Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Contagious
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I am an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon with a passion for delivering high quality specialised healthcare to communities most in need. I have spent my entire career in state sector hospitals, and in my most recent role I managed the ENT services for a rural population of 2.4 million. These experiences taught me that in order as to have a sustainable impact, I needed to address factors beyond my scope of clinical patient care. The MBA is my attempt to equip myself to better serve my community.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
With no business or finance background the biggest hurdle was probably my mindset. I have had to tell myself that it is possible and, in fact, essential, for me to take this journey of learning. Preparing for the GMAT (and re-learning math that I had last engaged with in high school) was the first and most gruesome step on this journey. That GMAT process allowed me to “unlock” a side of my mind that I suppose had been dormant. I surprised myself and in that gained the confidence to take the next step.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I intend to learn skills that will allow me to create and implement strategies for effective and sustainable healthcare access and delivery. These skills will help me to develop as a leader, and engage effectively, strategically and confidently with other role players in the healthcare industry, such as finance.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Trust that you deserve to be Oxford, you’ve earned your spot as much as anyone else.
Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
The collaborative group work components – where I will be learning not just content, but engaging with perspectives from classmates who are incredibly diverse.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
I have made the choice to bring my children with me to Oxford. I think ensuring that their time here is as rewarding as mine will be my biggest challenge!
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
In being a more effective leader I see great potential for me to directly and indirectly influence others.
Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I will be spending a lot of my spare time supporting my incredible children in their sports and music engagements – making sure that they have the most fulfilling experience possible. If there is any time left over after that I hope to get some time to learn another language and maybe even do some rowing!
Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
I suppose that’s something else I’ll have to discover at Oxford!Back to top of article