Meet the winners of The CFO Case Study Competition 2017

Team UMCC from the University of Münster, Germany and Team Westville from Westville Boys High, KZN came out tops

On 13 October 2017, the international panel of judges of The CFO Case Study Competition crowned Team UMCC from the University of Münster, Germany and Team Westville from Westville Boys High, KwaZulu-Natal as The CharterQuest Future CFOs & Business Leaders 2017, awarding generous cash prizes (R100,000 for the global winners and R50,000 for the junior winners). 

Now, almost one month on, the winning teams share what they are planning to do with their cash prizes: the junior winners donated 40% of their winnings to build a school library to support collaborative learning and access to information, while the global winners, Team UMCC, donated 25% back to Africa to develop a Case Centre to foster the case study culture of learning.

They said:

“Africa is still by far the only continent that has not fully adopted the case method of learning and there is so much potential here.” 

During the competition finals at Finance Indaba Africa 2017, the Deputy Chief Judge of The CFO Junior, Jo Pohl , Chair, Africa at Hansal International, said:
 
“I am privileged to be a judge for this competition – last year for the senior version and this year for the junior version… I am wowed! One, by the level of what the scholars have actually done; two, their bravery to go up on stage and present; and three, the ability to apply what they have learnt at school to a real-life case study. In fact, I’d probably hire any one of them any day.”

The CFO Junior has proudly gone continental and registrations have been flying in since the competition opened on 1 November 2017, promising an even bigger event for 2018! In case you couldn’t attend the 2017 event to witness history in the making, you can now watch all the presentations and interviews on The CFO Case Study Competition Series due to come back on screen in January on DSTV, Mind-set, Channel 319.