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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 17, 2019

Slush, Saunas, the Seed Fund, oh my!

Stepping into the Helsinki Expo and Convention Center the morning of November 21st felt like stepping into an alternate universe of tech startups and Venture Capital (VC) firms ready to intermingle at an indoor music festival. The venue had been transformed by neon pink and blue lights, trendy food stalls, and even an indoor garden […]

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Posted by: on November 5, 2019

A day in the life of an MBA student at Oxford

It’s 7.30am on Wednesday and I am a little hungover. The rainy weather isn’t helping much. Getting ready, breakfast, calendar schedule check, email check, charging my phone, some Twitter, some Instagram, and a bike ride to Saïd Business School consume the next 1.5 hours. I am going to spend the next 3 hours studying Accounting […]

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Posted by: on October 29, 2019

Get to know Niranjan Suresh, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I’m a social impact professional from Bangalore, India. Passionate about development work. I helped design and implement programs in skill development and employment, farmer insurance. I’m passionate about solving issues on unemployment and livelihoods creation. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, football, running and trekking. I look forward to a year […]

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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 8, 2019

Get to know Carlos Blanco, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: An Australian with a Maori mother and Spanish father, I’m committed to social impact, one of the MBAs with a young family and a wee bit rugby mad. Over the year I’ll share what I learn from exploring all three of those identities (and any new ones that emerge). Sector/Industry you […]

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Posted by: on March 1, 2019

A Fintech-Cambrian Explosion

The Cambrian explosion was an event that occurred approximately 541 million years ago and resulted in the divergence of most modern metazoan phyla – basically caused the separation for species that led to modern day humans. Before the Cambrian explosion, most organisms were simple, composed of individual cells occasionally organized into colonies. Over the following […]

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Posted by: on October 5, 2018

One week down, 51 to go…

Researching MBAs, you hear a lot about what the MBA experience is all about. Some of these ‘facts’ end up being true and some are just plain wrong. Of course, what I’ve quickly realised is, there is no definitive version of an Oxford Saïd MBA (or probably any MBA for that matter), it’s yours to […]

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