Jielin Zhang




China & Canada


International Development



By Jielin Zhang

Introduction to Jielin Zhang

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best friend: inspiring
Manager: capable

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I was born in China and raised in multiple countries, China and Canada mostly. I went to college in Japan and did my MPhil in development studies at Oxford in 2015. I’m a professional consultant in international development, partnership builder and also an entrepreneur-to-be.

Oxford is an inspiring and empowering place; it’s place that makes me believe I can change the world. Oxford means to me intellectual growth as well as connection with the world.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

I have been doing many pre-courses and readings assigned and more importantly, I’m doing a reflection on my life and career path at the moment and I believe that will help me to make the most out of my MBA.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

Be good at accounting and finance; improve my thinking and writing skills; and network.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

Know what you want (aka. Know yourself); think the unthinkable.

Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?

Meet thought leaders from various areas.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

Finance lab.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

I want to write more and publish on major media platform to influence positive change.

Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#business4development #SDG (Sustainable Development Goals).

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