Applications open for Food Ladder supported Indigenous MBA Scholarship

The need for more indigenous leaders in policy development and decision making positions has prompted an Australian based international not-for-profit organisation to sponsor an Indigenous Leadership MBA scholarship at the University of Sydney Business School.

Applications are now open for the Indigenous Leadership Scholarship which will fund the participation of an indigenous student in the School’s part-time MBA, ranked as Australia’s number one program of its kind by the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS magazine.

Kelly McJannett in West Delhi, where her work is transforming communities
Kelly McJannett in West Delhi, where
her work is transforming communities.
(Image credit: Matthew Abbott)

Food Ladder uses commercial techniques to provide food security, employment, training and, ultimately, economic self-sufficiency for some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.

Food Ladder is currently focused on the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and on remote indigenous communities in Australia’s Northern Territory where, CEO, Kelly McJannett, says people are “hungry and malnourished”.

“Here in Australia we are focused on creating opportunities for indigenous development and it is clear that while there are outstanding indigenous leaders, there is also a need for more indigenous people in positions where they can direct policy and make decision in government and in publically listed companies.”

“We want to help to ensure that more indigenous people have an opportunity to acquire the skills to lead,” Ms McJannett said. “The Business School’s MBA program is about the development of future leaders and that’s why we are sponsoring this scholarship.”

Welcoming Food Ladder’s support, the Business School’s MBA Director, Professor Guy Ford, said the move reflected an alignment between the values of the two organisations. “We are both committed to diversity and inclusion and in providing very practical leadership for good,” he said.

Ms McJannett is currently enrolled in the MBA program with the support of an Anstice Scholarship. “From a personal perspective, this scholarship has been hugely valuable for me and it is really an experience that I want to pass on,” she said.

The Anstice MBA Scholarship for Community Leadership, donated by prominent Business School alumnus, David Anstice, offers support to emerging business leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

The Indigenous Leadership MBA scholarship is valued at more than $60,000.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I have had and I hold the MBA in high regard,” concluded Ms McJannett. “I really want to see that future indigenous leaders have the same opportunities that I have had.