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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 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 October 1, 2020

Women’s influence In leadership through history

Looking at this year’s events that we have all experienced, especially the current COVID-19 crisis, it is apparent from statistics that female political leaders were quick to move in introducing lockdown measures to protect the vulnerable, resulting in lower levels of infection and death than in male-led territories. There are several further examples of women’s […]

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Posted by: on September 21, 2020

Protect the Tribe.

I woke up today thinking about my Tribe… I come from an ethnicity native to Eastern Nigeria called the ‘Igbo’ Tribe, but this is not the tribe I refer to. Google defines tribe as “a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with […]

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Posted by: on August 10, 2020

Interesting and Odd Rules at the University of Oxford

Organisations across the world adopt unique and interesting historical practices that define their image and brand in wider society. Arcane procedures and sometimes strange rules have endowed in particular institutions with a rich culture; and in the case of learning institutions with a long history of eccentricity, these are usually associated with exciting and odd […]

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Posted by: on June 24, 2020

Diversity is Beautiful

Five months into my EMBA journey I have learnt about referencing, decision trees, authoritative leadership, elasticity, continuous processes but here is one most important takeaway: Diversity is Beautiful Gender, race, age, nationalities, country of residence, upbringing, profession, motivations, strengths, weaknesses, struggles, dreams, goals and many more. My diverse cohort means far more than “XX nationalities, […]

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