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Posted by: on August 18, 2020

Trinity term at Oxford during the pandemic

I feel like I have stepped into a new life twice in my life — the first when my family left Nepal amidst the civil war and sought political asylum in the US, and second my Oxford experience. Sixteen years ago, my family landed in JFK airport New York to seek political asylum in the […]

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Posted by: on July 13, 2020

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Impact Investment

Inequality is one of the greatest challenges of our time, hampering growth, spurring strife and instability and impeding human development. Income inequality has been worsening across countries since the turn of the century and is likely to be tremendously exacerbated by COVID-19. The impact investment sector has been a powerful force for progress towards many […]

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Posted by: on June 16, 2020

Pandemics within a Pandemic

My homecoming has been beleaguered with grief, anger, heartbreak, angst, exhaustion, and hope. Ten weeks ago, as in-person classes suspended, borders shut down, and toilet paper ran out, I scurried out of Oxford and sought my mother’s warm embrace in Queens, New York. Little did I know then that I was stepping into one of […]

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Posted by: on May 22, 2020

A tale of two viruses

It started when I was in the queue at immigration. This was at Brussels Airport. The elegant lady looked at me, almost apologetically, then whispered to her partner. He turned and looked, decidedly less friendly, pulled her towards him and they moved forward. They didn’t have to tell me what they were thinking. I was […]

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Posted by: on April 9, 2020

Hilary term: the Oxford MBA so far

Like any great adventure, time does truly fly. It seems like yesterday my family and I were packing our “life” in a few bags to move to Oxford. It has now been almost 8 months since our big move; Michaelmas and Hilary term have come to an end, which means we are more than halfway […]

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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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