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Posted by: on February 6, 2020

It was 6:30am on a snowy Friday morning in Montreal

It was 6:30am on a snowy Friday morning in Montreal. My wife Sarah and I had just been woken up in a very enthusiastic fashion by our 3.5-year-old daughter Mathilde. I looked at my phone and burst out laughing. “Congratulations, we are delighted to confirm that you have been awarded an Oxford Saïd-HEC Montreal Scholarship to […]

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Posted by: on February 3, 2020

My journey from Sydney to Oxford

My journey to Oxford isn’t a typical one, but then again – as I soon found out, no one’s is! Born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, my family and I fled a civil war that would change the lives of millions of people. Arriving in Australia, it took me many years to realise that social disadvantage […]

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Posted by: on January 27, 2020

My journey from Kenya to Oxford University

How does a young Kenyan doctor, who through her earlier years dreamt of being a neurosurgeon, end up at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford? The answer to this – oddly enough – is a question. And this question is, “Do you want your life to count for something – or not?” Here’s my story. […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2020

My journey from Nepal to Oxford

There are 25.4 million refugees in the world; children make up half of them; 3.5 million school-age refugee children do not go to school, and only one percent of refugees enroll in higher education. I was born into these statistics. I grew up in a Tibetan refugee camp and spent the first half of my […]

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Posted by: on January 17, 2020

If you can’t measure it, does it even exist?

For quite a while now, in the world of ‘impact’, there have been many opinions on whether impact can be measured. Even more contentious views exist on how it should be measured and if there is scope for these measurement metrics to be standardized. To address this specific topic, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship […]

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Posted by: on January 14, 2020

My journey from Bangladesh to Oxford

It was a hot summer afternoon in 2014. A group of middle-aged women were sitting under a tree, giving me and my colleague a very skeptical look as we were trying to explain how mobile payments could possibly make their lives easier. They did not seem to be convinced at all, for good reasons; at […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2019

How to manage difficult conversations

I love to ask questions to deepen my understanding. I believe asking great questions is an awesome skill to have. This year, however, I discovered that I am an activist: I raise my voice in matters that contradict my values. And it happened a few times. I also had the wrong impression that many people […]

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Posted by: on October 24, 2019

My journey from Costa Rica to Oxford

It might sound strange, but I truly enjoy the smell of coffee berries. Most coffee drinkers don’t even know what that is because coffee travels around the world as a bean and not the actual berry. The coffee berry is processed the same day it’s harvested, and in just a few days the coffee bean […]

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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 September 2, 2019

A letter to the incoming class

“There is nothing more impressive — intellectually or otherwise — than to change long held beliefs, opinions, and habits. The more you’ve changed, the better you probably are” -Cicero. The first day of the MBA might be the only occasion in your life when 300 people are genuinely interested in you, in your stories, and […]

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