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Announcing the Skoll Scholars Class of 2017-18

The Skoll Centre is delighted to announce 14th cohort of the Skoll Scholarship to the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programme at Saïd Business School.

Four entrants were accepted for this highly competitive scholarship following a rigorous application and interview process. The 2017-18 cohort of Skoll Scholars come to Oxford from Portugal, the United States of America and India, and join their fellow MBA classmates on 18 September in Oxford.

The Skoll Scholarship is awarded each year to individuals who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent economic, social, and environmental challenges. It provides full tuition and a living stipend for entrepreneurs who have founded a venture or initiative that has a social or environmental purpose, as well as impact career professionals. The Scholarship is an opportunity for these individuals to improve their knowledge of market-oriented practices so they can work more effectively towards their goals.

The 2017-18 Skoll Scholars are:

Aaron Bartnick

Aaron Bartnick’s work aims to improve political and economic agency. He has led several ventures in US politics, and most recently helped develop the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s first university-based start-up incubator. He has lived and worked in 14 countries on four continents.

 ‘It is an incredible privilege to be selected as a Skoll Scholar. The Skoll Centre has been developing world-class social entrepreneurs for over a decade, and I am humbled by the opportunity to join and learn from this community,’ he said.

Nikhil Dugal

Nikhil Dugal is a social entrepreneur working in the field of environmental sustainability. He co-founded Aadhan, which recycles old shipping containers into eco-friendly infrastructure and has previous experience working in public policy, microfinance, and impact evaluation.

Nikhil commented: ‘I'm ecstatic about being chosen as a Scholar. It has given me the opportunity to think about the impact I will generate with my MBA, instead of compromising on my passion due to a student loan. The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship offers some of the best opportunities and networks to students interested in social enterprise, globally, and I'm excited to participate this coming year.’

Sandra Fisher-Martins

Sandra is a plain-language activist and entrepreneur. She founded Português Claro in 2007 to work with Portuguese businesses and government agencies to simplify their communication and help people make better-informed decisions about their health, well-being, finances, and education.

‘It was Oxford Saïd’s focus on social entrepreneurship that attracted me to the School. I want to improve my management and leadership skills, but most of all I want to learn to think bigger — strategically, systemically, globally — to increase my social impact.

As a Skoll Scholar, I'll have the opportunity to reflect on my practice as a social entrepreneur within a community of action-oriented, yet thoughtful, social impact leaders,’ she said.

Kevin Duco Warner

Kevin Duco Warner is an American entrepreneur operating at the intersection of food, agriculture, and the environment. Focused on the social impact of food, he has worked to develop market-driven solutions to climate change through the advancement of the local food movement.

He commented: ‘I am thrilled to be joining the Skoll community during my time at Oxford. The partnership of the Skoll Foundation with Saïd Business School has made Oxford a world leader in the field of social impact, and I am deeply honoured to have received the prestigious Skoll Scholarship for social entrepreneurship. It offers me a unique opportunity to tackle the world's problems through the use of creative, market-driven solutions.’

To learn more about the Skoll Scholarship and previous recipients of the award, visit