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Posted by: on March 1, 2019

At Oxford with Superheroes

Aristotle said that courage is the virtue that enables all other virtues, and as an entrepreneur, it is important to show a lot of courage but to balance it with temperance. At the age of 24, I incorporated my first business, EGV Recruitment, which was active in medical recruitment. We expanded it internationally after one […]

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Posted by: on February 22, 2019

The Oxford Experience – DipSI Module 1

“Oxford is like a drug; people get addicted and find reasons to keep coming back.” The professor says. The Oxford experience cannot be fully described in words alone. You have to go there to fully grasp it. The school’s values including Respect, Excellence and Collaboration truly resonates, not just within the university but through the […]

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Posted by: on February 18, 2019

A life game-changer at Saïd Business School

Life between myth & reality It’s really funny how the majority of us fall into the “I know it all” trap. This is a totally delusional belief framed by our mastery of our routine job, the people we usually deal with, the prevailing culture and traditions of our society and most importantly our egos. The […]

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Posted by: on December 10, 2018

Managing transitions

The end of the year invites us to pause and reflect. To take stock of the joys and challenges of the past year and to prepare for the year ahead. As the results of our final exam were just released, I have been thinking about my time in Oxford, another chapter coming to an end […]

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Posted by: on November 6, 2018

What has happened post-Oxford? Introducing DIVISION

I graduated from the Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation in September 2016.  A great deal has happened in the proceeding 2 years and I have had time to reflect on what led to me enrolling on the programme 4 years ago. When I applied for the programme I was the CEO of Gilo Industries […]

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Posted by: on July 23, 2018

Ubuntu – I am because we are

Ubuntu is a beautiful and complex word from the Nguni language, which is difficult to translate into English. Its meaning embodies the ideas of connection, community, care and human kindness. At the heart of each definition is the bond that exists or should exist between people. Interdependence and interplay between the self and the other(s). […]

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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 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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