Tuesday
May 5
2009

Francisco Noguera

Staff Writer Grace Augustine Moves On. Next Stop: Oxford

In January of 2008 Rob welcomed Grace Augustine as a Staff Writer for NextBillion.net. I remember it clearly, as I had just met Grace and many of her colleagues in Ann Arbor while attending the 2008 edition of the Net Impact Forum at the University of Michigan. She striked me as someone deeply knowledgeable and committed to the BoP subject, due mainly to the circumstances we met at (she was co-moderating a session about Base of the Pyramid business models, together with Ross School of Business Professor Ted London, and others from the BoP crew at Michigan including Moses Lee).

Over the last 15 months, Grace contributed many noteworthy pieces for NextBillion.net that always stood out for their impeccable style and thoughtful content. Over these months, she was also invited to join a team of talented bloggers over at the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Well, the time has come for Grace to move on. She’ll soon be flying across the Atlantic, where Oxford University and its Sheldonian Theater await her.

At Oxford, Grace will be joining a MSc Program in Management Research. She’s hoping to study BoP-related topics and tap into Oxford’s renowned capabilities on this area through the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship housed at the University. So if you’re planning on going to Oxford any time soon or just plain interested in getting in touch with Grace, you’ll be able to reach her at gaugustine@gmail.com.

On behalf of Rob and all the members of the NextBillion.net team, here go my best wishes for you, Grace. Hopefully we’ll cross paths again in the future. Meanwhile, know that we’ll be happy to have more of your thoughts and writing any time, once you get settled in your new life in the UK this coming fall.

Esta es tu casa!

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