Αnother extension of GainingEdge’s CSR programmes, the GainingEdge Scholar Programme, was inaugurated in January this year as part of the organisation’s commitment to the industry. The programme recognises the importance of providing meaningful work experiences to students who wish to pursue careers in the business events industry and who demonstrate outstanding potential for future industry leadership.
The first recipients were two young scholars from Africa, Stalin Tawanda Mau Mau and Mercy Cherono Too. The latter’s project, undertaken for the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE), aims to find out the current capacity of African associations and what factors (if any) are limiting their success, and make recommendations for capacity building.
Gary Grimmer, CEO of GainingEdge, says: “Our Scholar programme is as focused on the long term as it is on the shorter term goal of conducting an important project. We see our Scholars as a growing community. They are part of a legacy that we are seeking to deliver to the industry. That means that we provide them with ongoing mentorship and a continuing interest in their future success.”