Hanadi Jabado named in top 25 most influential business people 2017

25 October 2017

Lucy Cavendish Fellow, Hanadi Jabado was named this week by Cambridge News as one of the top 25 most influential business people in Cambridge.

Leading figures from the Cambridge business community were honoured at a drinks reception held by the paper and hosted by Ceri Gould, editor-in-chief for the South East and Cambridge area at News publisher Trinity Mirror.

Hanadi is Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School, and a Director of Accelerate Cambridge. Her work in Cambridge enables a unique platform for entrepreneurship research ranging from case studies of start-ups and scale-ups, all the way to industry reports and longitudinal studies of the underpinning factors of entrepreneurial success from both the entrepreneur’s and the early investor’s perspectives. In 2016 her work to support entrepreneurs earned her recognition as one of the Maserati100, an award dedicated to celebrating the positive impact entrepreneurs have on the economy and society as a whole. She sits on the advisory board of several start-ups at various stages of development and growth and is a director of Pitch@Palace Community Interest Company.

Hanadi said:

“I guess for me these awards show how much Cambridge has changed over the last 5-7 years ( the 25 most influential people awards take place every 5-7 years) from a very for profit and very male dominated world to a more diverse world : 10 women if you count Michaela and Anne as 2 winner, (9 if you count them as one entry), a diversity of sectors where not for profit shines just as much as profit.

For me personally this accolade is a recognition of the work that the Cambridge Judge Business School as a whole, and especially the whole team at the entrepreneurship centre (where I am a director) has invested in supporting the Cambridge cluster and in establishing itself as a business school for all businesses in Cambridge. Whilst individuals are celebrated, one needs to recognise the work that the whole team does grin

Finally none of my work would be possible if I was not supported and empowered by my amazing children who are so patient and supportive of my work.”

College President Jackie Ashley said:

“Many congratulations to Hanadi on this accolade. We are very proud of her achievements, and grateful for her many contributions to our College community.”



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