Niranjan Suresh






Social Impact



By Niranjan Suresh

Get to know Niranjan Suresh, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I’m a social impact professional from Bangalore, India. Passionate about development work. I helped design and implement programs in skill development and employment, farmer insurance. I’m passionate about solving issues on unemployment and livelihoods creation. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, football, running and trekking. I look forward to a year of learning and experience sharing at Oxford.

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

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

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: India

College: St Catherine’s

Twitter: @niranjansuresh7
Instagram: @nirsuresh

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Structured-thinker
Manager: Loves challenges

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I come from Bangalore, a city in the southern part of India. I’m deeply passionate about solving social problems, especially those around livelihood generation and skill development. I’ve worked for nearly 5 years at a large Indian philanthropic foundation and built my expertise in program design & execution. The MBA was important for me to take a step back, open up my mind and learn from other passionate individuals on their experiences. Oxford was the perfect choice, due to its strong focus on social impact, extremely diverse cohort and the magical experience that only “Oxford” can offer.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
The work at my organization kept me pretty before my MBA. I started a fund-raiser to raise part-funds for the fees. Also, spoke to a lot of alumni on what to expect and how to balance priorities during the magical year at Oxford.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
Fresh perspectives on problem-solving and holistic perspectives on social impact.
A rich, diverse network of friends

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Be clear on what you want to take away from the year at Oxford.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
Impact Lab and various renowned speakers

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Balancing priorities – be it studies, spending time with the cohort, making it to the events and at the same time, reflecting on yourself.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I’m very keen on continuing in the social impact space. I would like to learn the business skills that are traditionally applied to for-profit organizations, be it operations, strategy, marketing and contextualize it for the non-profit sector. Additionally, through discussions with my cohort, look to learn from different global perspectives on solving issues around unemployment.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
Impact Lab. Look forward to be associated with the Skoll Center and football team.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

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