Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Authentic
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I was born and raised in China, moved to Canada with family at age 16. I studied in Canada for part of high school and the entire university, and then started my professional career in Chicago, where I had spent the past 7 years working in a consulting firm. That said, I’m an actuary by training (i.e. dedicated much of my early 20s writing lengthy actuarial exams.) The field I practiced in was more a non-traditional insurance space, where there were a lot of crossover between insurance and finance.
It was always in my plan to pursue postgraduate study in Europe. I have always appreciated how much one can be aspired given exposure to different systems. I considered myself benefited a great deal when I went through the educational transition from China to Canada during high school. Coming from a very specialised professional background, I also value business diversity very much. The class profile at Saïd and its focus on creating world scale impact are key factors attracted me to apply.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
A 6-month break away from work, wished to completely zoom out for some soul searching! But the reality became spending time on school/visa admin work and studying for Wall Street Prep. Luckily, I still managed to squeeze out time to visit people and places in various parts of Asia and South America.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I hope to get exposed to a broader business world from courses, events, and interaction with people from different background. This is to help me explore potential areas of applying my technical expertise to solve emerging problems other than solely in the insurance space. I will be extremely grateful if the direction I discover also allow me to help the less fortunate and less developed.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Everyone is creating his/her own experience at Oxford Saïd. You steer your path for the best experience and towards the direction you desire at graduation. Be open-minded, but stay focused.
Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?
Being able to interact and study with 300+ smart minds from different countries and backgrounds. Learning cutting-edge development in today’s business world at one of the oldest universities. This idea itself just sounds super cool to me!
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Be brave to try new things and constantly push myself out of the comfort zone. I view the coming year as a bootcamp packed with these opportunities; it’s up to us how we want to approach it.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I am extremely passionate about improving efficiency. I feel many processes are not in its best practising state, which creates unnecessary waste, should it be time, money, or energy. I believe there are systematic ways to improve efficiency on these frontiers, whether through education, better communication, or with help of technology. To put my feet on the ground, a concrete plan is to start in the insurance space, where there is a lot can be done to design better product and refine distribution channels.
Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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