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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David Cameron and Amir Farman-farma at Oxford 1987


Amir Farman-farma: The Prime Minister, fellow B.C. members, and I on the Christ Church steps in 1987. David and then President, Matthew Benson broke the news of my election over a cup of tea. They did not trash my or any other person’s room…………

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OneStart Competition Oxford 2016

OneStart 2016 Oxford Launch Night

OBR has teamed up with SR One to organise OneStart, the world’s largest life science startup accelerator programme. Learn how you can get extended mentoring and win £100k/$150k for your business idea at: onestart.co
Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Park End Street, OX1 1HP, Oxford, United Kingdom
14 October ’15 at 06:30 pm
Win $150k/£100k in non-dilutive funding + free lab space for your business

OneStart 2016 applications opening 1 Oct 2015 • Sign up now for Launch Events near you • Register now on the Co-founder Hub


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Oxford Reunion Weekend



25 – 27 September 2015

Mark your diaries for the 2015 OBA Reunion Weekend for a weekend of social, intellectual and sporting fun!

This year we celebrate those in particular who graduated from the following classes:

MBA 2000, 2005 and 2010

MFE 2010


MSc MR 2010

Alumni from the above classes have access to priority booking. Remaining tickets will then be offered to Oxford Saïd and University alumni respectively


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Harvard & Oxford & Chinese University Guanghua joined to launch an Executive Program

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Business schools at three of the world’s top universities have launched an executive programme to help develop China’s family businesses, which dominate the country’s private sector.


The three institutions span the globe: the Guanghua school at Peking University, Oxford university’s Saïd Business School and Harvard Business School. The programme details were announced in Beijing, where the first module will take place in March 2016. A further two modules will be taught in the US and the UK.

The collaboration is the first time the three institutions have worked together on an executive programme, though Saïd dean Peter Tufano was a long-term academic at HBS before moving to Oxford in 2011. He has recently announced that he will serve for a second term at Saïd.

The programme, Leading and Transforming Family Businesses, addresses the development of Chinese family businesses at a time when many of them are planning to go global, says Cai Hongbin, dean of Guanghua. “From three continents, faculties of this programme are world-leading experts in leadership and management, who know the business community in each continent well but also have deep knowledge and understanding of Chinese family firms.”

Three decades after the start of China’s economic reforms, family businesses are frequently moving from low-cost manufacturing to developing higher value products and services and more innovative companies. However, says Eric Thun, associate professor in Chinese Business Studies at Saïd, “their management practices remain immature, and many are reaching a ‘crunch point’ as the founders need to hand over the reins of the businesses to the second generation.”

Leading and Transforming Family Businesses will be taught in both Chinese and English with simultaneous translation.



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Vice-Chancellor to become President of New York University in 2016

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Professor Andrew Hamilton, who has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford since 2009, is to be the next President of New York University. He will leave Oxford at the end of December and take up his new appointment in January 2016.

Professor Hamilton, who is Oxford’s second longest serving Vice-Chancellor of the modern era, said: ‘It is a huge privilege to serve this great university and will remain so for the rest of my time here.’

‘It is premature to talk of achievements and legacies – there is still much to be done on my watch – but I am delighted to have been part of a very exciting, dynamic and successful time in Oxford’s long and illustrious history.’

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