Champion Awards
I wish to express my gratitude to  CEEMAN for this recognition [which] belongs not only to me, but also to all collaborators in Estonian Business School and other schools and research institutions.
Ruth Alas,
Estonian Business School, Estonia

Champions 2014


Adrian Saville
Dr. Adrian SavilleGordon Institute of Business Science, South Africa

Expertise & Key Themes

Global & domestic economic analysis; country & company competitiveness; investment markets

Background & Experience

Adrian Saville’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (cum laude) degree and M.Com (cum laude) from the University of Natal. He completed his PhD (Economics) at the University of Natal in 1997, for which he was awarded the Economics Society of South Africa’s Founders Medal. He is a UNESCO laureate and a matriculant of Linacre College (Oxford). He has completed programmes in value investing and competitive strategy at New York’s Columbia University and Harvard Business School in Boston.

In 1994, while completing his doctorate in economics, Adrian formed an investment vehicle which became the forerunner to Cannon Asset Managers where, today, he is an executive director and serves as the chief investment officer (CIO). Adrian’s conviction to build his own asset management company was based on his distinct investment philosophy of contrarian, deep-value investing and on his genetic makeup having been confirmed by a brief spell in the corporate world. He has experience in managing all of the major asset classes.

Adrian has successfully combined teaching and business, having lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Pretoria and the Estonian Business School. He also has taught on management programmes in Brazil, Chile, India, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Currently, he holds a Visiting Professorship of Economics and Finance at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), where he teaches in the fields of macroeconomics, investment finance and competitive strategy. Adrian has received the Excellence in Teaching Award at GIBS on seven occasions since 2007, and in 2012/13 was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor of the Year Award where he was voted in the top five out of more than 200 business professors from leading institutions. Adrian’s successful career has encompassed consulting widely to government and the corporate world, including serving as an economic consultant to Visa South Africa.

Adrian is married to Kerry; they have a daughter, Sydney-Bo (2003), and a son, Saxon (2006).


Adrian has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and books, and is a member of the Investment Analysts Society and Economics Society of South Africa. An area of focus in his work is the competitiveness of companies, industries and countries and, as such, an enquiry into what enables South Africa and South African firms to succeed in an increasingly demanding, turbid and challenging global environment.


To contact Adrian, please email or go to You can read his views on value investing and the world of capital markets on his website, You also can follow him via @AdrianSaville.


Albrecht Enders
Dr. Albrecht EndersIMD Switzerland

Albrecht Enders is Professor of Strategy and Innovation at IMD. His major research, teaching and consulting interest is the reaction of companies to radical changes in their environment.

Professor Enders has worked for clients such as ABB, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Siemens, Douglas Holding, Honda, ICBC, Novartis, MTR HongKong, Roland Berger, Safran, Stora Enso, Telenor, TUI, Vodafone and VTT. In addition to running highly customized company-specific programs that focus on corporate transformation, he is also the Program Director of Advanced Strategic Management, one of IMD's core general management programs.Before coming to IMD, Professor Enders spent three years with The Boston Consulting Group in the company's Cologne office where he worked on projects in the areas of financial services, energy and industrial goods. These projects focused on strategy development, reorganization and efficiency improvement.

Professor Enders' research has appeared in leading academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review and Research Policy, and practitioner-oriented outlets including Management Information Systems Quarterly Executive, Harvard Business Manager and The Financial Times. He has also authored numerous case studies on companies such as Nestle,, Nordea, XING and SonyBMG , as well as written a strategy textbook, "Strategies for e-business" (FT Prentice Hall, 2014). His research and case writing efforts have been recognized by awards from the BPS division of the Academy of Management in 2011, 2012 and 2013, EFMD in 1999 and 2014, ECCH in 2001 and 2002, and SIM in 2005 and 2008.

Albrecht Enders holds a PhD in strategic management from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany and a BA in economics from Dartmouth College in the USA. 

Institutional Management

Assylbek Kozhakhmetov
Dr. Assylbek KozhakhmetovAlmaty Management University, Kazakhstan

Dr. Assylbek Kozhakhmetov is the president-rector of Almaty Management University (previously known as International Academy of Business).

Dr. Assylbek Kozhakhmetov is the author of more than 50 works on management and education development, published in Kazakhstan and abroad.
He was awarded by the "Excellence in Education" by the MES RK (1998), by the Jubilee Medal "20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (2011), and the highest state award "Kurmet" Medal of Honour of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and "Torch of Birmingham” award by the international organization "People to People International".

From 1994 to 2002 he was the President of Central Asian Foundation for Management Development   (CAMAN); from 1999 to 2002 – the member of the Union of industrialists council of Kazakhstan, the member of Kazakhstan businessmen Forum council; from 1998 to 2003 – the member of council of "INTERMAN" – the World organization on management development; from 1999 to 2002 – the member of the European organization council  on quality of administrative education (EQUAL); from 2002 to 2003 the vice-chairman of Public Council on development of an education system of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Public work includes positions of the vice-chairman of public council on consideration and resolving social conflicts of National Democratic Party "Nur Otan", the chairman of Republican Public Association "Shanyrak", the member of independent anti-corruption council, the member of Republican Public Council on control of public funds expenditure according to the anti-recessionary program of the RK Government, the member of Advisory council concerning improvement of public service of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Responsible Management Education

Wojciech Gasparski
Prof. Wojciech W. GasparskiKozminski University, Poland

Wojciech W. Gasparski, Professor of Humanities, Dr. Sc., Chair in Business Ethics and honorary director and founder of the Business Ethics Center, past vice- rector for research of the Koźmiński University. Professor emeritus of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he chaired its Academic Board and headed the Department of Praxiology as well as the Research Group for Ethics of Business and the Economy. His publications on human action theory (praxiology), general and design methodologies, business ethics, management philosophy, science studies, and systems theory are numerous. He is a member of the Warsaw Learned Society, Learned Society of Praxiology (founder and life honorary president), Polish Philosophical Society, International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics (member of executive committee), Academy of Management (USA), Society for Business Ethics, Science Studies Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences (life honorary member). Editor-in-chief of Praxiology: The International Annual of Practical Philosophy and Methodology, member of editorial boards of the International Journal of General Systems, African Journal of Business Ethics, Prakseologia. He was awarded the Commander Cross of Polonia Restituta Order, the Tadeusz Kotarbiński Medal by the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Medal of the Commission of National Education.

Other nominations for 2014

Management teaching category:

  • Dr. Olga Gavrilina and Dr. Anna Tsvetkova, Faculty of Real Estate Management, RANEPA, Moscow, Russia
  • Dr. Ben Bryant, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland

Management research category:

  • Dr. Maritana Sedysheva, Estonian Business School,Estonia
  • Dr. Gulzhanat Tayauova, Almaty Management University, Kazakhstan
  • Dr. Dariusz Jemielniak,International Management Department, Kozminski University, Poland
  • Dr. Ruth Rios –Morales, Montreux School of Business, Switzerland
  • Dr. Pierre Berthon, Bentley University, USA

Institutional management category:

  • Dr. habil Vladimir Morijenkov,State University of Management, Russia

Responsible management education category:

  • Dr. Shiv Tripathi, Mzumbe University Dar Es Salaam Campus, Tanzania