Rishi Raj Chauhan






Management Consulting



By Rishi Raj Chauhan

Get to know Rishi Chauhan, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: A sailor by profession, and an adventurer at heart. I love to explore new places, do research about their history and culture, and try to put their current state into some perspective. I find my drive and motivation by listening to the stories of great personalities ever lived on earth; I hope, someday, I will also be able to inspire others with my story.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Maritime

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

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: India

College: St. Catherine’s


Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Kind
Manager: Doer

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 in a small town in northern India. While my friends were deciding on engineering and medical colleges for their graduation, I was searching for a profession where I don’t have to put any restrictions on my experiences and learnings. And, I found that in Maritime Industry: The moment I set foot on my first ship, Maersk Essen, a 360m long container ship carrying 14,000 containers on a voyage from Malaysia to France, I knew I had made the right choice. After 6 and half years of globe-trotting, making great friends in every corner of the world, learning about various cultures, and managing operations to deliver containers and oil to almost every major port in the world, I decided to take a holistic view of the maritime industry and see the business side of it, so I joined shore operations in a shipping company.

As soon as I got comfortable in my new job, a new waft of curiosity hit me, and I decided to further invest in myself by doing an MBA, leading me to the Oxford. Deciding on Oxford wasn’t a hard decision for me given my profound weakness for history. Moreover, I was looking for a one year MBA, which stresses upon diversity of the class and entrepreneurship, so I knew the  Oxford MBA would be the best fit for me – so much so that it was only MBA programme I applied to.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I am still in the process of preparing myself for the MBA by doing modules that Saïd Business School has provided us for our pre-arrival preparations. During this break, I visited my friends whom I might not be able to visit next year due to the MBA rush. I am fully aware that next year I might not be able to do things for leisure, so I am treating myself now before it all starts.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
As we know that a business is not a sum of its parts, rather an interaction between them; I believe that a business degree is also not a measure of one’s accolades and achievements, rather what we, as a class, a community, can achieve by helping and learning from each other. I hope to gain a close-knit family of 320 people who share the same vision of making this world a better place for our coming generations. Also, I hope to learn from my peers, from their stories so that after a year we all have experiences worth of 320 people.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
One of the seniors told me that apart from managing my time efficiently, next year, I should manage my setbacks and rejections efficiently too, and try not to get carried away by them. And, I found this a very genuine and great advice, preparing me for the future.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
Coming from a non-finance background, I am eagerly looking forward to Finance Lab. Also, I am looking forward to our induction week when we will finally get to meet each other after talking for months in our Telegram group. Furthermore, I am looking forward to this year’s GOTO project, which will give me a chance to listen to some of the great minds in the social impact sector.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
I, like almost everyone else in my cohort, think it will be time management; With the one-year Oxford MBA embedded in the  University of Oxford, I know it will be a real challenge for us to manage our time efficiently, without having massive FOMO every other day. I plan to address this challenge by setting my priorities right from the beginning and making practical decisions.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
One of the biggest threats that our oceans are facing is marine pollution. I plan to leverage the learnings from the MBA in solving this global scale problem. I want to destroy the notion among the general public that the oceans can take almost anything that we throw into them. With the help of Saïd Business School’s versatile network and my learnings from the MBA, I want to influence this positive change on a global scale.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I hope to become a member of my college’s cricket and football team, and set the ball rolling for the MBATs. Additionally, I would like to become a member of the Global Business OBN, where I can share my insight on various global businesses and issues that I have come across.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

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