Graduate Business Forum

April 05, 2012 13:10 ET

Prestigious 2012 GBF Student Leadership Awards presented to National University of Singapore, Indian School of Business and Georgia Institute of Technology MBA students

LONDON--(Marketwire - Apr 5, 2012) -

5 April 2012 (LONDON) - Students from the Indian School of Business (ISB), National University of Singapore and Georgia Institute of Technology and Constellation Brands were presented the prestigious Graduate Business Forum (GBF) Leadership Awards at the annual global Graduate Business Conference 2012. Approximately 110 elected student government leaders and alumni from the top 50 MBA programs in the world convened at the 29(th) annual Graduate Business Conference hosted by Simon School of Business - University of Rochester from March 29(th) to April 1(st).

At the Friday Leadership Awards banquet and gala GBF VP Wieteke Dupain, GBF founder Jim Deveau and Simon School of Business Dean Mark Zupan honoured three student leaders and one company for their exceptional leadership, innovation and achievements within the global MBA community. The 2012 Student Leadership Awards were presented to Varun Mittal from National University of Singapore and Santosh Mohanram of the Indian School of Business. The 2012 Responsible Leadership Award was presented to Angela Behnken and her team including Shilpa Arya, Carter Posey and Chris Chandler from Georgia Institute of Technology. Constellation Brands received the 2012 Business Leadership Award.

The Conference, founded 29 years ago, aims to engage student leaders and enhance leadership skills through active participation in best practice student government and leadership workshops, learn from global business leaders and inspirational innovators and share global views on responsible and sustainable leadership practices. The GBF announces with pleasure that the winner and host of the GBF's 30(th) Anniversary, the 2013 global Graduate Business Conference will be the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India (

Varun Mittal from the National University of Singapore received the GBF 2012 Student Leadership Award for his ability to implement his vision for an integrated IT platform which allows NUS MBA's to overcome the challenges of communication and continuity both during and after the MBA. While his efforts will allow NUS MBA's to sustain their MBA email addresses for life, the primary focus was to maximize productivity through a unified web portal, create a knowledge management system to maintain best practice legacies, and establish a common multimedia repository across all NUS MBA departments by synchronizing various existing social media initiatives. Mr. Mittal took the initiative to analyze the current challenges, motivate fellow classmates to leverage their knowledge and ability to create viable solutions and skilfully negotiated and collaborated with industry leaders like Google to create an independent system.

Santosh Mohanram from the Indian School of Business also received the GBF 2012 Student Leadership Award to recognize his selfless contribution to classmates and the schools' quality of education for setting up a peer to peer teaching initiative which enabled increased development, collaboration and learning. He conducted revision sessions, within a competitive MBA environment, in which his classmates could contribute and realise their full potential in preparation for their post MBA careers. Though his academic sessions were often attended by more than 100 students, he further managed and led development for a new "ISB Student Wiki" initiative to create a sustainable knowledge repository.

The GBF 2012 Responsible Leader Award was bestowed upon a team of 4 student leaders from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Angela Behnken, Shilpa Arya, Carter Posey and Chris Chandler for establishing the Georgia Tech MBA Community Fund. As a result of three life changing events within Georgia Tech's MBA community, this student led initiative recognizes the value of support and community during times of crisis. With no institutionalized program to support its community in need, the group overcame the challenges to establish this Fund and successfully initiate sustainable requests for funding. Their tenacity led them to create an annual allotment protocol to subsidize the Fund in addition to initiatives to receive contributions from students, faculty, staff and alumni and establish a legacy program with which to support each other in times of need.

Constellation Brands received the 2012 Business Leadership award for their contributions to the Simon School of Business, strong support for education and the community at large.

Winners of the GBF 2011 Responsible Leadership Award, Robert Seiler, Eric Seidner and Alex Song from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) returned to present an update about their Carbon Neutral initiative. An inspirational presentation from the students outlined how they initiated their program and successfully manoeuvred challenges towards implementation. They also presented a "How To" guide for organisations and Universities to begin their own carbon mitigation journey. The team will continue their efforts on behalf of the GBF to seek out, support and encourage other Responsible Leadership projects among student leaders globally within top tier MBA programs.

Wieteke Dupain, GBF VP, said: "Every year we're impressed by the high quality of nominations coming in from all over the world. The Leadership Awards provide recognition, but mostly it is about sharing highly inspirational and successful initiatives within the global Business School community. It is important local best practices and knowledge on how to set up successful programs are shared around the world as it inspires and translates in more successful initiatives that can make a difference in the quality of education and the global community".

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About the Graduate Business Forum

Established in 1983, the Graduate Business Forum (GBF) ( is a global organization dedicated to developing responsible leadership and global citizenship, with influence, through an exclusive network of student leaders and alumni from the world's top 50 business schools.

The GBF runs a number of activities to support the development of leadership skills for business school students through newsletters, shared knowledge platforms and networking events including the annual Graduate Business Conference (GBC) ( ) hosted by one of the GBF member schools, drawn from the top 50 business schools and MBA programs globally.

Over the last quarter century, the GBF has seen: * +3,000 student leaders participating in GBCs * +30 countries with participating business schools * +300 forums and workshops helping inspire future leaders by the exchange of leadership initiatives, improved organizational approaches for student governments, implementation of new student initiatives, and an increased consciousness towards social responsibility and ethical leadership. * +100 corporate executives, government officials and other leaders who have contributed time and inspiration * Countless projects around the world fueled by inspirations from GBF participation that made a positive difference in the world

About the Student and Responsible Leadership Awards

The Student Leadership Award (SLA) and Responsible Leadership Awards (RLA) and Grants are ways of recognizing the contributions that individual students and teams make to the development of their own schools and associated communities.

The Student Leadership Award was introduced in 1991 by the Board of Directors of the Graduate Business Forum to recognize outstanding leadership, innovation and a commitment to the greater community at the graduate business level. The Awards are open to full-time graduate business students of GBF member schools participating in the annual Graduate Business Conference. The award is presented at the Student Leadership Award Commemorative Banquet and Gala at the annual Graduate Business Conference. Previous presenters of the Awards include HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and President S.R. Nathan of Singapore.

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