Money and management are tough to combine and CIMA Global Business Challenge is doing just that for young people all around the world. With the participation of nearly 180 teams from Bangladesh alone, the case-solving competition attempts to bring out the financial and management skills of undergraduates and put them to the test on a global platform.
This year the Bangladesh regional finals were held at Lakeshore Hotel, Dhaka and the teams participating were of rather fictitious and humorous nature. Cases in point: Team Hufflepuff, Team Potter and Team LOL from Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University; and Team Runners-Up (the runners-up last year) from Bangladesh University of Professionals. The top four teams were selected from nearly 178 registered teams and they battled it out on presentation and video skills in front of some of the biggest business icons this country has seen. The esteemed judges were Rubaba Dowla Matin, chief service officer of Airtel Bangladesh; Zara Mahbub, head of customer experience of BRAC Bank Limited; Kabir Yaqub, Director of Pubali Bank Limited; and Syed Tanvir Husain, Grameenphone director for centre of expertise.
After twenty minutes of stand-up comedy from Yamin Khan and two hours of presentation, Team Potter (IBA-DU) won the ticket to Mumbai, India. Tanzir Islam, Mastura Tasnim, Rakib Ibnay Hossain and Ahmed Istehad Shoumik will be representing Bangladesh on a global platform and battling against the best management finance undergraduates.
Team Runners-Up (BUP) were, well, runners-up. Best video award also went to Team Potter and Mostarin Shamanta Rahman (Team Hufflepuff, IBA-DU) won the Best Speaker award.
Chartered International Management Accounting (CIMA) is a professional degree oriented around a fusion of management and finance and GBC is an initiative to introduce bright minds to the world of professional business leaders, high ethical standards and global recognition.