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Darden Students Succeed at IPADE’s 2016 Global Case Competition

By Kate Beach-

Anupam Singh (Class of 2016) returned from Mexico City on 7 February a winner of IPADE’s 6th Annual Global Case Competition.

“We had students from Canada, Mexico, Argentina, the U.S. and Spain,” shared Singh. “The event/competition was very multicultural and diverse. It was a fabulous event and our hosts at IPADE and our sponsors were very gracious.”

The competition was sponsored by Deloitte and Novartis and evaluates and rewards MBA students’ ability to work with different cultures and nationalities, team work, leadership, analytical skills, and presentation skills. All students who join the competition work on international team of five or six students from other schools and countries who work to solve a real-life business challenge. The winning team receives a $5,000 prize.

“Given the level and diversity of talent at the competition, our win was especially sweet” said Singh. “The win was important to us, but even more important was the fact that our team consisted of 5 members from 3 different countries, who did not know each until the start of the competition, and yet were able to work together to put together a strong performance. It made me realize the power of diversity, cross-functional skill sets and collaboration within teams”.

Teams had two full days to work with the case and prepare their final presentation. The following day, each team presented their solution to a jury composed of IPADE faculty, Deloitte partners, directors and senior consultants, and Novartis managers and directors.

Mayank Aggarwal (Class of 2016) also participated in the IPADE case competition this year. He shared, “IPADE case competition was an excellent opportunity to work in a global team on a real business problem in Mexico. The experience was like working on a global consulting project where I was able to bring my experience and knowledge of the U.S. market and learn from the local IPADE team about the Mexico market. For me, personally, it was a great opportunity to see Mexico, make some new friends from six globally recognized business schools and learn a little bit of essential Spanish!”

Last year Darden students Bhavani Srinivasan (MBA ’15) and Annie Medaglia (MBA ’15), participated in IPADE’s 5th Annual Global Case Competition. Srinivasan’s team placed third.

Anupam Singh (Class of 2016) and the 2016 IPADE Case Competition winning team.
Anupam Singh (Class of 2016), on the far left, and the 2016 IPADE Case Competition winning team.