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Saïd Business School partners with Global Thinkers Forum

Saïd Business School is a proud partner of the Global Thinkers Forum Awards for Excellence, an annual event organised by Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), a social purpose organisation working in the fields of accountable leadership, women's empowerment and youth development. The 2017 Gala event took place at the British Library, London on 30 November to celebrate recipients of the GTF Excellence in Global Leadership awards. 

Delegates from the School included  Dr Dina Dommett, Director of Student and Programme Services, Dr Marc Ventresca, Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Amy Major, MBA Recruitment Manager, along with current MBAs, alumni and staff.

Global Thinkers Forum is a platform that brings together a diverse network of thought leaders to share their visions of the future, create meaningful conversations around them and effect positive change around the world, and the theme of this year’s Gala was ‘The Trust Imperative in an Era of Uncertainty.'

Dr Radha Basu (from HP and now, an AI and skills development agency working in India and the US) received the Global Excellence in Youth Development Award.  Dr Basu will be a guest lecturer at Oxford Saïd during Hilary Term.

‘It was my pleasure to join with colleagues and friends at the Global Thinkers Forum,’ said Dr Ventresca. ‘The work of the GTF is to build, recognise, and value global leaders in key fields – these are people who embody a breadth of vision to engage the challenges of our world and who bring a disciplined focus to support women’s leadership and new models of youth development, especially in the Middle East, the Gulf States and Africa.  GTF was incubated at Oxford, in the original academic work and action research of founder and CEO Elizabeth Filippouli. Seven years on, it now encompasses a wide range of initiatives and partnerships in the UK and globally . The ties with the wider Oxford family are broad and deep, and each year go and grow in new directions.’

Commenting on Oxford Saïd’s support, Global Thinker’s founder and CEO Elizabeth Filippouli said: ‘At Global Thinkers Forum we are deeply proud for the partnership with Saïd Business School. It is the Oxford Saïd knowledge and learning experience that laid the foundation for our work and informed the strategy to create a global platform convening thought leaders, ideas and values and creating conversations on new practices in leadership. Global Thinkers Forum has developed into a mini-UN, operating with speed, flexibility and the human element very much at its core.’

‘This event and the partnership with Global Thinkers Forum is one of the many ways our students can engage with and benefit from innovative work of our alumni,’ said Dr Dina Dommett.  ‘We are very appreciative of Elizabeth’s work and delighted that GTF can engage student projects and internships’.


Marc Ventresca

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Dr Marc Ventresca is an economic sociologist in the Strategy, Innovation and Marketing Faculty at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College.