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The One Ocean MBA’S Conference and Regatta 2019 in Porto Cervo – Sardinia

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For the first time in Porto Cervo the 16th edition of the One Ocean MBA’s Conference and Regatta, September 22, 2019. . The event, organised by the SDA Bocconi School of Management and by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the partnership of the One Ocean Foundation, saw the participation of about 400 students from top international business schools in Sardinia for three days of sports and discussions themed around environmental sustainability.
The sporting calendar saw 51 teams divided into Offshore and Cruise Classes competing in coastal races while 14 teams in the Open Class competed in windward-leeward races aboard J/24s.

The Open Class was won by the MIP School of Management who placed first twice. They were followed by the teams from the MIT SLOAN School of Management and the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, in second and third places respectively. The Offshore Class saw the Harvard Business School team placed ahead of the Rotterdam School of Management and the Chicago Booth School of Business. The Cruise Class saw the largest number of teams competing. Here the victory went to the team from the MIP School of Management, with the team from the SDA BOCCONI School of Management in second place followed by the team from the SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management. In conclusion, MBA’s Cup Challenge Trophies were won by the teams from the MIP School of Management (Open Class) and the Harvard Business School (Offshore Class).


The event’s final day, saw the Conference Why Future Leaders Need to Face Sustainability Challenges. Held at the Colonna Resort, the conference was organised jointly by the SDA Bocconi and by the One Ocean Foundation (OOF) thanks to the partnership between these two institutions. Speakers were Andrea Illy, President of illycaffè, and the One Ocean Ambassadors Paul Rose, the explorer, and Maria Cristina Finucci, the artist who founded the Garbage Patch State in 2013. Maurizio Dallocchio, Full Professor of Corporate Finance at the Università Bocconi and Past Dean of the SDA Bocconi School of Management, moderated. Representing the SDA Bocconi School of Management there were Dean Giuseppe Soda and Federico Pip Lecturer of Corporate Finance and the MBA Sport Club Coordinator at the SDA Bocconi School of Management. Also in attendance were Riccardo Bonadeo, the YCCS Commodore and Executive Vice President of the OOF, and Jan Pachner, Secretary General both the YCCS and the OOF.

Paul Rose, the explorer famous for his work with National Geographic, spoke about his passion for nature and how through his profession he has put that passion to work for science. “When I was young I thought that the ocean’s water could wash away anything as if by magic,” he said referring to a time when pollution in the oceans had a different awareness.”But today we are all more or less aware of pollution and its consequences, we hear talk every day about environmental and ecological disasters and we all are more attuned to the problem.
At the 2019 edition of this event there were 26 business schools including the Cambridge Judge Business School, the Chicago Booth School of Business, the Columbia Business School, the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management, the Cranfield School of Management, the ESADE Business School, the GOETHE Business School, the Harvard Business School, HEC, the HKUST Business School, IE Business School, IESE Business School, INSEAD, KELLOGG – WHU, the London Business School, the Manchester Business School, the MIP School of Management, the MIT SLOAN School of Management, the Rotterdam School of Management, the SAUDER School of Business, the SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management, TUCK School of Business, the Warwick Business School, the WHARTON School of the University of Pennsylvania, YALE School of Management and the SDA BOCCONI School of Management.

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