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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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Posted by: on July 22, 2021

The Humans of Cohorts: My True EMBA Experience

In my EMBA application, I was asked what words my close associates and friends would describe me with. My opening line was “Intrepid, Resilient, Innovative, Amazon, Ambitious”. Since commencing the EMBA and e-meeting so many brilliant and interesting people, I have also come to see these attributes in the over 70-member cohort. In hindsight, I […]

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Posted by: on June 15, 2021

Oxford, a magical place I once dreamed of

When I was studying in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, I visited a friend who attended Oxford Brookes University. The Oxford in my memory of just a few days was historical and mysterious, like the old towns in the European fairy tales that I read as a child, or the magical world of […]

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Posted by: on March 24, 2021

Women, it’s time to break the bamboo ceiling

The close of Women’s Month has been smeared with the murder of six Asian-American women. It’s hard to divorce race from the ostensibly “sexually motivated” nature of the attack. While racially motivated attacks in the US are down from last year, attacks against Asians have trebled, with nearly 70% of them against women. It’s also […]

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Posted by: on March 8, 2021

Why You Should Invest in Women-Led Businesses!

Female leadership is evaluated from different perspectives in many ways and corporate policies are developed accordingly. Leadership is the act of guiding people or a group of people who view the person as the sole light and follow them diligently in various situations, such as in a business. Leadership in the political struggle for women’s […]

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