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Tiffany Liu

Degree:

MBA

Location:

Singapore

Industry:

Finance

Year:

2020-21

By Tiffany Liu

Get to know Tiffany Liu, Class of 2020-21

Tell us about yourself: Prior to MBA, I worked in the hedge fund industry for several years. Most recently, I am an entrepreneur aspired to turn boring corporate IR documents into exciting webtoons so that small-and-mid-size fund analysts can better understand a company’s business model and moat.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Finance/Media

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

Country of residence before coming to Oxford: Singapore

College: Lady Margaret Hall

Social Media:
Instagram: missytiffyy
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffany-liu-399b9186

 

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

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 Taiwan, grew up in Singapore, studied my undergraduate in Beijing, and worked in Hong Kong before I finally ended up in Oxford. Hoping to learn more about Chinese vibrant business landscape, I was one of the rare few Singaporeans who took a path less taken and graduated with an International Relations/English Language double degree at Tsinghua University. My bicultural background led me to my first job– an investor relations associate in a China-focused long/short equity fund based in Hong Kong. As I did not have any finance background prior to this role, it was a steep learning curve. However, I realized that I truly enjoyed learning about investment strategies, portfolio construction, and business models of our portfolio companies, and I knew I want to continue to stay in the investment world.

Also having a passion in education, I co-founded a student investment club named Generation Z Investment Club. The club recruit students across the globe and sponsor them real money to invest in the stock market. So far, the average return of these student-run portfolios is 25% since inception in July 2019. While running the club, I was given an opportunity to work closely with a multi-family office, and through the process I was exposed to ESG and impact investing. The idea of making a positive impact through investing greatly inspired me, and I realize that is exactly what I have been hoping to do.

The decision to apply to Oxford MBA then becomes natural as the program is known to be very strong in grooming social-minded leaders. I am extremely keen to take part in the Impact Lab and a number of social entrepreneurship programs Oxford has to offer. Prior to school, I returned to Singapore for about half a year. During which I co-founded an educational media company and produced a graphic novel on COVID-19 prevention and treatment. It is now published in Spain, Germany and Singapore.

I am now working on an investor education webtoon that features a number of great investors and renowned entrepreneurs. We hope to turn boring corporate IR documents into exciting webtoons so that small-and-mid-size fund analysts can better understand a company’s business model and moat.


Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
Other than looking through the prep courses and online information Oxford has provided (super helpful!), I have also prepared myself for the MBA by meeting Oxford MBA alumni based in Singapore to learn more about their Oxford experience. Needless to say, all of them described their year in Oxford as the best time of their life.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I hope I will gain the knowledge, confidence, and network necessary to become a successful investor and entrepreneur.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Be curious. This is the best chance for you to learn from the best people.

Q6. Do you have any advice about the Oxford MBA application process for candidates thinking of applying?
I highly advice candidates to connect with Oxford MBA graduates on LinkedIn and arrange a coffee chat (or a call) with them. By speaking to graduates with similar background or aspiration as you, you will better understand if the MBA program is right for you.

Q7. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to? 
Impact lab, asset management courses and career treks.

Q8. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Time management. I have an insanely long to-do list to complete!

Q9. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
To start off, I want to take my learnings from the MBA to Generation Z Investment Club and help more students across the globe understand the importance of ESG/impact investing. On a bigger scale, I hope to be part of an established capital allocator to use the skills I learnt in Oxford to allocate monies to businesses that are capable of making the world a better place.

Q10. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I am still exploring the options right now. Probably something artsy.

 

 

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