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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 April 11, 2018

Thoughtful Reflections – Module 1

While knocking away letters on my laptop seated on the upper deck of this A380 aircraft bound towards Abu Dhabi, it is very easy to loose sense of time. My flow is interrupted and I am asked to switch off my laptop and mobile device in preparation for take-off. It is now that I have […]

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Posted by: on April 10, 2018

From law to finance…to valuing the Airbus A380

As a lawyer focusing on project finance in Africa, I was looking for a program to give me a deep financial understanding about valuation of projects and bridging the infrastructure-financing gap. The program is rigorous and intense as we were studying term long modules in one week covering both theory and practice. The modules get […]

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Posted by: on April 9, 2018

A U.S. Army Veteran’s Journey to Saïd Business School

Have you ever sat with leaders from more than 30 countries during a course? Do you know what it is like to visit the prestigious Oxford University? Have you imagined the value a post-graduate diploma at Saïd Business School brings you? Are you a member of the United States Military and wondering if you can […]

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Posted by: on February 7, 2018

Back to the future

They say you should never go back.  Certainly José Mourinho, twice the manager of philosophy Professor Mark Wrathall’s beloved Chelsea FC, would agree. Second time round, it just didn’t work out for him. But would it for me?  30 years after I first arrived at Oxford train station suitcase in hand, to study French and […]

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Posted by: on February 5, 2018

Changing times

As someone who works in the world of peace-building, strengthening democracy and international affairs, I engage daily with individuals on all levels in political, public, diplomatic, business, media, academic and community sectors. However, throughout my career I have had limited direct experience of the corporate world, which explains why executive education, and why the Diploma […]

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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 November 13, 2017

Certainly worth it – reflections at the middle point of the journey

While looking across the world at the programmes that allow mid-career professionals to hone their understanding of how to manage change and promote innovation in public and international institutions, I came across this programme at the Saïd Business School at Oxford. This programme promised to combine organisational strategy and innovation as its core components and offer […]

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Posted by: on October 30, 2017

Farewell and Welcome

I received recently an email link containing our pictures during our last black-tie dinner at St. Cross College. As I browse through all the pictures, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about the whole Oxford experience, thinking how time flies really fast.   It was only late last year when I decided to pursue a […]

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Posted by: on June 20, 2017

Module 2 and an EXAM!!!!

The residential week for Module 2 was a scary prospect. The first thing that we had to do was an exam on the Wednesday morning (the exam was on Module 1), then it would be into the lectures for Module 2. This would be my first formal university exam for over 20 years. Between the […]

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