Specialist in ethical funds management awarded BOSS 'Emerging Leaders' MBA Scholarship

18 November 2013

Omar Khan, a 34-year-old finance industry executive specialising in ethical funds management, has been awarded a coveted 'Emerging Leaders' MBA Scholarship by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine and the University of Sydney Business School.

The 'Emerging Leaders' Scholarship will make it possible for Mr Khan to join Australia's brightest young business leaders taking part in the Business School's industry oriented Master of Business Administration (MBA) program launched earlier this year.

"Mr Khan now has a life changing opportunity to share his journey with other emerging leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds in what is an enriching, dynamic and rewarding learning environment," said the Business School's Co-Dean Professor Tyrone Carlin.

"Mr Khan will gain an understanding of and an appreciation of other businesses, other concerns, priorities and leadership styles," Professor Carlin said.

Mr Khan, who came alone to Australia at the age of 12 from the troubled Indian state of Kashmir, has worked in the finance and investment sectors since studying Commerce and Law at Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.

He is now the Director, Strategy and Development, with Crescent Wealth, the nation's first investment firm to operate in line with Islamic business principles. Mr Khan is also the Executive Director of Yo Yo Button, a mobile technology start-up.

He was chosen for the Scholarship from a large pool of applicants following a rigorous process including an assessment of individual leadership strengths and weaknesses using a method developed by one of the Business School's industry partners, the global leadership and talent consulting firm, Korn/Ferry International.

Commenting on the AFR's support for the 'Emerging Leaders' Scholarship, BOSS Editor Joanne Gray, said it was a valuable way for the publishing group and her magazine, "to tap into a dynamic new pool of leadership talent and build a connected community of future leaders".

"The new global business environment is becoming more dependent on networks than on hierarchies and Australia needs to develop leaders who are skilled at networking and collaboration in order to take advantage of the shift," Ms Gray said.

"Today's emerging leaders need to be agile and much more focused on developing their capacity to motivate, coach and mentor," she added.

Co-Dean, Professor David Grant described the 'Emerging Leaders' Scholarship as an "exciting initiative which recognises the recipient as a talented member of the next generation of senior leaders and provides them with a unique opportunity to develop their leadership practice".

"Leadership sits at the very heart of our MBA program and is absolutely integral to our mission to improve Australia's business leadership and our strategy for doing so," Professor Grant said.

"We have designed the MBA as a leadership program which seeks to develop practical leadership skills," said the Business School's Associate Dean Management Education, Professor Richard Hall. "The program also emphasises the development of personal and interpersonal skills as well as key technical skill sets."

"Our MBA is based on learning by doing and working on real business problems and challenges," he added.

The 2013 recipient of the AFR BOSS MBA Scholarship was Anita Mitchell, who is working for Lend Lease on the massive Barangaroo development in Sydney's Darling Harbour as General Manager, Sustainability, Barangaroo South.

"Like Anita, Omar now has an opportunity to accelerate down his career path through industry oriented MBA units combined with practical business experience," Professor Hall said.

"The University of Sydney Business School very much appreciates the support given by the AFR and BOSS Magazine to its world class MBA program and Australia's future business leaders," he concluded.

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