Dean of Lagos Business School, Professor Enase Okonedo has joined the board of directors of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global association of leading graduate business schools.
GMAC provides world-class research, professional development opportunities and assessments for the graduate management education industry, designed to advance the art and science of admissions. It owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam, the most widely used graduate business school assessment, recognised by more than 7,000 programmes worldwide.
As the only African on the Board, Okonedo will contribute to creating solutions to the challenges that graduate management education faces on the continent. She said, “The global pandemic has placed new demands on individuals and industries, and business schools in Africa must deliver as it concerns the creation of educational content that will prepare students for quality leadership and management. It is a great opportunity to serve at this time.”
“We’re excited to engage and collaborate with some of the brightest minds from regions in the world experiencing a renaissance in graduate management education,” said Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of GMAC said about the new appointees. “We’ve witnessed multi-year periods of growth in emerging markets around the world, and it’s likely that trend continues during and beyond COVID-19,” Chowfla continued. “Having diversity and global perspective on our board better enables GMAC to bring solutions and ideas to the marketplace that help address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with our industry.”
Other newly appointed board members include Ranjan Banerjee, Dean, Professor of Marketing, S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research; Soojin Kwon, Managing Director, Full-Time MBA Admissions and Program, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; and Jay Nibbe, Global Vice Chair-Markets, Ernst & Young Global Ltd as an independent director.
In a similar vein, Okonedo was also recently appointed to the Board of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (UN PRME).
As one of GMAC’s 229 member schools, Lagos Business Schools engages closely with other members of the Council to grow management talent in Nigeria and Africa.