New Partnerships Marry Business with Social Purpose at Oxford Saïd

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Late last year the University of Oxford Saïd Business School partnered with the Global Thinkers Forum—a social purpose organization focused on accountable leadership, women’s empowerment, and youth development—to promote the annual Global Thinkers Forum Awards for Excellence. The event took place at the British Library on November 30, 2017, and celebrated recipients of the GTF Excellence in Global Leadership awards.

As part of its partnership, Oxford Saïd sent school delegates including Dr. Dina Dommet, director of student and program services; Dr. Marc Ventresca, associate professor of strategic management; and Amy Major, MBA recruitment manager. Many current MBA students, alumni, and university staff also attended.

“The work of the GTF is to build, recognize, and value global leaders in key fields—these are people who embody a breadth of vision to engage the challenges of our world and who bring a disciplined focus to support women’s leadership and new models of youth development, especially in the Middle East, the Gulf States, and Africa,” Ventresca said at an event underscoring the many deep ties between Oxford and Forum.

“GTF was incubated at Oxford, in the original academic work and action research of founder and CEO Elizabeth Filippouli,” he added in a statement. “Seven years on, it now encompasses a wide range of initiatives and partnerships in the United Kingdom and globally. The ties with the wider Oxford family are broad and deep, and each year go and grow in new directions.”

The Global Thinkers Forum brings together a diverse network of influencers and thought leaders from a wide variety of subjects and industries. Its goal is to encourage these leaders to share their visions of the future so they can effect positive change in the world around them. This year, the event’s theme was “The Trust Imperative in an Era of Uncertainty,” and one of the award recipients was Radha Basu. Basu works at, an AI and skill development agency in India and the United States. And during Hilary Term, he’ll be bringing his experience to Oxford Saïd as a guest lecturer.

“This event and the partnership with Global Thinkers Forum is one of the many ways our students can engage with and benefit from innovative work of our alumni,” Dommett said in the same press release.

Find out more about the recent event here.

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