Carlos Filipe Duarte








Jan 2018 - Sep 2019

Carlos is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and holds both Masters and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering. He is currently working as General Manager for the family company, which is being handed over from his father. They are a small water, wastewater and energy efficiency engineering company located near Porto (Portugal), focusing (for now) on serving the Portuguese industrial sector both as specialised service providers (maintenance contracts) and supplier of turn-key water treatment and CHP plants.

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Posted by: on August 30, 2018

“Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration”

Edison’s dictum on developing new ideas comes to mind as my group finishes up our GOTO (Global Opportunities and Threats Oxford) assignment. Not that we believe ourselves or our work as genius, but, boy, did we perspire. Which brings me to the main point of this blog post: “How much work does an EMBA student […]

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Posted by: on May 31, 2018


After an absolutely amazing module in India, the first full-scale group assignment and the kick-off of the GOTO project, I’m be returning to Oxford in less than a weeks’ time. Travel arrangements, packing and other preparatory activities are taking place so I decided to share what I have learned, as a non UK resident, on […]

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Posted by: on February 26, 2018

I’m back!

7 a.m. on what appears to be a freezing Monday and I’m getting ready to leave my room and head into Saïd. It’s February, it’s Module 2 of the Oxford Executive MBA (January 2018 intake) and I´m back. The first Module in January flew by – everything and everyone was new, an intoxicating mix of […]

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Posted by: on December 22, 2017

A single step

More than 2500 years ago, Laozi is reputed to have said that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – this one started rather with a flurry of steps, akin to unsynchronised tap dancing. The simple fact is that I did not plan or see this coming: when you start researching […]

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