JJ van de Vyver




South Africa


Management Consulting



Chartered accountant, psychonaut, strategist, public speaker, facilitator, writer, educator, storyteller, dreamer. Interested in exploring the emerging collective paradigm, and in articulating the structures that facilitate it. Passionate about organisational models that empower, ennoble and enable the human spirit. Undercover earth-child in the mythical town of spires.

College: Pembroke

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Posted by: on October 1, 2019

Look up, look around and look ahead

The Saïd Business School 2018-19 MBA cohort gathered at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford to celebrate the End of Course Ceremony in the first week of September 2019. In the company of family, friends and loved ones, and presided over by members of the school staff and faculty, the morning marked the end of the […]

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Posted by: on August 19, 2019

A story about gifts

On the 22nd of June the Saïd Foundation held their Annual Dinner in London, celebrating the work of the foundation in its ambitious investments in education opportunities. Mr and Mrs Saïd invited current year scholarship recipients to attend, alongside other scholars, alumni, partners, stakeholders, friends and family. Numerous current MBAs, as well as Saïd Business […]

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Posted by: on April 23, 2019

When you go to Ithaka

As we exchanged influences one chilly Friday afternoon in the Lighthouse, a wise friend on the MBA programme showed me the poem that you will find in this post. It was, and remains, a tremendous gift. A metaphor for life, ‘Ithaka’ (by C.P. Cavafy) also beautifully captures the essence of this wild, winding, wonderful year. […]

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Posted by: on October 25, 2018

An old friend

“There they are, just follow them my dear.” I thanked the reassuring waiting staff member before turning my back on the Pembroke dining hall. I was one of the last ones out, having lingered to catch up with some fellow graduates. Tonight we were guests at the High Table, perched on the dais opposite the […]

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Posted by: on October 3, 2018

And I wander

I write this letter tucked in a jersey on the third story of Pembroke College. From the gentle hold of my chair I can hear the bells of St Aldates Church, just make out the façade of mythical Christ Church, and rest easy in the knowledge that my favourite ice cream shop is just a […]

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Posted by: on September 14, 2018

Get to know JJ van de Vyver

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would your manager describe you? Best friend: Audacious Manager: Esoteric Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford. I grew up in South Africa and continue to call it home. My travels have taken […]

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