IMD Global Family Business Award

Celebrating excellence in family, business, ownership and society
01:29Celebrating excellence in family business with the IMD Global Fa ...
Celebrating excellence in Family, Business, Ownership and Society
First awarded in 1996 to the Lego Group, many strong, family businesses have followed suit. Will your family business be next?
2022 IMD Global Family Business Award
Colombia’s Carvajal wins 2022 IMD Global Family Business Award
29 September 2022
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Award process

About the trophy

The award trophy is crafted by Chopard, a family-run business and expert in watches and jewellery. Held between two glass plates fixed in a rock crystal base, the trophy, represents a tree kept in an elegant pear wood case.

Through its roots firmly planted in the ground and its branches reaching towards the sky, the tree symbolizes the stability, the link between past, present and future, and the continuity of generations. It provides a powerful metaphor of family business spirit that draws its strength from tradition in order to develop the future.

IMD launched the IMD Global Family Business Award
8 jury
former Award winners and senior expert academics within the field of family business
2 partners
thanks to the ongoing support from Chopard and FBN

Voting members

Get to know the voting members of the jury, displayed in alphabetical order

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Fabian Bonnier
CTO at SF Anytime

Bonnier won the 2003 IMD Global Family Business Award.

Fabian is a 7th generation member of the Bonnier family. After graduating from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm he started his career outside of the…

Ramia Marielle El Agamy
CEO and Co-Founder at Orbis Terra Media

Ramia Marielle El Agamy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Orbis Terra Media, a global content marketing agency and award-winning magazine publisher. 

She began her entrepreneurial career in 2008 as the founder and editor-…

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Judy Green
President at Family Firm Institute (FFI)

Judy Green, Ph.D., is president of the Family Firm Institute (FFI), an international association of individuals and organizations who advise and study family enterprise.

A frequent commentator in the field, she was…

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Marie-Christine Jaeger-Firmenich
Family Board Member at Firmenich

Firmenich won the 2011 IMD Global Family Business Award.

Marie-Christine, a 3rd generation member of the Firmenich family, earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry at the University of…

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Heinrich Jessen
Chairman and principal partner at Jebsen & Jessen

Jebsen & Jessen Family Enterprise won the 2016 IMD Global Family Business Award.

Heinrich Jessen is chairman and principal partner of Jebsen & Jessen, a diversified ASEAN industrial group. He is also partner and…

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Andy Rubin
Chair at Pentland Brands Ltd

Pentland Group plc won the 2017 IMD Global Family Business Award.

Andy Rubin is Chair of Pentland Brands Ltd, a director of Pentland Group plc and non-executive director of JD Sports Fashion Plc.

Pentland is a UK based,…

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Risto Väyrynen
The Impact Office

Risto is a fourth-generation entrepreneur currently serving as a Chairperson of his family’s artisanal bakery business in Finland.

He has co-founded several start-ups; is an avid impact investor in early stage…

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John Ward
Professor of Family Enterprise and co-director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg School of Management

John Ward is Clinical Professor of Family Enterprise and co-director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg School of Management.

He teaches and studies family continuity planning, leadership, ownership,…

Non voting members

Discover our non voting members, presented in alphabetical order

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Alexis du Roy de Blicquy
CEO at The Family Business Network (FBN)

Alexis is the CEO of The Family Business Network (FBN), the world’s leading network run by family businesses, for family businesses, together across generations.

FBN is the world’s leading family…

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Jean-François Manzoni
President at IMD

Jean-François Manzoni is the President of IMD, where he also serves as the Nestlé Professor.

His research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on leadership, the development of high-performance…

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Peter Vogel
Director Global Family Business Award at IMD

Peter Vogel is Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship and holder of the Debiopharm Chair for Family Philanthropy at IMD Business School in Lausanne. He is also the Director of IMD Global Family Business Center…

Carvajal: winner in 2022

02:542022 IMD Global Family Business Award
Congratulations to Carvajal, winner of the 27th IMD Global Family Business Award
The independent award jury was impressed with its strong focus on good governance, next generation development, sustainability, and social impact.
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