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Announcing the new Skoll Scholars for 2014-15

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School in Oxford is delighted to announce the latest intake of Skoll Scholars for academic year 2014-15. The four Scholars, who were selected as recipients of this highly competitive scholarship following a rigorous application and interview process, will commence their MBA studies this autumn.

The four new Scholars for 2014-15 are:

1. Nora Petty of Ann Arbor MI, USA.  Nora has spent the past seven years committed to ending deaths caused by malaria, working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Malaria Consortium. In order to reach underserved populations, she designed and led innovative public-private partnerships to reduce prices and increase availability of malaria diagnostic tests and medicines in private sector outlets. Through these programmes, millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa have been able to afford high-quality, life-saving treatments. 

2. Nikhil Nair of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh in India. Nikhil comes to oxford with over 6 years of experience in the solar industry. Having worked with rural markets in India and East Africa, he is extremely passionate about delivering sustainable energy services to such markets. After spending a couple of years  at a Solar Cell and Module manufacturing plant in the UAE,  Nikhil moved back to India and spent the next three years working at the social enterprise SELCO Solar. At SELCO, Nikhil managed expansion into new geographies and lead projects such as solar powering rural milk testing centers, vaccine storage boxes for rural clinics, low cost computing solutions , community mobile charging centers and the Solar Education-Bus project. Nikhil is a currently a consultant to M-KOPA Solar, Kenya, where he works with the sales team on scaling the delivery of solar energy systems into rural Kenya. Nikhil holds a degree in Business Management from Christ University, India. 

3. José Miguel Alfaro Gómez of San Jose, Costa Rica. José is an Attorney at Law in Costa Rica and Founder of s.e.e.d., a boutique law firm targeted to social businesses in Costa Rica. As Partner at  s.e.e.d., José coordinates the legal affairs of outstanding social businesses in various fields such as sustainability, conservation, microfinance, fair trade, culture, education, volunteering, health, sports and development. He also actively promotes social responsible investments and the enhancement of social businesses ecosystem in Costa Rica. José holds a Juris Doctor Degree of the University of Costa Rica.

4. Patrick Beattie of Cambridge MA, USA.  Patrick has focused his career on using novel technology to address unmet needs in Global Health and Global Development. He comes to Oxford after six years at Diagnostics For All (DFA), a nonprofit medical diagnostics development company. As the first employee, and most recently DFA’s Director of Operations, Patrick helped steadily grow the organization from a virtual, single-employee start-up into an established laboratory performing innovative research and development with field operations in Africa and Asia. Patrick served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia and Guinea, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.

“We are very excited to welcome our new crop of Skoll Scholars to the MBA,” commented Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Centre. “The selection process is never easy, and this was one of the toughest for me since coming to the Skoll Centre. There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs, but few who actually measure up to the challenge of having led initiatives focused on coming up with innovative, pragmatic solutions to some of the world’s  toughest problems. We know that these four new Skoll Scholars will flourish at Oxford, and will enrich our School and community while they are here.”

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Skoll Scholarship at Oxford, and the four new Scholars will join the 48 alumni of the Scholarship, all of whom have been recipients of the highly competitive study grant. A programme of celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the Skoll Scholarship will commence this autumn and continue throughout the coming academic year.