Positive Leadership Awards 2023

Positive Leadership Award 2022 is presented to

Sennait Ghebreab

who has been selected from 11 688 nominations submitted from 22 countries across six continents and recognized as a positive leadership champion, helping people, teams and organizations thrive

Winner’s Best Practice

My positive leadership comes from an incredible cultural sensitivity, as for my international background. This is what I bring into my approach of teaching in class and when I am managing my team. I believe in 3 key values in my approach to leadership: authenticity, integrity and humility. The nature of my positive leadership is embedded in the kind of work I do on a daily basis with my students and my team. I have both students and tutors coming from all over the world. Mentoring their paths and developing their personal strengths is, I believe, my duty and I try to fulfil it every year, every month and every day to the best of my possibilities. In Higher education this aspect is so important and it can contribute to real success creating a team that can be empowered and rooted on true values like trust and mutual support.

Quick Facts


Sennait is a highly professional and motivated member of the Higher Education and UK fashion business community – possessing a wide range of communication, strategy, marketing and team building skills. Sennait was born in Milan to Eritrean parents. She has lived in London since 2008, where she worked for more than 10 years in fashion, business development and buying. She has worked for Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Pringle and Joseph. Since 2015 she has been the Academic Course Leader of the BA Business, BA Buying and BA Communication courses at the Istituto Marangoni in London. In her academic research, Sennait favours the development of a culture of innovation. Her new book “Responsible Fashion Business in practice”, is coming in March 2023, published by Routledge. In 2021, she received the Italian Talents under 40 award from the Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Embassy in London. In 2022, she gave her first TED X on women empowerment in Fiesole, Italy.

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