Exclusive statement by Mihajlo Popesku for The Crown Prince Alexander Foundation for education regarding the victory of the team of The Faculty of Organisational Sciences on Hult Global Case Challenge 2012 on regional competition in London
This year was held the third Hult Global
Case Challenge regional competition in five cities of the World –
London, Dubai, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Boston. The competition is
for the first time organized in three different parts – energy,
education and habitation. The challenges were created by the companies
with a considerate philanthropic mission and international NGOs which
deals with important humanity problems like poverty.
The competition is intended for students
of postgraduate studies (MBA, EMBA, DBA and PhD) or management students
who have several years of managerial experience. The team of Serbian
students who represented the University of Belgrade and The Faculty of
Organizational Sciences consists of Mihajlo Popesku, Marija Babic,
Branka Novcic, Ivan Todorovic and Marija Ivanovic. They managed to
defend the title of European Champion and to go directly in the world
finals at the end of April in New York. All members of the team are
extremely successful postgraduates who work and study at the same time.
The only exception is Marija Jovanovic, the youngest team member who is
an excellent student of the third year of module management.
Our scholar, Mihajlo Popesku, a second
year student of PhD studies at the University of Nottingham, who
participated for The Faculty of Organizational Sciences as an alumnus,
in an exclusive interview for The Foundation shared his experiences
regarding this event and their big success.
“Our team was solving problem of inhumane
habitation conditions of 2 billion people on our planet. Habitat for
Humanity International sought for a new business model that will in a
sustainable way enable 10 million of houses in next 10 years. Besides,
the model had to be applicable in any country and affordable for even
the poorest people. The fact that Habitat managed to build only 500 000
houses in 35 years show the difficulty of the challenge.
Competition was very hard. Our opponents
came from the world’s most prestige business schools, such as Oxford,
Cambridge, Warwick, Imperial, London Business School and the majority of
them came directly from MBA or EMBA programmes. As far as the knowledge
and work experiences are concerned, our team was in the same league as
the rest, because most of the members have not only good academic
results, but also work and consultant experience, which is normal,
because business and marketing are applied sciences.
We had the opportunity to get to know the
members of the Jury, who reached the decision of the winner
unanimously. They are all exquisite experts in the variety of fields
(finance, marketing, management) who come from the world corporations:
Coca Cola, PNB Paribas, etc.
We are now focused on the global finals
which will take place in New York at the end of this year. We will be
competing with four winning teams from other continents for the prize of
1 million dollars. If we win, the money will be invested in the
realization of our idea. The winner will be announced by the former
president of the United States of America Mr. Bill Clinton.
All team members firmly believe and want to win. We are extremely
motivated and focused. Our final goal is winning the title of the world
champions in solving cases and the implementation of our idea.”
25th of February 2012, London Chancery Court Hotel, Hult Global Case Challenge. Serbian students at the top of Europe in case challenge solving
25th of February 2012, Mihajlo Popesku, PhD student at the University of Nottingham and the scholar of The Crown Prince Alexander Foundation for education