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Mohammad Ariz

Degree:

MBA

Location:

India

Industry:

Energy and Resources

Year:

2018-19

By Mohammad Ariz

Get to know Mohammad Ariz

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

Best friend: Dependable
Manager: Determined

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

Before coming to Oxford, I worked in Oil & Gas for 7 years with India’s biggest private sector company, Reliance Industries. With knowledge of the entire oil & gas value chain, I have domain expertise in Natural gas transportation business. However, at this point in time I feel that I’ve hit a ceiling with my limited knowledge of other areas of business. The only way up seems to be to gain a multidimensional view of how businesses are run and managed. An MBA from a world class university became the obvious choice. Also, since I didn’t want to remain in a business bubble while doing my MBA, I choose Saïd Business School which is embedded in the University of Oxford so as to maximise my learning and make my experience more enriching.

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

In a highly immersive and fast paced MBA like the Oxford MBA the ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ is quite real, if not focused on the areas of interest. To better prepare myself for the MBA, I interacted with students from the previous batch who shared similar interest as of mine. This helped me identify activities I shouldn’t be involved with in order to leave time to focus on my targeted areas and invest energy in improving the identified skillset.

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

Oxford MBA, because of its diverse nature, has lots to offer. With people from 62 different nationalities, I hope to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of business across various geographies and different industries. I believe my MBA would bridge the gap between my current skillset to the ones required to take up strategy and leadership roles in multinational organisations.

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

Cooperate and collaborate with peers, the only way to do it wrong is to do it alone.

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

I come from an oil and gas background looking to expand into the energy sector, so nothing excites me more than theme of GOTO program this year, The Future of Energy.

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

Identifying and ruling out things I don’t want to do and saying no to those events/sessions.

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

I believe the energy companies have a big role to play in the slowing down of climate change. My learnings during the GOTO program and as a member of the Oxford Climate Society will help me align with and work towards achieving the objectives of these big energy firms, i.e. to deliver energy in a responsible way while meeting the demands of the world.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

I intend to be part of the Oxford Climate Society and the Global Industry OBN. I also intent to take up tennis.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#mysuperpower

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