Take One Minute to Show SA is World Class

Take One Minute to Show SA is World Class


Would you like to show the world that South Africa is a country filled with opportunity? Dr Adrian Saville, CIO and founder of Cannon Asset Managers and a professor in Economics and Finance at GIBS believes in South Africa and its economy, and he would like the chance to not only prove this, but make a $100 000 contribution to women’s leadership and equal education in South Africa as well.

Saville is one of 206 nominees from some of the world’s largest and best-known business schools who has been nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor Award. He is also the only nominee from Africa.

How it works

The first round of the competition is based on voting, and the 10 professors with the most votes proceed to the next round, from where an expert panel of judges will draw up a short list of four who will take part in a live (webcast) teach-off in London in March 2013.

“Getting onto the shortlist would send an incredible message to the world about our continent, our country, our universities, GIBS and our people,” says Saville. “And it will add to the message that South Africa has the ability to deliver world class outputs.”

It is here that Saville needs help – to get onto the short list he needs as many votes as he can get. If you agree with the nomination, it takes 30 seconds.

  • Copy this address into your browser: businessprofessoraward.com
  • Then find Adrian Saville’s name under “S”
  • Click on “Vote”
  • A box will pop up that takes a few seconds to fill in
  • You will receive an email (check junk mail) to confirm your vote – this is important as if you don’t confirm the vote it isn’t registered

Voting closes on 23 November at 5.00pm.

Donating $100 000 to SA’s growth

The competition’s prize money is $100,000, of which Saville has pledged $50,000 to help fund the launch of a women in leadership centre at GIBS that will be at the front of thought leadership, dialogue and action and that is progressive in business and society. He has pledged a further $50,000 to Equal Education, which is a movement devoted to quality and equal education for every person in South Africa.

In this way, one minute of your time could change the future for so many South Africans. The voting is highly competitive, and every vote counts. “I hope that you share my view that this would be a wonderful way to make a fresh mark on the map for our education system and our country,” concludes Saville.

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