Skoll Centre Impact Lab makes a splash

"34 new forces for change" overlaying a rippled water background

The inaugural year of our Impact Lab has been a huge success, opening eyes, minds and doors for all of us.

The Skoll Centre Impact Lab is a programme designed to build impactful leaders who will drive positive, systemic change within any sector they work in. 

The Lab fits around the Oxford MBA with a complimentary curriculum including masterclasses from world-class experts, peer learning sessions, inspiring coaches and a deep-dive retreat weekend - all underpinned by our unique core competencies framework. 

2018-19 Impact Lab in numbers

One of the most valuable aspects of the Impact Lab is the community it fosters.










peer learning sessions


extraordinary pilot

Impact lab class of 2019, group photo
Impact Lab Class of 2019

This year’s cohort was made up of a unique blend of impact professionals with a variety of social and environmental impact experience including, impact investing, public sector innovation, impact consulting, corporate sustainability and experience in non-profits or as founders of social enterprises. 

And the single most valuable part of Impact Lab according to the cohort? Being part of deep, far-reaching conversations with a like-minded community of people who are determined to apply what they are learning in class to an impact career. 

 “If you are interested in solving wicked problems, you’re going to need this community” Nicholas Andreou 2018-19, Oxford MBA and Impact Lab participant

In charge of this programme is Bronwyn Dugtig, Programme Manager for Developing Talent at the Skoll Centre. “It is such a privilege to work with our incredibly talented Oxford MBA students who are deeply committed to impact.” she reflects, “being in a position to cultivate a space of deep learning for these students is a tremendous opportunity and deep responsibility.” Bronwyn has helped to develop the programme, making sure each one is supported throughout their time on the Lab and going above and beyond (as well as running a social enterprise herself).

2018-19 curriculum highlights


  • Module 1: Personal Pathways to Impact

Speakers: Eva Hoffmann and Shruthi Vijaykumar

  • Module 2: Systems Change

Speaker: Laura Winn, School of System Change

  • Module 3: Theory of Change

Speaker: Sally Osberg

  • Module 4: Human Centred Design

Speaker: Amanda Briden

  • Module 5: Impact Measurement and Failure

Speaker: Jeremy Nicholls

  • Module 6: UN Sustainable Development Goals and Big Business

Speaker: Henry Majed


  • Scale (Masterclass and Lunchtime panel)

Speakers: Mridhula Vasudevan, Alison Bukari, Neera Nundy, Mike Quinn

  • Intraprenuership

Speaker: Paul Elingstad

  • Impact Measurement

Speakers: Francesco Valente and Nick Andreau (MBA Students)


  • Marketing for Social Change

Speakers: Valerie Aguilar and Kaitlyn Swist (MBA Students)

  • Masterclass: Storytelling for social impact

Speaker: Charlie Curtis

  • Storytelling Café

Coming in 2019-20

Following a competitive application process, 50 MBA students were inducted into the second Impact Lab cohort this September 2019. Several alumni from the first cohort will continue to engage with the Lab this year. Student co-creation is an important part of the Impact Lab, making sure that each cohort and participant gets the most out of the programme. So far during Michaelmas term we have run five masterclasses on impact measurement, systems change, sustainable development goals, movement building and storytelling.

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