Coca-Cola Chairman awards 2018 Defne and Muhtar Kent prize

The Chairman of Coca-Cola awarded the prize for the best final MBA project

Executive MBA alumna from Cass Business School in Dubai, Rihab Saab, has won the Defne and Muhtar Kent Educational Foundation, Inc. Prize in Entrepreneurship, for her Final Business Mastery Project titled Lil’ Tots: A Breakthrough Food Concept Designed Specifically for Infants and Toddlers.

Runners up were:

  • Estelle Roiena
  • Chris Sharp
  • Marco Ferrari

The prize was awarded by Mr and Mrs Muhtar Kent at an afternoon tea event, where Mr Kent also spoke about Coca Cola’s involvement with Cass and the Global Women’s Leadership Programme.

On receiving the award, Rihab said:

I am wholeheartedly grateful and honoured to be this year’s winner of the Defne and Muhtar Kent Prize in Entrepreneurship. Receiving an accolade for my business idea is a testament that it is worth every investor’s time and capital to make it happen and bring it to life. It is also a positive recognition of my personal capabilities and potential as an entrepreneur to drive the business into fruition. I have been setting the stage for its development for quite some time and designing the implementation process with various business partners, so this prize would certainly expedite the course of action to launch the business in the near future.

Winner Rihab Saab and Muhtar Kent at award ceremony

Winner Rihab Saab with Chairman of Coca-Cola, Mr Muhtar Kent.

The learning experience at Cass helped me acquire new leadership skills that are much needed for running my business.  On a personal level, being back in a classroom after an intermission period of 2 decades was indeed a challenge to say the least, yet a most rewarding experience.