Congratulations to the winner & finalists of Henley Challenge 2016

1 March 2016

Congratulations to the winner & finalists of Henley Challenge 2016

"Shape the future of business!" was the theme of the day when Henley students took part in the annual Henley Challenge competition. Following an evening of diverse and captivating presentations from the finalists, Uros Delevic, an International Business and Strategy PhD, was crowned the winner and presented with a cheque for £1,000 to share with his chosen charities*.

"Shape the future of business!" was the theme of the day when Henley students took part in the annual Henley Challenge competition. Following an evening of diverse and captivating presentations from the finalists, Uros Delevic, an International Business and Strategy PhD, was crowned the winner and presented with a cheque for £1,000 to share with his chosen charities*.

The Henley Challenge is a competition open to all students across Henley Business School, who are studying in the UK, and encourages the use of knowledge, skill and creativity. Founded in 1945, the Business School is celebrating its 70th anniversary and the theme for this year’s competition was chosen to link to this and Henley’s ongoing aim to empower individuals to shape the future of business and become great professionals and outstanding business leaders.

The five finalists were:

  • Andrew Savory, MSc International Securities, Investment & Banking
  • Mark Smith, BA Accounting & Management
  • Paul Carcone, Flexible Executive MBA
  • Qi Li, Qingqing Pian & Xu Zou, Business Informatics, Systems & Accounting PhD & MSc Information Management
  • Uros Delevic, International Business & Strategy PhD

The event saw finalists presenting views on topics including the future of money, influence of Defence on the world of business, the digital business ecosystem and the future of accounting. The winning presentation was about how the transformation of human capital could impact the future of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and economic development. 

Competition winner, Uros, suggested that by 2086, scientific breakthroughs may allow DNA manipulation of human intelligence to significantly advance cognitive skills, enhance economic productivity and the capacity of MNEs to create technological innovations and radically change national competitiveness. However, he did note that not everyone will benefit from the scientific breakthroughs.

Uros Delevic, winner of Henley Challenge 2016, said:

"It's wonderful, this is a magnificent event where we have discussed new and visionary ideas and I am delighted to have been chosen as the winner, I congratulate the other participants as well. The best thing about this event is the motivation, I know that I have a possibility to really help people in need with the charity donation, to help people who are in devastated areas, live in poverty or have genetic diseases that need treatment."

Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean of Henley Business School, added:

"Students stand to gain a huge amount from taking part in the Henley Challenge. Not only can they test their ideas and thinking, but they get to face their fears by making a big presentation to their fellow students, faculty and key alumni. When students leave here, having done the Henley Challenge, we’ve seen them achieve amazing things. In the very first year, our winner was an MBA student who then stayed on to do their PhD. They won the University of Reading’s PhD Student of the Year Award and are now being sought out for all sorts of careers within academe, it’s something I don’t think they would have ever thought possible."

Uros is sharing his prize money with two charities based in his home country of Serbia, Support Life and Serbs for Serbs, which support children with rare diseases and impoverished families.

*£1000 will be shared between the winner (£250) and his chosen charities (£750)
Photo: Professor Ginny Gibson (Deputy Dean, Henley Business School), Dina Ghanma (2015 Henley Challenge winner, who presented the trophy to Uros) & Uros Delevic (2016 Henley Challenge winner) 

 

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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 .