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Posted by: on February 22, 2019

My Most Amazing Week Yet

I arrived at the Cape Town International airport on the 3rd of February 2019 for our Inclusive Business in Africa elective.  I met Frank, a taxi driver who helped me get to the University of Cape Town’s Graduate Business School. He gave me a first-hand account of the history of South Africa and the aftermath […]

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Posted by: on December 23, 2018

Ideas of India: where past and future collide

Namaste! As I wrote in my last blog, the third module of our course was also our first international module – in Mumbai, India. The course, part of the “Global Rules of the Game” series, focused on India’s emergence as a significant economy and what this meant for business – both foreign businesses investing in […]

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Posted by: on December 20, 2018

Non-Market Forces

The third module on the Oxford Executive MBA covers non-market forces, defined as those forces impacting an organization outside of market forces such as competitors, suppliers, and substitutes. The first point we learnt is that although every organization interacts with a plethora of non-market forces, these can be organized in a number of categories. The […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2018

Lost and found in India

I was last in Mumbai 16 years ago. Then a weary, penniless, backpacker at the end of a two- and half-year stint wandering the globe: like most twenty-somethings getting lost and enjoying the process of finding myself. This time I was in Mumbai with 70 of my favourite people – EMBA S18 – for module […]

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Posted by: on December 14, 2018

Visions of Cape Town

There was so much to take in upon arrival in Cape Town; the beauty of the natural backdrop, the ruggedness of informal settlements visible from the highway on the way into town from the airport contrasted with the opulence of Camp’s Bay and the V&A Waterfront, the homeless sitting uncomfortably adjacent to luxurious restaurants and […]

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Posted by: on November 1, 2018

Lessons in regressions: or, how I learnt to stop worrying and love heteroscedasticity

A cold snap in the UK, and we’re back to Oxford for Module 2. How quickly a group of people we met for a week in September now seem incredibly familiar (aided, perhaps, by a series of never-ending WhatsApp groups…). A schedule filled with lengthy sessions on analytics was the subject of much nervous laughter […]

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Posted by: on April 19, 2018


Before arriving, I had a warped vision of Bangalore, expecting it to be a dirty, poverty stricken, smelly, hot and an unsafe place, being only exposed to photos and TV images of India as to what I would be experiencing. To my surprise – whilst some small parts met these expectations, I found a vibrant, […]

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Posted by: on April 19, 2018

Dream & Reality

Oxford, city of dreaming spires. Coming to Oxford, feels like a dream. Like a superman, putting on a cape, flying to Oxford, leaving daily life and noise behind, living a mysterious life, dreaming the dreams. Once the module is over, taking off the cape, and back to my regular mundane self. Three modules into Oxford EMBA […]

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Posted by: on April 11, 2018

When EMBAS16 Goes West

Put on your cowboy hats and boots as EMBAS16 heads west to sunny California for our last international module. As a member of Team USA, my fellow American classmates and I get to welcome and host the rest of our class on their trip to the states. For one week, we get to live, breathe […]

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Posted by: on January 25, 2018

The power of the context: when current issues can become future opportunities

India has a vibrant economy, with a growth rhythm that out-pass China, and is full of absolute extremes and challenges. Facing a demographic boom that Europe cannot comprehend, India has right now 200 million kids at school that need education, and 1 million doctors that are not enough for its growing population. India’s provoking scale, […]

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