Zicklin Students Place Second in International Case Competition

A group of full-time MBA students representing Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business recently took home second prize in the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition, held in New York City. The students took home a combined $8,500 in winnings for taking the runner-up spot.

This year’s case was entitled “Golden Agri Resources and Sustainability” and required the 25 teams in the competition to develop business solutions addressing questions of sustainability, economic development and relations with external activist organizations for Golden Agri, the second largest global producer of palm oil. The case, which was introduced for the first time at this year’s competition, was designed through collaboration between the Yale School of Management (SOM) and the National University of Singapore Business School.

John Albanese, the Director of Zicklin’s full-time MBA program, commended the team on their performance and commented that the final round of judging was nail biting. “This was our fourth time participating in the Business & Society Case Competition and our first appearance in the final round,” he said. “It was very exciting waiting for our placement!”

Zicklin’s team of full-time MBA students included David Master, Santiago Perez, Marc Persaud and Madhu Sudhan. Master, who was new to case competitions, commented that a combination of hard and soft business skills were what helped his team make it through three grueling rounds of competition and take home the second-place prize.



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