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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 5, 2020

GOTO: a lesson in sitting in the discomfort

What happens when you place a group of solution-oriented MBAs in front of a seemingly insurmountable challenge? Welcome to the GOTO experience. The first day back at school after the MBA winter break feels exactly like you might imagine: smiles, excited waves and ‘how was your break?’ fill the corridors of Saïd Business School. It […]

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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 January 9, 2020

Changing and staying the same: 3 lessons from a term in Oxford

While in Oxford I’ve grown quite fond of Libraries. The combination of book-lined walls and the silence that betrays the energy of imagination and thought create a specific type of intensity. Oxford libraries magnify this intensity. It is in one of Oxford’s 100 or more libraries that I find myself reflecting on three lessons that […]

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Posted by: on January 2, 2020

Reflections from Michaelmas

Supersonic. One word to describe time in Oxford. The last few months have flown past! I cannot believe that Michaelmas term is done. I’m twenty-five percent through with my MBA. I need to take a deep, long breath and pinch myself to believe it’s true. It took me longer than I expected to settle down […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2019

Play better work better

During the very intensive assessment week, when your paper is due and you will have to take two exams in a row, Oxford MBAs may seem stressed. Why not spend a day at Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site which lies only about 30 minutes bus ride from Oxford? The palace is not only a […]

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