News and Announcements

Oxford Business Network pages are changing!

Posted by Ladd Thurston, Monday, 1st October 2012 @ 1:30pm

  • Dear all,

    In early October this page will be migrated to the new Oxford Business Alumni website’s Groups section, and this group will merge with the "Oxford Business Network for Social Impact". This is to ensure better integration with the OBA Directory, reduced number of login details for members to keep track of, and a simpler way for students and alumni to interact with each other.

    Therefore, please do not request membership to this page, but rather register for the new OBA website ( if you have not already done so since July 2012. Once your registration is processed, you may join an Oxford Business Network as well as Chapters and events with the same login details. Please note, in early October we will be sending all 2012-2013 degree programme students their alumni number to register. Any other alumni requiring their Alumni Number for registration please email us at

    We will update you once the new page is available. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you on the new OBA website!

    Best regards,

    Alumni Relations Office

    Saïd Business School, University of Oxford


News - Summer Session (13 July 2012)

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Friday, 13th July 2012 @ 10:32am

Hi SE OBN members,

Happy Friday the 13th!  Below are a few more opportunities that have been passed along to us.

Have nice weekends.  Go Blue!
Amanda and the SE OBN

News - Summer Session (09 July 2012)

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Monday, 9th July 2012 @ 9:20am

Hi all,

A few opportunities to check out below.  Feel free to send more opportunities to:

Hope you're all having wonderful summers!
Amanda and the SE OBN

News - Trinity Term: Week 2 (continued...)

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Tuesday, 1st May 2012 @ 11:07pm

Hi all,

Below are few more events for the week.


Oxford Hub Hosts 'An Introduction to Social Enterprise'

  • Friday, 4th May 2012 at 7pm
    Location: 6-17 Turl Street (the Oxford Hub building)

    Are you interested in achieving social change? Achieving it efficiently, and intelligently?…

    • 3 people attended

News - Trinity Term: Week 2

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Sunday, 29th April 2012 @ 9:57pm

Dear SE OBNers,

Below are the latest news/events.  Additionally, we just wanted to clarify the career resources that are available to you this term.

Sector Consultant:  Tim Jones
May - 17, 30
June - 6
To schedule appointment:  CareerConnect

Entrepreneur in Residence:  Henry Gonzalez
May - 4, 16 (morning), and 25
June - 1, 8
To schedule appointment, contact:  Brooke Williams @

Thanks and have an nice week!
Amanda and the SE OBN

News - Trinity Term: Week 1 (24 April 2012)

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Tuesday, 24th April 2012 @ 8:49am

Hello SE OBNers,

Below are a few clarifications regarding yesterday's newsletter and some additional opportunities that have come to our attention.

Thank you for accomodating our e-mails this week.  We just want to make sure the word gets out quickly!


News - Trinity Term: Week 1 - Welcome Back!

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Monday, 23rd April 2012 @ 3:37pm

Hi SE OBNers,

Welcome back!  We hope you all had wonderful term breaks and student treks.  There's a lot of information to update you on, so please take a close look below.

As job opportunities / speaker events unfold, we may send out other notices mid-week.

Additionally, please feel free to let us know if you'd like us to get the word out about an event.  (E-mail:

Thanks and have a nice week.
Amanda and the SE OBN Board

Ashoka Fellows Answer Your Burning Questions

E-mail sent by Ira Leeds, Monday, 26th March 2012 @ 10:58am

To all, with the Skoll World Forum in Oxford this week please forgive what will likely be a number of last-minute invite emails. All of the events going out to this list are open to the public but be sure to note if any RSVPs are needed. Below is an opportunity to meet with Ashoka Foundation Fellows who will be answering questions about their myriad social enterprise ventures.

RSVP through their Facebook Event here:

Ashoka UK Presents: Burning Questions (Thursday 29th March, Oxford Hub, 4.30-5.30pm)

This Thursday Ashoka UK present a rare opportunity to question three of their fellows bringing sustainable, innovative solutions to some of the world greatest challenges. Any burning questions you have about what they've done, why they've done it and how they've done it - now's the time to ask them.

Mary Gordon, Founder, Roots of Empathy

Based on her own experiences as a kindergarten teacher, Mary Gordon’s Roots of Empathy is an innovative education programme which aims to reduce aggression in young children by encouraging the development of empathy and emotional literacy. Since its creation in Canada in1996 the programme is now running in six other countries across the world including the USA, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland. 

Al Harris, Founder, Blue Ventures

In 2003 UK Fellow Dr Al Harris established the award-winning Blue Ventures, a marine conservation organisation dedicated to education and sustainable development in tropical coastal communities. This pioneered the concept of the locally-run Marine Protected Area (MPA).

José Miguel Aguilar Berrocal, Founder, Foundation for Youth Action

José Miguel Aguilar Berrocal founded Fundación Acción Joven (FAJ) in 2006, putting to action an idea which resourcefully channels the obligatory community service required of Costa-Rican university students into specially-designed projects to improve public secondary schools.

RSVP through their Facebook Event here:

CANCELED OnPurpose Leadership Programme Information Session

  • Monday, 26th March 2012 at 12:30pm - 2pm
    Location: External Relations Room, Careers Office, Said Business School

    For those of you around the week following exams, OnPurpose will be visiting Oxford to attend…

    • 2 people attended

OxfordJam is Recruiting!

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Wednesday, 7th March 2012 @ 9:21pm

Hi all,

Please see opportunity below.


OxfordJam on the lookout for brilliant Event Staff and Social Reporters to make OxfordJam'12 the best yet! 

See the job descriptions below for further details.  And see for more about the event!

Perks include:  You get paid and there are half day video editing and social media training for the social reports.  

Event Staff - 

Social Reporters -

Hilary Term Week 8 - News

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Monday, 5th March 2012 @ 12:35am


Please find announcements/news for the week below.

Congrats on making it to the last week of lectures!

Special RSVP Event with Gunther Faber 06-03-12

E-mail sent by Ira Leeds, Wednesday, 29th February 2012 @ 8:42pm

We have an opportunity for a lunch with Dr Gunther Faber who is visiting SBS. The one hour lunchtime meeting will be an opportunity to hear about Gunther’s career at GSK and in social enterprise as well as interact with a seasoned healthcare and pharmaceutical professional. To sign up please email with the subject ‘Faber Event’. Event details, 06/03/12 SR 14 12.30.

Gunther Faber retired as Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, for GlaxoSmithKline end of May 2008. He qualified as a veterinarian specialising in genetics and nutrition and also completed a B Com degree before moving into general management. He joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1979 for the then Beecham Group plc and was appointed as Director of the International Division in 1980. During successive mergers, his area of responsibility increased, with him being accountable for pharmaceuticals, consumer health and manufacturing in SmithKline Beecham. Following the merger between Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham he was appointed as Vice President, Sub Saharan Africa.

Besides his accountable for the commercial operation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Gunther also led the company’s Policy Team on Access to Medicine, as well as being a director of the International Division which covered all countries with the exception of the USA, Europe and Japan. Gunther interacted at senior political and bureaucratic level with African governments, as well as those of the OECD countries. 

In July 2008 Gunther moved into social enterprise as CEO of The Healthstore Foundation and in April 2011 he started his own foundation One Family Health and is in the process of applying for US501(c) (3) tax exempt status. One Family Health also controls a low-profit limited liability company (L3C). Both these vehicles are being used for maximum flexibility in targeting diverse funding streams.

Gunther was a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board of London Business School. He is a Board member of Sproxil an electronic anti-counterfeit company based in Boston MA. USA and is also a member of MMV’s Access and Delivery Advisory Committee (ADAC) as well as an innovator member of IPIHD (International Partnership for Innovative Healthcare Delivery) which is a unit within the Medical Faculty at Duke University.

A Look Ahead - Hilary Term

E-mail sent by Ira Leeds, Monday, 2nd January 2012 @ 1:48am

Hello everyone,

If you blinked, you may not have noticed that the 2011 Michaelmas Term at Oxford has already passed us by. In the run up to Hilary and as we welcome in 2012, I wanted to take quick moment to brief you on where we plan to take the SocEnt OBN in coming months. We have a lot of exciting opportunities on the drawing board, and we are looking for active leadership from current local Oxonians in order to make many of these ideas a reality. 

Welcome to a new year!


EP Idea - Omprakash Commercialization

Posted by Ira Leeds, Sunday, 25th December 2011 @ 3:15am

  • Hi everyone, this post comes from OBN memmber Willy Oppenheim regarding a project a started a few years ago. For anyone looking for an EP, this could be an exciting way forward.

    Hi all,
    I know this is late in the game, but if anyone out there is still looking for an EP, I'd like to bring your attention to a project that I've been working on since 2004: it's called Omprakash (, and it's a web-based platform that works to connect social projects in over thirty countries with an audience of volunteers, donors, classrooms, etc.  Thus far it has been operating as purely a non-profit, but I am interested in trying to monetize certain aspects of it.  I'm attaching a document (email Willy for document) with some preliminary ideas in that regard, and would love it if any of you wanted to take this project under your wing over the course of the next term.  Please email me off-list if you are interested.


    Willy (

Job Postings at Audi Social Innovation - Additional Info

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Monday, 5th December 2011 @ 6:15pm

Hi all,

Just wanted to provide a few additional pieces of information regarding the Audi Social Innovation jobs:

1.  Please review the attached job descriptions:
     -They are looking for experienced people (+5 years work experience)
     -They are also looking for German speakers (at least passable)
2.  Daniela Papi passed along this post.  If you are interested and want more information, please speak with her.  She can help advise folks on whether or not to contact Esther Bahne.


News (Week of: 05 Dec - 09 Dec 2011)

E-mail sent by Amanda Briden, Monday, 5th December 2011 @ 12:09am

Dear SE OBN,

Please find the latest news/announcements/speaker info below.  

Please contact me if you'd like me to include any other info in the future (

Best of luck with your studies.  Finish strong!
Amanda Briden

Diego Philippi

  • Monday, 5th December 2011 at 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Location: Andrew Cormack Seminar Room

    Brown bag lunch presentation by Diego Philippi on Startup Chile, which seeks to attract…

    • 3 people attended

Aspen Network - Reports on Sustainable Social Business in Brazil

Posted by Ira Leeds, Thursday, 17th November 2011 @ 10:44pm

  • From SE OBN member Daniell Brett:
    Data from new research coordinated by the Brazil Chapter of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), the AVINA Foundation and Potencia Ventures demonstrates significant growth for social and inclusive businesses in Brazil. The purpose of the study was to identify which regions and groups are fueling the most economic and social change.

    The report, released this week in English in time for Global Entrepreneurship Week, reveals a changing landscape for Base of the Pyramid (BoP) customers in Brazil, where 40 million people are still living below the poverty line. Three key groups in this emerging sector -businesses, capacity development providers and investors — were examined. Operations, performance and impact were evaluated, and data was aggregated by business sector.

    The mapping project was conducted by Plano CDE, a research and consultancy firm based in Brazil specializing in the BoP. Among the study’s key findings:
    • The Southeast region of Brazil has a concentration of talent: 39 percent of the 140 social or inclusive businesses identified, 75 percent of capacity developers, and 86 percent of investors were based in this region.
    • Social impact matters: more than 90 percent of the 50 businesses which were examined in depth in the report were established with the intention of creating social impact; 93 percent of investors consider social impact when evaluating investment proposals.
    • 70 percent are relatively young, established within the past ten years, and nearly 75 percent of the businesses sell their goods and services to individuals and households.
    • The education sector proved key, with 75 percent of capacity development providers focused on this sector, and 64 percent of the investors surveyed preferred to invest in this area.
    • Over the last three years, the 40 capacity development providers studied have supported 250 businesses, more than 50 percent of which are now self-sustainable.
    “Social and inclusive businesses as well as being economically lucrative, have a direct positive impact on low-income people, whether offering high-quality products and services at affordable prices or creating opportunities in the value chain,” said Rob Parkinson, Coordinator of the ANDE Brazil Chapter.

    The study shows that 72 percent of the beneficiaries of these businesses come from the lowest income groups, households earning less than two minimum wages (approximately $680/month). 38 percent of businesses surveyed focus their impact on women, 30 percent on children and teenagers, and 16 percent on those with disabilities.

    The mapping confirms that well managed and economically viable social businesses make an important contribution to the well-being of low-income groups in Brazil, as a source of income and access to essential products and services.

    To read the full report, please visit:

Announcing industry-focused LinkedIn subgroups

E-mail sent by Chris Roe, Tuesday, 23rd August 2011 @ 9:12am

Dear all,

The Alumni Relations Office and Careers Centre have set up industry-specific subgroups on LinkedIn for current students and alumni to join. The subgroups will help us network and connect not only with our own OBN members and classmates interested in specific industry-areas, but with alumni from across different class years. The LinkedIn subgroups are not meant to mirror OBN focuses exactly, as OBNs change each year. The LinkedIn subgroups encompass a number of related industries, where cross networking can be of benefit to all members.

Here’s the link to the newly created Saïd Business School Social Entrepreneurship and Finance Subgroup on LinkedIn:

Social Entrepreneurship and Finance Network

Here are a few key points about the subgroups in general:

• If you are already a member of the parent Oxford Business Alumni group, you can automatically join as many subgroups as you wish.
• The parent and subgroup membership comprises of all official members of the Oxford Business Alumni Network (SBS alumni, Oxford alumni, Executive Education participants and SBS post graduate students).
• Non-OBA Network members must be proposed by an OBN student or alumnus to the Alumni Relations Office/Career Centre, to join the subgroup (further details on this process attached).
• We are encouraged to post industry news, job opportunities and best practice sharing on the discussion boards.
The difference between the OBNs using GroupSpaces to communicate to their membership, versus using LinkedIn to communicate to a relevant audience is:
• GroupSpaces is the official platform where OBN membership will be stored and managed.
• GroupSpaces is a group management tool for OBN chairs to store relevant documents, send formatted emails from, and manage their official membership lists.
• LinkedIn subgroups are broader categories that the OBNs. LinkedIn subgroup members comprise of OBN members, non-OBN students interested in the industry, OBA Network members and relevant SBS faculty and administrators.
• OBN chairs and members can look at LinkedIn as a supplementary platform in which they can promote their OBN events. But OBN chairs will continue to manage and communicate in full to their OBN membership via GroupSpaces.

Please also go through the attached LinkedIn Policy Document. The document provides information and guidelines on memberships and postings.


Social Entrepreneurship OBN

Networks: Oxford University, Saïd Business School

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