The RSM Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) are presented annually to outstanding alumni of the school, in recognition of excellent contributions to society, business and/or the RSM community. Nominees for these awards are chosen from our network of more than 40,000 RSM alumni.

Alumni Achievement Award

Acknowledges alumni who are a force for positive change in business or society. This can be as a part of a corporate community, as an entrepreneur, or as an individual whose life mission is to improve the lives of others or to protect or improve the environment.

Putukwane Madisha (MBA, 2016)

Helping South Africa’s ‘missing middle’ with housing through business.

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Rigo Selassa (OneMBA, 2019

Boosting collaboration and growth through technological innovation.

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Ryan Holowka (MSc Strategic Management, 2017)

Implementing sustainability strategies for multinationals.

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Teodor Cătăniciu (IBA, 2017)

Building communities and careers for minorities through entrepreneurship.

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Alumni Volunteering Award

Recognises alumni volunteers who share their time or resources to contribute to the school’s reputation, research, education and student experience, or help promote alumni relations.

Pak Schreurs (CEMS, 2008)

Mentoring change-makers to accelerate and thrive.

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Philip Lloyd (MBA, 2011)

Keeping alumni connected through unique events.

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Force for Positive Change Award

A new award for this year to highlight the work being done by alumni in service of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Each year, a new SDG will be highlighted. The award will acknowledge an alum who is initiating and leading action to remove barriers and improve the professional, educational or societal experience for all genders. 

Jara Pascual (Executive MBA, 2017)

Empowering women to innovate through investments and collaboration mechanisms.

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June Ip (MBA, 2012)

Giving a voice to marginalised women in the technology industry.


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Adrian Gunadi (MBA, 2003)

Contributing to economic prosperity through financial inclusion.

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