Leaders with Influence

AACSB recognizes 25 illustrious alumni from member schools.

TWENTY-FIVE LEADERS have been recognized by AACSB International in its fifth annual Influential Leaders challenge. The initiative honors alumni from AACSB-accredited schools who have made notable contributions to their industries or to society. Among this year’s Influential Leaders are:

Natalie Paida Jabangwe, an alumna of Imperial College London, who is the CEO of EcoCash in Zimbabwe. Launched in 2012, the fintech platform is now the largest financial service provider in the country. Jabangwe also is an ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, which aims to alleviate poverty by empowering women.

Matías Muchnick, an alumnus of the School of Economics and Business at the Universidad de Chile. He is co-founder of NotCo, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to create plantbased versions of animal products, employing practices that do not cause environmental damage.

Christopher Hosken, an alum of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business in South Africa. Hosken is the CEO and co-founder of Startup School, which was started in 2016 to provide entrepreneurs with the skills to launch viable businesses.

Kathleen Vogelsang, a graduate of Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business in Allendale, Michigan. As chief investment officer of Van Andel Institute, a biomedical research organization, she manages a US$1.7 billion portfolio. She has been appointed to the Michigan Women’s Commission, which has a goal of increasing the number of women serving on corporate boards.

Read more about the winners of 2020 and previous years.