Alumni Profile: Arthur Bi

Arthur Bi Profile Pic in dark suit and stripy tieArthur Q. Bi (MBA, 2004) is a former Partner at McKinsey and at EY with a focus on the insurance industry. Now Beijing-based, Arthur plays a senior advisor and faculty role with McKinsey to coach senior executives in the financial services sector. He is currently a tutor at Fudan University.

After graduating from then-Templeton College, Arthur spent two decades in management consulting. He led consulting services for insurance companies and other financial services institutions in the Greater China region.

Currently, in addition to be a senior advisor with McKinsey, Arthur is tutoring postgraduate students at the invitation of some prestigious universities in China. Outside his professional life, Arthur is an amateur photographer and historian.

Arthur reflects on his time in Oxford

When I started with my MBA in Said Business School in 2004, actually I knew little about Templeton College, what I heard about was that the college was then relatively young and located outside town [at Egrove Park in Kennington].

However, when I visited the college for the first time, I was impressed by the people, environment and facilities of the college, for example, one of my classmates even commented that ‘the coffee machine in Templeton is very cool, the coffee taste is very good’. Although the college location was a bit remote, the college community was quite close knit. A lot of business students like me studied in the college and we shared experiences both in academic and in professional life.

Arthur Bi By Templeton College Sign With Road Behind

Arthur by Templeton College sign at entrance to Egrove Park campus

Another unforgettable memory for me was my family life with the college. When I studied my MBA programme, I brought my family with me, my wife and my three-year-old daughter. We all quite enjoyed our time in the college, my daughter played in the meadow, and watched deer in the woods, and we had family dinner with my classmates in a cottage inside the college site. I would like to say that the environment was so unique and family friendly. It is one of the most enjoyable moments of my family in our Oxford time.

In addition to that, my college life was also very dynamic and energic, I experienced something very ‘Oxford’ with my classmates, including rowing and a May ball! The GCR and staff in the college were always very accessible and supportive. They can always add some ‘flavour’ beyond the intensive academic life.

After Green and Templeton merged, I visited the new college site several times. I felt that the college is a perfect combination of old and new. The old is kind and supportive staff and colleagues, the new is the college brand and buildings.

It is even more attractive for students and alumni, I even heard that two of my college mates held their wedding ceremony in Radcliffe Observatory a few years ago. I believe that the GTC never fades from our life, even we have left the campus for many years.