TU Dublin MBA Students win 'Best Speaker' Awards at the MBA Association of Ireland Strategy Competition 2019
25 June 2019
Pictured L-R: Gerard Whelan (MD of GWP Developments), Stuart Crainer (Co-founder of Thinkers 50), Catherine Butler (MBAAI Director), Alacoque McMenamin (MBAAI President), Jane Maher(TU Dublin) and Michael O’Connor (TU Dublin) Niamh Townsend (Leader of Microsoft EMEA’s Specialist Inside Sales teams) and Eamon DeBurca (Commercial Manager, Diageo)
MBA students from across Ireland competed for the MBA Association of Ireland (MBAAI) 2019 National Strategy Prize in Microsoft Ireland’s impressive EMEA headquarters in Leopardstown in Dublin on the 14th of June. Two TU Dublin MBA teams competed, mentored by lecturers Dr. Pat Kenny and Dr. Eoghan O'Grady.
Every year, competing teams relish the pressure cooker environment of analysing a previously unseen case study over a 3 hour period in isolation from the other teams and distil their findings and recommendations into a 15 min presentation and Q&A to a panel of MBA and Industry judges who do not know which school the teams are representing.
The judging panel this year consisted of strategy thought leaders and industry experts to include; Stuart Crainer, co-founder of Thinkers 50, Gerard Whelan, MD of GWP Developments, Niamh Townsend leader of Microsoft EMEA’s Specialist Inside Sales teams, Eamon DeBurca Commercial Manager with Diageo, Alacoque McMenamin (MBAAI President) and Catherine Butler MBAAI Academic Director.
TU Dublin Team One- Noel Brady, Tarek Aboukhadra, Tony Barry, Michael O’Connor
Competitors impressed the judging panel with in-depth theoretical analysis and insightful, differentiated thought-leadership on the internationalisation and scaling options facing a small South African company called Inverroche Gin.
Started by an industrious, proud Still Bay woman called Lorna Scott, the company utilised a unique locally grown herb called fynbos to make an artisan gin offering. Born out of a need to supplement the economic overdependence in this area on tourism and preserve a local flora for future generations the company went through several iterations before landing on gin. Competitors were presented with the owner’s options for expansion and internationalisation and asked to determine the best course.
TU Dublin Team Two: Andrew Marsh, Jane Maher, Niamh Kenny, Peter Keane.
Congratulations to Jon Hawkins, Ann Keenan, Tommy Murphy and Tony Lonergan of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) for emerging victorious amongst an impressive array of competitors and claiming a title WIT last won in 2016. TU Dublin MBA students Jane Maher and Michael O’Connor were presented with a special award from the judges for best speakers and commended for their exceptional presenting skills on the day.