Meet the class of 2021-21 Skoll Scholars


Meet the class of 2020-21 Skoll Scholars

Welcoming four social entrepreneurs from across the world to Oxford Saïd.

The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship is proud to welcome the 17th cohort of its Scholarship to the Oxford MBA at Saïd Business School.

Four new Skoll Scholars have received this prestigious scholarship for their passion, dedication and entrepreneurial approaches to tackling world-scale challenges. The 2020-21 cohort of Skoll Scholars come to Oxford from New Zealand, Sudan and the USA and are working to tackle issues ranging from access to education to agricultural technology.

The four will join their fellow MBA classmates this September.

Meet the Scholars

Shiemaa Ahmed
Headshot of 2020-21 Skoll Scholar, Shiemaa Ahmed

Shiemaa Ahmed is interested in social entrepreneurship as a tool for economic and social development. She is driving change through working with start-ups and NGOs in Sudan. Shiemaa holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a diploma in development planning from the University of Khartoum.

‘Being interested in development, I did not think I would end up doing an MBA, but the one offered at Oxford is not a typical MBA, as it focuses on solving global challenges and increasing social impact. The Skoll Scholarship provides a more focused social path through and after the MBA, I believe this combination is the most suitable for my career and aspirations.’ 

Learn more about Shiemaa

Libby McCarthy
Headshot of 2020-21 Skoll Scholar, Libby McCarthy

Libby has spent the past 10 years seeking to understand drivers of, and solutions to, economic inequality in Myanmar. As a Skoll Scholar, she aims to harness her experiences in social enterprise, product management and public-private partnerships to address growing inequality in her home country, New Zealand.

‘As the world reckons with the challenges of our time, I couldn’t imagine a more incredible time to join the Skoll Scholar community – the epicentre of the movement to build back better.’ 

Learn more about Libby

Dawn Musil
Headshot of 2020-21 Skoll Scholar, Dawn Musil

Dawn Musil is a passionate beekeeper and entrepreneur focused on supporting beekeepers, farmers, and the pollinators they both rely upon through technology and innovation through her work in Agtech and in co-founding HiveLend.

‘The Skoll Scholarship is providing me with an incredible opportunity to further develop my business skills through a world-class education. I’m excited to join an amazing community and to be able to carry the skills I gain back with me to the pollination and apiculture space, which is ever-evolving to meet the growing demands of our world’s agriculture.’ 

Learn more about Dawn

Jack Replinger
Headshot of 2020-21 Skoll Scholar, Jack Replinger

Jack Replinger is a teacher and an educational entrepreneur based in Memphis, TN, USA. He is the founder and CEO of, an educational technology platform designed to make learning accessible to students of any educational background.

‘I am excited to have the opportunity to learn from the world class Saïd Business School faculty and my peers from around the world, allowing me to focus on entrepreneurship as a way to redesign educational platforms with the purpose of improving accessibility and success for all students.’ 

Learn more about Jack


If you are interested in becoming a Skoll Scholar and would like to join us in September 2021, then apply now! Applications to the Oxford MBA is open now, and you can apply for the Skoll Scholarship up until the stage three deadline on the 8 January 2021.

Learn more about how to apply