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Business School and AFR BOSS launch search for Australia's next generation of business leaders

04 Aug 2014

Omar Khan and Anita Mitchell, BOSS Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship recipients

Omar Khan and Anita Mitchell, BOSS Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship recipients

The Business School and the Financial Review's BOSS Magazine are again offering Australia's leading young business talent an opportunity to join the nation's most innovative MBA program with the help of a $60,000 Emerging Leader's scholarship.

Launched in February 2013, the groundbreaking MBA offers a fresh perspective on global business education through its leadership-focused, industry-oriented and experiential approach to learning.

The Emerging Leader's scholarship is a part of the BOSS Emerging Leaders program which was developed by BOSS Magazine in partnership with the Business School to support and mentor Australia's future business leaders. The program has since attracted some of Australia's brightest young business talent.

Associate Dean (Management Education), Professor Richard Hall, has described the Emerging Leaders Scholarship as "a life changing opportunity for the recipient to acquire the knowledge and personal skills needed to join the next generation of senior leaders".

"Our MBA is committed to developing practical leadership skills and is heavily based on learning by doing and on addressing real business challenges and problems," Professor Hall said.

The first recipient of the Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship was Anita Mitchell, who is working for Lend Lease as General Manager, Sustainability, on the $6 billion Barangaroo development in Sydney's Darling Harbour.

With 20 years of experience in environmental management in the energy, water, waste, property and construction sectors, Ms Mitchell is recognised as one of Australia's most experienced sustainability specialists.

"I had always thought about doing an MBA and through the Emerging Leaders selection rounds, we participated in an MBA master class on business strategy. In half a day, I left so enlightened and engaged, I thought, if they can do that within half a day, imagine what I can learn from completing the whole course," Anita said.

Omar Khan, Director of Strategy and Development at ethical investment firm Crescent Wealth, received the second Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship. Mr Khan, who came alone to Australia at the age of 12 from the troubled Indian state of Kashmir, has worked in the finance and investment sectors since studying Commerce and Law at Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.

Commenting on AFR's support for the Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship, BOSS Editor Joanne Gray said "the past two recipients for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship have had outstanding leadership talent, and we are excited to welcome a new business leader into this connected community".

"As the global business environment becomes more dependent on networks rather than on hierarchies, emerging leaders should focus on developing their capacity to motivate, coach and mentor," Ms Gray said.

The Dean of the Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell, says the partnership with AFR BOSS is "helping to shape a new generation of creative business leaders with the skills, confidence, experience and a capacity to deliver outstanding results on the global stage".

Over a series of rigorous judging rounds, applicants will compete for an incredible prize including a $60,000 MBA Scholarship commencing in February 2015, media training with AFR, publication of an opinion piece in BOSS Magazine, and membership to the BOSS Emerging Leaders Program.

Applications for the Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship open on Monday 4 August.

Find out more about the Sydney MBA, and how to apply for the BOSS Emerging Leaders Scholarship.