"One important lesson I have learned over the last decade is that only systemic solutions can solve problems like rural poverty, which affects over a billion people," says Simeen Kaleem.
"Therefore, over the coming year at Oxford, I am excited about pivoting myself from being a social entrepreneur to a systems entrepreneur."
Kaleem is one of five students awarded full-ride scholarships to the one-year MBA program at Sa'd Business School of Oxford University, reports Forbes.
The Skoll Scholarships support entrepreneurs looking for solutions around creating social equity, and are underwritten by the Skoll Center and the Skoll Foundation.
Kaleem is the founder and CEO of Gramhal, a nonprofit in New Delhi, India, that uses AI to facilitate "hyper-local dialogue among rural, Asian farmers," per a press release.
Diana Chao is the founder and CEO of Letters to Strangers, a non-profit that provides mental health services to young people around the world.
She says she chose Oxford and is thrilled to join the Skolls community precisely because they share the same values.
This is the 20th cohort of Skoll Scholars to attend the business school, and last year just four MBA students were selected.
The one-year MBA program at Sa'd costs $91,
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