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Introducing the 2020 Honorees

An annual initiative, the Influential Leaders challenge recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited schools. The 2020 honorees include a mayor, an inventor, an academic, and a brand expert—showcasing the variety of career paths supported by business education. Read the stories of each of the 25 honorees and congratulate them on Twitter




2020 Class of Influential Leaders

Tanri Abeng, MBA, PhD
Former Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Republic of Indonesia

Lara Abrash
Chairman and CEO, Deloitte & Touche LLP 

Minna Arve
Mayor, City of Turku

Nopparat Aumpa
Senior Assistant Vice President/General Manager, Banyan Tree Bangkok

Allen Dykman
President, Dykman Inc.

Larry Gies
Founder and CEO, Madison Industries

Leo Hindery Jr.
Chairman and CEO, Trine Acquisition Corp.

Christopher Hosken
CEO and Co-Founder, Startup School

Natalie Paida Jabangwe
CEO, EcoCash Zimbabwe

Suman Kanuganti
Founder and President, Aira (Aira Tech Corp)

Charles M. Lillis, PhD
Chair, The Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon

Dan Mallin
Managing Partner and Founder, Equals 3

Manuel Medina
CEO, Cyxtera Technologies and Medina Family Foundation


Matías Muchnick
CEO and Co-Founder, NOT Company

Jesse Pipes
Senior Lecturer, Appalachian State University

Lulu Raghavan
Managing Director, Landor Mumbai

Mariyam Shakeela, PhD

Maria Sievert
Founder, Managing Partner, inveox

Jamie Siminoff
Chief Inventor and Founder, Ring

Brad D. Smith
Executive Chairman of the Board, Former President and CEO, Intuit Inc.

Tang Kae Sue
Director, Hans Advisory & Trust Co Ltd

Jorge Luis Torres-Aguilar
President, FedEx Express Mexico

Chi Fung "Jeff" Tung
Founder and CEO, Sheng Ye Financial Group

Kathleen Vogelsang
Chief Investment Officer, Van Andel Institute

Alex Waddell
Director of Growth and Capability, Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group

“It is our privilege to amplify the stories of business school graduates who are serving as a force for good in the world. The 2020 Influential Leader honorees, well prepared by AACSB-accredited business schools, lead their industries and communities with enthusiasm and dedication. Their achievements, and the inspiration they provide to future business leaders, are to be celebrated, and AACSB is honored to recognize each of them.”  —Tom Robinson, AACSB President and CEO

Questions and Inquiries

For questions regarding the Influential Leaders challenge, email challenges@aacsb.edu or view our frequently asked questions page.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Align your brand with inspiring stories of business school alumni. For more information, contact Brittany Schoenberg, Manager, Strategic Relationship Management.