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Posted by: on October 11, 2019

A rite of passage, she then said

It is a widely shared view that Oxford University is imbued with a rich history and traditions. And at last – on the Thursday of my first week – we became fully-fledged members of this century-old institution, by way of matriculation. It is something I did not expect to be honest. Having never been to […]

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Posted by: on September 19, 2019

Benchmarks for Sustainable Improvements on the Continent

In our Executive MBA class at the University of Oxford, we agree that there is a need for higher quality institutions on the African continent; making institutional quality visible helps to constrain actors and empower those without means. More depth and a higher frequency of measurement of indicators, than currently performed by organisations, is needed: […]

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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 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 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 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 November 8, 2017

#youtoo – Tipping points towards equality

How amazing it is to actually experience a tipping point. Tipping points can be good or bad. A bad tipping point would be if all kids would start drinking sugary drinks and obesity would rise. That’s bad. A good tipping point is when people who go skiing suddenly start wearing helmets. Nobody told anyone that […]

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Posted by: on September 26, 2017

Searching for that Golden Oxford Moment…

As a veteran of the Diploma in Financial Strategy, I knew exactly what Kathy Harvey (Associate Dean and EMBA Programme Director) was talking about when we she told us that each of us would experience in a Golden Moment where we would feel the and see the magic of Oxford. I had in fact fleetingly […]

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