Avril Perry




United States


International Development



I’m a New Yorker in Oxford after a year in Ethiopia, a year in London, two years in Liberia, and three years in San Francisco. I’ve worked in operations for French clothing brand A.P.C. and software giant Salesforce. During my three years in Africa, I drafted strategies and strategic communications for the UN, NGOs, and a PE firm’s FMCG acquisition. Only Oxford could turn current-me into future-me: the person that develops value-added industries and creates jobs en masse in Africa. Fact: I can read Arabic and Amharic but can’t have a conversation.


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Posted by: on June 17, 2016


It was March when I began this post. (Fine, it was February.) In my defense, I may actually be a different person than I was then. Things I Apparently Do Now Join things. Win things. Risk things. Lose things. ‘Things’ includes the MBA Venture Capital Investment Competition in Oxford, the MBA Venture Capital Investment Competition […]

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Posted by: on May 13, 2016

Top Ten Things I Learned on The Africa Trek

1. The founders of M-KOPA and their Nairobi campus teeming with sharp, happy employees will blow your mind with how much a few Oxford MBAs can achieve in three years. 2. You don’t really know who you are until you’re cranky in pyjamas with no make-up on in another country with the classmates you tried […]

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Posted by: on January 4, 2016


Michaelmas term ended and I could not have gotten out of Oxford quickly enough: oh the grey skies, the drizzle, the all-too-brief daylight hours, the cobblestone streets that catch my heels, the insistence that a baked potato is a meal. Then I got mugged on a beach in Brazil and thought: “So, Oxford, eh?” I’m […]

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Posted by: on November 24, 2015

A Perfect Circle

By the October 9th end of the MBA Launch, the gathering of students in Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre had (d)evolved into a cacophony of hacking coughs. If you closed your eyes, it was kind of amazing. The coughs told a story of shaking hands, trading stories, nights out, celebratory hugs, biking side by side in […]

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Posted by: on October 5, 2015

Come As You Are

As far as personality stereotypes go, I’m a terrible American and an even worse New Yorker; I’m pretty sure Liberians would like me to stop telling people I’m one of them. I thought about personality a lot on the first day of the MBA Launch, the three-week marathon of an orientation that kicked off on […]

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