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CoBA Alumna Recognized as 2023 AACSB Influential Leader

College of Business Administration alumna Cristina Ahmadpour was one of 25 business school graduates honored by AACSB International, the world’s largest business education alliance, as part of the 2023 Class of Influential Leaders.

The annual initiative recognizes notable alumni from AACSB-accredited business schools whose inspiring work serves as a model for the next generation of business leaders, and this year’s class features individuals defining what it means to be a societal impact leader.

Ahmadpour is president and managing director (Americas) for Isle Utilities, which aims to make a positive social, economic and environmental impact through the advancement of innovative technologies and related practices.

Ahmadpour is a consultancy executive specializing in emerging technologies and innovative best practices in the water sector. She has spent more than a decade furthering innovation in the water sector, fostering collaborations between a broad set of stakeholders, including water utilities, technology companies, regulators, associations and academia. Ahmadpour is focused on exploring how stakeholders can harness a culture of innovation by embracing new ideas and business opportunities and backing emerging technologies that deliver better outcomes than conventional solutions.

“Cristina Ahmadpour’s achievements demonstrate that success in business can also mean success for society. Her efforts to prioritize purpose, people and planet should inspire all of us to reorient our ideas about impactful leadership,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley, AACSB president and CEO. “It is a privilege to amplify her efforts and the entire 2023 Class of Influential Leaders.”

Now in its eighth year, AACSB’s Influential Leaders spotlight program recognizes more than 275 business school graduates who have created lasting impact in business and society. All honorees have earned an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree from one of the more than 950 AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide.

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