Carlos Blanco









By Carlos Blanco

Get to know Carlos Blanco, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: An Australian with a Maori mother and Spanish father, I’m committed to social impact, one of the MBAs with a young family and a wee bit rugby mad. Over the year I’ll share what I learn from exploring all three of those identities (and any new ones that emerge).

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: Australia

College: Green Templeton College – I chose this college for two reasons (1) I got a 2-bedroom house for me, my wife and two kids and (2) GTC’s strengths in human welfare and social wellbeing speak to my passions.

Instagram: @iamcharliewhite

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Diligent but absent-minded
Manager: Intellectually and emotionally thoughtful

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I’m a first generation Australian, the son of a Maori mother and Spanish father. My multi-cultural upbringing made me curious about the world from a young age. The experience of my parents as migrants shaped my interest and commitment to social justice. Alongside my curiosity and commitment to social justice has always been sport, specifically Rugby Union. These three threads have inspired me to travel the world, experience new places and cultures, work on influential projects and create life-long friendships. To me, the Oxford MBA optimises all these opportunities and more.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
A lot! Apply for co-curricular activities (e.g. Impact Lab), complete career online courses, complete content specific online courses (e.g. Finance and Product Management courses), finalise Oxford admin (e.g. register as a student), finalise my college admin and prepare my family to move overseas (e.g. sending goods to the UK by boat, completing visa applications, moving house, making sure our newborn survived its first month). My advice to future students, don’t underestimate how much time you need just to get to the starting line.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
There are three main things I want to get out of the MBA: Build my knowledge and expertise in the intersection between strategy, sustainability, corporate social innovation and service/product design; Create an international network of critical friends who I can learn from, who will challenge me and with whom I can create new opportunities; Learn more about myself as a leader, follower, peer, friend, husband and father.

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

Have focus (don’t let FOMO take over your life) but be open to the many different and unique opportunities that Oxford and Saïd will throw my way throughout the year.

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

Another great piece of advice I got was to layer the different parts of the program that complement and augment one another on top of each other. With that in mind, I’m looking forward to how all the different parts of the program work together to create that magical Saïd Business School and Oxford experience.

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

The combination of too much choice and then trying to juggle my study, co-curricular, social and family commitments that come out of the choices I make.

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

I’m interested in breaking down and redesigning systems that perpetuate inequality and cycles of disadvantage and trauma. How I do this and with who are details that can wait for another blog post.

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

Social Impact Oxford Business Network, MBA Impact Investing Network & Training, Oxford Rugby Union Club, Oxford Saïd MBAT team (and I’m sure there will be many more!)

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

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