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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 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 April 22, 2020

Gratitude during Covid-19

It is without a doubt an incredibly challenging, unprecendented and unimaginable period that humanity is facing today. With all the hardship and difficulty that we are all facing, I wanted to take a moment to practice some gratitude and share with you all various things I am most grateful for. Breathing in the fresh and […]

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Posted by: on March 4, 2020

Systems Change requires new ways of thinking and doing

An organisation in Pakistan that enables smallholder rural, off-grid farming communities to meet their farming and household needs using livestock as currency. A network of entrepreneurs built up in the favelas of Brazil. An NGO skirting anti-abortion laws by providing access to safe procedures in international waters. A private company building a new business model […]

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Posted by: on February 3, 2020

My journey from Sydney to Oxford

My journey to Oxford isn’t a typical one, but then again – as I soon found out, no one’s is! Born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, my family and I fled a civil war that would change the lives of millions of people. Arriving in Australia, it took me many years to realise that social disadvantage […]

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Posted by: on January 9, 2020

Changing and staying the same: 3 lessons from a term in Oxford

While in Oxford I’ve grown quite fond of Libraries. The combination of book-lined walls and the silence that betrays the energy of imagination and thought create a specific type of intensity. Oxford libraries magnify this intensity. It is in one of Oxford’s 100 or more libraries that I find myself reflecting on three lessons that […]

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Posted by: on November 15, 2019

Teamwork makes the dream work

I had to miss the first two weeks of class – bugger! After the crazy whirlwind journey of hauling my wife (Jenny), dog (Hunter) and myself into Oxford, detailed in my last post, the saga was still not over and in order for Jenny to obtain a dependent visa, we had to go to Belgium […]

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Posted by: on October 8, 2019

Get to know Carlos Blanco, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: An Australian with a Maori mother and Spanish father, I’m committed to social impact, one of the MBAs with a young family and a wee bit rugby mad. Over the year I’ll share what I learn from exploring all three of those identities (and any new ones that emerge). Sector/Industry you […]

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Posted by: on September 26, 2019

6 practical lessons learned from relocating my family to the UK from Australia

Relocating to another country is always a new adventure, full of anticipation and excitement. Previous to this move to Oxford, UK, I have packed up and relocated from Melbourne (hometown) to Canada, The Netherlands, South Korea and Perth (feels like another country sometimes!!). This time however, was my first time relocating with my growing family […]

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Posted by: on September 24, 2019

Get to know Kenny Wang, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I do my best to enjoy life and be present in the moment. Learning is a passion of mine, with health and wellbeing being most important to me. However, I do enjoy the occasional cheeky cigar and whiskey to unwind but enjoy it even more with good company. Sector/Industry you worked […]

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