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Posted by: on November 12, 2019

MBA classmates: different, but the same.

One of the strengths of the Oxford MBA is the diversity of the cohort and how this diversity is embraced. This was a major consideration for me in applying at Oxford and now, after just one month at Saïd Business School, I already experience the tremendous value of this. The 2019-2020 cohort consists of 329 […]

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Posted by: on November 4, 2019

Making the most of our limited time

To quote JRR Tolkien “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us”. About a year ago, I decided it was time to study again, to use my time to further my education and grow my network. This life-changing decision would not have been possible without the support […]

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Posted by: on October 24, 2019

Get to know Diana Schwedhelm, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: Passionate and driven, I give 110% to all I do. I believe that if something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing #gobigorgohome. I am most engaged when developing innovative solutions to mundane problems and aim to change the world one great idea at a time! Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Consumer […]

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Posted by: on October 22, 2019

Get to know Rebone Shaku, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: Having experienced life on both sides of the inequality spectrum, i.e. life in poverty vs life in financial abundance, I am acutely passionate about reducing poverty and economic inequality in Africa. I am a spoken word fanatic, a lover of good music, spiritually grounded, psychology curious, joyful soul. Sector/Industry you worked in […]

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Posted by: on October 1, 2019

Look up, look around and look ahead

The Saïd Business School 2018-19 MBA cohort gathered at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford to celebrate the End of Course Ceremony in the first week of September 2019. In the company of family, friends and loved ones, and presided over by members of the school staff and faculty, the morning marked the end of the […]

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Posted by: on September 23, 2019

Get to know Khanya Okumu, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: Born and raised in South Africa, I’m a qualified Chartered Accountant with experience in finance and investment management. I obtained both my under-graduate and post-graduate qualifications at UCT in Cape Town. I am passionate about the African continent and making a positive and sustainable impact. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Financial […]

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Posted by: on September 18, 2019

Get to know Sarel van Baalen, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: A creative striving to craft technical, commercial and business solutions with social impact in mind, I enjoy the complexities behind simple solutions to important issues. I have a passion for developing infrastructure in Africa to improve living conditions and unlock sustainable economic growth for the continent. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: […]

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Posted by: on September 16, 2019

Get to know Vera Argyle, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I come to Oxford after six years of working in finance (three in South Africa and three in Australia), focussing on financial due diligence and corporate valuations, and I continue to call Africa home. I have decided on 6 values to take with me into the MBA and these will form […]

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Posted by: on September 9, 2019

I love my job

I really love my job – I consider it such a privilege to be able to use my hands to transform lives. It’s a job that I’ve been steadily working towards since my 5th year of medical school. Nights being on call, exams every year, many extra courses and workshops around the world to gain […]

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Posted by: on August 19, 2019

A story about gifts

On the 22nd of June the Saïd Foundation held their Annual Dinner in London, celebrating the work of the foundation in its ambitious investments in education opportunities. Mr and Mrs Saïd invited current year scholarship recipients to attend, alongside other scholars, alumni, partners, stakeholders, friends and family. Numerous current MBAs, as well as Saïd Business […]

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