I am truly proud and honoured to have been accepted to the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Like many, attending Oxford had been a lifelong dream for me and one that I have held as a steadfast goal throughout my career. Being accepted at Saïd at this stage in my life is even more rewarding as I can share this wonderful achievement and experience with my 3 sons and inspire them.
I was born and raised in Zambia, studied in England and the Czech Republic, worked in the US and now I live in the Middle East. I have had the privilege of working in these varied healthcare systems and with that experience I bring a valuable global perspective with an extensive knowledge of public health systems and organizational best practices. I want to share the cross-cultural insights I have acquired through years of work, study, and volunteer experience with my colleagues in each MBA class. Executives in every industry are faced with challenges that are heightened in healthcare, and I would be thrilled to help others by putting lessons learned in my career through the critical lens of each class.
Being awarded the only Forté Scholarship for Women at Saïd – I am humbled but all the more driven to continue to pave the way, and help other women achieve their own firsts. My values have always been aligned with those of the Forté Foundation, especially that of equity and inclusion.
I am blessed to have led a life full of firsts. I am the first woman in my family to graduate from university, and the first physician in my entire family. I hope that somewhere up in heaven my great grandmother and my grandmothers are extremely proud of the strides I have made after them.
While I am proud of the work I have done so far, I look forward to the education I will receive at Saïd which will prepare me for the daunting task to lead ventures that will create value for all stakeholders and in particular for women, globally.