Ali Naqvi




United Arab Emirates



By Ali Naqvi

Road to Oxford…

A few years back, I came across Alvin Toffler’s words: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”. Candidly, it did resonate!

However, at that time I did not think in near future how financial industry would be disrupted and job roles will have to evolve. There is no doubt that most recently it has become essential to stay relevant, one must be in the know of changes taking place. With all these reflections and most recently the thought provoking “Never Settle” theme at my employer made me think how best I must equip myself and become more relevant in these evolutionary times. It was apparent – continue to learn, it’s not an option, it’s a requirement!

So, when you own your career, and have a quest to learn… there is no looking back! As Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it”. For me the road to learning led me to Saïd Business School, Oxford. It was no coincidence to consider and apply at Saïd for Executive MBA. It was an outcome of thoughtful deliberation. The wide spectrum of courses including Fintech, Behavioural Finance, Digital & Social Media Strategy, Asset Management and Private Equity; all makes it so compelling for one to crave and convince that “This is where I want to be…”.

My first trip, in February 2019, to Saïd Business School’s campus for my final interview and stroll in Oxford town made me feel the buzz. The mix of culture, values and disruption gave me a very strong feeling of how today’s world aka disruption era is and will remain connected to times before. The visit to Oxford Foundry where I felt innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship is not only welcomed but essentially is encouraged and stimulated. Simply put, it was a gratifying trip, great experience and once again with echoes “This is where I want to be 🙂”.

The impact of the Saïd’s and/or Oxford’s network and perception among peers, mentors and social circle is just overwhelming and I have already started witnessing it. I am confident this will give anyone the right confidence to build on their areas of strength and move up the ladder. While my EMBA’s first module is about to begin, I am already very keen to meet my classmates who are from diverse backgrounds with very rich experiences.

I can feel, it is just the beginning of exciting times… as they say…

Life’s battles, don’t always go to the stronger or faster men… But sooner or later the man who wins is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

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