Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke, a graduating student of ESCP Europe Business School's European Executive MBA programme, was declared the winner of the 2009 Student of the Year Awards at the Annual Gala of the Association of MBAs (AMBA). The ceremony took place in London on Thursday 12 November.

Organised twelve years ago by AMBA and British newspaper The Independent, the prestigious award aims to recognise the broad scope, international attitude and leadership abilities of today's most outstanding MBA scholars.

Ms. Nefesh-Clarke will graduate from ESCP Europe's MBA program in December 2009. In her position as Director for the Philippine arm of the humanitarian organisation Enfants d'Asie, Nefesh-Clarke was inspired to improve her managerial skills, picking ESCP Europe's Executive MBA program to help do just that.

I wanted the business management leadership skills to take my humanitarian work further, she told The Independent. I want to work in the field of micro-finance, which is about enabling poor people to borrow small amounts to help themselves and their business flourish. This is one of the most important ways to alleviate poverty.

In addition to her work with Enfants d'Asie, Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke will soon launch The Women's Worldwide Web, an online platform that aims to use micro-finance to empower women with loans they can use in the pursuit of an education or the creation of their own small businesses. 

Ms. Nefesh-Clarke beat 59 other entrants from every continent to win this year's award.  Four highly impressive candidates were short-listed, three of whom were women.  She received the award from Will Hutton, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Work Foundation.