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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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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 December 16, 2019

Only five days left until the end of Michaelmas!

And yes, it all just flew by. It was only a few months ago when I was sitting in Nelson Mandela Lecture theatre listening to our dean, Peter Tufano, give a welcome speech to the class of 2019-2020. It was surreal. I had seen that lecture theatre while streaming the Responsible Business Forum and other […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2019

Get to know Stephanie Aboagye, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in Ghana and educated on three continents. I am passionate about entrepreneurship, social impact and finance. I love working with numbers, trying new cuisine and travelling. I have been a transaction advisor, an actuarial analyst and a co-founder of three businesses. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Finance […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2019

How to manage difficult conversations

I love to ask questions to deepen my understanding. I believe asking great questions is an awesome skill to have. This year, however, I discovered that I am an activist: I raise my voice in matters that contradict my values. And it happened a few times. I also had the wrong impression that many people […]

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