HSE Graduate School of Business Hosts Final Round of CIMA Emerging Leaders Competition 2021
On May 12, the HSE Graduate School of Business hosted the CIMA Emerging Leaders Competition, an international case championship. The competition is aimed at helping students advance their skills in business process modelling and business forecasting. A team from Southern Federal University (SFU) took first place, and teams from HSE University came in second and third.
The case championship was organized by HSE University in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, CIMA, and with the participation of Unilever. On behalf of HSE University, the general partners of the case championship were the Graduate School of Business and the Faculty of Economic Sciences School of Finance. Organizational support was provided by Higher Case Community, a student project group.
The winners of the case championship finals were:
Count&Win, SFU: Mikhail Mevlyutov, Ruslan Kuryatnikov, Evgeny Nizov, Vladislav Nikitchenko;
MiM Team, HSE: Alina Osipova, Irina Kozlova, Polina Ivanova, Shivani Malhotra, Zafarzhon Maskhudaliev;
iRiski, HSE: Natalia Uskova, Anastasia Kholoshak, Daria Gontarenko, Yulia Marchenko, Polina Chichulina.
‘We are unbelievably happy we won, since taking second place among such strong teams from all over Russia is an honour for us. We are grateful to HSE University and CIMA for the opportunity to reinforce our skills in financial analysis and risk management,’ said Zafarzhon Maskhudaliev, captain of the MiM Team.
The championship was held in three stages, which included a selection round, a quiz round, and the final round. 38 teams from seven partner universities competed in the local selection stages. Following the quiz round, six teams from four Russian universities advanced to the finals: HSE University, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Southern Federal University, and Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management.
The finals took place via video conference and brought together cities from all over the world: London, Manchester, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Novosibirsk.
The teams had to demonstrate a high level of knowledge of financial analysis and strategic planning for an expert jury, which included: Vadim Bozhenik, head of CIMA Eurasia; Svetlana Zasukhina, CGMA, MBA, CIA, and senior manager at PwC Academy; Anna Govard, CPA, CMA, and senior manager at AICPA; Trevor Williamson, expert and tutor at The Case Centre; Anastasia Sandomirova, business partner at Unilever; and Yulia Rodicheva, financial manager of the Unilever sales department.
The organizers and partners of the case championship prepared unique prizes for the champions and winners. These include the opportunity of free tuition and exams in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting programme, which offers a first-level international certificate in finance; a fast track to a three-month internship at Unilever; and discounts and a full portfolio grade in the admissions process to the Master’s programmes in Corporate Finance and Investment Project Management.
Congratulations to the teams and best of luck in their careers!
Dmitrii Volkov, Deputy First Vice Rector, HSE University
The case championship organized by HSE University and CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, is one more step towards a long-term partnership in joint certified Master’s programmes. We are grateful to our partner universities in the Russian regions for initiating and organizing the stages at a high level, as well as to our student project group who provided organizational support for the event!
Vadim Bozhenik, CIMA Director for Eurasia
The format of the CIMA case championship is aimed at helping students master their skills in business process modelling and business forecasting. All tasks align as closely as possible with the requirements expected by CIMA when it certifies its experts. We are happy that students of Russian universities managed to demonstrate their professional skills and suggest interesting solutions for the final case.
Trevor Williamson, expert and tutor, the Case Centre
The uniqueness of the CIMA Emerging Leaders Competition 2021 is that every participant and team is already a winner, regardless of the final outcome. The main prize is the knowledge and experience, and there are no losers here!
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