AACSB Announces the 2018 Class of Influential Leaders

Third annual Influential Leaders Challenge celebrates 29 change-makers and their impact on global issues

TAMPA, Florida, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education network, celebrated the positive impact business school graduates are making in communities around the globe as part of the 2018 Influential Leaders Challenge. As an annual initiative, the challenge honors notable alumni from accredited schools whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders. The class of 2018, announced at AACSB’s 2018 Deans Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, recognizes 29 business pioneers, from 13 industry sectors, whose careers are addressing today’s most pressing social, economic, environmental, and educational challenges.

Founded in 1916, AACSB International (AACSB) is the world's largest business education alliance--connecting students, academia, and business. As a nonprofit membership organization AACSB's mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact within business education. With headquarters in North America, the Asia Pacific, and Europe, it is a global association of more than 1,600 institutions and organizations, across 99 countries and territories. Focused on preparing the future with responsible, global leaders through the highest quality of standards in business education, AACSB accredits more than 795 business schools worldwide.

“Each honoree from the 2018 class of Influential Leaders reflects the mindset, knowledge, and passion that impactful business leaders must embody to impart positive change in today’s society,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and CEO of AACSB. “As business schools work to educate and mold the next generation of global business leaders, these 29 stories of achievement demonstrate the true excellence and leadership we wish to see in the world.”

Honorees of the 2018 Influential Leaders challenge were recognized across three categories, including:

  • Alumni Business Leaders Working in Nonprofit or Community-Based Organizations
    Leaders serving nonprofit and community-based organizations are making game-changing impacts—from a local level to a global reach—creating a better society for us all. With initiatives that include navigating the Hurricane Harvey crisis, transforming the lives of more than 150 million children around the world annually, and combating the root causes of poverty, AACSB graduates demonstrate that some of the world’s most impactful work occurs within small sector opportunities.
  • Alumni Business Leaders Advancing Diversity and Inclusion
    Advocates for diversity and inclusion are driving transformation across the corporate sphere by upholding a culture of mutual respect and championing the exchange of open ideas. Such efforts are furthered by leaders who forge and refine inclusion practices to break down cultural stereotypes and patriarchal norms. They also look to inspire today’s youth in underrepresented populations to pursue their dreams in non-traditional fields of study and professions.
  • Business Leaders Influencing Business Education
    Businesses need students to be workforce ready, making the present a critical time for schools and businesses to work together to meet each other’s needs. Outside of academe, some business leaders are driving partnerships between the two groups by cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship and cross-collaborative mindsets. Others are developing free study services—available via a simple digital exchange—to more than 350,000 students globally, advancing access to success for everyone. Inside academe, leaders are transforming institutional culture by encouraging open dialogue between alumni, faculty, staff, business, and students, while investing in entrepreneurs across advantaged and disadvantaged regions.  

For more information on the Influential Leaders Challenge, and to view a full list of honorees, visit www.aacsb.edu/influential-leaders.

About AACSB International
As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to almost 1,600 member organizations and more than 795 accredited business schools worldwide. With its global headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education. For more information, visit aacsb.edu .

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Cape Town is Running Out of Water (Welcome to Our Future)

Cape Town is bracing for an unfortunate distinction: becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water.

Severe drought over the past three years coupled with population growth means the city and its residents are bracing for Day Zero, the day taps throughout the city will officially run dry. Many of the factors leading to Cape Town’s predicament are specific to the city, but climate change also plays a significant role. While Cape Town may become the first city to run out of water, it will likely be the first of many as climate change continues to impact the world in unpredictable ways.

Understanding the catastrophe of Day Zero

Other than breathable air, water is probably the most necessary daily need for human life. But the reservoirs surrounding Cape Town are dangerously low. When their collective volume hits 13.5 percent, all taps to the city will be turned off and 200 emergency water collection points will take their place.

This is Day Zero and it is currently estimated to come on May 11.

Cape Town is a city of nearly 4 million people, and never before has an entire city, let alone a city of this size, run out of water. As a result, trying to grasp exactly what this will mean if Day Zero does come to pass is difficult. The city government is doing its best to prepare for the worst, but it is understanding what that is that is proving elusive.

To start, 200 water stations for 4 million people is not very many. If evenly distributed, that leaves each water station servicing 20,000 people a day. That means every water station will have to serve more than 800 people an hour. Each person will only be allowed 25 liters (6.6 gallons) of water per day. The current water rations allow double that amount, and even then many people are struggling to keep within that limit. Water hoarding has become a thing, which could help some families in the long run but also hints at how easily social unrest could develop when water becomes truly scarce and strictly allotted.

Then there are the economic costs. Productivity is bound to go down as people are forced to divert their time and energy towards water collection. Business such as restaurants that rely on water will be forced to temporarily close. Tourism, a major part of the local economy, will likely suffer as well. Cape Town is already facing a budget shortfall of $142 million due to the water crisis; if Day Zero actually happens, that number is likely to sharply increase.

Finally, there are health risks of running a city on no water. Hospitals and schools will still have water supply, albeit at a reduced rate. But overall sanitation will take a hit from the reduction of water access. City officials have begun warning about what could be to come, as water borne and sanitation diseases become more prevalent.

Climate Change & Inequality

Despite sitting on a peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is in a relatively dry region. Unlike most of the country, its rainy season falls in the winter rather than the summer, starting in late May and lasting through August. The dry climate and encroaching threat of climate change, highlighted by an especially bad drought in 2005, led the city to make water conservation a primary goal. But the droughts brought on by El Nino that rocked all of Southern Africa starting in 2015 hit the city particularly hard. Even as other countries in the region have bounced back, Cape Town remains dry and the landmark conservation efforts enacted years have proven to simply not be enough.

The current droughts are estimated to be a 1 in 400 year event, meaning the Western Cape has likely never seen a drought event of this magnitude since Europeans first came ashore. As Dave Chambers noted in The Independent, never has the region seen three years of drought this severe. Although the 2005 water crisis came as a result of three successive years of drought, in that case cumulative rainfall was only 25 percent below normal. This time around, it is a whopping 55 percent.

That said, there are other factors compounding the drought to make this water crisis so severe. Namely, South Africa has one of the highest levels of economic inequality in the world. Despite being a world renowned tourist destination and a an economic powerhouse within South Africa, the legacy of Apartheid still haunts the country’s second largest city. Cape Town has worked hard to close the gap of basic service delivery in recent years, but thousands of households in the city still do not have access to running water or connection to the sewage system inside their homes. The divide between who has access and who does not falls largely on racial and socio-economic lines. As a result, the focus in recent years has been on water conservation rather than building new infrastructure, even as more and more households come on the grid and draw from the same water sources.

The specific factors leading to Cape Town’s troubles may be unique to the city but it is also a scene that will likely unfold elsewhere in Africa.

The combination of the pressures of climate change and economic inequality threaten more than just Cape Town in the coming years. Nairobi and Accra are two others cities undergoing water rationing as their city populations grow but the water infrastructure has not. Severe droughts, once a phenomena that occurred every few decades are now becoming commonplace. Those most likely to be hurt by dwindling supplies are also those who are least able to cope with these changes. Oddly enough, they are also the ones who often have limited access to water to begin with.

It is possible that Day Zero will not come to pass in Cape Town. A recent drop in agricultural water use pushed back the estimated date by a month into May, when hopefully the first rains of the season will come. That may be enough to stave off a complete water shutdown. But even if that happens, what is happening in Cape Town now serves as a lesson for what more and more cities will have to deal with in the future as climate change impacts the livability of regions settled long ago. The time to plan is now, and not when another water crisis is upon us.

Source: UN Dispatch

Introduction of women’s Rugby league shows success – Mensah

Accra Mr. Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), has said the introduction of women’s 7s league in the 2017/18 calendar, was the major point of success for his outfit.

The 2017/18 Ghana Rugby Club Championship ended successfully on Sunday, February 4, at the Accra Sports Stadium, with Conquerors Sporting Club winning both men and women divisions.

The Conquerors Ladies won the maiden edition of the Women’s Rugby Club Championship after defeating Hurricane Ladies 22-12 in the women’s 7s.

According to Mr Mensah, the highlight of the season was the introduction of the women’s championship, which for him was successful.

The tournament is a progression from last year. We as the administrators have a job to comply, that is run the league to global standards and for us in a way that develops the game without injury and we see progress.

This year’s level was an improvement on last year. The quality of players has improved and I think for me the most important thing this year is the establishment of the women’s league, Mr Mensah said.

I think it’s a successful season which enables us to prepare for the Bronze Cup, which starts in May in Ghana.

Mr Mensah noted that, the improvement in quality of the play by the participating teams showed that Rugby was really rising in Ghana.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Major progress made on airport projects

Accra- Mrs Cecilia Dapaah, the Minister of Aviation, has said significant progress had been made on major airport projects across the country, including 87 per cent completion of the Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

She assured the airline operators, stakeholders and the travelling public of the Ministry’s commitment to meeting the deadline for commissioning by April 30, 2018.

Mrs Dapaah was speaking at the second Aviation Breakfast Meeting organised by Aviation Ghana, an Aviation-oriented PR organisation, in partnership with the Ministry of Aviation and Board of Airlines in Accra on the theme: The Role of Airlines in Creating an Aviation Hub.

The Terminal 3 is designed to accommodate five million passengers a year and will process 1,250 passengers within an hour.

The event brought together aviation sector regulators and operators, including airlines, to discuss pertinent issues affecting airlines and possible ways to addressing them to move the sector forward and promote the growth of the industry.

Mrs Dapaah said some of the issues raised at the first breakfast meeting were being attended to by the Ministry and assured operators of government’s commitment to supporting the operations and activities of the airline by formulating policies.

She said the concern on the removal of import duties on aircraft spare parts raised last year had been forwarded to the Minister of Finance for consideration.

Some of the issues discussed included the proposed removal of the import duties on aircraft spare parts, waiver on airport tariffs for airline employees and the negative impact of harmattan on air navigation services.

Mr Simon Allotey, the Director-General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, said the Authority had made various investments in navigation equipment to improve on flight operations at the Airport.

He said the installation of modern air navigation systems across the various airports had upgraded their communication equipment as well.

It is to ensure safety of flight operations in all the country’s airports, he added.

He called on the travelling public to bear with the airlines when flights were cancelled or delayed due to harmattan conditions.

Mr John Attafuah, the Managing Director of Ghana Airport Company Limited, said the new Terminal 3 would have a dedicated prayer room to cater for the spiritual needs of Muslims.

He said by the end of March, this year, the contractor would fix the car park.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government to construct football pitches across the country

Accra- The President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo, has said the government would partner the Inner City and Zongo Development and the Ghana Football Association (GFA), to construct football pitches across the country.

According to him, this would aid in the revival of colts football where the likes of Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah started their football career.

In his address, he mentioned that, renovation works have started on the Accra Sports Stadium and an into amount of GHc 10.5m would be used to complete the project.

President Akufo Addo reiterated that his government will focus on the development of sports in the country and that this year, we would continue the process of passing the Legislative Instruments of the National Youth and Sports Act.

He stated that, government would pursue the enactment of the draft National Sports College Bill, and create a Sports Fund to improve sports development in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency