Xiao Li






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By Xiao Li

Get to know Xiao Li, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: Chemical Engineer up until recently working for a clear energy group. For the last six years, I was developing the second largest uranium mine in the world — Husab Mine in South Africa and Namibia. I was born in China and grew up in Beijing. I like travelling and comedy.

Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA:

Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA:
Clean Energy

Country of residence before coming to Oxford:

Jesus College as it is prestigious and well located in the city centre

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Inclusive
Manager: Diligent

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
I was born and grew up in China. After my postgraduate of Chemical Engineering, I joined China General Nuclear Power Corporation which is the largest clean energy group in China, In 2013, I was selected to develop Husab mine, the second largest uranium mine in the world. Until 2018 I have been staying in South Africa and Namibia for this project. In 2018, I joined the Company’s “International business talent training program” which selects candidates to pursue an MBA. I chose Oxford because it is a renowned university throughout the world and it is a one-year programme which fits my timeline for carrying on work. And this is a vibrant MBA community with unrivalled diversity.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I have prepared my TOFEL and IELTS exams quite intensively. I also comprehensively reflected on myself for preparing the MBA admission interview. The year 2018 was a transferring year for me to prepare MBA application.

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

First, the business mindset which equipment us with confidence and skills to tackles business challenges. Secondly, the network which transforms into a invaluable asset for me in long term.Thirdly, the wisdom which promote me to think ethically, historically and analytically.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Being ready to transform yourself in terms of knowledge, social skills, and mindset.

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

Soft skills that promote leadership

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Reshape one’s personality and perception.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I would like to make the most out of MBA and leverage those fundamentals, personal impact to enhance my working efficiency and my work-life balance.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I would like to actively participate in Social Impact society, Oxford Union, and other interesting events and lectures over the disciplines University offers.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
#Trymybest is the truth.

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