2024 Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners

2024 Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners

EFMD is delighted to announce the 2024 EFMD Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners.

Since 2007, the EFMD Excellence in Practice (EiP) Awards have recognised outstanding and impactful client-supplier partnerships in the domains of Organisational, Talent, Leadership, Professional and Ecosystem Development.

The 2024 Silver Award Winners in the following five categories are:

Organisational Development

Canto da Rua & Fundação Dom Cabral

Open strategy and collaborative practices to tackle street-dwelling situation

Maria Elisa Brandão, Pilaris Programme Technical Advisor, FDC, commented on the award, ‘We are very happy to have been recognised for the partnership between FDC and Canto da Rua. Our mutual learning has been very fruitful: working to help mitigate one of society’s Grand Challenges, that of the street-dwelling population, and building knowledge about the practice of the open strategy process.’

‘We are delighted that our work in partnership with the Dom Cabral Foundation has been recognised. This award confirms the importance of collaborative work and, in this specific case, of combining the academic expertise of FDC with the daily practice of our promotional mission with the street-dwelling population,’ stated Cristina Bove, Project Manager, Canto da Rua.

Luiza Fagundes, Pilaris Program Manager, FDC, said, Canto da Rua accomplishes truly relevant work dealing with urgent and highly complex challenges. To achieve sustainability and maintain this level of excellence in the long term, high-quality strategic planning is essential. It is an honour for FDC to be part of this process!’


Talent Development

ADQ & London Business School

How does a company help change a nation?

Helen Kerkentzes, Associate Dean, Executive Education, London Business School, said this about the award, ‘We are so proud of the relationship and three-year journey we have been on with ADQ, bringing together such a diverse group of people and helping to accelerate their growth in pursuit of Vision 2030. It is fantastic to be recognised for the transformative impact of this partnership.’


Leadership Development

Woodside Energy & AGSM @ UNSW Business School

Navigate your way to leadership

Ruth Lyall, VP Human Resources, Woodside Energy, commented, ‘We are proud of our Navigator leadership development programme and honoured to receive an EFMD EiP medal. Navigator is making a difference to our employees. At Woodside, everyone is a leader. With over 2800 of our workforce having commenced their Navigator journey, we are on track to achieve our goal.’

‘AGSM, with our partner Woodside Energy, is honoured to receive an EFMD EiP medal. This successful partnership has seen us co-create a framework that is designed to uplift capability and support Woodside employees through change. To date 2,700 employees have participated in immersions with improvements in well-being, performance and productivity,’ noted Eva Freedman, Head of Enterprise Programmes, AGSM @ UNSW Business School.


Professional Development

TÜV SÜD & Technical University of Munich (TUM)

“Foster internationalisation and innovative skills through development of technical experts”

‘We are thankful and delighted to receive this award. What sets this exceptional programme apart is its focus on technical expertise, its strong impact, and the collaborative partnership between TUM & TÜV SÜD. Our continuous exchange of knowledge and expertise enabled us to deliver and continuously improve this programme together, making the most of our respective strengths.’ says Markus Schwarzenböck, Head of Corporate Human Resources, TÜV SÜD.

‘We are delighted about this award as this programme exemplifies our combination of grounding in top-level research and technology development as well as entrepreneurial spirit together with TÜV SÜD’s practical expertise, which has led to this exceptional, international programme in a co-creation process,’ added Claudia Peus, Academic Programme Director, TUM.


Ecosystem Development

KPMG Private Enterprise & The Ivey Academy

“QuantumShift – Two decades of transforming Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem”

Pat Madden, Vice President, KPMG Private Enterprise, commented, ‘QuantumShift highlights our commitment to nurturing Canadian entrepreneurship. This award recognises a longstanding collaboration with Ivey, designed to equip leaders with vital tools for growth. It showcases our dedication to fostering innovation and enhancing economic impact through strategic educational collaboration.’

‘The QuantumShift programme exemplifies transformative leadership at its best. Collaborating with KPMG Private Enterprise, we have moulded a pathway for entrepreneurs that not only accelerates their own leadership success and the growth trajectory of their businesses’ but also solidifies Ivey’s commitment to impactful education and meaningful societal contributions,’ stated Bryan Benjamin, Executive Director, The Ivey Academy, Ivey Business School.

Ecosystem Development

News Corp Australia & Google & Melbourne Business School

“Skillset, toolkit, mindset for working journalists: The Digital News Academy”

Campbell Reid, Group Executive, Corporate Affairs, Policy & Government Relations, News Corp Australia, commented, ‘When Michael Miller first met with Google ANZ Managing Director and VP Mel Silva to explore a new training initiative for journalists, it would have been impossible to envisage how quickly, effectively the Digital News Academy would establish a completely new approach to equipping journalists with the vital skills to thrive in the digital world. With close to 600 journalists across Australia and now expanding internationally, we are delighted that our progress has been recognised with a prestigious EFMD award.’

‘The success of the Digital News Academy is driven by a committed and connected partnership with a focus on ensuring journalists develop crucial digital skills to support their storytelling, especially in rural and regional communities. The Academy now takes in more than 40 newsgroups, including Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse publications. Bringing together the combined expertise of Google, News Corp Australia, and Melbourne Business School has resulted in a game-changing collaboration. Thank you to EFMD for this award.’ added Nic Hopkins, Head of News Partnerships, Australia and New Zealand, Google.

‘Developing and delivering the Digital News Academy has been an exceptional example of multi-disciplinary collaboration driving innovation to make real change for individuals and a vital industry. It has been a privilege to work with Google and News Corp Australia on this world-first initiative. We are honoured to be recognised with an Excellence in Practice Silver Award. Thank you, EFMD.’ expressed Sonja Heydeman, Academy Director, Digital News Academy, Melbourne Business School.


Congratulations and thank you from EFMD

Eric Cornuel, President of EFMD, complimented all the EiP Award winners, ‘Warm congratulations to the 2024 Excellence in Practice Silver Award Winners. We are delighted to recognise these outstanding partnerships. These collaborations serve as inspirational examples for the business and academic communities. They showcase the transformative potential of strategic alliances in addressing today’s complex challenges. The winning cases have emphasised the importance of human-centred strategies for driving successful transformation, focusing on reskilling and upskilling the next generation of leaders.’

‘This year, the applicants once again impressed the jury with their exceptional and inspiring contributions. The EiP brought together a diverse array of professionals to formalise, share, and review impactful practices. Through the collective efforts of many, we were able to showcase a select few for meaningful reflection and dialogue. Congratulations to all, and as always, we look forward to the discussions at the next Executive Development Conference in London.’ added Jan Ginneberge, Senior Advisor at EFMD Corporate Services.

EFMD is eager to provide visibility and support to all professionals in the L&D sector. The winners will be awarded during the next EFMD Executive Development Conference on 2-3 October 2024, hosted by London Business School.

We would like to thank all of the applicants as well as the jury members, for their successful cooperation and hope to receive further exciting cases next year. We are pleased to note the continuously growing quality of applications. Apart from the Silver Award winners, there were Golden Award winners selected from the entries.

Next submission deadline: 10 March 2025

For submission guidelines and expressions of interest, please visit our website. If you have any questions or would like further information on the EiP awards, you can find out more in the EiP Overview Brief, or please contact Florence Gregoire.

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