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Posted by: on September 10, 2015

Ode to Oxford

As I reflect on the past year as an MBA student at Oxford University, I am reminded of the following haiku: The world of dew, is the world of dew. And yet, and yet – – Kobayashi Isa Isa recognized the fact that, although he knew and fully understood that life and experiences are ephemeral, […]

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Posted by: on May 27, 2015

IS comfort=happiness ?

We sit in an air-conditioned cubicle on a plush retractable chair in the middle of the sky enjoying choice entertainment on TV- yet all we think about is the “inadequate” leg space. We speak into our palms and a person on the other side of the pacific hears and smiles and yet all that matters […]

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Posted by: on May 19, 2015

Where Tech Meets Tradition

Sunday dinner got a bit of an upgrade last weekend, when I found myself facing a table filled with Bob Goodson, Co-founder of Quid, Christian Lanng of Tradeshift, the DiNucci family of Silicon Valley fame, a myriad of SBS alumni and successful entrepreneurs, and of course, Dean Tufano and the Vice Chancellor of the University. […]

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Posted by: on May 14, 2015

All Work, No Play?

Scratch that. Reverse it. About two thirds of the MBA class took a serious break from real life this past weekend to engage in what was for many the most enjoyable weekend of the year. We took to the campus of fellow b-school HEC Paris, where we met MBAs from schools across Europe to compete […]

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Posted by: on May 5, 2015

What might Artificial Intelligence do with the Natural World?

Over a recent pub dinner, Oxford MBA classmate and good pal, Joel Usher, went cerebral over his favourite topic, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Joel discussed how rapidly AI could usurp humans as the dominant player on Earth. He highlighted that some of the world’s most influential people, such as Stephen Hawking (Oxford alum) and Elon Musk, […]

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Posted by: on April 21, 2015

The term with the most moving parts

Two thirds through my MBA and things are dovetailing into a final term filled with opportunities and answers. This past term had many moving parts, with coursework, competitions and extensive private equity (PE) interviews. The coursework was split between core and non-core subjects covering investment, strategic and economic competencies. It also addressed global issues and […]

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Posted by: on March 24, 2015

That career thing

It’s sort of like that old toy, where you try to get a little silver ball through the complex maze enclosed in a plastic circle and out the other end safely. Often at first, you lack the perspective to be able to look at the path as a whole, to trace your moves before you […]

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Posted by: on March 11, 2015

Invest wisely: invest in you

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” John Kenneth Galbraith One of the things that I focussed on, in this MBA, was myself. I did after all spend time, money and a significant investment of life to do it for me – […]

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Posted by: on March 2, 2015

Adaptability and LSE’s Emerging Markets Forum

I spent the latter half of last week in London attending LSE’s Emerging Markets Forum, an extremely well organized and high profile event held annually by LSE’s student union. Big name speakers from a variety of industries addressed the audience of eager students and professionals to discuss topics around emerging markets, to offer warnings and […]

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Posted by: on February 23, 2015

Role Reversal: Increasing Nature Connectedness through Technology

I’ve written before on the value of the MSc dissertation as a component of Oxford’s 1+1 MBA programme. Through my dissertation, I explored the emerging frontier of big data and environmental sustainability. Fortunately, I’ve found similar opportunities during my MBA year to research a topic I’m passionate about, namely, our connectedness with the natural world, […]

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