Asian engagement expert scoops $60,000 scholarship

AFR Boss scholarship winner Natalie Cope
AFR Boss scholarship winner Natalie Cope

Asian business engagement expert Natalie Cope has been awarded an Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship by the University of Sydney Business School and the Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine.

The $60,000 Scholarship will enable 31-year-old Natalie to join the Business School’s innovative and industry oriented MBA program and Australia’s next generation of business leaders.

“This scholarship offers Natalie an opportunity to develop the personal and professional skills essential to lead in a dynamic world of social and corporate enterprise,” said the Business School’s Dean, Professor Greg Whitwell.

“Sometimes leadership potential is recognised by others before we see it in ourselves and sometimes we come to the realisation that it’s time to move ahead of the pack in pursuit of our leadership ambition,” Professor Whitwell said. “The BOSS Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship is for those who are ready to act on the encouragement of others or their own drive to develop their leadership qualities.”

Natalie is Manager, Partnerships and Development, with Asialink, a government supported not-for-profit organisation which she says “is helping to support Australian businesses to build Asia capabilities in the workforce and improve Australia’s engagement with Asia.”

She is currently developing a program to “support and nurture young and emerging leaders in the Asia-Australia space”. It is a role, she says, that demands an ability to inspire, show initiative and provide leadership.

Natalie was selected for the prestigious BOSS Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship from an extraordinary pool of highly talented applicants. The rigorous selection process included an assessment of individual leadership strengths and weaknesses, a masterclass and an interview with a high powered judging panel.

“AFR BOSS Magazine and the Business School share a commitment to developing resilient leaders equipped to face the numerous challenges in an increasingly complex global business world,” added MBA Director, Professor Guy Ford. “Natalie will join a MBA cohort of emerging leaders in an enriching learning environment build on learning by doing.”

The 2014 recipient was Omar Khan, Director, Strategy and Development, with Crescent Wealth, the nation’s first investment firm to operate on Islamic business principles.


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