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ZheXi Eve Kang

Degree:

MBA

Location:

China

Industry:

Media

Year:

2019-20

By ZheXi Eve Kang

Get to know ZheXi Eve Kang, MBA 2019-20

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Gaming/Esports

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

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: China

College: Kellogg. If I tell you that I am a huge fan of English food, I am not mad, it’s just that I have joined Kellogg!

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/evekang

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

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 in China and came to England alone at 14, and have spent a long time resolving the discrepancies between the two cultures and to find myself somewhere to fit. When I was younger I often struggled between the idea of ‘play on the safe side’ and ‘take a dangerous risk’. I am glad that I followed the brave path and finally landed myself in the University of Oxford to start the next chapter of adventures.

Unlike my extraordinary classmates, who mostly have an excellent track of either Finance or Business, I come from a rather unfamiliar industry – Esports. As the newly rising branch of the gaming industry, Esports was barely recognized up until recently, while in fact it has not only offered millions jobs but also served as a beacon to inspire young generations. Looking up to pioneers who established the Olympic Games, as Esports practitioners, we are now launching Esports to provide a more-integrated-than-ever world a platform for people to communicate and compete. Its a new universal language for people to elevate the language barriers and to eliminate discrimination. I hold a firm belief that with the correct direction, Esports is destined to be something magnificent. Dedicated to contribute to my real passion I have thrown myself into this challenging industry.

After graduating from Queen Mary with a distinction at age of 21, I joined Netease – Blizzard as the first fresher graduate and hold this record until today. In the following year, I departed to join Tencent. During 5 years of front-line executions of top tier Esports events, I flew all over the world to manage projects with large budgets, covering hundreds of media agencies and billions of audience members and delegates. However, the growth of Esports is truly astonishing and I felt the desperate need to sharpen my leadership skills as well as broaden my vision. I believe that I could make the industry even greater, not only in scale, but also in the context of social responsibilities. The path for me unveiled – I need an MBA degree to both equip myself with management skills and encourage me to find the positive values of this young industry. Embedded in the 800-year old university, Saïd Business School, with the mantra to ‘develop purposeful leaders’, is just the perfect fit! The one year compact programme taught by talented and experienced tutors, along with a powerful careers team to offer valuable occupational insights, is the best period to learn and to contemplate. And, IT GOES EVEN FURTHER – being surrounded by 300 of the brightest minds from all over the world, you will have to be ready for surprises, challenges, learnings, alcohols and parties!

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
Learn some basic Accounting and Finance principles, outline the part-time jobs/projects I would like to join while in Europe and be open-minded about every opinions!

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
A world-class degree, smartest friends on every corner of this planet, a young leader with better skills and firm purpose

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Study hard and play harder

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
International Electives in Silicon Valley

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
To impress the 300+ classmates

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
Make Esports/Gaming sector shoulder greater social responsibilty – to pass on the resilient and persevere Esports spirit, to offer less advantaged players stages to accomplish their dreams and to cooperate with charities to bring youngsters’ energy

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I am already a member of Oxford Union and looking forward to hear the debate ‘Is Donald Trump a great president’(if this ever gonna happen). I am also a fan of horse riding, so definitely keen to join the cavalry!

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#IPlayToWin#

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