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Future of Business

The Future of Business podcast takes you inside Saïd Business School. Produced, edited and presented by a team of MBA students, this podcast takes you on a journey to explore the diverse range of sectors, stories, and students embedded in the Oxford MBA cohort and beyond, and how they will shape the future of business.

# Episode Title Description People Date
54 Pursuit of Purpose: Stories in impact through an African lens In this episode, Angus Macdonald sits down with Grace Njunge to delve a bit deeper into what a career in impact consulting may look like on the African continent. Grace Njunge 08 Mar 2023
53 Creative Commons Frida's Fight: Examining the Gender Gap in the Art Industry In this episode of season 5, Susheel Siram, an Oxford Saïd MBA and host, discusses gender inequity in the art market with fellow student Brooke Reese. Brooke Reese, Susheel Siram 06 Mar 2023
52 Creative Commons It runs in the family: How to navigate various crises in the world of family business In this episode of season 5, Sandhya Sridhar, Oxford Saïd MBA and host, discusses the world of family business with fellow student Shwe Yee Win. Sandhya Sridhar, Shwe Yee Win 09 Feb 2023
51 Creative Commons Trash Talk: How to transform our approach to waste management Host Katherine Dellar discusses all things trash, garbage and rubbish with Oxford MBA classmate Ryan Caplin. Ryan Caplin, Katherine Dellar 19 Jan 2023
50 Creative Commons Paying to Play: How to fund the Arts from a pianist's perspective Happy New Year from the Future of Business Podcast! In this season's second episode, Jordan Zele, Oxford Saïd MBA and host, discusses funding of the arts with pianist, actor, and fellow student Helen Kashap. Helen Kashap, Jordan Zele 10 Jan 2023
49 On Purpose: How businesses and individuals can create impact This episode explores how business and impact have become interwoven over time and how that shapes companies' strategic objectives. Susheel Siram, Christen Brandt 08 Dec 2022
48 Lights, camera, action - The commercial side of show biz On the final episode of Season 4, Grace Chou turns the recording table on Andreas Finzel to discuss why there’s no biz like showbiz. Grace Chou, Andreas Finzel 10 Aug 2022
47 Creative Commons Public health through a small Island’s lense This week Kaitlyn Neises-Macano talks with Andreas Finzel about her work in public health on Saipan, a tiny island in the Pacific. Kaitlyn Neises-Macano, Andreas Finzel 02 Aug 2022
46 Creative Commons The past, present, and future of education Princess Agina reflects on her career journey and takes us through the systemic issues impacting the state of education. Lakshmi C, Princess Agina 27 Jul 2022
45 Creative Commons Powering the future - The role of oil & gas companies in the energy transition This week our guest Ishaq Bolarinwa shares his insights on the energy sector after spending nearly a decade in oil & gas in Nigeria. Ishaq Bolarinwa, Grace Chou 20 Jul 2022
44 Creative Commons Why supply chains are crucial to business This week, Rudolph Okai talks to Emil Kostadinov about the significance of supply chains. Emil Kostadinov, Rudolph Okai 14 Jul 2022
43 Creative Commons Venture Capital around the world This week Mario Rojas and Andreas Finzel talk about venture capital (VC). They discuss what criteria funds use to evaluate founder pitches and how investing in startups in developing markets differs from more mature economies like the UK. Mario Rojas, Andreas Finzel 10 Jul 2022
42 Creative Commons From Montréal to Madurai: How cities can drive systemic change In this episode with Dârini Vedarattiname, we explore the different ways cities, such as Amsterdam and Cochin or our home cities Montréal and Madurai, can impact our society and our economic development. Dârini Vedarattiname, Lakshmi Chockalingam 29 Jun 2022
41 Creative Commons Navigating the stresses of the media and entertainment world Join us as we hear from Huw Allen, a current Oxford MBA student, previous film producer…and future media tycoon! Huw Allen, Bartek Ogonowski 23 Jun 2022
40 Creative Commons How to sell a multimillion dollar Van Gogh painting Malina Ma and Andreas Finzel peek behind the scenes of luxury art auction houses. Malina Ma, Andreas Finzel 20 Jun 2022
39 Creative Commons Navigating non-market forces in a nascent entrepreneurship ecosystem Rudolph Okai talks to Ashraf Mizo about his entrepreneurship experience and what the company (Nayla) he founded is doing. Ashraf Mizo, Rudolph Okai 10 Jun 2022
38 Putting yourself in their shoes - the key to success Su Zun Mon, a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholar, shares her insights on the different operating systems of social enterprises and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) based on her experiences in Myanmar. Su Zun Mon, Grace Chou 20 May 2022
37 Creative Commons Combining business and political mindsets Join us as we hear from Kiran Fothergill, a current Oxford MBA student and Conservative Party candidate for Harrow on the Hill in this year's local elections. Kiran Fothergill, Bartek Ogonowski 12 May 2022
36 Creative Commons WAGMI (we are all going to make it), except are we, really? From resources for ultimate beginners in the space to invitations to help plan succession, we leave no stone unturned in this episode on the future of blockchain. Sammi Wei, Lakshmi C 04 May 2022
35 How to realise the zero carbon transition Nagadarsan Suresh and Andreas Finzel discuss how we can slow climate change by achieving net zero carbon emissions. Nagadarsan Suresh, Andreas Finzel 26 Apr 2022
34 Creative Commons Designing built environments for equity Join us to learn more from Gadea Aguado Sierra, an architect shortlisted in the 2021 Women of the Future Awards, about opportunities for equity and sustainability in and through the built environment and the potential of Gadea Aguado Sierra, Grace Chou 17 Mar 2022
33 All set to dominate e-commerce in Africa This week, Rudolph Okai and Prince Ekeh (Co-CEO, Konga) discuss e-commerce in Africa. Join us on this episode of Future of Business to listen to Prince take us through his strategies for expanding beyond his home-ground in Nigeria. Prince Ekeh, Rudolph Okai 10 Mar 2022
32 Creative Commons Artificial Intelligence and why the future is bright This week Shubham Saraff and Andreas Finzel discuss the impact of technologies like AI and machine learning. They talk about the benefits and difficulties we experience today and what sectors of our economy are being disrupted first. Shubham Saraff, Andreas Finzel 24 Feb 2022
31 Creative Commons Branding: as intimate as it can get to the world of business Join us in this episode to listen to Alejandro Arroyo Yamin talk about the past, present and future of branding; why it matters more than we realise, and why the term ‘branding’ doesn’t even begin to cover all that it stands for! Date of recording: 26/11. Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, Andreas Finzel 15 Feb 2022
30 Doing good while doing well: Africa chapter Did you know which industry attracted $1.4 billion of funding in Africa in 2021? Nouss Bih, co-chair of Saïd Business School’s Africa Business Alliance, joins us to share her experiences as an investment manager in Ivory Coast. Nouss Bih, Grace Chou 04 Feb 2022
29 Imagine businesses that make the world a better place… Oxford MBA candidates Elzan Godlewski and Andreas Finzel discuss what it takes to make capitalism a force for good, the role public policy plays and what business leaders can do today to build a sustainable tomorrow. Episode recorded in November 2021. Elzan Godlewski, Andreas Finzel 26 Jan 2022
28 Driving change in a fast-paced world Join us as we hear from Mishern Chetty, the Oxford MBA 2021-2022 Class co-President about his experience working in the high-profile Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team and his drive to challenge the diversity and inclusion initiatives therein. Mishern Chetty, Bartek Ogonowski 19 Jan 2022
27 What's for dinner and why does it matter? Join us in this episode to listen to Sustainable Food Systems Expert Melissa Benn talk about the future of food systems that are already here, and how it will impact not just our meal choices but also our production and consumption patterns... Melissa Benn, Andreas Finzel 17 Dec 2021
26 Fight against climate change - Are the efforts enough? Join us in this episode to hear from conservationist Alexis McGivern on the state of our climate, what public and private leaders are doing to combat it, and whether it's enough. Alexis McGivern, Rudolph Okai 06 Dec 2021
25 Introducing Future of Business Season 4 The Future of Business podcast is returning with rotating hosts and featuring students from Oxford MBA’s 2021-2022 cohort. Grace Chou 06 Dec 2021
24 Creative Commons Product Management and Luxury Motorcars Art, innovation, and the world of product management through the lens of high-end motorcars. In this episode we sit down with Daniel Canbanllias a Product Manager at Rolls Royce Motorcars. Daniel Canbanllias 12 May 2020
23 M&A - Past, present and the future We sit down with Timothy Galpin, Academic director of the MBA program at Said Business School, consultant to numerous boards and senior management, and an author to discuss what drives M&A, the hiccups and the waves of M&A over the years. Timothy Galpin 12 May 2020
22 Future of Cannabusiness As restrictions on medical cannabis use loosen around the world, companies and entrepreneurs are entering the marijuana market in a big way. We learn more from leading players in this space and the first publicly-listed cannabis company. Tejinder Verk, Paul Steckler 12 Dec 2019
21 The Space Episode! Venture with us to the ‘final frontier’ for a very special episode on the future of space. Chad Anderson 28 Jun 2019
20 Early childhood development – A blue ocean opportunity? This talk was recorded as part of the Future of Business Series. Tarun Varma, Laura White and Puja Balachander 11 Jun 2019
19 Doing good while doing well - impact investing unpacked What is behind the rise of impact investing and is the hype warranted? Aunnie Patton Power 29 May 2019
18 When business and karma collide Simon Coley and Albert Tucker of Karma Cola tell the Future of Business podcast how they built a company, a foundation, and a "virtuous circle," bringing organic sodas to consumers and vital investment to communities in Sierra Leone. Simon Coley, Albert Tucker 08 May 2019
17 Creative Commons Future of workspaces, connected devices and smart cities We interviewed Vanessa Lee Butz, CEO and Founder of District Technologies to understand what smart cities are and what the connected future would look like? Vanessa Lee Butz 29 Apr 2019
16 Who drives change in Africa? In the second of our special two-part episode, we learn about Africa’s competitive advantages, shifting demographics, and the leadership challenges and opportunities faced by young people and women. Vera Songwe, Kola Adesina, Erik Hersman 16 Apr 2019
15 A closer future for Africa? As countries across Africa vote on ratification of the landmark Continental Free Trade Agreement, we learn more about what's at stake for the continent in the first of a special two-part episode. Vera Songwe, Kola Adesina, Erik Hersman 05 Apr 2019
14 Creative Commons On Purpose and Profit: Deciphering the Economics of Mutuality What is the right level of profit for a company? Bruno Roche 26 Mar 2019
13 Lighting up Africa There are currently over one billion people without access to electricity. A significant number of these people live in Africa where inadequate infrastructure restricts access. Greta Talbot-Jones, Laurence Copson 12 Mar 2019
12 Davos Doom and Gloom This year's World Economic Forum was punctuated by an overall sense of pessimism and concern for the future. One attendee, Oxford Saïd Business School Dean Peter Tufano, gives his take on the state of business. Peter Tufano 19 Feb 2019
11 Neo banks vs traditional banks - Are we witnessing disruption in the banking industry? Can banks survive without caring about customers? Tom Blomfield, Alice Truswell 06 Feb 2019
10 Live panel on digital engagement In this live panel, we sit down with Resident Advisor founder Nick Sabine and fellow MBA slash film producer Yetunde Dada to discuss community engagement through digital media. Nick Sabine, Yetu Dada 16 Nov 2018
9 BCorps: the future firm What is a bcorp? How do people know what this is Can businesses lead the charge for social good? That is the idea behind B Corps, a movement of 2,500 businesses in 50 countries committed to having a positive impact in the world. Michaelanne Butler, Charmain Love 16 Nov 2018
8 How to make a trillion dollars Can cryptocurrencies make the first trillionaire? Between September 2017 and January 2018 the price of bitcoin rocketed to around $13,000. One MBA student, Mike Wigrizer, was not only betting on bitcoin but also created his own cryptocurrency. Michael Wigrizer 21 Aug 2018
7 Future proofing banks How would you like to have your own personal banker? The traditional model of banks as a store of value and source of liquidity, and of bankers as trusted personal financial advisors, is under threat like never before. Steve Gotz, Alec Mclauren 21 Aug 2018
6 The Carbon Bubble part 2 How do you account for carbon? Richard Barker 03 Aug 2018
5 The Carbon Bubble part 1 Housing bubble? what about a carbon bubble? Carter Powis 03 Aug 2018
4 Surviving in an AI world How do you future proof yourself from AI? Vivienne Ming 16 Jul 2018
3 Hyperloop and the future of transport LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes? We dive into the high-tech future of transport with Nick Earle, VP at Virgin Hyperloop One. Nick Earle 16 Jul 2018
2 Future of work with Google Chief Economist Hal Varian and Professor Jonathan Trevor AI’s effect on the labour force, who wins man or machine? Jonathan Trevor, Hal Varian 16 Jul 2018
1 Introduction with Dean Peter Tufano How can an institution that is over 900 years old teach its students about the future? We speak to Peter Tufano, Dean of Oxford's Saïd Business School. Peter Tufano 09 Jul 2018