This year the Mid-Career Alumni of the Year award of CEMS Global Alliance went to a Hungarian manager, Erna Kindli, who has completed the leadership training program as a student at the Management and Organization study program of Corvinus University. In addition, the awardee has studied at two universities in France. What is unique about Erna Kindli is that, despite her excellent professional achievements in the competitive sector, she changed her career, focusing on social utility: she embarked on managing Bátor Tábor (the Camp of Courage) to provide life-changing experiences to seriously or chronically ill children and their families, as well as to those who have lost their children. Erna Kindli has been working as the managing director of the Bátor Tábor Foundation since 2017, previously she had worked for the cyber security company Tresorit for three years – and received the “Young Leader of the Year” award in Hungary in 2016 during that period –, and prior to that she had started building her career at the technology giant Google through a period of five and a half years.
“CEMS opened up the world to me. Through CEMS’ professional and community programs, I was able to get involved in the world of international management, which opened up new perspectives for me. Even more importantly, I made good friends among the Hungarian and foreign CEMS participants – Erna Kindli said in connection with the award. You can read an interview made by Corvinus with the awardee here.
Corvinus University is the only Hungarian partner institution of the CEMS Master’s in International Management (MIM) program. The program is ranked 12th in the QS 2023 Masters in Management Rankings, placing it in the top 7% of Masters in Management (MiM) providers globally. Each year a total of about fifty students obtain their CEMS degree certificates at Corvinus. The CEMS program, which may be completed together with one of eight Hungarian-language and seven English-language Master’s in Economics programs at Corvinus, is an integral part of the English-language Master’s in Management and Organization study program, where students automatically become CEMS program participants. Students who successfully complete their studies will receive two degrees without having to undertake extra credits or extra semesters on top of the standard curriculum.
CEMS Alumni Awards are presented annually to outstanding alumni. They are selected based on the extent to which they have made contributions to promote the CEMS values, i.e. global citizenship, cultural diversity, professional responsibility, professional accountability, and impact on society as a whole. On 26 October this year, the institution announced the names of the three award-winning alumni in the categories of Junior Alumni Award (with 1 to 5 years of professional experience), Mid-Career Alumni Award (with 6 to 15 years of professional experience), and Senior Alumni Award (with 16 to 30+ years of professional experience). The recipients were selected from among nearly 17 000 alumni, who represent 111 nationalities and work in more than 75 countries. Nominations can be submitted by members of the CEMS Community – i.e. students, alumni, and holders of academic jobs –, for one candidate in each category.
In 2019, the CEMS Mid-Career Alumni Award went also to a former student of Corvinus: Kinga Jentetics had received a doctorate degree in marketing from the University, and became the co-founder and managing director of one of the most successful Hungarian start-ups, the e-book sales online platform Publishdrive, which was launched in 2014, and in 2017 she was on the USA’s Forbes 30 Under 30, a list of the 30 most successful people under the age of 30.