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First Kofi Annan Fellow at Business School Lausanne

Diana Kilel, a 26-year-old Kenyan, is the first scholarship student to start her MBA studies at Business School Lausanne in cooperation with the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation. She will join the full-time MBA program in February 2013, fully sponsored by BSL.

Diana is the first Kofi Annan Fellow at BSL to benefit from the school’s affiliation with the Kofi Annan Business School Foundation (KABS) – a network of leading European Business Schools that provide practice-oriented study programmes to talented and motivated students from developing countries.

BSL is honoured to be selected and appointed the exclusive academic partner of the foundation in Switzerland, filling the quota of one school per country. The school aims to enable five students per year to enrol in BSL’s full-time Masters or MBA degree programs, thus providing them with a superior business education free of charge. Upon return to their home countries, the Kofi Annan Fellows are expected to contribute to the strengthening of entrepreneurial capacity and the fostering of a stable market economy as an effective catalyst for their country’s development, job creation and poverty alleviation.

With an undergraduate degree in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, Diana Kilel sees the fully sponsored studies at BSL as a unique opportunity which she wouldn’t have been able to afford herself. “I am the fifth born out of six siblings and will be the first person in my family to do my masters,” says Diana. She has previously worked as a Business Analyst at TATA Consultancy Services in Mumbai and is driven by an ambition to contribute to her country’s development upon completing the MBA program at BSL. “There is a lot of potential for Kenya’s economic growth and business success, but for us to ‘realize’ this potential, a good foundation is needed,” she explains.

The Kofi Annan Business Schools Foundation was established in 2007 with the support of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. It is a joint initiative of the Public Advice International Foundation (PA International), Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Vlerick) and Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU).

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