Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Curious
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I was raised travelling since my father was a commercial airline pilot, and I have been fortunate to live, study, and work nomadically across Saudi Arabia, France, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, the US, and now the UK.
I started my career via an internship with the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam in the Social Sectors Team while pursuing my undergraduate degrees. After earning a BSc in Finance and BA in International Management from Arizona State University and Toulouse Business School, I joined the French multinational Air Liquide as a business analyst in Korea and Japan for nearly two years. I then continued my career with Mirae Asset Global Investments, one of the world’s largest emerging market equity investors, to help drive global strategic initiatives around digital, marketing, and business development functions during more than five years.
Oxford’s vision of developing leaders with purpose as a world-class academic institution that attracts diverse, capable, and aspirational individuals is the opportunity of a lifetime. I would like to seek inspiration for social impact from not only the multidisciplinary Saïd Business School curriculum, but also from the MBA cohort and students from the wider university.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I travelled throughout 16 countries in 4 continents over the course of three months during the summer to discover the world and meet classmates. I had concluded that cultivating relationships with members of the class was an important aspect to form genuine friendships in local settings prior to the MBA programme. The experience absolutely opened my mind and prepared me for the intense upcoming year! In terms of skills, I had completed a General Assembly data analysis module, Google digital marketing certificates, and several DataCamp courses on Python and deep learning for more exposure to coding.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I’d like to better understand systems theory in how various public and private entities can cooperate to tackle world-scale problems, from education and healthcare to inequality and employment opportunities.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
“You can do anything, but not everything.” Essentially, it’s worth focusing on two to three realistically achievable goals and improvement areas in the year as opposed to trying to accomplish all general topics at once.
Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
I’m interested in exploring how non-market actors influence business behaviour and the role of corporations in helping economic development and institutions in emerging markets.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Balancing coursework, extracurricular commitments, exercise, socialising, professional development, and sleep will be especially demanding in a compressed one-year MBA timeline. But that is part of what makes an MBA so memorable and the connections lifelong I’ve been told!
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
In addition to technical competencies, I’m a believer that human capital is fundamental to affect meaningful change in society. As such, it’s the highly accomplished and mission-driven MBA classmates and other brilliant students of the University of Oxford that will enable the type of collaboration needed for positive transformation post-graduation in our respective careers.
Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I would like to become involved with a few of the Oxford Business Networks, student associations (e.g. Oxford Strategy Group), and Skoll Centre for impact investing and social entrepreneurship in concert with start-up activities from the Oxford Foundry. I will try out rowing (it is Oxford tradition) while running, playing tennis, and skiing in order to stay in shape.
Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
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