Two XLRI students win the coveted Global Peter Drucker Challenge

Jamshedpur: A student of XLRI, a prestigious B-school headquartered in Jamshedpur clinched Global Peter Drucker Challenge held in Vienna which was attended by students, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the globe to share insights that would enable the global workforce to tackle the dynamic challenges of the current times.

As many as 49 countries took part in this global challenge. XLRI’s two out of 3 students fared in the winners category. A statement from XLRI identified them as Dr Nadeem Ahmed & Prabath Kuzhikkat. They belong to BM & HRM batch 2021-23 respectively.

Prabath Kuzhikkat, a marine engineer who would soon be joining Amazon as a product manager, banked on his diverse experience to pen his essay “From the perils at sea to the predicaments at the shore-what crisis can make of managers?” The essay is an amalgamation of Drucker’s wisdom and the multiple crises he faced at sea to deliver to its readers a unique perspective of overcoming any crisis. This bagged him first place and a cash prize of € 1500 and an opportunity to visit the Drucker Forum in person.

Apart from attending all the plenaries, he had the fortune of connecting with many like-minded individuals, he said. “The emphasis XLRI lays on Sustainability, Ethics and human empathy, helped me connect further with the plenaries I attended at Drucker Forum,” he said.

Dr. Nadeem Ahmed, a healthcare technology consultant, founded a cross-functional pro-Bono Initiative called ‘Corona Consult’ with the objective of empowering the startups that are striving to widen the healthcare bottlenecks. The insights gained from battling the pandemic, both in the emergency room and in the board-room of coworking spaces with the help of 16 doctors & 50+ domain experts, inspired him to formulate the Quadruple-P framework for crisis management. The narration of his experience won third place, securing a cash prize of € 800. He will soon spearhead Harvard Public Health Review (HPHR) as the managing editor.

“The guidance and goodwill of XLRI faculty mentors equipped me with the resilience needed to persevere through the tribulations amidst the pandemic and the clarity to synthesise my learnings into an industry agnostic framework for managing crises capable of helping countless others,” he said.