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Posted by: on May 1, 2018

April 2018

I am a director with an SME called Cornerstone, a real estate investment and development company based in the City of London. We invest in and redevelop public and private sector land assets in the UK. My first degree is in engineering and I’ve previously held senior technical posts with some of the UK’s largest […]

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Posted by: on April 30, 2018

Tradition and Innovation: How the Two Can Coexist

“That’s how we do things around here”. “We’ve always done things this way”. I have heard these statements many times. There were times when it was okay to resist change. We don’t live in those times. There are societies, companies and organisations that were built on maintaining the status quo. Families started businesses that they […]

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Posted by: on April 25, 2018

Innovating Peace

As another amazing week of fascinating lectures and insights, making friends and making memories comes to an end, I have been reflecting on the power of our network(s) and the endless possibilities it brings. Not only for us as individuals, for our companies and projects, but also for the ever-changing complex world. We are the […]

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Posted by: on April 16, 2018

Why I chose to be happily outside of my comfort zone

I have thought about modernising my skills for a long time, but over the years working on construction projects 6-7 days a week for months on end, often in remote locations, always seemed to get in the way of actually doing something about it.  Every year I would receive a fresh batch of bright young […]

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Posted by: on February 2, 2018

Education institutions are teaching the wrong things in the wrong way

So says the conclusion to a recent report I edited as a member of a team of ‘21st century globalists’ examining the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by learners to survive in this most transformative of centuries, and to thrive in economies that will be increasingly automated, integrated, and data driven. We considered whether global […]

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Posted by: on August 3, 2017

My shoulders are footstools

Each time I’ve packed my bags to go to Oxford, it’s been somewhat bitter sweet. Sweet because of the excitement and adventure that awaits and bitter because of my family that I leave behind and whom I can’t share this experience with. I have found some consolation though. What consoles me is that I know […]

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Posted by: on April 13, 2017

My ‘Real’ Global Experience at Oxford

Having worked with global luxury brands for years now, I was looking for an opportunity to broaden my knowledge in business and explore what is happening outside of the industry I have been so familiar with. The complexity of conducting business on a global scale has always fascinated me. I wanted a platform to deepen […]

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Posted by: on April 11, 2017

Encoding a possible future

Inna Mal Am’malu Bin Niyyat, the outcome depends on the intent, ancient wisdom suggests. For me, Oxford is a pilgrimage. A journey to one of the roots which define my own existence as a sentient being and this is my will-of-wish. I have reasons to believe that we are practically at the end of an […]

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Posted by: on April 11, 2017

From Oxford to the World: a simple equation…

It all began after a visit to Oxford as a tourist three years ago. During this tour, I was impressed by the beauty of this city; which encompasses all its activities around its university, its colleges and all students and professors. I was impressed by the history you feel while walking in the streets of […]

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Posted by: on April 5, 2017

The First Steps

After I volunteered to write a blog about my experiences at the Saïd Business School, I thought “what the hell have you done”, which unsurprisingly was exactly the same thought that I had when I completed the enrolment process for the Diploma in Organisational Leadership. I intend to write a series of blog posts tracking […]

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