Food Ladder supports new MBA Scholarship for future Indigenous leaders
The need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in policy development and decision making positions has driven an Australian-based international not-for-profit organisation to sponsor an Indigenous MBA scholarship at the University of Sydney Business School.
- Food Ladder, founded by Sydney entrepreneur, Alex Shead, uses commercial techniques to provide food security, employment, training and, ultimately, economic self-sufficiency to some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.
- Food Ladder is currently focused on the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and on remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory where, CEO Kelly McJannett says, people are “hungry and malnourished”.
“Here in Australia we are focused on creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development, and it is clear that while there are outstanding Indigenous leaders, there is also a need for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in positions where they can direct policy and make decisions in government and in publicly listed companies.”
“We want to help ensure that more Indigenous people have an opportunity to acquire the skills to lead,” Ms McJannett said. “The Business School’s MBA program is about the development of future leaders and that’s why we are sponsoring this scholarship.”
Welcoming Food Ladder’s support, the Business School’s MBA Director, Professor Guy Ford, said the move reflected an alignment between the values of the two organisations. “We are both committed to diversity and inclusion and in providing very practical leadership for good,” he said.
Ms McJannett is currently enrolled in the MBA program with the support of an Anstice Scholarship.
“From a personal perspective, this scholarship has been hugely valuable for me and it is really an experience that I want to pass on,” she said.
The Anstice MBA Scholarship for Community Leadership, donated by prominent Business School alumnus, David Anstice, offers support to emerging business leaders in the not-for-profit sector.
The Food Ladder Scholarship is open to Indigenous candidates wishing to enrol in the Business School’s part time MBA program and is valued at $60,000.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I have had and I hold the MBA in high regard,” concluded Ms McJannett. “I really want to see a future where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have the same opportunities that I have had.
- Katie Moore, a Wiradjuri woman from Western Sydney, has meanwhile become the first Aboriginal student to join the Business School’s leadership focused MBA program since its launch in February 2013.
- Ms Moore, who already has a bachelor’s degree in international tourism management and is now driving strategic projects with Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), has been awarded an MBA Scholarship by the UN Women’s National Committee Australia.
Click here for further information and to apply for The Indigenous Leadership Scholarship funded by Food Ladder!
Applications close on Sunday 8 February 2018