Aditya Chopra









By Aditya Chopra

Get to know Aditya Chopra, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: Curious, passionate for impact and always smiling. An engineer by education, have worked for 4 years in finance and the last 2.5 years in impact consulting in India. Love to play and watch football and badminton (frankly any sport). Also enjoy different foods, travel and Twitter!

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

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

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: India

College: New College – I chose this college for the awe inspiring architecture and free gym.

Twitter: @adityachopra
Instagram: @adityachopra20

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

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I was born and raised in New Delhi in India and have spent all my years as a student and professional in the country.

As a student, I was always driven towards public service and got intrigued by the Indian civil service during undergrad days. I ended up appearing for the exam for 3 years (prep time = 10-16 hrs x 365 days x 3 yrs!), reached the final stage all 3 times (top 0.3% of applicants!) but couldn’t get in the final selection list (FAIL!).

Phase 1 : Success is not final and failure not fatal.
So I moved on.

With my analytical brain (thank you genes!), interest in finance and driven by general curiosity (and need for a job!), I interned at a US-based equity research firm and got in. Spent 4 glorious years learning, growing and leading teams. Then I asked myself – is it something I like to do, or really love to do?

Phase 2 : Do what you love. Love what you do.
So I changed my professional direction.

I joined this wonderful governance consulting (subset of impact consulting) start-up called Samagra | Transforming Governance. Worked with great people on very impactful projects with state governments in India and grew a lot – personally and professionally. Then I asked myself – What do I need to take my career and the impact I create to the next level? The answer (after 9 months of reflections and research!) was an MBA from Oxford.

Phase 3 : Learn. Unlearn. Experience
Oxford Säid was the only school I applied to because it ticked all the right boxes. University heritage. 1 year MBA. Social Impact focus. Skoll centre. Insanely diverse cohort. MBAT champions.

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

  1. Took up roles in my job which were more aligned to what I want to pursue post-MBA – strategy and organisation building.
  2. Went to Oxford for the experience weekend in April. That gave a lot of confidence and comfort that this one year was going to be incredible.
  3. Completed some of the courses on Canvas especially on consulting and personal development.
  4. Connected with (stalked!) a lot of alumni on LinkedIn and got in touch to understand their experiences of Oxford.
  5. Learnt some cooking to avoid eating out through the year there!

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

  1. People : I hope to make new friends and an inspiring professional network
  2. Perspectives : I am looking forward to get perspectives of different cultures, industries and domains from this amazingly diverse batch of individuals, as well as from the wide Oxford community.
  3. Skills : I am looking forward to gaining specific skills such as negotiation, marketing techniques, leveraging new tech and storytelling.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
You can do anything but not everything.

Prioritise but do something each for your mind, body and soul.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to Impact Lab (yes, I got in!!), Oxford Consultancy Group, MBATs and spending time with the cohort!

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Prioritising when everything seems awesome, learning 300+ new names and exercising in the cold weather!

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I don’t want to “work and also create social impact” but “work to create social impact”. Post-MBA, I plan to get back to my old firm Samagra to take our impact footprint to the next level and also make it attractive for talented professionals to “work to create social impact”.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
Impact lab, Oxford Consultancy Group, Football and Badminton teams in MBAT.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#NoFilter #Impact #LOL

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  • Sanyam Aggarwal

    Great going bro!!!!