Announcing the 2021 CEEMAN Champion Award Winners
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Launched in 2010, the annual CEEMAN Champions Awards recognize and promote outstanding achievements of faculty, management, and staff from CEEMAN member institutions in the categories of teaching, research, institutional management, and responsible management education.

It was not easy for the jury to select the winners among the 22 nominations from 10 institutions in 9 countries (Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, and UK) that were received this year. All the candidates were nominated because of their significant individual achievements and important contribution to their respective institutions and field of work. When deciding on the winners, the jury took into consideration a number of criteria, including quality of the content and nomination presentation; breadth of the achievement; relevance to and impact on practice; standing in international circles as well as locally; contribution to the development of CEEMAN and potential transferability of the achievement to broader CEEMAN community.

The following nominations were selected as winners this year:

Teacher of the Year: Dietmar Sternad, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) School of Management, Austria

Dietmar Sternad is Professor of International Management and the Program Director of the International Business Management program at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences/FH Kärnten (Austria). He teaches several management and leadership-related subjects in bachelor's, master's and executive education programs. Dietmar holds degrees from universities from Austria and the UK, as well an MBA degree from IEDC Bled School of Management, is an alumnus of the IMTA (CEEMAN) and GloColl (Harvard Business School) management teachers' programs, and received several national and international awards for creating case-based teaching materials (e.g. from the Academy of Management, oikos, Emerald and CEEMAN) and for teaching excellence (e.g. the Austrian State Prize for Teaching Excellence “Ars docendi”). Read more about Dietmar

“I would like to dedicate this CEEMAN Teacher of the Year award to all the great teachers that I had – especially during the IMTA program, which still inspires more than a decade after I attended it. Thank you also to the whole CEEMAN team for creating such a wonderful community of passionate educators, where we can all learn so much from each other.” Dietmar Sternad

Researcher of the Year: Tomislav Hernaus, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Tomislav Hernaus is Associate Professor at the Department of Organization and Management, Faculty of Economics and Business (University of Zagreb, Croatia) and Adjunct Professor at the School of Economics and Business (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). His multi-level research interests include organization design, business process management, human resources (HR) organization, work design and job interventions, innovative work behavior, and knowledge hiding. He has published over a hundred peer-reviewed papers; out of which six books, and a significant number of scientific papers in top-tier academic journals such as the Human Resource Management Journal, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Business Research Quarterly, Journal of Knowledge Management, Business Process Management Journal, and others. Read more about Tomislav

“This prestigious award is the crown of my scholarly achievements, represents a great career boost and will certainly motivate me to continue providing engaged service to academia and business.” Tomislav Hernaus

Responsible Management Educator of the Year: Jaliyyah Bello, Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University, UK

Jaliyyah Bello holds a PhD in Finance from Coventry University (UK). She is an Assistant Professor in Finance in the School of Economics, Finance and Accounting at Coventry University, where she was the pioneer SDGs Lead. Within her role as an Assistant Professor, she serves as the Director of International Partnerships and a Sustainability Champion for the faculty of Business and Law. She co-founded the Coventry University Education for Sustainable Development Working Group which actively engage in supporting staff to embed sustainability into their teaching. Read more about Jaliyyah

“I am honoured to receive such an important award – CEEMAN Responsible Management Educator of the Year! Thanks to CEEMAN for this opportunity. It deepens my drive to intensify efforts towards sustainability in curriculum. It further validates the need for excellence and continued advocacy in delivering Education for Sustainable Development. Thanks for the inspiration and support received from my leadership, mentors, colleagues and students. I sincerely appreciate sustainability initiatives such as United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and Students Organising for Sustainability; through which I have learned so much. This win is for all academics adapting curriculum to ensure that learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.” Jaliyyah Bello

Leader of the Year: Gulnara Kurenkeyeva, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan

Dr. Gulnara Kurenkeyeva is the First Vice Rector of Almaty Management University and has been the Dean of the Graduate School of Business. She holds a PhD in Economics, has graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Economics of Kazakh State University n.a. Kirov. She worked as a senior professor, deputy dean at the Zhambyl irrigation, drainage and construction institute, Almaty Technological University, associate professor of the Department of World Economy, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Visiting Lecturer at the Master program of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with Best Lecturer award in 2005 Program. She has passed a scientific internship at Moscow State University n.a. M. Lomonosov as the grant holder from the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to young scientists in 2003. Read more about Gulnara

“This award is outstandingly important for the Business Education in Kazakhstan. It celebrates the success of high quality AlmaU programs, constant work and dedication towards the development of Management Education in the region./…/CEEMAN is known to recognize the best management education practices throughout the world and AlmaU is greatly proud to be a recognized member. Together we can change the world for the better.” Gulnara Kurenkeyeva

The Champions will be officially announced during the CEEMAN Award ceremony, which will take place on 23 September as part of the 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference.

More about the CEEMAN Champion Awards and past winners at
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