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New directors appointed to the Skoll Centre and the Oxford Foundry

Today we can announce the appointment of two new Directors for two of our key programmes to support entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Ana Bakshi is to be the inaugural Director of the new Oxford Foundry, the hub for entrepreneurs from across all of the University that will open in Michaelmas term, and Dr. Peter Drobac will be the new Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Both Ana and Peter will join the school in October and bring extensive expertise, insight and inspiration to help to grow entrepreneurial activity and social entrepreneurship among the Oxford community.

Ana is joining us from King’s College London where she pioneered the development and creation of the Entrepreneurship Institute which serves over 30,000 students, staff and alumni with practical entrepreneurial skills and experiences.   Ana significantly increased engagement, and scaled the work of the Entrepreneurship Institute to include the university’s first accelerator. She also developed innovative new teaching methods that contributed to the Teaching Excellence Framework, and formed global partnerships in the USA, Hong Kong, Mumbai, and more. 

‘It’s a true honour to join Oxford at this exciting time in the University’s entrepreneurial journey,’ said Ana. ‘The Foundry will be a fresh new place at the heart of the University to spark ideas, facilitate conversation and put innovations from Oxford’s world-class talent into action. I’m particularly looking forward to being part of Oxford’s vision and community; a community with a strong social purpose and commitment to turning ground-breaking ideas into positive global impact.’

Peter is a global health implementer, educator and researcher with nearly a decade of executive leadership experience. A specialist in infectious diseases and public health, he is the co-founder and Executive Director of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Partners In Health’s groundbreaking new university in Rwanda which aspires to train the next generation of global health leaders and to become a worldwide innovation hub for health care delivery science. 

Peter has played a key role in the transformation of Rwanda’s health system, which has helped a million people emerge from extreme poverty and delivered unprecedented gains in population health. As the Director of Partners In Health’s program in Rwanda, he helped to establish community-based health system incubators that developed care delivery innovations from HIV to cancer—many to national scale.

Commenting on his appointment Peter said: ‘In this age of global disruption, there is an urgent need to accelerate progress through social innovation. I am excited to join the extraordinary entrepreneurship community at Oxford Saïd and the Skoll Foundation to generate new insights, train tomorrow’s leaders, and engage a global community of social change agents.’

Ana and Peter will join Megan Morys-Carter, the Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre to complete the leadership of our three entrepreneurially-focused centres. Together they will look to advance innovative new ideas that address world scale challenges, whether by creating new ventures that create better goods and services, ventures that provide meaningful work, or those that directly seek to address the biggest issues of our generation.