Shruthi Vijayakumar




New Zealand


Social enterprise



I was born in Botswana, raised in New Zealand and visit India regularly where my roots lay. Over the last few years I have worked in the social enterprise and non-profit social sector: as a coach, running a social-enterprise accelerator, and leading operations for an education start up. Prior to this, I was a management consultant working with large corporate clients in Australia.

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Posted by: on October 22, 2018

Befriending self-doubt

It’s easy to go through life with an expectation that we’ll grow, become more confident, and less insecure. Many of us would probably agree that we’re far more comfortable and confident in our skins now, than we were as teenagers desperately trying figure ourselves out. The very idea of self-doubt is typically conceived of as […]

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Posted by: on May 24, 2018

You must drop the rocks to receive the diamonds

Most people experience that point in the MBA when you simply do not know what to do! I commend you (yes, commend) if you are experiencing this right now. I came into the MBA programme with an intention to learn how I could shift big businesses to be more sustainable and purpose driven, as I […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2018

Experiments in Empathy

We live in a world that is increasingly fractured and divided. The rise of populism has seen ‘othering’ and fear damage our social fabric and it has never been more important to have empathy for one another. It’s from understanding each other that we can begin to create a path forward together. Early Tuesday morning […]

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Posted by: on February 13, 2018

Know your priorities, but focus on giving rather than taking

Being at Oxford feels like you you are constantly at a conference. Every single day we are meeting new people – classmates, scientists, CEOs, even Malala. Outside of our classes there are a ton of talks on everything from morality to healthcare innovation to cryptocurrency to Middle Eastern politics, a gazillion clubs, numerous balls, sports, […]

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Posted by: on September 13, 2017

Introduction to Shruthi Vijayakumar

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?   Best friend: Adventurous Manager: Determined Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford. I was born in Botswana, raised in New Zealand and visit India regularly where my roots […]

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