AACSB International is honoring a select group of inspirational leaders in its fourth annual Influential Leaders challenge. The
initiative recognizes notable alumni from AACSB-accredited schools who are innovators within their industries and who make significant contributions to society. This year’s 33 honorees are drawn from fields as diverse as technology, philanthropy, sports, and the military. They include:
Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints football team in Louisiana. He is founder of the Brees Dream Foundation, which has contributed more than US$25 million to global charitable causes, including those that improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Brees is a graduate of Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.
Raja Azura Raja Mahayuddin, CEO of Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera, an economic transformation program in Kuala Lumpur. The organization works with banks, universities, and other partners to provide individuals with academic education, vocational training, and professional certifications. Mahayuddin is a graduate of the College of Business at Universiti Utara Malaysia.
Nicolás González Revilla Paredes, CEO of multimedia corporation Grupo Medcom in Panama. During a previous position at Cable Onda, González Revilla launched the CSR & Sustainability program, designed to help the company find the economic, social, and environmental balance that would result in a sustainable business. He has also initiated programs designed to provide safe places for lower-income children. He is a graduate of INCAE Business School in Costa Rica.
Amanda Healy, managing director of Kirrikin, an Australian company that transfers traditional aboriginal art onto luxury clothing. The social enterprise shares profits with the artists; the company also helps aboriginal Australians become entrepreneurs or join the workforce. Healy graduated from Curtin Business School at Curtin University in Australia.
“The diversity of backgrounds, industries, and career paths of the 2019 Class of Influential Leaders demonstrates that AACSB-accredited schools are preparing graduates to succeed as they pursue their passions,” says Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. “We are honored to recognize these alumni, and the business schools that prepared them, as leading examples of business education as a force for good in the world.”
Read about all of the honorees who have been recognized since the initiative was launched.