Kenyan Universities dominate at the national Global Management Challenge
(GMC) competition

Team Yeshuas from Kenyatta University to represent Kenya at world’s largest strategy and
management competition

Team Yeshuas from Kenyatta University won the top spot at the Global Management
Challenge (GMC) National Competition held in Nairobi at the Ole Sereni Hotel. The GMC is the
biggest global strategy and management competition held every year, attracting over half a
million people from over 30 countries. The team will represent Kenya at the GMC International
Finals which will be held in Doha, Qatar in April.
“This is the third time we are holding the competition in Kenya, and we are seeing the level of
interest from competitors and potential businesses partners continue to grow. For competitors,
the GMC offers an alternative platform, removed from the theory of the classroom or the rigid
corporate structure, where young men and women can learn what leadership in business really
entails – they grow and manage virtual companies in simulations that mirror the real world. In
addition to this, businesses get the opportunity to support and closely mentor high potential
men and women, contributing to the development of the local human resource talent pool,”
Asim Shah, co-founder of the local GMC chapter explained about the significance of the
competition.
“At first, our team, Team Yeshuas, was slightly intimidated by the manual we were given to help
guide us through the competition,” explained Akaka Emmanuel Okumu, captain of the winning
team from Kenyatta University. “However, we came to realise that once we understood the
basic rules of the competition, and took time to understand how each decision affected our
company’s overall performance, we were able to carry out our tasks better – we kept learning
right until the very end of the competition! With proper analysis, your decision making
becomes easier. We did not expect to win – nobody really ever does, you can only hope – and
we will carry our country’s flag high in Doha next month.”
Other teams that performed impressively at the national finals included the team from Profiles
International who were runners up, Militarium from the Jomo Kenyatta University of
Agriculture & Technology who took third place, and the management team from Antarc
Furniture in fourth place. The teams were judged by the performance of their ‘companies’ in
investments made, growth of assets, market value, as well as share price. Other companies
represented included Centum Investments, Tarpo Industries, Star Times and CopyCat Group.
The theme of the competition was Transformation Through Experience; participants were
encouraged to leverage each other’s unique strengths and all finalist were given a personality
assessment by Profiles International in order to help them understand their unique leadership
styles.

“The GMC provides a great platform for mentorship; we have already began identifying
talented young people who can be well placed in corporate Kenya, or who, with the right
support, can embrace entrepreneurship successfully,” Ravi Shah, GMC Kenya co-founder
finished. “We are always looking to grow our influence and work with new individuals and
companies who share our vision.”