Grand Finals for Asian Century Growth Initiative

Monday, 28 October 2013  Features

The Grand Finals for the inaugural "Asian Century Growth Initiative" have been held at the EY Offices in Sydney's CBD.

The Asian Century Growth Initiative is a pilot program between UNSW's Australian School of Business and EY, sponsored by intersective. Over sixty students enrolled in "Managing and Leading People", taught by Professor Karin Sanders, were selected to participate in the pilot.

The semester-long program started with an interactive workshop hosted by EY Asia Pacific Advisory Lead Partner Doug Simpson. Students were presented with EY's Asia business strategy and growth priorities. The "challenge" was to provide an innovative recommendation or a business growth plan for EY or one of its client's that could increase Asian business capability.

Mentors from EY supported teams of students by providing context for the challenges businesses would face in the Asian Century. Student teams were guided through workshops and tutorials, culminating in the presentation of a video "pitch" and an investor-style Q&A with EY partners.

Three finalist teams were selected to present to a very senior panel of EY global business leaders at the Grand Finals. The judging panel included:

  • Stephanie Fahe​y, Oceania Lead Partner for Education EY 
  • Justin Greig, Partner, EY Advisory and Lead Partner for Innovation
  • Simon Benjamin, Partner - EY Advisory
  • Gerald Marion, ?Director - Strategic Direction and Customer at EY

The winning ASB students - Zoey Qian, Omar Vera De La Rosa and Wisnu Setiadi - presented a proposal for improving cultural connectivity through a Cultural Match-Making tool built on the Yammer platform - a social media technology recently rolled out by EY.

Plans are already underway for an expanded collaboration for next semester.