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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 June 15, 2021

Oxford, a magical place I once dreamed of

When I was studying in Scotland at the University of St Andrews, I visited a friend who attended Oxford Brookes University. The Oxford in my memory of just a few days was historical and mysterious, like the old towns in the European fairy tales that I read as a child, or the magical world of […]

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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 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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Posted by: on April 29, 2020

EMBA Chronicles: India and the Global Rules of the Game

I am sitting at my desk at home trying to get some work done. It’s been a roller coaster ride since my first (and last) blog post on the Saïd EMBA website. It’s been somewhat of a tradition through my academic career that I would contribute to the university paper, blog or other forms of […]

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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 […]

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Posted by: on December 11, 2019

Reflections on my week in China

As I’m halfway through my 25-hour-flight back to São Paulo, I’ve decided to register some of the thoughts that are tingling my brain for the last couple of days. This was my first time in China and I couldn’t have had a better way to experience it than having this incredible group of 60 brilliant […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2019

India in 1001 words – give or take

Oxford University made history by welcoming the largest percentage of women leaders to Saïd’s EMBA program in the September 2019 cohort (40% of the class). I got the opportunity to audit the program’s Global Rules of the Game module in Mumbai taught by Professor Mari Sako. I was joined by fellow classmate Sohail Choudhry. The […]

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Posted by: on August 21, 2019

Behind the veil: an EMBA in Tehran

If there’s one place that has been in the news a lot lately, it’s Iran. As it happens, that’s where I’m currently based – as what’s known in diplomatic parlance as ‘the trailing spouse’. I haven’t commented much on Iran in my blogs, but I figure given the torrent of bad news lately, understanding a […]

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Posted by: on April 25, 2019

The five things I learned during my first week in Delhi

Wait, what?  First week in Delhi?  What happened to Oxford? Well, for the third module of the Oxford EMBA, entitled “Global Rules of the Game”, Oxford went to New Delhi, India.  And so did I. Here’s what I learned. To understand India, you need to go to India. I’ll admit it, I was once a skeptic. […]

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