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Naiole Cohen Dos Santos

Degree:

Diploma in Financial Strategy

Location:

Angola

Industry:

Telecommunications

Year:

2018

By Naiole Cohen Dos Santos

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I submitted my Final Integrative Assignment (FIA) for the Diploma in Financial Strategy at Saïd Business School in January and I thought “I’m done!” I had finished it! Did I forget any adjectives? Yes, “I’m Joyful!”

The first month after the program I was enjoying some “free time”, recovering from the 2018 juggle, from work, travelling and the school schedule, but I was also nostalgically remembering all the good experiences from the Diploma in Financial Strategy program. All the memories awakened, from the vibrant atmosphere of Oxford, my classmates from around the world that helped enrich the life and learning experience in Oxford and my gratitude to all the administrative support team and the Academic Director Ken Okamura, who positively interacted with all of us during each module.

Oxford Africa Conference banner

Life took its course until March, I received a surprise invitation from the Oxford African Society to take part in the Oxford Africa Conference in May at the Blavatnik School of Government. This time I was going back to Oxford University not as a student but as a speaker. It felt different and exciting because the Oxford territory is a place where the Net Present Value (NPV) is positive, translated by the knowledge and the sharing you get from each interaction.

Oxford Africa Conference Panel

I felt thrilled and honoured to be among such high-profile invitees. The Oxford Africa Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference, it brings heads of states, policymakers, business leaders, academics, students, artists and professionals together. This years attendees included Ms. Arunma Oteh Academic Scholar, University of Oxford & Former Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank Group, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella Former Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dr. Mo Ibrahim Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Kate O´Regan Former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Arthur Mutambara Former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, just to name a few….

Oxford Africa Conference 2019

During my panel, we shared experiences and raised difficult questions around the theme of the unbalanced trading history between Africa and many countries including China. I shared my view that better governance in all our endeavours and of course on trading agreements should bring more trust, deepening relationship and more money… in the end! The two days conference was about sharing solutions, ideas, initiatives and positive energy. Indeed, Sharing is caring! I will keep caring…for Oxford, for my office and for my country Angola.

Oxford Africa Conference photo montage

 

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  • Peace Ani

    Great blog.