Chi-Elizabeth Duru




United Kingdom


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By Chi-Elizabeth Duru

Get to know Chi-Elizabeth Duru

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

Best friend: Resilient
Manager: Goal-oriented

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

I started working as a graduate reservoir engineer with Schlumberger in 2008 and after 8 years with them, I took some time off to focus on two start-ups. I currently run and manage a boutique concierge business and a business ranking publication. Running these two start-ups allowed me to develop my passion in writing and media arts, and this is has led me to Oxford. Post-MBA, I will like to focus on entrepreneurship in the media space.

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

Trainings, including sales and marketing courses I took during my time with Schlumberger. On-the-job business and management trainings from my start-up experience.

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

The well-rounded skills and tools I will need to successfully expand my entrepreneurial interest into the arts and media industry.

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

If the doors are shut and you can’t get it to open, find a window.

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

I am looking forward to all parts of the program

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

Balancing the academics with life/socials

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
Learn, practise, test/implement, upscale.

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

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#TheGraduate (Because I run a workshop for unemployed Nigerian graduates called The Graduates)

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