Mustafa Abbas




United Kingdom




Sep 2018 - May 2020

Mustafa is a Managing Director working in Investment Banking. He has also been Investment Director at a boutique multi-asset investment manager. He serves as Campaign Board Member for Merton College, Oxford and as a Governor for The Hall School, Hampstead, London.

Sort by date


Posted by: on June 22, 2020

As You Like It

It was just after the summer of 2018 when our cohort met for the first time at the Saïd Business School. The class of September-18 came from all over the world and from every walk of life. There were doctors and lawyers, sportsmen and bankers. This eclectic bunch bonded immediately. We would share stories from […]

Read more

Posted by: on May 4, 2020

How are you treating the world?

In honour of John Lucas (June 1929- April 2020) I was just a spry lad of 18 when I arrived for my first philosophy tutorial at Merton College. I was in awe of John Lucas’s capacity to think. I was quite terrified about the prospect of learning through his interrogation. His office was messy, and […]

Read more

Posted by: on March 31, 2020

A Hundred Visions and Revisions

I was most excited to be visiting Palo Alto in March and after receiving permission from my better half, my flight was booked and I was invited to stay in a fabulous house with party-loving friends from my cohort. I was going to Silicon Valley to learn about entrepreneurial finance and meet some of the […]

Read more

Posted by: on March 5, 2020

Do you Dare?

As a boy, I enjoyed considerably shaking a snow dome, which we purchased during a family holiday in Bergen, on the west coast of Norway. My pleasure was that my sister was possessive of her beautiful souvenir and I could (lovingly) tease her. More insightful, I could unsettle the resting snow, creating havoc, at least […]

Read more

Posted by: on January 23, 2020

Corporate Turnaround

An “heroic” turnaround manager arrived with his brigade only 100 days ago. A poem was discovered in the drawer of a former middle manager, who was understood to be the victim of this aggressive corporate turnaround. Wretched (Turnaround) Man (after Stevie Smith) Wretched man that thou art How thou piercest the corporate heart With thy […]

Read more

Posted by: on October 31, 2019


What was it exactly that Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus did to negotiate a greater outcome from an initially weak position? In our negotiation classes we learnt about dividing and growing the pie. We delved into possible and probable causes of impasse. We role-played together and scored points with and against each other. We […]

Read more

Posted by: on September 16, 2019


“I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks; and ever thanks.” Sebastian, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare                       We are a year into our EMBA programme and have learnt so very much and made such great friendships. We have given tremendous time and energy to […]

Read more

Posted by: on August 15, 2019

Diversity of Thought

We learnt about Governance and Ethics. Not only was the module insightful and interactive with group presentations, but it also served to enrich our critical faculties and moral compass. The Board of a corporation is the most important element of the ‘corporate mind’ because it sets the corporation’s objectives. We might further add – as […]

Read more

Posted by: on July 18, 2019

A Haiku, in memory of Haruno Yoshida (EMBA S-18) 

A sudden Farewell Fragility and Power Japan, Forever.

Read more

Posted by: on June 3, 2019

The Devil is in the Detail

Marketing could be described as the art and science of persuasion. And in order to persuade, one must have an understanding of human nature. As we plunged into marketing, it seemed to encompass almost everything under the sun. At one moment we were psychoanalysts for commercial ends, at another, financiers calculating the lifetime value of […]

Read more
1 2