Michael Tefula




United Kingdom





Michael spent his twenties sampling a range of careers. He co-founded a few small businesses; qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte; spent a year sourcing investment opportunities at a U.K. private equity firm; and authored three books for students and graduates. Prior to Oxford Michael spent four months at a venture capital fund in Nairobi, Kenya. He loves business, technology, education, social impact, and all things creative.

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Posted by: on August 23, 2017

Post-MBA Thoughts on Purpose

In Trinity Term one of my favourite MBA electives was the Nature of the Corporation. In this course we asked, “what’s the purpose of a corporation?”, “do companies need to have a clear purpose?”, “how many corporations adhere to a healthy reason for their being?”, “is this reason good for shareholders alone or does it have a […]

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Posted by: on September 30, 2016

Leading through Contradiction: The Power of Contrast and Diversity

Last week saw the launch of our MBA programme with some 300 classmates representing over 50 countries, 1,500 years of combined work experience, and a colourful range of professional and personal backgrounds. We have entrepreneurs, architects, engineers, doctors, consultants, financiers, journalists, artists, and even an Olympic medallist. Every single one of my classmates has an […]

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Posted by: on August 23, 2016

5 Unusual Bits of Advice for Curiosity-Driven MBA Students

They say curiosity killed the cat. The truth is it didn’t. The real culprits were care and too much worry. Those are the things that killed the beloved furry mammal some 400 years ago. However the original proverb, ‘care killed the cat’, conceded to ‘curiosity killed the cat’ because the latter version had an irresistible […]

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