Whiteshield, a global strategy and public policy firm, announced the winners of their 2022-23 Global Public Policy Competition, which aimed to accelerate the recruitment of high-potential students.
The competition featured students from top schools – including Harvard Kennedy School, London School of Economics, HEC Paris, Cambridge University, Bocconi University, and ESADE – who were tasked with proposing new global policy initiatives to promote labour market participation rates and close the skills mismatch.
Fadi Farra, Senior Partner & Director, Whiteshield said: “It gives me immense pleasure on behalf of Whiteshield to declare the champions of the 2022-23 Global Public Policy Competition, where we offered an excellent opportunity for students across the globe to display their extraordinary potential. The victors presented ground-breaking ideas with transformative concepts that have the potential to make a significant impact.”
First place was awarded to London School of Economics for “Harnessing the Power of Technology & Stakeholder Cooperation: Skill Motive for an Upskilled & Engaged Workforce”. The second and third spots were earned by the CEMS student group from Nova School of Business & Economics & London School of Economics for “Human Capital Alignment Policy”, and Stockholm School of Economics for “Global Apprenticeship Program”, respectively.
Jenna Edment, Global HR Manager, Whiteshield, said: “The competition received an overwhelming number of submissions this year, breaking previous records. All of the participants displayed immense potential, and their proposals were exemplary in both content and delivery. The passion and rigor invested in preparing each proposal were evident in every presentation. Competitions such as this serve as a platform to train socially-conscious leaders with a global perspective, committed to driving meaningful and sustainable change through innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.”
Whiteshield presented students with the opportunity to immerse themselves into the challenge of labour resilience. The panel of judges, comprising members of the Whiteshield Leadership Team, acting as Ministers of Education and Labour, were impressed by the remarkable effort and dedication displayed by each team in addressing the matter at hand. The competition pushed the boundaries of innovation in a unique and thought-provoking way.
Since the launch of its first competition in 2021, Whiteshield has witnessed an incredible 60 per cent increase in overall engagement from students applying to compete. This remarkable success of the competition underlines the growing interest among students in pursuing a career in public policymaking.
The top-performing teams in the competition were invited to Whiteshield’s Dubai Office for a face-to-face fast track recruitment process. Over a few intense days, students flew across continents with the hope of securing a permanent position with the firm. The trip provided a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of Whiteshield, with a blend of learning opportunities, networking, and team-building activities that were described as highly rewarding on both a professional and personal level.
One student quoted, “I highly recommend participating in the competition in the future – it is an ambitious yet rewarding challenge that offers a great introduction into the world of government consulting and public policymaking, making me prioritize pursuing a career in the field!”
Whiteshield looks forward to further success over the years to come and will continue to provide a dedicated platform for exceptional talent to demonstrate their potential to resolve real world challenges – the next competition is due to launch in September 2023.
If you are interested in knowing more about Whiteshield and career opportunities with the firm please visit, www.whiteshield.com.
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