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Posted by: on January 5, 2022

Studying at Oxford through a pandemic

Skoll Scholar and MBA alumna, Shiemaa Ahmed decided to take a year and study during a global pandemic. With a mass of uncertainty that the Covid-19 pandemic brought, Shiemaa still managed to make the most of her time at Oxford. What made you decide to do an MBA during the pandemic? I applied for the […]

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Posted by: on October 22, 2021

And so, the adventure begins!

It was only three weeks ago when I boarded the bus to Oxford and it already seems like a truckload of experiences. From biking by the Thames canal, dancing to Bhangra tunes in pubs, attending ‘Harry Potteresque’ formal dinners to having drinks with dinosaurs, it’s been a surreal experience. I come from India – a […]

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Posted by: on October 6, 2021

This is what an Oxford epiphany looks like

2020-21 Skoll Scholar, Libby McCarthy, shares how her year at Oxford’s Saïd Business School lead her on a transformational journey from ag-tech to age-tech! When I set foot in Oxford a year ago, I was asked, “what do you hope to get out of your year?” My response? “I hope I end up somewhere I could have […]

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Posted by: on October 1, 2020

Get to know Maneesha Wijesinghe, Class of 2020-21

Tell us about yourself: A girl from Sri Lanka currently working on a start-up to tackle the world’s consumer waste crisis. My background is in tech. I have worked at a few start-ups and went through two IPOs. Right now, entirely focusing on the MBA and my start-up “Kola Project.” Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Tech […]

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Posted by: on October 1, 2020

Get to know Oliver Doraisamy, Class of 2020-21

Tell us about yourself: Australian diplomat with over 6 years’ experience in international trade and development, including at the UN and WTO. Previously managed a social enterprise supporting primary education and community business in rural Uganda. Passionate about driving financially sustainable solutions to social challenges. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Government (Foreign Affairs) Sector/Industry you […]

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Posted by: on September 24, 2020

Get to know Takura Chimbuya, Class of 2020-21

Tell us about yourself: Mechanical Engineer by training, amatuer photographer, workout enthusiast, intrapreneur and entrepreneur -Founder and Non-Executive Director of Brothers Beard, a beard grooming startup that manufactures and distributes beard grooming products in South Africa. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Financial Services (Digital Innovation) Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Economic Development […]

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Posted by: on September 15, 2020

Get to know Chelsea Pennucci, Class of 2020-21

Tell us about yourself: Early in my career, I became fascinated by social sector growth strategy, specifically how innovative organizations with proven models scale to expand their impact in a big way. Since then, I’ve been at healthcare and financial services organizations doing this work. Lifelong athlete, doughnut enthusiast, aspiring ukuleleist. Sector/Industry you worked in […]

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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 June 29, 2020

Interviews with Alumnae: Sanjana Govil

Three lessons from my MBA journey. Passion is good, but experience is better. When I applied to SBS in 2016, I was a VC lawyer for impact investors and social enterprises who wanted to do what my clients were doing. I had been bitten by the social impact bug a few years prior while clerking […]

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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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