Pinoy bags top prize at Maybank business case competition

Posted at 08/29/14 10:09 AM

(L-R): Maybank Group Human Capital Head Puan Nora Abdul Manaf, Anna Ocampo (Richard's mom), 2014 Ultimate Maybank Go Ahead Challenger Richard Ocampo, Solomon Ocampo (Richard's dad), Maybank Group PCEO Datuk Abdul Farid Alias

MANILA - A 24-year-old Filipino bagged this year's Maybank Go Ahead Challenge 2014 winner.

Richard A. Ocampo, a BA Financial Management graduate from the Adamson University, bested 59 other finalists from 16 countries who qualified for the grand finale.

The contest is deemed as one of Asia's most rigorous business case competitions.

Ocampo was shortlisted along with two other students from Bangladesh and Singapore for the Ultimate Maybank Go Ahead. Challenger title.

Aside from Ocampo, five other Filipino students were flown to Kuala Lumpur to represent Maybank Philippines, Inc. in the competition.

They are:

1. John Alfred Mendoza, 20, 4th year BS Business Administration and Accountancy student, UP;
2. Winchell Well L. Wong, 21, 4th year BS Business Administration and Accountancy student, UP;
3. Camille Patricia Y. Calma, 20, 4th year BS Business Administration student, UP;
4. John Richmond L. Go, 20, 4th year BS Management minor in Chinese Studies and Finance student in Ateneo de Manila University;
5. Selynn Alexis S. Co, 20, 4th year BS Management Engineering student in Ateneo de Manila University.

Ocampo was also part of Team Avengers which was named 2nd runner up in the Team category, while Mendoza belonged to Team Star Wars which won the top spot in that category.

Now on its third season, Maybank Go Ahead. Challenge’s format exposed contestants in various strategic challenges that included a business case presentation to Bank Internasional Indonesia President Director Taswin Zakaria, the creation of a corporate social responsibility program for Maybank, and selling of local products of each team members’ country.

As the top winner, Ocampo won $1,000 and a 2-week internship in Maybank New York. This is on top of the $20,000 his team won.

Both the champion team and the Ultimate Go Ahead Challenger will take part in Maybank’s Global Leadership Development Program where they will get a chance to interact with Maybank’s top 50 most influential leaders.

The Maybank Go Ahead. Challenge is a multi-disciplinary business talent competition open to recent graduates and final-year university students. This contest is part of Maybank’s aspiration to create a talent pool of world-class future business leaders and competent financial experts for the region.