HKN Padiachy






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By HKN Padiachy

Get to know HKN Padiachy

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Best friend: Unconventional
Manager: Considerate (He had a range of adjectives, you will forgive me for choosing the most flattering one 😉

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I was born and raised in Mauritius before moving to the UK for my undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick. For the last few years I was active in the clean tech and real estate sectors through entrepreneurial initiatives in my home country, after a professional stint in Cape Town in South Africa. I intended to hone my skills and broaden my knowledge through an MBA course in order to be in a better position to manage my business interests and direct them on the right track for sustainable growth. Oxford’s MBA programme, with its focus on entrepreneurship and social innovation, was the ideal fit for my aspirations.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

To be honest there is nothing substantial in my plans. For now I am just handling my different applications and their pressing deadlines before taking a break shortly in prelude of what will be an intense and hopefully rich academic year.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

I do have some personal objectives which I want to achieve with this course such as the development of my skills and knowledge. However Oxford is above all an amazing place which abounds in opportunities for my personal growth and I truly hope to seize and judiciously use those while enjoying a memorable student experience.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

‘Join the football team’ and I am being completely serious. To put it in context, I actually asked my interviewer for his advice and he told me that the academic side is crucial but it is always worth it to join the football team(I had earlier spoke about my interest for football) or any other relevant activities and get to connect with students from different courses and faculties.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?

Our alumni have built a quite successful track record in inter-universities business competitions both on the local and global scene with the top prizes in events such as CreativeShock and the IESE Impact Investing Competition reaching our shores. I will be looking forward to team up with my fellow classmates and try to keep this momentum going. In fact I am glad to already be part of a team for one of the incoming events. On the sportive side, we have also been doing very well in the MBAT in recent years and again I will be eager to assist my cohort in doing our part for this tournament.

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

I’m hesitating between either the taming of my heavy accent or indulging only moderately in the various distractions of student life 😇

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

The low-hanging fruit would be my present involvement in the cleantech space notably green power. I believe the tools that this programme will provide me with will be very useful in advancing future personal initiatives in that field and thereby positively contribute to the welfare of communities. Affordable clean power has a significant role to play in our modern times as it is a formidable mean to mitigate and eventually resolve both the issues of excessive carbon emissions and low levels of electricity access, the latter being a major block in the economic and social progress of several underdeveloped nations.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

I will definitely try to get in my college’s football team. For the rest, I will wait for the Sports and Societies fair.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#ynwa (I happen to be a lifelong Liverpool FC fan)

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