Atif Ansar

Programme Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management, Saïd Business School

A Fellow of Keble College, Atif is Programme Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management (MMPM) at the Saïd Business School. The MMPM is a two-year, part-time, course that attracts senior executives from around the world who lead major programmes across various arenas: large-scale infrastructure, major ICT, business change, urban development, defence equipment, big science, or major events.

Atif has been a fixture at University of Oxford since 2006. From 2006-2010 he undertook his DPhil (PhD), at Brasenose College, with the prestigious Clarendon Scholarship from Oxford University Press. Atif was a post-doctoral Research Fellow from 2010-2013 with Professor Bent Flyvbjerg at the BT Centre for Major Programme Management at Saïd Business School, then from 2013-2015 he served as a Lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government and Cohort Manager of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA).

Atif previously undertook his Bachelor’s degree at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

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Research shows that big isn't necessarily best (Atif Ansar is quoted)
The New Yorker - Saturday, 11 April, 2015
Expert speaks up following study by BSG's Atif Ansar.
New York Times - Friday, 22 August, 2014
Atif Ansar argues for agile alternatives to costly megadam projects
Wall Street Journal - Wednesday, 19 March, 2014
A study by Atif Ansar brings warnings over costs and viability of mega-dam projects
Bloomberg Businessweek - Monday, 10 March, 2014
Atif Ansar talks about the findings from his research into mega-dam projects
Business Day (South Africa) - Tuesday, 25 February, 2014
Atif Ansar discusses government decision-making for infrastructure projects
BBC World Service - Thursday, 6 February, 2014
Guardian piece on the report co-authored by Atif Ansar
The Guardian - Tuesday, 8 October, 2013