Oxford Said maintain it’s position as #1 in the UK

We are delighted that our commitment to providing world class executive education is recognised in the Financial Times Business School Rankings 2017, as we maintain our position as #1 in the UK for the third consecutive year, and rise to 4th globally for open enrolment programmes.

This result is a reflection not only of our team here at Oxford Saïd, but equally of our participants, who come to Oxford from around the globe to both benefit from and contribute to our programmes, as we integrate their challenges and issues into the that work we do. View a short video message from Andrew White, Associate Dean of Executive Education.

As we consider the challenges facing the world in 2017, we strive to ensure that our work not only impacts the people and organisations we work with, but also the wider societies in which they operate.

This month we share with you a new report on phenomenon of property technology and its implication for the real estate industry, and we explore how Oxford Saïd inspired a brewery to rediscover its purpose. We consider the lessons from the recent Responsible Business Forum held at the school, and also the latest participant blogs and events.

With best wishes from Oxford,

The Executive Education Team

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


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Politics, Demographics and Technology OxRES Conference 2017 Highlights


Professor Andrew Baum summarises discussions from the recent Oxford Real Estate Society Conference. Built around the theme of Managing Change, industry leaders shared their thoughts on how changes in the political, demographic and technological environment will impact real estate investments, developments and markets around the world.


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World’s largest health big institute opens in Oxford! The centre will pave the way for treatment development

The Big Data Institute (BDI) is a state-of-the-art building at Oxford University’s Old Road Campus. This interdisciplinary research centre focuses on the analysis of large, complex, heterogeneous data sets for research into the causes and consequences, prevention and treatment of disease. To this end, BDI researchers develop, evaluate and deploy efficient methods for acquiring and analysing information for large clinical research studies. These approaches are invaluable in identifying the associations between lifestyle exposures, genetic variants, infections and health outcomes around the globe.


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As you may have seen already, the Financial Times has released its latest Executive Education rankings today. If you have not yet seen the results, they are available here.

I’m pleased to announce that Executive Education overall continued to rank 9th in the world. This is due largely to the strong performance of our Open Programmes, which are ranked 4th, a rise from 9th last year. Our faculty and staff, under the leadership of Caroline Williams, have delivered outstanding development experiences for senior leaders. Our strengths in participant diversity and follow up are keys to creating critical perspective and delivering real impact. Meanwhile, our combination of innovative, thoughtful teaching methods and faculty who are sensitive to, and navigate effectively, global and local disruption, continually proves to be a successful one. The results reflect a real team accomplishment including faculty and Associate Fellows, business development, programme management, catering, housekeeping, IT, and more.

Our Custom Executive Education programmes ranked 26th. Although this is a slight dip from last year (23rd), we note our increasingly global client portfolio and our highly engaged client base. There are solid plans to strengthen our already-excellent Custom Executive Education activities led by Elaine Heslop. My congratulations and thanks go to Andrew White, Caroline, Elaine and all the faculty and staff that have worked tirelessly to deliver excellent programmes that transform individuals and businesses.

Also to note: on 30 April the Financial Times released its first ranking of MBA programmes in Finance and we were ranked in the top ten (8th) globally. Our normal caveats are especially relevant for MBA rankings but this outcome demonstrates that we perform well against the top schools in this important sector. (As an aside, congratulations to our MBAs, who showed their world mettle by winning the annual MBAT competition against 20 other top schools!)

Even when the results are very positive (as today’s are), we must remember that rankings are highly imperfect measures, varying between ranking providers and programmes. Recent research on MBA rankings confirms this observation. Even as we celebrate these recent achievements, we must continue to improve and to focus on our own agenda: forging a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class university, tackling world-scale problems.

Best wishes,

Peter Tufano,
Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School


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oxford.pngUpcoming Events

OBA Reunion Weekend 2017

22-24 September 2017

This year’s OBA Reunion Weekend is open to all OBA Network members but will celebrate in particular the following year groups:

  • MBA: 1996-97, 2001-02, 2006-07, 2011-12
  • MFE: 2006-07, 2011-12
  • MSc MR: 2006-07
  • EMBA: Cohorts 3 and 7
  • MMPM: Cohort 2



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Untold Stories of Iranian Arts Revealed in Toronto

Setting the scene to celebrate the beauty of handwoven Iranian carpets and related textiles
Dec 23, 2015  Venue: 348 Davenport Rd., Toronto M5R1K6


You are invited to view our special collection and sales of Persian carpets and associated friendly auction event thereafter. Enjoy a different work of art and learn about untold stories of Iranian arts’ symbols and motifs. Come to benefit from %40 discount and the opportunity for partial payment, view a collection of rare handwoven Persian carpets, all accompanied by refreshments.

Scholars from University of Toronto provide an enthusiastic introduction to these art objects, covering topics from how and where they were made to the best techniques for care and display, and what to look for (or look out for).

Look forward to seeing you at our exhibition.

Nasrin Azad Mohtashami



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OBA Chapter Committee Election Results 2015

oxfordAThe Electoral Reform Services, the administrators of the OBA Chapter committee elections, have declared the results of seven contested elections* in Germany, Hong Kong, London, New York, Moscow, São Paulo and Switzerland. They have also declared the results for five uncontested** elections in Bangalore, Boston, Kuala Lumpur, Paris and Singapore.

These committees have been elected for a two-year term – the next elections will take place in 2017.

Where there were too few nominations to sustain a committee, we have talked to the nominees about serving as regional Alumni Ambassadors to help build OBA Network interest and activity in their area looking towards the next elections cycle.

We now have new contact point Alumni Ambassadors in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Pakistan, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ohio, Iowa, Austin and Kiev.  We will be connecting them to the alumni in their region in the New Year. If you are interested in being involved in this Ambassador programme, please contact Hannah Evans on chapters@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Thank you to all those who participated in the election process, your new committees represent the energy, expertise, passion and diversity of the OBA Network!

We look forward to working with all our global alumni to continue to galvanize the OBA Network and to foster an exchange of business ideas.

Election Results

(All committee members are listed alphabetically)

OBA Bangalore

  • Prashanth Angani (MBA 2007)
  • Nitin Gupta (MBA 2011)
  • Ashrujit Mohanty (MBA 2012)
  • Rohit Sen (BA Economics & Management 1999)

OBA Boston

  • Ben Little (MBA 2008)
  • Mike Ratcliffe (National Sciences, Physics 1962)
  • David Webster (MBA 2008)
  • Bijan Zakeri (DPhil Biochemistry, 2008)

OBA German Chapter
Each committee member represents an area of the country where OBA members reside in highest concentration.

  • Vishal Kapadia (Berlin) (PPP 2004)
  • Maike Sauter (Stuttgart) (MLF 2011)
  • Hagen Schweinitz (Frankfurt) (PG Dip SI 2011)
  • Andre Waßmann (Munich) (MBA 2006)

OBA Hong Kong

  • Emily Chew (MBA 2009)
  • Mona Chung (MBA 1999)
  • Jenny Hui (MBA 2007) 
  • Betty Lam (MBA 1997)
  • Ankit Sethi (MBA 2009)

OBA Kuala Lumpur

  • Chung Han Lee (EMBA 8)
  • Shafie Leow (Oxford Scenario Programme 2012)
  • Sharath Martin (PGDip FS 2011)
  • Dato’ Syed Kamarulzaman bin Dato’ Syed Zainol Khodki (AMLP 2013)
  • Sazali Abdul Wahab (OAMPL 2015)

OBA London

  • Anne Doan (MFE 2013)
  • John Fawcett-Ellis (EMBA 11)
  • Ming Mimidis (MBA 2005)
  • Susana Frazao Pinheiro (MBA 2005)
  • Simren Shahpuri (MBA 2013)
  • William Sun (MBA 2013)

OBA New York

  • Ishveen Anand (BA Economics & Management 2003)
  • Paul Beresford-Hill (MSc Education Studies 1990)
  • Wendy Li (MLF 2010)
  • Jeff Potter (MBA 2012)

OBA Paris

  • Blake Armstrong (MBA 2012)
  • Cécile Demailley (Consulting for Change 2008)
  • Robert McCann (EEM 1991)

OBA Russia (Moscow)

  • Anna Andreeva (EMBA 8)
  • Andrey Karpov (MBA 2009)
  • Dmitry Ryabykh (EMBA 11)
  • Denis Soloviev (EMBA 2)

OBA São Paulo

  • Luciana Caletti (MBA 2009)
  • Alexandre de Mello (MFE 2006)
  • Rodrigo Saito (MBA 2009)

OBA Singapore

  • Karen Lee (MBA 2014)
  • Alex Lew (MBA 2014)
  • Kira Pecherska ( BA Geography 2000)
  • Amandeep Singh (MBA 2011)

OBA Switzerland

  • Sandra Berger-O’Brien (PG Dip FS 2009)
  • Martin Steger (MBA 2005)
  • Gregory Timofiejew (MSc Computer Science 2008)

To read more about this election process please visit our OBA Chapter Election micro site.


*A contested election is where there is at least one more nomination than the number of seats available on each committee.
**An uncontested election is where an equal number of nominations for the seats available were met and the committees were automatically elected.
*** For unique reasons, three Chapters (OBA AustraliaOBA Delhi and OBA Johannesburg) were not included in these elections. Read more about these committees at the above links.

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Oxford Alumni access to resources

The Bodleian Libraries, together with the Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office and the University of Oxford Alumni Office, are proud to bring you an exceptional collection of library databases, selected to enrich your access to a high quality and broad range of information resources for your lifelong learning and continued scholarly engagement.

Access to these databases requires free registration. Resources include:

  • ABI Inform Global – full text of thousands of key academic journals and scholarly articles in the fields of business, management and economics
  • ABI Inform Trade & Industry – deep and extensive coverage of companies, products, executives, trends, and other topics, with the full text for more than 2,930 publications
  • EIU.com – management analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP), and other leading providers of management literature
  • JSTOR – interdisciplinary resource providing digitised and searchable academic research articles from more than 1,000 academic journals
  • Mergent Online – financial data for more than 25,000 active and inactive global companies
  • Mergent Archive – International market and industry reports, company annual reports from 1900 – 1996, and Moody’s corporate manuals from 1909.
  • RefWorks – An online research management, writing and collaboration tool, designed to help with gathering, managing, storing and sharing all types of information, as well as generating citations and bibliographies.
  • SAGE – This collection offers the full-text of journals published by SAGE, including the latest research from academic journals within the Social Sciences and Business as well as the Humanities, Science, Technology, and Medicine.
  • Vault Career Insider – careers support information including industry and company profiles, rankings of the best companies to work for, and a wealth of guidance on how to successfully enhance and advance your career


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Get ready for the Chapter elections 2015

Help create a future of active, engaged Oxford Business Alumni

Interested in taking on a Chapter leadership role? Our OBA Chapter Committees are dedicated volunteers who are the driving force in their region to encourage reciprocal, lifelong relationships between Oxford Saïd and alumni.  Chapter committee elections will allow interested, motivated OBA network members to self-nominate for a committee position and become an integral part of the future direction of the OBA Chapter network. Elections will be administered on our behalf by the Electoral Reform Services.


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Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the prestigious Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors

photo3722Oxford University’s most generous donors came together on Thursday 17 September to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the prestigious Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors.


……………a special ceremony was held inside the Sheldonian Theatre to celebrate the impact and importance of Members’ philanthropy across Oxford, and to induct new Members to the Court. As well as the formal ceremony, this year’s 25th Annual Meeting included the unveiling of the Clarendon Arch, which records the names of visionary philanthropists that have made exceptional gifts to the collegiate University over the centuries.

The event concluded with a drinks reception and black tie dinner at the Weston Library, enabling Members to meet with a wide range of Oxford scholars, as well as to reconnect with each other.

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