Four years ago, I wrote:

“Conducting business toward a more sustainable, inclusive society is my main interest and the result of two life experiences: early exposure to entrepreneurial business and being a marginalized youth in Canada.”

“My father, an MBA educated entrepreneur, peeked my curiosity of the entrepreneurial spirit when I started working with him at the age of fifteen. I helped operate and supervise a production bay for a start-up cosmetics manufacturing company and was privy to his design and development of a large, small business incubator. However, my family was dissolving.”

“By age sixteen I was a homeless, displaced youth, outside of the educational system, and became a marginalized person myself. Planning and executing the steps back into a life position to compete for a voice in the institutionalized conversations that shape society required unconventional tactics that challenged the barriers of marginalized people, and a decade of my life. No experience bears greater influence on my career focus of improving the livelihoods of underprivileged children, as well as my volunteer involvement with The United Way of Greater Toronto.”

“The business of a more sustainable, inclusive society is part of my DNA and will always influence my professional development.”

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One of my major accomplishments is raising the philanthropic capital to fund Multi-Activity-Centers, to implement psycho-social support programming designed to provide non-formal education for three-thousand displaced youth, in the Za’atai refugee camp, at the height of the Syrian Humanitarian crisis, 2013. The partnership consisted of a private family foundation, two government umbrella organizations, a provincial teacher’s federation, and a private philanthropist. This was truly an exercise in stakeholder management. Success required control and synergies of environments both external and internal to Save the Children; creating positive relationships with stakeholders through the appropriate management of their expectations and agreed objectives. I learned that stakeholder management is a process that must be planned and guided by underlying principles, requires extensive resource capacity,and extensive relational skills, none more important than sincerity.

One setback I faced, when I moved to Toronto post undergraduate degree, I worked for a company and was laid off. It was the height of the global economic recession. I lived with my sister with no money. I job searched. A mature man but newly educated, I searched for a management role,despite the mass consensus of typical cohort graduates that I was under qualified. I looked for six months. Circumstances became bleak, in the fifth month; I had to sneak on the subway daily, with soaking wet shoes, holes in the bottoms, and walk into job interviews with accomplished people and explain that I was their next rising star. I did this near fifty times. It was most difficult the fiftieth time having forty nine attempts behind me. I prevailed. I learned to believe in myself…

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It’s peculiar to look back. I started Warwick Business School working for Save The Children Canada, hungry to change the world, yet lacking the skills to mobilize the scale to do so. Not only has my experience through the Warwick MBA brought me the confidence to add value to every situation I find myself in, in the global business and social innovation landscapes, it has brought me the greatest gift of all, knowledge to pass up, down, and all around, to like-minded change-makers.

Every time I browse past the page below and see myself as an example that my business school has chosen to stand behind, I am filled with a sense of honor and humility with can only lead to a greater hunger for learning: the learning of how to use a business education, toward playing a role in helping humanity, to realize the best version of itself.

To this effect, I would like to share a snip-it of one of an entrance essay i wrote, in making my case for acceptance, to this top ranked, international business school:

“One setback I faced, when I moved to Toronto post undergraduate degree, I worked for a company and was laid off. It was the height of the global economic recession. I lived with my sister with no money. Job searched. A mature man but newly educated, I searched for a management role, despite the mass consensus of typical cohort graduates that I was under qualified. I looked for six months. Circumstances became bleak, in the fifth month, I had to sneak on the subway daily, with soaking wet shoes, holes in the bottoms, and walk into job interviews with accomplished people and explain that I was their next rising star. I did this near fifty times. It was most difficult the fiftieth time, having forty nine attempts behind me. I prevailed. I learned to believe in myself.”

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For the second year in a row Warwick Business School’s MBA programme has been declared the best in the world for sustainability and advancing environmental and social goals in business.

Corporate Knights’ 2019 Better World MBA ranking focuses on the programmes that educate students on sustainability and responsible business, with WBS coming top out of nearly 150 of the best business schools in the world as the school improved on its overall score from last year to reach 94 per cent.

Sustainability is a key element of the WBS MBA programme with the subject embedded throughout its modules alongside a dedicated Business & Sustainability module.

The LeadershipPlus module also allows students to examine ethics and sustainability in great detail, while Managing in a New World – which offers students the chance to travel to Vancouver, a city renowned for its pioneering sustainability initiatives – investigates moral dilemmas, reputational damage, cultural approaches to bribery, CSR and the informal economy.

Andy Lockett, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Dean of WBS, said: “Sustainability is an issue that all organisations need to address as the world tackles the increasing threat of climate change and it is something we feel is imperative for MBA students to learn about and discuss.

“We are very proud to be ranked number one by Corporate Knights and we will endeavour to build on this to produce MBA graduates who are socially responsible and have the drive and knowledge to help business create a sustainable future for us all.

“As well as our MBA programme our world-class academics are involved in many research projects around sustainability, whether it is using AI and blockchain to improve energy efficiency or taking insights from behavioural science to persuade people to live greener lifestyles.”

Why is Warwick leading the way on sustainability?

WBS academics are involved in research looking at sustainable cities and renewable energy with Nick Chater, Professor of Behavioural Science, part of the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change, while the University of Warwick has set the goal of reaching net zero carbon from its direct emissions and energy use by 2030.

To determine the ranking, Corporate Knights evaluated 146 business schools, including all of the 2018 Financial Times top 100 MBA programmes and select business programmes accredited by AMBA, AACSB or EQUIS, along with several Principles for Responsible Management Education signatories.

Orgininal WBS Article: https://www.wbs.ac.uk/news/wbs-named-the-global-leader-for-sustainability/

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The impact analysis Sinzer conducted consisted of an evaluation that looked back on five years of activities by all 50 consortium members. With this assignment, Sinzer examined and assess the impact of all the crucial pillars (awareness, research, education) of the alliance.

The firm’s conclusion was that the alliance has contributed to significantly more political attention for the importance of gender-sensitive health. It also made knowledge on gender-sensitive care more accessible, and spurred more research into the unique health issues for women.

Through this impact analysis, WOMEN Inc and the consortium have gained crucial insight into the effects of their activities. As a result, the work of the consortium is continued into a new multi-year program, in which Sinzer is involved as an impact partner.

Surprise was great when Women’s Inc heard years ago that a woman’s heart attack is recognized less well than a man, simply because there is still much ignorance about the female body in medical science. The issue was nowhere high on the agenda. Individual medical professionals demanded fervent attention within their own field, but it was not a subject of social and political debate. We thought this had to be done differently. A matter of life and death.

That is why they took the initiative in 2012 to start an interdisciplinary collaboration, the Gender & Health Alliance, with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The aim of this Gender & Health Alliance was to improve the quality of care and achieve health benefits for everyone by paying more attention to gender aspects.

WOMEN Inc. then asked Sinzer research agency to map out the results and effects of the activities of the Gender & Health Alliance, which ceases to exist in this form at the end of this year. This has resulted in this effect analysis.

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Europeana Foundation is the institute for digital cultural heritage in Europe.

Sinzer initially helped Europeana with a small-scale impact assessment for 3 of their digital collections. This process commenced with drawing out a Theory of Change in several multi-stakeholder workshops, by answering questions like: who experiences change as a result of accessing or sharing information? What changes do stakeholders experience? How can these changes be influenced by tweaking activities, products and services? Once the Theory of Change was developed, data was collected to test exactly how much change was created for whom by sending surveys to various stakeholder groups.

Besides gaining insights for their own organization, Europeana got increasingly motivated to share the gained impact expertise and theory with others in the sector. Hence, as a second deliverable the ‘Impact Playbook’ has been developed: a guide meant for (digital) culture and cultural heritage organizations, like galleries, libraries, museums and archives, with theory as well as practical step-by-step instruction and tools to help these organizations better understand, manage, and demonstrate the social impact they create – which is becoming increasingly important in a time where funding for such organizations is under pressure.

Currently the firm is collaborating with Europeana to create a ‘Playbook part II’, which focuses on using elements of ‘economic’ impact assessment in context of (digital) culture and cultural heritage.