Ahmed Olaitan Banu (pictured with Professor Charles Sutcliffe, Head of School), who graduated from the MSc Investment Management on 5 July 2012, was the recipient of the annual Vetiva Prize. This unique award presented to the best graduating African student was established by one of the ICMA Centre's alumni, Dr Olaolu Mudasiru, who graduated from the ICMA Centre in July 1998 and is now Deputy Managing Director of Vetiva Capital Management Limited in Nigeria. The prize includes £1000 as well as a job opportunities with Vetiva and other Investment Banking firms operating within the African continent.
Dr Musasiru said of the prize, 'We hope that Vetiva's undertaking to recognise and modestly reward excellence will be a contributing factor in motivating individuals to reach within and bring our the very best that they have on the inside.'
Two other awards were also presented at the Centre's annual post-graduation celebration. Ben Mowbray received £500 and was awarded the ICMA Centre Academic Achievement Award - BSc for the highest overall average within the BSc Finance and Investment Banking. At MSc level Surasak Ritthongpitak, a graduate of the MSc Financial Risk Management won the £250 prize and the ICMA Centre Academic Achievement Award - MSc for his outstanding results.
'Each year the standard of academic achievement by all our students makes the decision on who wins these awards harder,' said Professor Adrian Bell, Head of Pre-Experience Postgraduate Programmes for Henley Business School, 'and we know that this also reflects well on their future career prospects with employers seeking out high achievers to join the leading firms around the world.'