Elvin Jamalli
    MSc Entrepreneurship & Management
  • Fabian Vaughan, Yujie Zhu, Bianca Eugenia Gavrila, Lara Sigrist & Ogochukwu Ibhade
    MSc International Management, MSc Marketing & International Management and MSc International Human Resource Management
  • Huaxin Shen & Junda Zeng
    BSc Finance & Investment Banking and MSc Real Estate Finance
  • Ronald Bonsen, George Santa-Olalla, Helena Powers & Dharaa Patel
    MSc Marketing & International Management

Abhishek Mandal, Henley Full-time MBA student and winner of the Henley Challenge, said:

“I’m ecstatic, I’m really happy about winning the event and the support that I got; it was a great learning process. When I entered the competition, I just wanted to give a good show and I wasn’t thinking about winning. I’m really proud to be a Henley Business School student.

I am very happy to donate part of my prize money to The Vatsalya Foundation (Mumbai, India) which is doing a wonderful job to lift street children from discrimination and abject poverty to a level where they are enabled not only by providing shelter, education and healthy living but also enabled to take their own decisions and become a good citizen. Street Children is a phenomenon which is multi dimensional and not a matter of only charity. I believe Vatsalya understand this well through their more than 30 years of existence and scientifically structured programmes."

The theme of ‘Honest profit’ was chosen as it is a core Henley Business School value which remains a hot topic in the business world following high profile cases of unethical behaviour including Enron, Primark, Barclays and News of the World. Henley Business School believes that success in business is about more than just profit and aims to empower individuals to become responsible professionals by employing business practices and thinking that create value for societies as well as shareholders.

Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean of the Business School and Chair of the Judging Panel, commented:

“The quality of presentations was stunning and it makes me immensely proud of the Business School to see the passion and intellectual curiosity of our students.”

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If you have any queries about the Challenge, please contact Jenny Gallagher & Alice Plaskett by email at challenge@henley.ac.uk .