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Posted by: on November 24, 2021

Human Connection: Connecting the dots

Two months to the date of our first induction lecture at Saïd Business School, the one thing that strikes me every day whilst being at Oxford is, the people. It sounds obvious when you think our cohort is made up of 355 exceptionally talented people, representing 71 nationalities, but, it goes much further than their […]

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Posted by: on November 11, 2021

Planting Seeds

It’s been a little over a month since we began our MBA at Saïd Business School, and almost exactly two months since I landed in Oxford. While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that we’ve arrived at Hogwarts, this is probably the closest we’re going to get to that, aren’t we? From listening […]

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Posted by: on November 4, 2021

Learning how to better serve

Warren Buffett once said he was lucky to be born American. After living, working, and studying in the United States, I came to the conclusion that he was right; my experiences in the US and Europe have shown me that there is a huge gap of opportunities for people born in developed countries to those […]

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Posted by: on October 7, 2021

Oxford, Finally.

On a gray evening in late April, I stepped off a bus and finally set foot in Oxford for the first time. The day had been long, but the journey has been even longer. Before the start of the school year, I made the difficult decision to complete the first term of my MBA remotely, […]

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Posted by: on January 25, 2021

Leadership lessons from volunteering in the NHS COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

On the 4th of January 2021, the unwelcome but necessary news of a third UK lockdown was announced. This brought with it the immediate closure of schools and universities – not exactly the news you want to hear part-way through a one-year MBA at Oxford. Feeling somewhat disheartened the next morning, I stumbled fortuitously across […]

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Posted by: on January 10, 2021

Get to know Sanya Rajpal, Oxford MBA Class of 2020-2021

Tell us a bit about yourself I am a Development and Policy Expert, Entrepreneur and Lawyer. Passionately dedicated to creating impact and facilitating change through creating opportunities for people’s excellence to shine – usually through education, entrepreneurship and cognitive skills. Most recently I was working at the UN, working on trade&development issues. I’m driven by […]

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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 December 18, 2020

“Maria, I think you’re on Mute!”

Although It’s been just seven weeks into the MBA, it feels longer; it feels more like halfway into the program. A lot’s happened. (in a good way!) We started without a lockdown, and now there is a lockdown. Thankfully, educational purposes are sort of exempt so we still get in person classes. My week typically […]

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Posted by: on December 18, 2020

Together Apart: Staying Connected During the UK Lockdown

In early November, with Covid-19 cases rising in the United Kingdom and around the world, the UK government announced a month-long lockdown to help curb the spread of the virus. With the weather turning cold, days getting shorter, and coursework in full swing, this was unwelcome news, to say the least. Many of us felt […]

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Posted by: on December 8, 2020

MBA & Motherhood? Yes, You Can

When I started thinking about doing an MBA, I spent hours googling “MBA and motherhood”.  What would a day in my life look like? Would I be able to keep up with the frantic pace of business school, and balance the pressure with the demands of mothering? Would my children recognize the inconveniences as part […]

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