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14 August, 2019 - 19:15 By Jamie Quested

The Four Horsemen ride to victory in Thailand

A team of Cambridge MBA students won the Siam Commercial Bank Future Leader Challenge 2019, a business case competition for master’s degree students.

The quartet from Cambridge Judge Business School – Elfa Nugraha, Vishal Jain, Sebastian Kevin Sugiarto, and Kohilan Sarvanandan, went under the name of The Four Horsemen.

114 teams from 44 universities in 16 countries participated in the first round of the challenge, and 12 teams were selected for the semi-final: they were asked to solve a five-hour case based on Siam Commercial Bank’s digital ventures, and pitch it in just 99 seconds to a panel of venture capital investors.

Additionally, the teams were handed a 24-hour task to solve a case based on Tesco Lotus – Thailand’s largest hypermarket chain – and recommend solutions to increase the customer base and shift to a digital focus.

The Four Horsemen competed against another Cambridge MBA team (Cantabrigia) in the semi-final, before progressing to the final. Mai Sakpuaram, Abhishek Srinivasan, Amy Lai and Victor Dumitrescu were on the Cantabrigia team.

Four finalists were allowed 20 hours to solve a case on Siam Commercial Bank’s fintech arm, recommending solutions how the company can leverage its existing resources to create a compelling customer value proposition.

The Four Horsemen were presented with the H.M The King of Thailand Award and a 100,000 Thai Baht (c.£2,700) prize.

The event at Siam Commercial Bank in Bangkok, Thailand, was co-hosted by Sasin School of Management and Siam Commercial Bank.

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