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Posted by: on March 8, 2022

Ten Lessons from My EMBA Experience So Far – A Journey to Self Development

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More than a year ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and undertake a massive career change while continuing to work on my own journey of self-development. My admission to […]

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Posted by: on December 3, 2021

2021 – what a fantastic year!

2021 has been one of my most rewarding years professionally and personally. Smart, where I work as Chief Strategy Officer, closed a £165m, Series D funding round, adding further impressive institutional investors to our capital table. I was heavily involved in this process from beginning to end, it was a real team effort. On a […]

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Posted by: on January 6, 2021

Growing babies, growing self

As we enter 2021, I feel the need to reflect on the year that has just passed. I find myself flipping through pictures of my babies and I am amazed by how much they have grown in a short space of time. In January 2020 I was 6 months pregnant with twins, my toddler could […]

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Posted by: on January 4, 2021

China’s Belt and Road Strategy into the EU

Beginning eight years ago and in pursuit of its so-called Belt and Road initiative, China established or re-established relations with a group of Central, East European and Balkan countries known as the 16+ China Group, later grown to 17+ China with Greece’s own desire to join the Group in 2019. As regards Balkan countries, those […]

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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 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 29, 2020

In search of meaning

Freud famously wrote that ‘Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness’; they both create meaning in our lives, in equal measure. Indeed, 82 per cent of professionals today say that they aspire to a meaningful life. This is before power, wealth, and success. When it comes to creating this ‘meaning’, learning and growth […]

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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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Posted by: on May 12, 2020

The end of a journey – 5 things I was not expecting from OXFORD Executive MBA

If you ever considered an MBA, you know the important international rankings (The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, etc). You also calculated your tuition and living costs, analysed alumni from the schools, read prospects from them, visited a campus, and did everything possible to make the better choice. My objective is not to give advice on […]

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Posted by: on May 4, 2020

Till Zoom do us part

“Adaptability to change is itself a hallmark of successful education” (Peter Hilton). In January of ‘this year’ (aka years ago) I had audited the FinTech module with the S18 – J19 combo. I remember flying into Heathrow at 6AM from Dubai and made it to class just after 10AM after checking-in at my friend’s place […]

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