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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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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 […]

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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 April 28, 2020

Learning to Excel in the time of coronavirus

What do you do when you arm yourself with meticulous mental notes from a newly read JK Rowling but run into a far more macabre plot, albeit one with a hidden-in-plain-sight deception worthy of an Agatha Christie? Rowling was a well-considered choice. Once the admission offer to the Oxford Executive MBA came through, around six […]

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Posted by: on April 14, 2020

Post-Pandemic Innovation Illusions

I was lucky to complete the Oxford innovation strategy module during the historical coronavirus crisis. Moreover, I would say it was the right choice at the right time to take part in a course by legendary Marc Ventresca. Fresh knowledge about innovation heated by coronavirus creates a dangerous mix that pushes for entrepreneurial thinking. Shadows […]

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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 March 13, 2020

The Dyslexic Investor

My first memories of school were being escorted out of the classroom. Not because I’d done anything wrong. I was just slow in picking up on the things you’re judged on at school, specifically, turning squiggly lines into words and trying to remember the order of letters. So, whilst my friends were learning about volcanoes […]

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Posted by: on March 11, 2020

The five things I learned in my first year in Oxford

Following on from the success of my long running, two-part “five things I learned in…” blog series, I thought a year into my Oxford EMBA would be a good time to pause, reflect, and, if I may be so bold, impart some more timeless wisdom to new EMBAs peering into the mist to the path […]

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