JJ van de Vyver




South Africa


Management Consulting



By JJ van de Vyver

Get to know JJ van de Vyver

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

Best friend: Audacious
Manager: Esoteric

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

I grew up in South Africa and continue to call it home. My travels have taken me to India, London and Peru (to seek, work and study) and now to Oxford (to vision quest). I am a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa), worked as a management consultant, and am currently delving into organisational emotional intelligence. I believe Oxford will provide the canvas where I can explore how to bring this offering to fruition.

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


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

Clarity of vision and pathways for execution.

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

“Not all those who wonder are lost” (a nuanced take on J. R. R. Tolkien’s quote)

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?

The incredible people we will have the opportunity to invest time with.

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

Prioritising between the myriad wondrous offerings.

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

Our collective value-creation structures (organisations) are in desperate need of an overhaul – many of them fall desperately short of realising the collective potential of the individuals within them. Our structures are still catching up to our shifted paradigm. Learning to structurally remould organisations will enable me to practically align individual self-interest and optimal collective outcomes. I believe this will alleviate individual suffering, unlock human potential and further ecological sustainability.

9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

Rowing for Pembroke and keen attendance of events at the Oxford Union.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?


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