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Geri Panteva

Senior Economic Development Officer, East Devon District Council

Geri leads on economic development and investment projects to improve productivity, facilitate sustainable and inclusive growth, and create higher value jobs in the region. Her role entails building strategic public and private sector partnerships, attracting inward investment and key employer engagement with special focus on supporting SMEs.

Geri is also a career mentor and MSc dissertation supervisor at Exeter University.

What are the 3 qualities that you want to see in leaders coming up through your business?

  • Having a bold and inspiring vision for the organisation that unites and challenges preconceptions. Leading with integrity, authenticity and empathy will ensure colleagues and partners buy into such a vision.
  • Capacity to work productively in a dynamic and diverse environment which requires forward-thinking, agility and creativity.
  • Having a global outlook when tackling local challenges and opportunities.

What role can an MBA play in building better business?

  • By nurturing purpose-led leaders and setting aspirations in the context of global responsibilities, cohorts of future leaders will be better equipped to respond to the complexities of running a business that brings meaningful impact and addresses major social and global challenges.
  • The Exeter MBA allows future leaders to discover and implement their inner potential combining the business purpose with advancing social, environmental, or cultural causes. Graduates are immersed in projects and conversations to challenge their thinking, find creative solutions and bring positive change, both to people’s lives and our surrounding environment, thus reimagining businesses as a force for good.