What are the most important qualities for an entrepreneur to have?
Clarity of thought. The ability to communicate clearly. A great sense of mission. A massive willingness to persevere. A willingness to make painful decisions. Extraordinary energy. And a belief that he or she has embarked on their life’s work. Those are the hallmarks of the truly wonderful entrepreneurs behind the handful of fantastic companies.

There are lots of other virtues of entrepreneurs for companies that are nice companies, that everybody would be proud to be associated with, but that aren’t up in the stratosphere, where only a few companies orbit.

Economists such as Schumpeter argue that entrepreneurship is crucial not just for individuals and firms but for the broader economy as a whole—that it’s the engine of dynamism and innovation. Do you think that’s true?
Oh, clearly. And [its effect is] not just on the economy. It’s on the way people live, work, entertain themselves, travel. There isn’t an aspect of human life that technological entrepreneurialism doesn’t touch.


Much Ventured, Much Gained, A Conversation With Michael Moritz


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Season’s Greetings from Saïd Business School

With best wishes for a joyous and peaceful holiday and new year. From all at Saïd Business School.

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oxford44 Oxford’s current and emeritus academics named in the New Year honours.

Seven senior members of the University of Oxford were recognised in the New Year honours announced on 31 December.

Professor Jonathan Bate, CBE, FRA, Provost of Worcester College and Professor of Literature, was knighted for services to literary scholarship and higher education. Professor Bate is a biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar of Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is a governor and board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and vice-president (leading the Humanities) of the British Academy, and from 2007 to 2011 he sat on the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Professor Sir John Bell, FRS, Regius Professor of Medicine and Student (Fellow) of Christ Church, was appointed GBE for services to medicine, medical research and the UK life science industry. Sir John has pioneered the development of genomic and genetic research programmes across the UK. He was the Founder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and sits on a wide range of advisory panels for public- and private-sector bodies responsible for biomedical research in Canada, Sweden, Denmark, France, Singapore and the UK. He is a founding director of three biotechnology start-up companies, a board member of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration and UK Biobank, and chairman of the Oxford Health Alliance, a private public partnership that sponsors research and advocacy on chronic disease globally.

Professor Marina Warner, CBE, FBA, Fellow of All Souls College, was appointed DBE for services to higher education and literary scholarship. Dame Marina is a novelist, short story writer and historian known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth. She has written for publications including the London Review of Books, the New Statesman and Vogue. She holds a chair in English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College and is chair of the judges of the Man Booker International Prize for 2015.

Professor Russell Foster, FRS, Professor of Circadian Neurosciences, Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute and Fellow of Brasenose College, was appointed CBE for services to science. Professor Foster’s research interests span both visual and circadian neurobiology with the main focus on the mechanisms whereby light regulates vertebrate circadian rhythms. For his discovery of non-rod, non-cone ocular photoreceptors he has been awarded the Honma prize (Japan), Cogan award (USA), and Zoological Society Scientific & Edride-Green Medals. Professor Foster recently talked to Oxford Today about how modern sleep habits are affecting our mental health.

Professor Tim Palmer, FRS, Professor of Climate Physics, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Modelling and Predicting Climate, and Fellow of Jesus College, was appointed CBE for services to science. Professor Palmer has spent most of his career working on the dynamics and predictability of weather and climate, pioneering the development of probabilistic ensemble-based techniques for weather and climate prediction, which are now standard in operational weather and climate prediction around the world. He has been involved in all five assessment reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has coordinated two European Union climate projects, and in 2011-12 was president of the Royal Meteorological Society. He serves on a number of advisory committees, including the Met Office’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

Professor Cyrus Cooper, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Research Strategy at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, and Fellow of St Peter’s College, was appointed OBE for services to medical research. He is also Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Epidemiology Resource Centre at the University of Southampton, and leads a programme of research into the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoporosis. He has previously served as chairman of the National Osteoporosis Society and is chair of the MRC Population Health Sciences Research Network.

Professor Hugh Williamson, FBA, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew and Emeritus Student (Fellow) of Christ Church, was appointed OBE for services to scholarship and theology. His research interests include the Book of Isaiah and the history and literature of the Achaemeid Period. He serves as chairman of the British Academy’s Humanities Group and is chairman of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society.

In addition Dickson Poon, CBE, the Hong Kong-based philanthropist who gave £10million to establish the Dickson Poon China Centre at St Hugh’s College, was knighted for services to business and to charity, particularly higher education.


This article is an edited version of an original published at the Oxford University News and Events page, and is reproduced with kind permission.

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The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and … ; Give me understanding that I may live.  Psalm, 119




director_tour_800x450_0Aga Khan Museum Toronto Director and CEO Henry Kim shares his insights about the Aga Khan Museum’s Permanent Collection.




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OBA Boston Chapter Lecture Series

Virtual nations: new communication challenges for states, business, society

Tue, 27 Jan, 2015 18:00 – 19:30

Pre-registration at least 2 days in advance and a photo ID are required to enter the Consulate.


The OBA cordially invites you (whether you are an alumnus or not) to the second OBA Boston Lecture with a seminar entitled:

“Virtual nations: new communication challenges for states, business, and society”

Speaker: Dr Simon Moore, Associate Professor of Information Design & Corporate Communications at Bentley College and Oxford DPhil.

From the Bentley website: “Specializes in public affairs, issues and risk management, crisis planning, developing new business proposals and environmental communication. Created and taught public relations and crisis communications courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Britain, Canada and United States. Published, presented and consulted in Britain, Canada and the United States. Author of An Invitation to Public Relations and Public Relations and the History of Ideas; co-author of Effective Crisis Communication: Worldwide Principles and Practice, Global Technology and Corporate Crisis.”

About the Oxford Business Alumni Lecture Series
Businesses operate in complex contexts affected by economic climates, political trends, cultural values, legal developments, and technological changes. The OBA Lecture Series seeks to explore the practice and theory of business and management across disciplines and contexts. Addressing an audience of Oxford business school graduates, Oxford alumni, and friends of Oxford based in and around Boston, the lecture series will invite speakers and experts from a wide range of fields – economics, political science, religion, technology, law, entrepreneurship and others – to speak on their impact on business and management in an increasingly networked and diverse world.

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The Skoll and Pershing Square Scholarships

Now seeking candidates for the Skoll and Pershing Square Scholarships

The School is proud to offer two prestigious scholarship programmes that together support up to ten students per year who are focused on tackling world-scale social challenges – the Skoll Scholarship and the Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship.

This year, the School is excited to be marking two significant milestones in the history of these scholarship programmes. The Skoll Scholarship is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and the School has recently welcomed its first class of Pershing Square Scholars.  We are now actively seeking future leaders for both scholarships who are interested in beginning their Oxford MBA or 1+1 MBA programme in Autumn 2015.

As alumni, your knowledge of the School and understanding of our remarkable student body makes you uniquely qualified to help us identify exceptional candidates for these exciting opportunities. You can do so by:
•Nominating a candidate – Do you know someone who would be an excellent fit for either scholarship? Send your Pershing Square Scholarship nominations to: ps.scholars@sbs.ox.ac.uk, or click here to nominate a Skoll Scholar candidate.
•Spreading the word in your networks – Help get the word out by sharing the scholarship details via your social media networks, professional associations or within your organisation – sample Facebook posts, tweets, newsletter copy and images are available via the Pershing Square and Skoll Scholarship toolkits.

The Skoll Scholarship fully funds tuition and college fees for the Oxford MBA, and provides a living stipend for entrepreneurs who have set up or been working on initiatives that provide solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges.

The Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship fully funds tuition, college fees and living expenses for the MBA year of their 1+1 programme. The Oxford 1+1 programme is a unique, two-year postgraduate experience in which students combine the depth of a specialised, one-year MSc with the breadth of a one-year MBA.

Candidates interested in being considered for either scholarship must submit their MBA application by the 13 March 2015 (Stage 4) deadline. To be considered for the Pershing Square Scholarship, a candidate must also be accepted to a 1+1 partnering MSc programme, and many MSc applications close after the January 2015 deadlines.

Information session in Los Angeles

We are pleased to invite you to an information session in Los Angeles with Saïd Business School’s Director of External Relations, Amy Ambrose, on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

This event will provide you with an insight into how obtaining an MBA or the 1 + 1 MBA at Oxford can assist you in achieving your career aspirations, tackle world scale problems and develop into a responsible leader.

Alumni will attend the event and will be happy to share their experience of the programme with you.  Attendees will also learn more about the School’s Oxford Pershing Square Graduate Scholarship and Skoll Scholarship.

Should you wish to attend the information session, please book a ticket.

Event Schedule: 

18:45 Registration

19:00 Introduction to the programme

19:30 Q&A session and introduction to alumni

20:00 Networking drinks

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Alumni Christmas celebrations in North America

Sun, 14 Dec, 2014 13:00 – Wed, 17 Dec, 2014 20:00


The Oxford University North American office would like to invite alumni to three Christmas celebrations with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton in Seattle, WA, Washington, DC and New York, during the week of 14 December.

If you would like to attend please click on the links below.

Seattle:  Sunday 14 December 1 – 4pm
Washington:  Tuesday 16 December  6 – 8pm
New York: Wednesday 17 December 6 – 8pm

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Winner of the first Oxford Executive MBA scholarship

Winner of the first Oxford Executive MBA scholarship for Women announced

09 December 2014

Arefe Khosravi

A. Khosravi, a commodity trader at TMT Metals AG has been awarded the first Oxford EMBA Scholarship for Women, offered in association with the 30% Club. Arefe will join the Oxford Executive MBA programme at Saïd Business School in January 2015.

‘It is a privilege to receive the Oxford EMBA scholarship which acknowledges the importance of supporting women to achieve excellence in business,’ said Arefe. ‘Business education, as with all education, is equally important for women and men.’

Although in business there still remains an imbalance between women and men at a senior level, by ensuring that women are able to access higher level qualifications will enable them to progress through to senior leadership positions.

As an Oxford EMBA Scholarship for Women scholar Khosravi hopes to become a role model for other aspiring female leaders and will support the mission of the initiative to encourage high potential colleagues strive for board level positions.

The announcement was made at the 30% Club’s ‘Nurturing Young Female Talent’ event held at BNY Mellon today by Kathy Harvey, Director of the Executive MBA programme at Saïd Business School. She said the scholarship was a critical step towards ‘raising awareness of the benefits of a business education for aspiring women leaders.’

About the 30% Club
The 30% Club is a group of Chairs and CEOs committed to better gender balance at all levels of their organisations through voluntary actions. Business leadership is key: this takes the issue beyond a specialist diversity effort and into mainstream talent management. The Club launched in the UK in 2010 with an aspirational goal of 30% women on FTSE-100 boards by end 2015.

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Ruthless Dark Blues break Varsity record

Oxford’s Rugby Union Blues have thrashed Cambridge 43-6 to record the biggest win in the 133-year history of the Varsity match.

The Dark Blues ran in six tries by Sam Egerton, Alexander Macdonald, Thomas Reeson Price, Ian Williams, George Cullen and Gus Jones in a dominant performance at Twickenham this afternoon (11 December 2014). Fly-half George Cullen kicked five conversations and a penalty.

After a closely fought opening period, Sam Egerton broke the deadlock by running from his own half to score a try. In doing so, he became the first person ever to score in three successive Varsity matches. A try on the stroke of half time gave Oxford a 17-6 lead at the break, before the floodgates opened.

Oxford has now won 58 matches to Cambridge’s 61. But having won the last five matches in a row, the Dark Blues are rapidly closing in on their old rivals.

Earlier on, Oxford’s Under 21s beat their Cambridge counterparts 36-12.



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Alumni Advisory Council

On behalf of the entire newly elected Alumni Advisory Council (AAC), I am pleased to write you with an update on our progress since the elections this summer. We are all honoured to be elected by you – our peers and fellow alumni – and we plan to do our best in representing your interests.

Voter turnout for the elections was high for an alumni advisory body at 16%, with 949 alumni voting in this election. Fifteen AAC members were elected through the voting process, and three were selected as appointees of the Dean. A faculty member was then subsequently elected by the AAC; for this term, the faculty representative will be Tim Jenkinson.

Here is the full list of members of the Alumni Advisory Council:

Abdallah Aldubaikhi, EMBA 2010, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Trish Audit, MMPM 2010, Oxford, UK
Jason Bell, MBA 2010, London, UK
Alan Chen, MFE 2010, Beijing, China
Megan Costello, MBA 2006, Boston, USA
Will de Laszlo, MBA 2007, London, UK
Ahmed el Tantawy, EMBA 2009, Cairo, Egypt
Stewart Hamel,  PGDip 2009, Shreveport, USA
Rodrigo Tosti Ibanez, MBA 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ahmad Khan, MBA 2011, Islamabad, Pakistan
Andrew Lo, MMR 2001, Hong Kong, China
Nennia Orji, EE&M 2006, London, UK
Denis Soloviev, EMBA 2005, Moscow, Russia
Gayathri Sudhakaran, MBA 2005, London, UK
Rachael Wagner, MBA 2004, New York, USA
Lukas Wetzel, MLF 2011, London, UK
Timothy Wonhof, MFE 2005, Brisbane, Australia
Neo Zhang, MMR 2008, Shenzhen, China

View their full bios here.

Since the elections were completed in August, the AAC has had two meetings, and, in concert with the Alumni Relations Office, we have organized ourselves into committees around four primary topics as the starting point for our work:

Alumni Careers – Denis Soloviev, Chair
Communications – Gayathri Sudhakaran, Chair
Continuing Education – Jason Bell, Chair
OBA Chapters – Will de Laszlo, Chair

We plan to keep in touch with you as we make progress on the areas listed above.

If you would like to send any AAC-specific inquiries or suggestions to the Council please use the alumni-dedicated address alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk and reference ‘AAC’.

We look forward to working with you – please be in touch!

All the best,

Rachael Wagner
Chair, SBS Alumni Advisory Council

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