Mustafa Abbas




United Kingdom




Sep 2018 - May 2020

Mustafa has worked in Investment Banking for twenty years in both production and management roles and has been Investment Director at a boutique multi-asset investment manager. He also serves as Campaign Board Member for Merton College, Oxford and as Governor for The Hall School, Hampstead.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Posted by: on July 18, 2019

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

A sudden Farewell Fragility and Power Japan, Forever.

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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 […]

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Posted by: on April 29, 2019

It’s Oxford, innit?

There are many EMBA schools globally that will certify your competence for business. They produce “how to“ graduates in sausage factories. There is nothing wrong with that whatsoever. But none aims to develop “critical thinking” in the manner that only Oxford could. Having been asked on multiple occasions the reason for doing the EMBA at […]

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Posted by: on March 12, 2019

EMBA Module 5: Economics

“Leave the Equilibria to Me!” If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on Keynes or Friedman (or Smith), If you can trust yourself when both your microeconomic and macroeconomic tutors doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can reflect and not be […]

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Posted by: on February 4, 2019

Leadership, and all things Human

Immanuel Kant was concerned with morality and felt that humans should be treated as ends in themselves and not as means to an end. This also implies that your value doesn’t depend on your use. That’s all very well, but in the real world – more specifically in the corporate world – management theories are […]

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Posted by: on October 31, 2018


I had not thought about the true power of statistics until our second module at SBS. I had heard of the Prosecutor’s Fallacy (erroneous interpretations of some valid statistics) and legal injustices – but hadn’t considered a mathematical framework to understand this. I had always hoped that, even if my doctor were to offer me […]

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