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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 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 February 25, 2021

Life in Not for Profit: When a Failed Negotiation can be a Matter of Life and Death

Trigger warning for: violence, suicide. The author references using negotiation skills learned on the programme in a real-world situation of a domestic violence intervention. I recently handled a family violence case involving a mother with young children who was almost strangled to death by her spouse. The children witnessed this and, unfortunately, previous violent episodes […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2020

Impact Investing: An Entrepreneurial Project at the University of Oxford

As part of the Entrepreneurship class at the University of Oxford, we initiated a promising project in mid-2019, focussed on investing for impact in East Africa. The Executive MBA has equipped us with the necessary skills and the experience for such an endeavour. Nearly two years later, we finished our business proposal for an impact […]

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Posted by: on November 30, 2020

Architecture of Business Resilience

In the course of the last 7-8 months, we have used multiple words that start with “Re” for instance, RESHAPE, REIMAGINE, RESILIENCE, REBOUND, REPACK, RECOVERY. I genuinely enjoyed RESILIENCE because it nearly covers all these terms. Business resilience is the ability to recover from crisis, rapidly adapt to new conditions, respond to all types of […]

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Posted by: on November 11, 2020

The pandemic inequalities and its impact to the lower-income population

After experiencing my first lockdown back in spring and with a second one just introduced widely around many parts of the world; my attention has been drawn to two articles I read a few weeks ago. The first one, reported by Bloomberg and Harvard Professor Raj Chetty and the second, an article about the economic […]

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Posted by: on October 28, 2020

Expectations…

January 20, 2020, 5:00 am, I wake up in a simple but nice room in a Marriott, not substantially unlike any other of the many I’ve woken up in around the world, in Oxford city centre. I put on the kettle and take down two cups of instant coffee along with a bottle of water […]

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Posted by: on October 15, 2020

Uncovering a hidden dimension: Early warning systems, ESG factors, and predictab...

I have recently authored a book, “Predictability of Financial Crises – The Impact of Fundamental, Policy-induced and Institutional Vulnerabilities on China Compared to Other Emerging Markets”. The goal is to analyse the determinants of financial crises, in particular of currency crises, to better understand them and deduct implications for predicting and preventing these events. Empirical […]

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Posted by: on June 16, 2020

Advice to a New Oxford EMBA

Having just completed the taught part of the Oxford Executive MBA, and enjoyed every moment of it, here are some tips and insights aimed at those either about the start the programme, or interested in doing so. Choose your college wisely Colleges are an integral part of the Oxford experience, and the programme is built […]

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Posted by: on May 12, 2020

Doing an Executive MBA

Last week marked the completion of something that was more than a dream for me. In fact, I did not even dare to believe that I would ever become a student and postgraduate at Oxford University. In 2018, following a rewarding career path and growth at Vodafone, I felt like I needed to go back […]

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