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Posted by: on January 2, 2021

Get to Know Tom Perfrement, Oxford MBA Class of 2020-2021

Tell us about yourself: Chemical engineer turned management consultant turned social entrepreneur. Passionate about tennis, investing (listed equities), coffee, traveling, and empowering the not-for-profit ecosystem with data analytics capabilities. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Management Consulting (L.E.K. Consulting) Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Social Impact / Funds Management / Consulting Country of […]

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Posted by: on February 12, 2019

Why I Chose Oxford? For a Week Exactly like This

As I think back on this time of year, I remember that last year I was gearing up to head to Oxford for my admissions interview after having received the invitation at the end of January. It was an exciting time, but also a bit nerve-racking. I was thinking through my application for potential questions […]

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Posted by: on February 7, 2019

Oxford Saïd: A place for sisterhood

As someone who went to an all-girls high school, comes from a female-dominated industry (non-profits), and whose family is overrun by strong-minded, independent women, the MBA was my first real foray into a male-dominated world. For this and a number of other reasons, I was a bit nervous arriving at Oxford Saïd in September – […]

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Posted by: on December 20, 2018

Oxford Seed (Fun)d

What a whirlwind Michaelmas has been – I am grateful to use this post to take a step back and reflect on all of the incredible moments/people/places/experiences of this term. Besides getting to know my diverse and impressive classmates and taking unbelievable bonding trips to London, Berlin and Helsinki – the defining activity of this […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2018

5 Habits to Create Saïd Serendipity

Twinkling Christmas lights and holiday cheer all around have prompted me to think about my most magical moments at Oxford so far. While these moments were easy to identify, it surprised me that the most serendipitous opportunities that I encountered were not a part of my classes, clubs, or regularly scheduled activities. Our MBA schedules […]

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Posted by: on July 9, 2018

A musical use case for blockchain

You can’t go more than a few days without hearing about cryptocurrencies and blockchain. These disruptive technologies have the potential to completely change how we think about currency and information validation in the future, and they are certainly top tech buzz words in 2018. If you’re anything like me, though, you might still be wondering […]

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Posted by: on June 8, 2018

As the finish line looms, a lesson in teamwork from the Oxford MBA

On the sixth of May 1954, a young medical student toed the line at Iffley Road track in Oxford. Feeling, in his own words, “as if the moment of a lifetime had come,” the Englishman gazed down the long lane of cinder ash and tensed his body like a spring. When the starting gun fired, […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2018

Experiments in Empathy

We live in a world that is increasingly fractured and divided. The rise of populism has seen ‘othering’ and fear damage our social fabric and it has never been more important to have empathy for one another. It’s from understanding each other that we can begin to create a path forward together. Early Tuesday morning […]

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Posted by: on April 16, 2018

Democracy in crisis?

The 2018 Skoll World Forum is a celebration of proximity. But could this proximity–proximity of people, of ideas, of cultures–actually be the root cause of so many of our problems? That was the provocative opening to one of the Forum’s most anticipated panels: “Democracy in Crisis? Populism, Polarization, and Civic Engagement,” moderated by New America […]

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Posted by: on February 12, 2018

Getting an Oxford Experience for the Introverted (or the curious minded)

Sometimes the MBA program can be an exhaustive experience for introverts. The self-created pressure to become instant friends with classmates and professional urge to network can be daunting even for the extroverted. Being an introvert by nature, I was a bit worried about how I am going to cope with these new ties and experiences. […]

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