Gabriel Fernandez




United States





By Gabriel Fernandez

Get to know Gabriel Fernandez, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: The son of a Peruvian immigrant and a globetrotting American, I have travelled to South America and abroad extensively, and have lived in Washington, D.C. and Boston. My professional career has focused on the economics of health care and pharmaceutical products. Love running, ultimate frisbee, good beer, and my vinyl records.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Economic Consulting

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Undecided

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: USA

College: Lady Margaret Hall


Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Fun-loving
Manager: Determined

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I grew up north of Boston, but have lived in Washington, D.C. for the past seven years. I have spent my professional career working on the economics of health care and pharmaceutical products. After graduating with a B.S. in economics from the George Washington University in Washington DC, I began work as a consultant providing statistical and economic expertise to law firms, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and health care companies to address complex questions in fraud, false claims, and intellectual property litigation. My most recent work has focused on the spread of the U.S. opioid crisis and its ties to the pharmaceutical marketing and production. I chose Oxford for its focus on responsible business, its role as an intellectual nexus for impact finance, and for its largely international cohort and connections.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
As part of preparation for the Finance Lab, I have completed online courses on accounting, corporate finance, and financial modelling. I have also read books recommended by the Careers Center, such as “Working Identity” by Herminia Ibarra. Apart from those activities, I have found time to relax, enjoy the beach, and do a bit of travelling to recharge before beginning my MBA journey.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I hope to gain a greater understanding of how social impact can guide business decisions. I also hope to harness traditional business skills in areas such as accounting, finance, and analytics to enact positive change in my career.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Be open-minded about career opportunities. You never know what might pique your interest in Oxford.

Advice for applicants: If applying to multiple schools, never make your most important application your first. Your essays, references, and interview skills will improve throughout the admissions process.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to moving to a new country and meeting and learning from my fellow students at Oxford.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Time management. So much to do, but so little time…

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
Through the Oxford MBA, I look forward to pivoting my career to focus on impact-oriented finance, health care and pharmaceutical opportunities. I am also interested in researching ways technology can solve issues related to access of resources, implementation of health care policy, and development of scalable impact.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
Finance Lab, MBA Impact Investing Network and Training, and events and activities through the Skoll Centre. I also plan on playing Ultimate Frisbee with the university team.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

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