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Posted by: on January 26, 2016

Why I decided to apply for my EMBA at Oxford

Throughout my career, I have often looked around my office, top management, boardrooms – and wondered: “Where are the people that truly represent me? Who up there is speaking up for me?” I always seek those Latina role models in the boardroom of companies I have worked in, but I have yet to find them. […]

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Posted by: on January 22, 2016

Arriving in Oxford

I arrived at Heathrow to begin the first Module of Oxford University’s Executive MBA course with my cat. I work as a diplomat within an international organisation. For the past year, I have been working in a conflict zone. Last July a soldier at a checkpoint suddenly and irrevocably handed me a tiny kitten that […]

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Posted by: on December 23, 2015

“And now you know why in the Mexican drug cartel they spend so much time t...

In 2015, for the first time in many years, it was my life that took center stage with an Executive MBA program at the venerable Oxford University, founded in 912 AD…and some of the dorm room beds feel like they date to that era. In 12 months, I have traveled to Oxford eight times for […]

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Posted by: on November 20, 2015

Module 7 | Something for the Poets as well as the Quants

The end of summer culminated with the conclusion of Kunal Basu’s global marketing course, which centered on strategic approaches and frameworks for developing marketing mindsets and plans. Several cases were presented including a very interesting and famous one on Citibank and its controversial launch of a credit card product for its Asian markets. It was […]

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Posted by: on October 15, 2015

The Entrepreneurial Finance Module in Palo Alto

Having just raised $1.5m USD for my own fintech start-up, Divido (, this was the most topical of all the subjects we’d studied since the start of the EMBA some 18 months ago. What made it extra special was the fact that it was taught in the heart of sunny Silicon Valley, in Palo Alto, […]

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Posted by: on September 4, 2015

Module 6 | The Art of Examination

Module 6 began with much trepidation for many of the EMBA-12 class as it commenced with our first formal examination in the Firms and Markets course for economics. Fortunately, our class has some real “quants” who generously came to SBS on Sunday afternoon and led a marathon prep and review session for the nervous classmates. […]

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Posted by: on August 1, 2015

A taste of summer school

There is a first time for everything. One Monday morning this July, a slightly apprehensive crowd, in black and white, gathered in a beautiful Grade II listed building on High Street. We were about to take our Microeconomics exam in the historical Examination Schools, a solemn event which I think most of looked forward to […]

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Posted by: on July 16, 2015

EMBA Module 5

“Strategy is the art of creating superior performance,” stated Professor Thomas Powell as he led EMBA-12 into a deep dive of the elements of strategy, strategic thinking and operational frameworks.  A richly textured module covered the art of industry analysis, organizational decision making, competition, the process of creating a strategy and how to drive strategic […]

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Posted by: on July 6, 2015

A trickle of rewards

Five modules into the EMBA, meeting up with classmates in Oxford has started to feel like meeting old friends, and the slightly unfamiliar role as student has gradually become less strange. The week-long modules give us a chance to fully engage with the module subjects, and of course, with fellow EMBA candidates, both professionally and […]

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Posted by: on May 27, 2015

From Module 4: The inner working of Firms and Markets…

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