AACSB Recognizes 2018 Influential Leaders

The association honors business school alumni who have made a difference to society, the economy, or education.

AACSB INTERNATIONAL of Tampa, Florida, has recognized 29 business leaders as part of its 2018 class of Influential Leaders. The announcement took place at AACSB’s Deans Conference, held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Each year the association honors influential leaders who have used their business educations as springboards to address social, economic, and educational concerns. The challenge is open to all AACSB-accredited institutions that want to nominate their graduates.

Honorees were recognized for their work in three categories: nonprofit or community-based organizations, diversity and inclusion, and business education. Among this year’s honorees are:

Hanadi Al Thani, a graduate of Qatar University’s College of Business and Economics. As chair of the board and founder of INJAZ Qatar, part of the nonprofit Junior Achievement Worldwide, Al Thani helps more than 32,000 students at more than 60 schools and seven universities foster their entrepreneurial talents.

Sherif Kamel, a professor and founding dean of the American University in Cairo School of Business in Egypt, and a member of BizEd’s advisory committee. Kamel was recognized for fostering an environment of engagement and innovation on AUC’s campus.

Diane Miller, director of Info-Sec Operations and Cyber Initiatives at Northrop Grumman and a graduate of the College of Business Administration at California State Polytechnic University. Miller oversees initiatives to build a more diverse pipeline of talent into the cybersecurity field.

Paul Orajiaka, CEO of the toy company Auldon Nigeria Ltd. and an alum of Lagos Business School. His company manufactures toys that teach Africa’s cultural heritage to children.

Each Influential Leader “reflects the mindset, knowledge, and passion that impactful business leaders must embody,” says Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. “These 29 stories of achievement demonstrate the true excellence and leadership we wish to see in the world.”

To learn more about all of this year’s Influential Leaders, visit www.aacsb.edu/influential-leaders.