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Eric Sukumaran

Degree:

MBA

Location:

United Kingdom

Industry:

Entrepreneurship

Year:

2017-18

By Eric Sukumaran

Introduction to Eric Sukumaran

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

Best friend: After much pushing, my best friend refused to budge from ‘Eric’
Manager: Larger-than-life

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

I am from London, England, and I’ve lived in the US (where I was at undergrad and where I had my first job) and Singapore. I’ve worked in banking, politics, and government, but it’s my entrepreneurial side that has led to Oxford. I started a company that builds renewable power plants (solar, hydro) and Oxford is going to help me run it better and expand it.

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

Sort out the other parts of my life as much as possible. Oxford gave me the boost to make sure my girlfriend and I no longer lived on separate sides of the Atlantic. Now, she lives at Pembroke College, with me, and is also my fiancé. I also did a re-evaluation of what I wanted from the course, to ensure I knew as much as possible which courses I should take.

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

1. Skills acquisition to run a business better
2. A broad and deep network that will be vital and mutually beneficial in both the work and personal realms

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

Take a good break before you start (I didn’t follow it, unfortunately, but it was excellent advice).

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

The wealth of amazing people! Both within and without the MBA, I’m meeting truly inspiring people that I feel privileged to be able to speak to as an equal.

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

Getting. Everything. Done.

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

Well, the most obvious way is to make my company, which builds solar and hydro power station in east Africa, more effective and to expand its operations. But we have been learning greats about how to make decisions, about culture and management, that I will be passing on to others, too.

Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#dontgethunguponhashtags

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