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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 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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Posted by: on March 4, 2020

Impossible is nothing

The truth is that nothing prepares you for the intensity and collegiality that the Oxford Executive MBA puts you through. No one tells you that coming from a purely legal, non-financial or mathematical background means that you may find courses like Analytics frustrating and quite humbling. You sit in class and watch a very brilliant […]

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Posted by: on February 7, 2020

New Doors

My first week as an Oxonian flew by way too fast. To all my dear friends and family who asked how it went – it was so humbling that I felt like a grain of sand, yet it was so enabling that I felt like there are no boundaries to what I could accomplish. Hello […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2019

You thought you knew it all

Oxford has to be one of the only few places in the world, aside from that ‘other place’, that requires you to wear a bow tie and academic gown to write an exam. Here I was on a chilly, foggy, and rather quintessential Oxford morning on December 2nd pacing toward St Hugh’s College dining hall […]

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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 August 15, 2019

Diversity of Thought

We learnt about Governance and Ethics. Not only was the module insightful and interactive with group presentations, but it also served to enrich our critical faculties and moral compass. The Board of a corporation is the most important element of the ‘corporate mind’ because it sets the corporation’s objectives. We might further add – as […]

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Posted by: on July 5, 2019

Oxford Executive MBA scholarship winners reflect on legacy

The Oxford Executive MBA has come to an end for our 2017-2019 scholarship winners, Dr Pamela Walker-Geddes and Elena Mariotti. Here they reflect on Legacy: Pamela: ‘A legacy for my children.’ Returning to Oxford in 2017 for the EMBA was a brave step for me, both intellectually and emotionally. I had a baby and a […]

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Posted by: on March 21, 2019

Reflections on completing the EMBA

As many of my classmates remarked, it was wonderful to be back in Oxford as a tourist without any assignments due.  For prospective students I would warn, although some in the Oxford community might joke that the MBA is a minor degree, the EMBA program is not for the weak of heart.  In my case, […]

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