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Posted by: on March 8, 2022

Ten Lessons from My EMBA Experience So Far – A Journey to Self Development

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More than a year ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and undertake a massive career change while continuing to work on my own journey of self-development. My admission to […]

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Posted by: on March 8, 2022

International Women’s Day 2022: Breaking the Bias is a Matter of Choice

This year, International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 calls for action to #BreakTheBias in schools, workplaces and communities in a collective effort to create a world devoid of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Women have come a long way since the observance of the first IWD in the early 1900s, where 15,000 women marched through New York […]

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Posted by: on March 8, 2022

A Rollercoaster Week

During my 10-hour flight home, I decided to jot down these thoughts and reflections after an intensive module week at Oxford. It was an intellectual and emotional rollercoaster ride – left me feeling a bit “There and Back Again”. We are Back The week started with a buzzing lecture hall – a scene that has […]

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Posted by: on February 21, 2022

A family journey, not a lone journey

It has been almost two decades since I bid farewell to my family in Harbin, China for a long trip via Singapore to England in pursuit of my dream of being educated in a world-class university. The early morning breeze of a Manchurian summer in a quiet metropolitan airport in 2003 during the SARS pandemic, […]

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Posted by: on January 13, 2022

From Oxford to Space, and Beyond!

We all know that Oxford, and the EMBA experience, will take us to places. For some, it might be landing onto their dream jobs, and for others, it might be pivoting into new sectors, cities or countries. For our group, it has taken us to Space. Soon after our EMBA journey commenced, a few of […]

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Posted by: on January 6, 2022

Silent Reflection

This photo snapped in a flash of a second, took years in the making. The men and women captured in the stillness of this frame made moves from across the globe. A dizzying array of separate journeys collided at Balliol College of Oxford University, sometime in the early part of that year called 2020. I […]

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Posted by: on December 3, 2021

2021 – what a fantastic year!

2021 has been one of my most rewarding years professionally and personally. Smart, where I work as Chief Strategy Officer, closed a £165m, Series D funding round, adding further impressive institutional investors to our capital table. I was heavily involved in this process from beginning to end, it was a real team effort. On a […]

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Posted by: on November 9, 2021

In praise of introversion

Throughout my academic and professional career, I have noticed that those who sit back, take their time to observe, and introspect before speaking are some of the most intelligent and interesting people I’ve known. That impression has only been strengthened during my two year tenure while completing the Saïd EMBA programme. Many of my most […]

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Posted by: on October 13, 2021

Resiliency and Kindness!

Almost two years ago, I entered Oxford Saïd Business School to learn business (at least that’s what I thought I was going to do), but leaving this place learning far more than business. I learnt the power of Tribe, the value the diverse perspectives bring to the table and leadership through resiliency in extraordinary times. […]

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Posted by: on August 3, 2021

The Rules of the Game Matter

China’s emergence from a low to a middle-income economy has been one of the largest transitions in economic history. Yet, the sustainability of this journey has often been questioned. Increasing imbalances before 2007, a rising debt burden after 2008, the currency regime shifts in 2015 and 2016, as well as the impact of increasing protectionism […]

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