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Influential Leaders

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AACSB Influential Leaders Initiative

AACSB's annual Influential Leaders initiative recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools. Building on AACSB’s recently announced 2020 business accreditation standards and a renewed focus on creating positive societal change, the 2021 Class of Influential Leaders honors business school graduates who are using their business education for impact in unique ways.


This year’s honorees include diversity and inclusion advocates, social entrepreneurs, economic development experts, and healthcare executives—showcasing the variety of career paths supported by business education. The Influential Leaders initiative is one example of how business education is Connected for Better.



Meet the 2021 Influential Leaders

Zak Ammar, Founder and CEO, Vixster
Appalachian State University, Walker College of Business

April Anthony, CEO, Encompass Health - Home Health and Hospice
Abilene Christian University, College of Business Administration

Carl Carande, U.S. Vice Chair, Advisory, KPMG LLP and Global Head of Advisory, KPMG International Limited
California State University, Northridge, David Nazarian College of Business and Economics

Alforde Charumbira, Co-Founder, Utando Social Impact Solutions
University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business

Micaela Connery, Co-Founder and CEO, The Kelsey
University College Dublin, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Christoph Findelsberger, Founder, e.V.
University of Mannheim, University of Mannheim Business School

David Gribble, CEO, Constable Care Child Safety Foundation
Curtin University, Curtin Business School

Satish Gupta, CEO and President, SB International
University of Dallas, Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business

Richard Harrison, CEO, Smart Power Myanmar
IE Business School

Kris Kolluri, President and CEO, Coopers Ferry Partnership
Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Camden, Rutgers School of Business

Michael Mader, Owner, Hippy Feet
University of Wisconsin-River Falls, College of Business and Economics

Nengaswary Maniam, Research and Knowledge Exchange Manager, Coach and Subject Matter Expert, University of Nottingham Malaysia
University of Malaya, Faculty of Business and Accountancy

Div Pillay, CEO and Co-Founder, MindTribes Pty Ltd
Monash University, Monash Business School


Lisa Rojas Bacus, President and CEO, Oro Vista Ventures and EVP and Global Chief Marketing Officer, Cigna (Retired)
Northern Arizona University, The W. A. Franke College of Business

Karimjonov Rustam, Deputy Minister of Public Education, Uzbekistan
SolBridge International School of Business

Carlos Salazar-Lomelín, President, Business Coordinating Council of Mexico (CCE)
EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Etienne Salborn, Founder, SINA (Social Innovation Academy)
MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®

Jimmy Scavenius, Founder and CEO, Kwera

Hiba Shabrouq, Co-Founder, Ozwah
Princess Sumaya University for Technology, King Talal School of Business Technology

Bright Simons, Founder and President, mPedigree
Tilburg University, TIAS School for Business and Society

Dee Anna Smith, CEO, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Seaver College, Pepperdine University

Machiel van Dooren, Director, MADE BLUE Foundation
Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics

Gilles Vanderpooten, CEO and Author, Reporters d'Espoirs
Audencia Business School

Victoria Vásquez, Business Director, SOFOFA: Sociedad de Fomento Fabril
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Administracion

Safaath Ahmed Zahir, Founder and President, Women and Democracy Maldives
School of Business, Monash University Malaysia, Monash University 

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