One of South Africa’s most popular business commentators has thrown down the gauntlet as he tries to rustle up support for a global award.
Adrian Saville, the chief investment officer at Cannon Asset Managers and a visiting professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) is the only person in Africa to be nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor of the Year Award.
He has committed to donating his $100000 prize to charity should he win.
“If I win, my intention is to donate the prize money to critical socio-economic causes,” says Saville. “Equal Education is one of the organisations to which I pledge $50,000 (R435,000) of the prize money.”
“I spend a considerable amount of time educating South Africa’s executives and senior corporate managers about country competitiveness and socio-economic health. The importance of educating children lies at the heart of my message, and I regularly use Equal Education as an illustration of what can be done when people apply their minds to critical causes.”
“This would certainly assist Equal Education in our fight for equal and quality education for all,” notes Doron Isaacs, Deputy General Secretary of Equal Education.
Saville has pledged the other $50,000 of the prize money to help fund the launch of a Women in Leadership Centre at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. The centre will be at the forefront of thought leadership, dialogue and action, helping develop progressive businesses and making a contribution to society.
Vote for Saville by going to http://businessprofessoraward.com/, registering on the website and voting for him. You will receive an email (check junk mail) to confirm your vote – this is important as if you don’t confirm the vote it isn’t registered.Voting closes on 23 November at 5.00pm.
Of the ten short-listed professors, a panel of judges will select four who will take part in a live (webcast) teach-off in London in March 2013.