The feature aims to shine a light on the outstanding EMBA students worldwide.
Top of the class: 3 of Oxford’s EMBA students have been listed as the ‘Best and brightest’ in the world
Commenting on their success Kathy Harvey, Associate Dean of the Executive MBA programme, said:
‘I am delighted to see our students receive this recognition. We are very fortunate at Oxford Saïd to have such a vibrant and talented cohort of executive students. In their own way, Raluca, Andrzej and Madonna have all enriched the experiences of their peers, becoming well-known figures around the school. Their work makes a marked impact on the world and it’s a privilege to help them to build on their success. I look forward to seeing them take the next steps in their impressive careers.’
The Best & Brightest feature aims to shine a light on the outstanding EMBA students studying at business schools across the world. This year’s featured 51 men and 50 women, from 49 business schools.
Life is all about the journey and our mindset is key – we are all teachers and students
Reflecting on being featured, Raluca said:
‘I’m beyond thrilled and humbled to be listed on Poets and Quants. In 22 months with Oxford Saïd, I’ve had a truly global experience, discovering personal stories from inspirational leaders from over 40 countries: anecdotes and lessons that I will treasure forever.
This Programme has been culturally diverse, highly inspirational, uplifting, and immensely rewarding. I’ve learned a lot and it has reinforced to me that life is all about the journey and our mindset is key – we are all teachers and students.
I would like to thank my family for their support, my incredible colleagues for enriching my experience both in and outside of the classroom, our best-in-class professors for rewiring my brain and the entire Oxford ecosystem for treasuring my insights and expertise. At times, they believed in me more than I did.’
Raluca is the Founder and Managing Director of her own consultancy firm, ‘re:look consulting’, where she champions the presence of more women in business and leadership positions, by offering pro-bono consultancy and personal coaching support.
She is one of the school’s Forté Scholars and is the first Romanian woman to be awarded this scholarship in the EMBA programme.
While at Oxford, Raluca has been putting her consultancy expertise to good use, joining the Oxford Strategy Group and the Liber Project. The Liber Project is organised by the Entrepreneurship Centre and supports UK-based start-ups and scale-ups by connecting their founders and C-level executives to help them develop.
This is a unique privilege
Reflecting on his own achievement, Andrzej said:
‘I was delighted and humbled to be named one of the 2022 Best and Brightest EMBAs.
I am also deeply honoured to have been profiled, along with Saïd Business School, in the Poets & Quants article as one of a handful of top students in this year's global cohort. This is a unique privilege and I am grateful to my family, fellow classmates, faculty, and the Oxford Saïd leadership team for their support and encouragement throughout this unique learning experience.’
Andrzej is currently Deputy Head of Human Resources Management at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Prior to this, he worked at FIFA helping to organise the upcoming world cup in Qatar, and at NATO. He has also served as an organisational representative on the UN's International Civil Service Commission, as well as having been a Vice-President of the Quo-Vadis Youth Leadership Conferences in Canada.
He is a recipient of the school’s Executive MBA Director's Awards and also serves as a Class Rep for his Cohort.
His extracurricular activities include early-stage venture capital, organising global mega-events and mentoring aspiring female diplomats.
African women are transforming the continent and breaking stereotypes
Echoing her peers, Madonna said:
‘It feels surreal to be listed amongst Poets and Quants 2022 Best and Brightest EMBAs. I am honoured to represent the school because it is an institution that has supported my personal and professional development goals.
Oxford Saïd has also equipped me with the right tools and skills to grow as a leader and given me the opportunity to collaborate on interesting projects. I am excited that the world gets to see how African women are transforming the continent and breaking stereotypes.’
Madonna is currently serving as Head of Legal for Sub-Saharan Africa for Reckitt.
She is one of the school’s 30% Club Scholar, and volunteers alongside Raluca on the Oxford Liber Project.
Madonna is not new to volunteering, having lent her time to humanitarian organisations such as Miami Rescue Mission, Feed my Starving Children, and Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team. She also co-founded ‘Christmas on the Streets’ Nigeria, which feeds people on the streets of Makoko in Lagos State during Christmas.