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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 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 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 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 September 30, 2019

Black cab: 3 days down the row

My first day in the city of Oxford is also my very first time at Oxford University where I am about to embark on a 21-month Executive MBA programme. Ranked impressively as the best university globally, Oxford University is the oldest global hub of knowledge. The university is a hive of knowledge activity. Today isn’t […]

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Posted by: on September 27, 2019

And so the adventure begins!

Earlier this month, Said Business School welcomed the S19 Executive MBA cohort – a group of 67 accomplished individuals, who hail from 26 different nationalities and who I am so pleased to call my classmates. I met many of my fellow students for the first time at our welcome dinner at the Ashmolean Museum and […]

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