Reunited and it feels so good

A lively day here at Oxford SBS for the Annual Skollar Summit!

This annual gathering brings together the Skoll Skollars of years past – social entrepreneurs who were selected and funded to spend a year with the Skoll Centre studying for their MBA.  Now in it’s 7th year, the Skollar’s programme consists of 35 entrepreneurial changemakers from all over the world.

Peter Tufano on the future of business

Also, we were fortunate to have with us today this year’s and last year’s class of Skoll Centre Associate Fellows (MBAs at SBS who focus on social impact).    It’s amazing to see the growing community of students and alumni of the Skoll Centre, and all the incredible work they are up to.

The day was full of energy – from catching up with old friends to white-boarding ideas for new ventures. We also  had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Larry Brilliant, President of Skoll Global Threats Fund, who spoke about the increasingly fragility of our world and routes for action to combat these great threats.  The new incoming Dean of SBS, Professor Peter Tufano, also paid a visit to share his vision for the future of  business education at SBS – with an eye towards solving the wicked problems of our times.

Hear more about the day from the Skollars and Associate Fellows themselves below.  Day 2 of the Summit continues tomorrow – and then onward to the Skoll World Forum!

Grace Sai, Skollar ’09-’10 reflects on what it means to be reunited with this community.


We also caught up with Henery Gonzalez, Skollar ’04-’05.


And finally, Chris McCormick, a current Skoll Centre Associate Fellow talks about the anticipation of attending his first Skoll World Forum: