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12 September 2013

Rohini Ram, EY tax partner, NZ Human Capital Tax Practice and Devi Malhotra, 2013 EY Business School Student of the Year

The Business School Student of the Year award recognises excellence and innovative thinking - brand values that resonate with Ernst & Young New Zealand’s leadership ensuring it sponsored the awards for the second year in a row.

“2012 was our first foray into the awards and Brendon Potter, Director of Student Development, promised us that we would see the crème de la crème of business students,” said EY Tax Partner Rohini Ram. “He was spot on – and this year’s students were also utterly amazing.”

EY 2013 Business Student of the Year Devi Malhotra (studying BCom/BA majoring in economics, finance and mathematics) took away $1,000 in prize money as well as three one-on-one meetings with prominent New Zealand business leaders.

Business School Deputy Dean Professor Jilnaught Wong acknowledged EY’s support of the Business School: “They give a lot of time to student development activities. They’re here helping us develop the leaders of the future.”

Professor Wong says Devi, who was one of six finalists in the competition, won the judges over with her hopes for the future. “She spoke with conviction, referencing Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as she explored the benefits of creative capitalism,” he said.

With recurring themes of sustainability, innovation and social responsibility, Devi rebuked global ideas of negative corporate images.

“EY service is all about providing extraordinary experience,” says Rohini. “We feel that the award creates that same uniqueness for the winner providing them with access to our networks and contacts. I am sure Devi will be up to the challenge of representing the Business School and EY well when she meets with her top three.”

Last year’s winner Meili Han aimed for New Zealand’s top CEO – the Prime Minister. Meili had a 45-minute interview with John Key in which she asked him about his transition from a corporate background in finance to politics, his motivations for entering parliament and how well reality matched his expectations, and how he manages the political balance between what he believes is right for the country versus doing what the public wants.

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