I’m excited to announce all-star roster of judges for the 2013 NextBillion Case Writing Competition.
The competition, which is returning after a one-year hiatus, is dedicated to identifying, publishing, and rewarding the writers behind the most instructive real-world business cases of social entrepreneurship and market-based methods across a multitude of sectors. Managed by GlobaLens, the case writing division of the William Davidson Institute, and sponsored by the Citi Foundation, the competition’s winning cases will be published and likely adopted by numerous university professors instructing the next generation of business leaders. So we’re happy to have a team of judges with seriously strong CVs and a depth of experience in the worlds of academia, consulting, development, and business.
Without further adieu, here are the judges for this year’s competition:
Hui Wen Chan is the impact analytics and planning officer at Citi Foundation. She is responsible for measuring and tracking portfolio performance and impact to support the foundation's grants planning process. Chan has prior work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Citi Foundation, she advised clients across a variety of industries at Sagent Advisors, Inc. and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group). She also served as a Program Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation's pediatric HIV/AIDS program in Beijing, China. Most recently, she was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow and associate director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, focused on strategic planning and business development. Chan graduated with honors from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in Economics. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she focused her studies on social enterprise and impact investing.
Stuart L. Hart is the Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. Before joining Cornell in 2003, he was the Hans Zulliger Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Laboratory. He has served as consultant or management educator for dozens of corporations, NGOs, and organizations, including a recent assignment as topic expert for the Clinton Global Initiative. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the groundbreaking 2002 article “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor. More recently, he co-edited the book Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid with Ted London.
Bob Kennedy is the Tom Lantos Professor of Business Administration at Michigan's Ross Business School where he teaches Corporate Strategy and International Business courses in the MBA and Executive Education programs. He also serves as executive director of the William Davidson Institute, a non-profit research and educational institution dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge on business and policy issues in emerging economies. Kennedy's research focuses on the opportunities and challenges facing businesses in developing countries. He has authored more than 120 articles, notes, and case studies on emerging market issues, which have been published in leading academic journals, as books, and as best-selling cases. His 2009 book, The Services Shift: Seizing the Ultimate Offshore Opportunity, was published in 2009. The book has sold more than 25,000 copies worldwide.
M. S. Krishnan is the Joseph Handleman Professor of Information Systems and Innovation and Professor of Business Information Technology at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He is also the faculty director for India Initiatives at the Ross School of Business. He co-authored the book The New Age of Innovation: Driving Co-Created Value with Global Networks with the Professor C. K. Prahalad. The Economist and BusinessWeek named it as one of the “Best Books” on Innovation in 2008. Krishnan received his degrees in Mathematics and Computer Applications from the University of Delhi, and Ph.D. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. His research interests include business innovation, corporate IT strategy, and customer satisfaction. His research articles have appeared in several journals including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Information Week. Krishnan has consulted with numerous multinational companies.
Marc Robinson joined the William Davidson Institute in 2009 as the director of Educational Outreach following careers in the U.S. Air Force and college and university leadership. He has more than 20 years of operations and leadership experience. His previous positions include executive-level roles at NATO, community colleges, non-profit organizations, and universities. Robinson’s teaching, research and course development activities focus on adult learning and education leadership. He has published in leading education journals and textbooks, and has written extensively on higher education leadership issues.
Robinson earned his bachelor of science in engineering and international relations from the United States Air Force Academy, his Master of Science in Strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, and his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in higher education leadership from Capella University.
I’d like to thank each of the judges in advance for their time and dedication to the competition. Check out all the details on the 2013 event, including deadlines, requirements, past winning cases, and prize money for the winners here.