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Posted by: on March 2, 2020

Why it’s never too early or too late: The Executive MBA for Leaders from a...

I decided to apply to Oxford’s Executive MBA programme in early 2018. At the time, the business I co-founded had just turned three. In our short history, we had been through the roller-coaster of start-up life, experiencing highs and lows. Our business had grown from a team of two people to >150. We had raised […]

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Posted by: on February 13, 2020

Stuff made of courage and dreams

Let me narrate a fairy tale, so once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in the far-off land called Pakistan. She was 4 years old when she witnessed the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. The little girl was in awe of her charisma and the way she led the […]

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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 June 13, 2019

“Break Time!”

Wednesday night, the new Friday night for us at Oxford.  It is, after all, a free evening kindly given to us by Oxford that typically ends somewhere close to 4am on the dance floor – whether one likes it or not. Who said anything about regressing, right? Well, in some ways, that is exactly what […]

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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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Posted by: on March 20, 2019

“When you know, you know”

Not exactly love at first sight, but something like that.  I first stepped foot on Oxford’s campus in June 2018, having been invited to interview with Associate Dean of the MBA and Executive Degree Programmes, Kathy Harvey. It wasn’t exactly love then, as I was more stressed about missing my train from Paddington to Oxford; […]

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Posted by: on March 13, 2019

A gown, a baby and a spreadsheet

“damn it. I am wearing the wrong trousers.” It’s 10:45am on the Thursday of Module 1 and I am staring down at a very tall cup of black coffee, and I just realised that I am not wearing “dark coloured” trousers for our welcome ceremony tonight. The instructions to go with our gowns is to […]

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Posted by: on February 10, 2019

Cutting-edge entrepreneurial school in a castle of science

I prefer ancient universities with traditions, values and buildings with thick walls. But sometimes it is difficult to imagine the modern skills of a rapidly changing world in old castles. Before going to study the EMBA program at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, I imagined high profile teachers, real networking, learning and sharing opportunities. The first week […]

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Posted by: on February 4, 2019

The five things I learned in my first week at Oxford

Ambling clumsily along Oxford’s Broad Street whilst gawping up at some of the University’s most historic landmarks, I was bowled over by a tremendous sense of inspiration and wonder.  Either that or it was an undergraduate on a bike. Hard to say. All I know is that when I came to I was in the […]

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