Humanitarian Use Of Executive MBA Wins QUT Graduate AMBA Excellence Award

An executive MBA graduate from QUT Graduate School of Business was recognised on an international stage for using his entrepreneurial spirit and EMBA knowledge to help children.

QUT graduate Paul Quilliam was awarded the coveted MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award (not-for-profit sector) at the AMBA Excellence Awards 2019 for establishing a children’s hospice, Hummingbird House, in Brisbane Australia.

An experienced Chief Executive and social entrepreneurial pioneer, Mr Quilliam opened Hummingbird House with his wife in 2016.

Hummingbird House is Queensland’s only children’s hospice and Mr Quilliam was recognised at the AMBA Excellence Awards for leading every aspect of the journey, from raising $20m AUS from donors and governments, to the design and construction of the purpose-built, 24-hour children’s hospice.

He received his accolade at AMBA Excellence Awards’ ceremony in London, attended by 200 Business School leaders representing 46 Schools across the world, as well as category finalists, judges and members of the media.

AMBA Excellence Awards
Paul Quilliam.

“I’d like to congratulate all the other nominees for doing their bit to help create impact for making this place a better world,” Mr Quilliam said.

“The great challenge now is how we can deliver, in a more entrepreneurial way, hospice services for children right across the globe for the estimated 21 million children that need a place like Hummingbird House.”

Mr Quilliam, who graduated from QUT’s Executive MBA program in 2010, was shortlisted in 2018 for his MBA Entrepreneurial Venture (not-for-profit sector) category, after being nominated along with entrepreneurs from the UK, Ireland and Russia.

AMBA CEO Andrew Main Wilson said this year’s quality of Award entries was once again very high.

“We are proud to celebrate the achievements and innovation so clearly evident in AMBA’s network of Schools and their students.

“On behalf of the AMBA and Business Graduates Association (BGA) team, I would like to congratulate the Finalists and Winners of this year’s AMBA Excellence Awards.”

Mr Quilliam holds an executive MBA (EMBA) from the QUT Graduate School of Business and is a member of the Queensland Justices Association, Mensa, the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation International Advisory Council, and the Fundraising Institute Australia. He is also an Executive Advisor to the QUT Executive MBA programme and Vice Chair of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network.

Ben Ready
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