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Albina Gibadullina is a UBC Sauder finance student with a passion for business ethics, who has both participated in existing ethics initiatives and created opportunities of her own.

When she started her BCom in 2012, Gibadullina knew she wanted to explore the world of socially conscious capitalism. She grew up in Russia’s post-Soviet capitalist economy, and her parents were small business owners – they instilled in her the importance of creating value and giving back to the community.

She got her chance to learn about ethical capitalism in classes like Business Ethics Leadership, taught by Professor David Silver. Gibadullina says that studying business ethics gave her the opportunity to explore the link between corporate behavior and the systemic social and economic issues of our time. She said her understanding of business ethics has evolved over time too.

“Initially, it was about advocating for social enterprises, today it is about seeing connections between struggles for social and economic justice.”

She identifies Silver in particular as a great professor and mentor, and notes his course inspired her to pursue other business ethics-focused initiatives.

Outside the classroom, Gibadullina competed on the award-winning team that represented UBC Sauder at the 2014 International Business Ethics Case Competition. Last Spring, she was the student representative at the official opening of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics. Currently, she’s the only student among UBC Sauder’s team of coaches for the Ted Rogers Ethical Leadership Case Competition in November. This Fall, she launched a series of roundtables on business ethics topics, beginning with a first event focused on gender and race. On November 23, she’ll hold a second roundtable on social issues connected to the housing crisis.

Beginning in January 2016, Gibadullina will be leading a student-directed seminar called Comm 490F – Examining the Role of Finance in Society. Students will learn the role of financial systems within the broader economy and study ethical arguments on the benefit and harm these systems have perpetrated.  

When asked where her passion for business ethics might take her in the future, Gibadullina said her short-term plans are to attend graduate school. Her ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of global policy.

To sign up for Gibadullina’s seminar, Examining the Role of Finance in Society (COMM 490F), click here.

To register for her roundtable on social issues connected to the housing crisis, email her at albina.gib@gmail.com.