Current Alumni of the Year recipients

Alumni of the Year 2021

We would like to extend a round of applause to our CEMS Alumni of the Year Award Winners 2021. Read more about our 2021 award recipients below:

Barbara Cominelli
Barbara Cominelli - CEMS Alumna 1994 - Bocconi/ ESADE - Senior Alumni of the Year 2021

Barbara Cominelli

After leading over 3,000 people at Vodafone, she became Chief Operating Office at Microsoft Italy and is today the CEO of the commercial real estate and investment firm JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle SpA) in Italy. Barbara embodies forceful, energetic and caring leadership. She has built a tremendous career. After leading over 3,000 people at Vodafone, she became Chief Operating Office at Microsoft Italy and is today the CEO of the commercial real estate and investment firm JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle SpA) in Italy. Barbara strives to be an insightful leader, in particular for women. She mentors and encourages women to reach their potential. Read more here.

Thanks to all within the CEMS Community who cast their vote!  The race was very close this year, but we would like to give a warm round of applause to our awardees and all of the candidates.  Well done and we look forward to next year's ballot.

Akanksha Batura Pai
Akanksha Batura Pai - CEMS Alumna 2014 - NUS/ LSE & Bocconi - Mid-Career Alumni of the Year 2021

Akanksha Batura Pai

She is the Chairperson of the Young Executives Group of the SSA, furthermore she has also been appointed by The Ministry of Transport as Singapore’s Goodwill Maritime Ambassador (GMA) at the international level at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). As the Chairperson of the YEG and the IMO GMA, she engages youth in Singapore & around Southeast Asia & advocates for the maritime industry. She has managed to work with many government agencies to engage with the youth and educate them about the importance of the maritime industry & encourage them to join the industry. While Akanksha works as the Head of Strategy and Growth at Sinoda Shipping Agency Pte Ltd, she also serves as the Strategy Consultant at RAKS International Pte Ltd & at TransAsia Marine Services Pte Ltd.

She has overhauled each company’s digitisation efforts by developing & implementing proprietary software solutions to increase operating efficiencies of each company. In addition, Akanksha is the Liaison Officer at The Hon. Consulate-General of Malta to Singapore. Strengthening diplomatic ties between Malta and Singapore by representing Malta strongly at cultural events - such as the annual European Union Film Festival, she has even furthered economic growth between the two countries by organizing the first ever Singapore- Malta Business Forum 2019 (before the pandemic) and by promoting Malta’s tertiary education opportunities to students in Singapore at the Study In Europe 2019 higher education fair (also pre-pandemic).

Angela Honegger
Angela Honegger, CEMS Alumna 2018 - HSG/ HEC - Junior Alumni of the Year 2021

Angela Honegger

After graduating from the CEMS MiM in 2017, Angela became president of "Student Impact”, an organization that advises social and sustainable startups in business-related areas and sensitizes students for more sustainability in the business world. After that, she co-created a global call for innovation on sustainable packaging solutions with Ashoka, an NGO supporting social entrepreneurs from all over the world.

In parallel, Angela started her PhD on innovation for basic needs which improve the quality of life of people living in poverty. To transfer her theoretical work into practice, Angela recently became a fellow of the Mercator Foundation. For the first work placement of her fellowship year, she joined the "Disruptive Technologies and Venture Capital” team at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group to accelerate social inclusion and economic growth in low-income countries.