Elie Slama

Elie Slama, Green Templeton College student profileMaster of Business Administration

After six years of experience in the Israeli NGO sector, Elie started the MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford in 2013, where he researched the impact of urban development policies on underserved urban communities in southern Brazil. After graduating in 2015, he relocated to Liberia, during the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic, and promoted an affordable housing initiative with local government and private sector. This led to his recruitment to Vital Capital Fund, an impact investment group that undertakes large-scale development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, to lead operations in neighbouring Ghana.

As the Fund’s representative in Ghana, Elie managed the Fund’s $US 30 million joint-venture with the Ashanti King, HM Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, to develop a central residential community of 500 families in Kumasi, including the fabrication of a modern infrastructure system and social amenities. As part of his work there, Elie also contributed to and initiated several other development projects, including designing a nation-wide agricultural infrastructure rehabilitation initiative to mitigate post-harvest loses with Ghana’s Ministry of Agriculture, negotiating an affordable housing scheme with the local university and leading a public-private collaboration to connect remote villages to Kumasi.

“I feel immensely fortunate for being part of such impactful activities so early in my career. I decided to return to the University of Oxford to further improve my business knowledge in the MBA programme, with the aim of eventually returning to Israel and adapting the developmental modules I implemented in West Africa, in service of advancing peaceful and productive regional socioeconomic relations. I especially look forward to becoming a member of Green Templeton College because of the chance to partake in dialogue with its diverse and driven cohort of scholars during this year.”

Contact: elie.slama.mba19@said.oxford.edu